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Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program

Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program

Located near Cleveland, Ohio – the heart of the nation’s top healthcare systems – the completely personalized post-baccalaureate pre-med program prepares students who want to fulfill the requirements for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, nursing or other professional healthcare programs.

The program is completely customized for each student to specifically fulfill the missing prerequisites needed for applications—no need to take repeat or additional courses. In addition to coursework, JCU faculty ensure students are well prepared for the interview portions of the application process; and help improve scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Plus, at JCU, students have access to nearby medical internship and research opportunities, as well as a wealth of alumni connections to guide and advance their careers.

Time to Completion:

Students with undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry or other natural sciences, may complete the 34-credit-hour program in as little as one year, as the academic plan will be tailored to provide the student with only what they need.

Students who do not have any college level science courses typically take two years to complete the program.

The program fulfills the minimum requirements for admission to most medical schools and professional health schools in the United States.

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • This program has no set submission deadline. Due to the customizable nature of this program, your starting semester may be based on course offerings and prerequisites. Applications are considered on a rolling basis upon completion.
  • No GRE Required
  • Free Application
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Premedical Health Studies

Students will complete the Pre-Medical Health Studies program with a minimum of 26 credit hours of the 34 required at John Carroll University.

Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program Highlights

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Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs.* *According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why choose the post-baccalaureate pre-med program at JCU?

We work directly with students to give them exactly what they need both in coursework and experiences to be strong applicants. There is no need to repeat courses already completed or take extra courses that are not needed.

Located near Cleveland, Ohio – the heart of the nation’s top healthcare systems – JCU students have numerous opportunities to access volunteer, organizational, and clinical opportunities to build the credentials needed to become strong healthcare program applicants – as well as connect with JCU alumni that are healthcare providers in the area.

Personal attention is a program hallmark. Small class sizes are key. Caring faculty and staff help you stay on track in class and as you apply to medical and professional schools.

Students are well prepared for the interview portion of the application process for healthcare professional programs with the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC). Through mock professional health school interviews, students receive feedback on their credentials, personal statements and interview skills. Additionally, a committee letter of recommendation will be sent to their target programs to help support their applications.

In addition to the standard pre-med required courses, many other options are offered to help boost your understanding of practicing medicine in today’s global community: Poverty and Disease and Epidemiology; Primary Health Preparation (taught by a physician); Healthcare Professionals: Clinical Decision Making, Ethics, and Justice (taught by a biomedical ethicist); and Survey of Health Professions (career advice from a variety of healthcare professionals).

The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program students have the opportunity to get tutoring assistance with graduate teaching assistants in biology and mathematics.

MCAT preparatory classes are available on campus each spring sponsored by the Pre-Health Professions honor society. The Writing Center on campus is available for preparing for the written parts of the MCAT exam.

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Our Team and Resources

John Carroll's exceptional pre-health faculty have earned the highest degrees in their fields, strive for excellence in teaching and research, and have experience working with pre-medical students. They truly care about the learning experience and are focused on teaching and helping students accomplish their goals. The team connects students with volunteer, organizational, and clinical opportunities to help build the credentials needed to be strong healthcare program applicants.

The Dolan Center for Science & Technology's teaching labs are well equipped with the latest technology and equipment. All faculty have their own research labs. Dolan also has spaces for group study and quiet places for individual study.

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Where do JCU graduates go after graduation?

JCU's Pre-Health Professions Program has an established record of students successfully applying for medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant or nursing school. Students advance to a wide range of programs, including:

  • Albany Medical College
  • Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Georgetown University College of Medicine
  • Joan and Sanford I Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Lake Erie College of Medicine
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM)
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Northwestern University — The Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University College of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Louisville College of Medicine
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis School
  • Wright State University
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Plans are developed to meet the individual needs of students in consultation with an academic advisor – especially if pursuing dentistry, pharmacology, nursing or programs that have very specific requirements.

Additional course electives are strongly encouraged and may be taken in biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, philosophy, religion, and political science as a way to enhance your educational background and prepare for the MCAT and medical school.

Potential courses may include:

  • BL 155 - Principles of Biology (3)
  • BL 156 - Principles of Biology 2 (3)
  • BL 157 - Principles of Biology Lab (1)
  • BL 158 - Principles of Biology 2 Lab (1)
  • CH 141 - General Chemistry (4)
  • CH 142 - General Chemistry 2 (4)
  • CH 143 - General Chem Lab (1)
  • CH 144 - General Chemistry 2 Lab (1)
  • CH 221 - Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH 222 - Organic Chemistry 2 (3)
  • CH 223 - Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
  • CH 224 - Organic Chemistry 2 Lab (1)
  • CH 431 - General Biochemistry
  • PH 125 - General Physics (3)
  • PH 125 - General Physics Lab (1)
  • PH 126 - General Physics 2 (3)
  • PH 126 - General Physics 2 Lab (1)