Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program
As you pursue a career in medicine, outstanding resources, academic support, and clinical opportunities will be invaluable in your journey. That is why Washington University in St. Louis is an outstanding choice for post-baccalaureate premedical study. Not only will you enjoy the academic resources of one of the nation’s top universities—and in particular one of the nation’s very best medical schools—you will also benefit from the personalized support found in a program dedicated to your success.
The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program (PBPM), offers you a curriculum that not only helps you fulfill program admission requirements but is also tailored to your needs. You will have access to a robust offering of premedical courses; clinical and nonclinical volunteer opportunities; research opportunities in the top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine and in the College of Arts & Sciences; MCAT preparation; one-on-one advising; and a supportive, active community that will share in your goals.
A Flexible Curriculum to Fit Your Needs
Students are not required to retake core courses that they have already successfully completed, but may choose to retake core courses in subject area(s) where they desire a firmer foundation.
We offer all medical school prerequisite lab science courses in day, evening, and summer formats. We also offer biochemistry and a full range of mathematics and behavioral science courses to aid students in preparing for the MCAT. Additional electives are also available. Learn more about our Traditional Curriculum.
The Enhancement Curriculum, designed for students who have taken the prerequisites, offers upper level biology courses to enhance a previous academic record and demonstrate science mastery. Learn more about our Enhancement Curriculum.
You may need both core and advanced courses, or slightly different prerequisite courses. University College advisors can help you develop an individual plan customized to your needs. Learn more about our Blended Curriculum.
Advising and Support Services
Personalized one-on-one advising for post-baccalaureate premedical students at Washington University is provided to help prospective and new students set goals, select courses, develop academic schedules, locate research opportunities, and obtain academic support services and resources. Advisors provide direction for the medical school application process and all related procedures, including letters of recommendation, personal statement, AMCAS, and MCAT preparation. Advisors provide a detailed cover letter to support the professional school application for those students who have completed at least 24 credits in the program with a GPA of 3.2 or better.
Tuition, Fees, and Registration
Post-baccalaureate premedical students pay the University College tuition for courses taken during the evening, and a prorated portion of the full-time day tuition for courses taken during the day. Learn more about the tuition and fees for the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program.
Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Scholarships
- James L. Sweatt Scholarship - intended to foster a diverse educational atmosphere in the post-baccalaureate premedical program.
- Gertrude H. Hast Scholarship - for Indiana residents to enroll in the post-baccalaureate premedical program.
A linkage is a special relationship between a post-baccalaureate premedical program and a medical school. Linkage arrangements can benefit students during the application process in a variety of ways. Depending on the terms, qualified students may be guaranteed an interview, or may be admitted through a streamlined process which saves the glide year.
We have linkage arrangements with the following medical schools:
Applicants must have a demonstrated record of intellectual ability, academic achievement, a high level of motivation, and a commitment to rigorous study in pursuit of a career in medicine or a related health profession.
Applicants should have a completed baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), including at least one college-level English composition course with a grade of B or higher, and one college-level mathematics course with a grade of B or higher.
AP credit that is reflected on a college transcript may be used to satisfy these prerequisites.
Applicants who are offered admission may choose to defer for up to one year. A written request is required. After more than one year the applicant must reapply to the program.
Applicants planning to apply to several Post-Bac programs may find it convenient to apply through PostBacCAS the centralized application system (CAS) that many Post-Bac programs use. The advantage of PostBacCAS is that you submit your application materials just once and, when verified, PostbacCAS sends those materials to your chosen Post-Bac programs.
- University College Application
Applicants can apply directly to our program though our internal application system; this may be preferable if you plan to apply to our program only or to just a few programs.
The following materials are required when applying through either method:
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.
Tell us about yourself and your motivations for wanting to become a health care professional in an essay of 500 words or fewer. Please tell us what your chosen field of study is, what experiences led you to your interest in this field, and why you feel this field is a good fit for you.
Two letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted through our online application system. Applicants will complete recommendation requests as part of this application.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.
Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.
Applicants may submit a statement of 500 words or fewer describing any special considerations relating to your application.
For applicants applying directly to our program a $35 application fee is required. Those applying through PostBacCAS will pay the fees required by PostBacCAS which include an initial application fee and a charge for each post-bac program designated to receive your materials.
Th $35 application fee is waived for all WashU staff.