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:
Considering a linkage program? We have outlined a few things to consider before making plans. Learn more about our Linkage Program FAQs.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Schedule an Appointment
Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2–6 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday.
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.
University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.
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:
Transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
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 from academic references. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.
All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.
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.