Post-Baccalaureate Program: Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate program at Rutgers-Newark is designed for the individual possessing a non-science bachelor's degree from an accredited university with at least a "B" grade point average and is now seriously considering a career in the health profession. Applicants are expected to have completed college-level courses in mathematics (at least through pre-calculus) and also have evidence of volunteer or paid service in the health field.

Medical/Dental Programs generally require the following undergraduate science courses for admission:

  • 3-4 semesters of Biology with laboratory (12-16 credits)
  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry with laboratory (10 credits)
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with laboratory (10 credits)
  • 2 semesters of Physics with laboratory (10 credits)
  • 1 or 2 semesters of Mathematics (3-6 credits), usually through Pre-calculus This requirement varies with certain schools and may require Calculus. Students are encouraged to consult with individual schools for specific entrance requirements

NOTE:  Given recent changes to the MCAT,  students interested in applying to medical schools are encouraged to take one semester of each:  Biochemistry, Psychology, Sociology and Statistics.

These courses should be completed in 16 months to 2 years with at least a 3.5 GPA and in advance of the nationwide standardized examinations.

Note: Post-baccalaureates are non-matriculated students and register last for classes and may find that some science courses are closed.

For Admission to... Take Standardized Test
Allopathic, Osteopathic and Podiatric Schools Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Dental Schools Dental Admission Test (DAT)
Optometry Schools Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
Veterinary Schools Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT)
- OR -
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Rutgers-Newark offers continuous services including tutorial assistance and advisement focused on preparing students for admission to professional schools.