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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

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Application Information

We will continue to consider complete applications for the 2015 cohort through March 1, 2015. Applications which are incomplete after this deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

For more information call 303-492-5148

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Format

The post-baccalaureate program 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. This intensive yearlong post-baccalaureate program (one summer, followed by a fall semester and a spring semester) is appropriate for students who are either recent college graduates or experienced professionals seeking a career change.

This program is designed for students who have:

• A strong academic undergraduate record 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.

• Completed college algebra and trigonometry, 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.

Students begin the program as a collective cohort and take all coursework together starting in the summer semester and continuing through fall and spring semesters

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Courses

We offer you the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the science classes necessary to apply for graduate health professions studies. Students receive individual advising, study skills for science classes, and application assistance. The only prerequisite class is precalculus (algebra and trigonometry). 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

While in our programs students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and courses cannot be taken for pass/fail or no credit.

The program is for students who need to take the entire core curriculum offered. Substituting other courses is not an option. They may continue to take courses at CU-Boulder after they finish the Post-Bacc program.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Support

Students benefit from academic, emotional, and logistical support and the camaraderie of a shared experience provided by the cohort model. Your program advisor will provide you with expert and individualized guidance through the application and interview process.

Post-Bacc students may participate in the Committee Letter process. Health-care professional schools including medical schools (including MD and DO) podiatry schools, and optometry schools require or prefer a letter of evaluation from the pre-health committee at CU-Boulder. The Committee Letter introduces you to the admissions committees and reviews your preparation and accomplishments. The process of completing the procedures to gain a Committee Letter is at least equally important because it encourages you to begin working on application materials early, assess your readiness for application, and provides an opportunity for feedback from the committee about your weaknesses so that you can address them before applying or decide to change your timetable.

Academic Advising

Our academic advisors can help you plan your course of study and your schedule. We help main campus students looking for a way to earn credits and stay on schedule to graduate, former students interested in completing their degrees, new students focused on earning college credits without interrupting work and family schedules, and more.

No matter the situation, we are committed to helping you explore your educational goals.

Schedule an appointment with our Academic Advisors.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning Oct. 1. Submit materials electronically to; mail to Post Baccalaureate Program, Continuing Education, 1505 University Avenue, 178 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309; or FAX to 303.492.3962.

For additional information on the application process email

Applications should include:

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

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

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefitsare available and the CU-Boulder Veteran Services works with qualifying student.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Calendar

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning Oct. 1.

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

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Costs

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions tuition for 2015-2016 is based upon the University of Colorado Boulder in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. The approximate cost for the entire program (3 semesters) for an in-state student is $20,000. Students in the program are assessed a nonrefundable $800 per semester program charge.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Financial Aid

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

Nontraditional Student Scholarship

Continuing Education offers a Nontraditional Student Scholarship each semester. The maximum award for this scholarship is $850 or 80% of the cost of one course. The award amount is based on available funding and a competitive essay review. The fall 2015 application deadline is August 28, 2015.

Eligible students must be:

  1. Nondegree seeking (not formally admitted to a CU degree program)
  2. Age 22+
  3. Enrolled in courses offered via ACCESS, Boulder Evening Credit, Online Credit, the International English Center, Applied Music, or Career Explorations.

Note: Nondegree students enrolled in Summer Session courses are eligible for a maximum award of $500. Students enrolled in Evening MBA, Engineering Anywhere, Ads A2B, and CUBIC are ineligible for this scholarship.

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