The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program at Washington University enables qualified college graduates to take core and elective science and math courses that satisfy medical school admission requirements. Students also may take approved elective courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities that provide a broad context and skill set for the practice of medicine today. The program is flexible to accommodate individuals changing careers, including those without a science background. For students who enter the program with most pre-medical course requirements complete, the program offers numerous upper-level biology courses to enhance a previous academic record and demonstrate science mastery. Courses are typically taken during the evening and are available in fall, spring, and summer terms. Day courses are also available to students, though tuition rates are higher.
Students earning at least 30 units of credit, 24 units of which must be completed at Washington University with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher, will be awarded a Certificate of Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Study.
Students wishing to complete fewer than 24 units of course work are not eligible for admission to the program, but are welcome to register for courses at Washington University on a non-degree basis.
The core courses in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program meet the general requirements for American medical schools, as well as those for dental, veterinary, osteopathic, and other health professional programs. Students are urged to check individual schools and programs for specific entry requirements. All courses taken as part of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program must be taken for letter grades, except for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis. Students who wish to take course work other than the core requirements must have adviser approval.
Up to 6 credits of appropriate course work, taken prior to acceptance to the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program, may be applied as transfer credit toward the certificate. Once students begin the certificate program, all course work must be taken in residence at Washington University. Cover letters will be written only for students who observe this policy.
Biology: two semesters with laboratory
General Chemistry: two semesters with laboratory
Organic Chemistry: two semesters with laboratory
Biochemistry: one semester
Mathematics and Statistics: two semesters of college math. Varies according to school. Statistics recommended. For broadest range of schools, complete Calculus I and II.
General Physics: two semesters with laboratory
English: two semesters, one of composition
In addition to the core courses, elective courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics and statistics are also available.