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Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions

Pursue your passion as a health professional. Our one-year program offers college graduates access to science prerequisite courses needed for graduate programs.

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Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions

  1. Info Session for Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program

    Nov 4, 2015

    This information session at CU-Boulder will provide an overview of CU Boulder’s intensive, one-year preparatory program for “career changers” who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

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  2. Info Session for Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program

    Nov 10, 2015

    This information session at CU South Denver will provide an overview of CU Boulder’s intensive, one-year preparatory program for “career changers” who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

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Designed for Professionals Interested in a Healthcare Career

The Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program at CU-Boulder is designed for “career changers” who were academically successful as undergraduates and have completed a bachelor’s degree, but have not completed the prerequisite courses needed to apply to medical and other healthcare-related professional schools.

Preferred applicants will have:

  • A strong academic history with a bachelor’s degree in a non-science field. Most applicants will have a grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) or above.
  • Successfully completed pre-calculus mathematics, or the equivalent.
  • An informed understanding of the health profession they seek to enter based on extensive and meaningful clinical experience in a healthcare setting, such as shadowing medical professionals, volunteering with patients, or employment in a healthcare field.
  • An interest in graduate education in medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, or physician assistant programs.

A relatively young program, Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program at CU-Boulder is proud of the way it has prepared students for further study. Graduates of the Post-Bacc program have been admitted to medical schools across the nation, including CU School of Medicine, Tufts, Mt. Siani, Tulane, Quinnipiac, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Louisiana State.

Academic Advisors are available to help you identify your options and help you determine if the Post Baccalaureate Health Professions at CU-Boulder is the right fit for you. Contact us at or schedule an in-person or telephone post-bacc appointment with an advisor.

Please note: International students who are not permanent residents of the United States are not eligible for our program.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Format

The Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program is an intensive, yearlong science “bootcamp.” Students begin their coursework in June each year and complete the program in May the following year.

Students participate in the program as part of a cohort and take all coursework together. Lectures are taken with other CU students while labs and recitations are typically taken with just other cohort members.

An intentional learning community leverages the strengths of the group toward the realization of individual goals. Students benefit from shared academic, emotional, and logistical support provided by the cohort model.

Additionally, cohort members benefit from built-in support including pre-enrollment coursework, individual pre-health advising, workshops on topics such as MCAT Pre0,; and dedicated tutoring. They also have the opportunity to participate in CU-Boulder’s Committee Letter process – an evaluative review which can strengthen one’s application to medical school.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Courses

Students gain a solid foundation in the necessary science classes required for most medical school applications and the subjects most heavily featured on the MCAT.

Students in the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program are required to take the entire core curriculum. Substituting other courses is not an option. The only prerequisite for the program is precalculus (algebra and trigonometry), although Introduction to Chemistry is also highly recommend.

All students in the program take the following courses:


  • General Chemistry 1 with Lab
  • General Chemistry 2 with Lab


  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology with Lab
  • Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab
  • General Physics 1 with Lab


  • Principles of Genetics with Lab
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • General Physics 2 with Lab

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA; courses cannot be taken for pass/fail or no credit.

Many students may take additional courses in subsequent semesters to meet the specific requirements of programs to which they plan to apply. Additional courses may also be added (in the fall and spring terms only) on a case-by-case basis.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Support

Throughout the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program, you will work with a program advisor and pre-health advisors.

As you near the end of the program, advisors will guide you through the application and interview process for medical school or for other healthcare-related professional programs. This support continues through the following application (or “gap”) year.

Post-Bacc students may also participate in the Committee Letter process. Health-care professional schools—including medical schools, podiatry schools, and optometry schools—require a letter of evaluation from CU-Boulder’s pre-health committee. The Committee Letter process introduces you to admissions committees and reviews your preparation and accomplishments. The process of completing the procedures to gain a Committee Letter is important because it encourages you to work on your application materials early, it assesses your readiness to apply, and it provides an opportunity for committee feedback on your weaknesses so you can either address them before you apply or change your application timetable.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Application Information

The application for the 2016-2017 cohort is now available. If you have questions about the program or are interested in applying, contact

The review process will begin in October, however applications will continue to be accepted through March 1, 2016. Incomplete applications after this deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis only.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Application Requirements

Submit your application materials electronically to, fax to 303.492.3962, or mail to:

Post Baccalaureate Program
Continuing Education
1505 University Avenue, 178 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Applications should include:

  1. A completed application form and nonrefundable application fee of $50. Make checks payable to the University of Colorado.
  2. A personal statement describing your interest in graduate medical education and a summary of your skills, clinical experience, and your most significant healthcare experience. Please include any additional information you believe the committee should know when considering your application. The personal statement should be no longer than two double-spaced pages. It is important you detail your experience in healthcare, whether volunteer or paid.
  3. An up-to-date resume detailing your education, work, and volunteer activities.
  4. An official transcript exhibiting the official seal and signature of the registrar from each college or university you have attended.
  5. Verification of math proficiency that meets the prerequisite for precalculus (or algebra + trigonometry) in one of the following ways:
    • A transcript showing completion of precalculus OR college algebra and trigonometry with a grade of B or better
    • GRE quantitative score in the top 25%
    • SAT quantitative score of 600+ or ACT quantitative of 27+
    • ALEKS assessment showing math proficiency at the required (precalc/algebra+trig) level. You may receive information or a login code for theALEKS assessment by emailing Please be aware this is not a math review tool. This is an alternative to taking the GRE if you already have competency at the required level but no recent coursework.
  6. Two letters of recommendation

Email for additional information on the application process.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Calendar

Important dates for the 2016-2017 cohort have not been set. Contact us at 303-492-5148 or email with questions or to be notified when the calendar is announced.

The program follows the Boulder main campus withdrawal policies and applicable dates for nondegree students.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Costs


Tuition for the 2016-2017 cohort has not been set. Contact us at 303-492-5148 or email with questions or to be notified when tuition rates are announced.


Tuition for the 2015-2016 cohort is based on the University of Colorado Boulder in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. The approximate cost for the entire program (three semesters) for an in-state student is $20,000. Students in the program are assessed a nonrefundable $800 program charge per semester.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Financial Aid

Federal loans, not grants, are available to qualifying students for three semesters. Email for additional information on the application process.

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are available to eligible students. CU-Boulder’s Veteran Services Office works with students to take advantage of all federal education benefits. Email or call 303-492-7322 for additional information.

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