A Program with Exceptional Student Support
CU Boulder’s Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health program offers a variety of features to help support students through this unique program and beyond.
Students enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program will meet one-on-one with their pre-health advisor during the program and throughout the entire application (or “gap”) year.
The pre-health advisor’s role is to assist you as you prepare to apply to healthcare-related professional schools. The pre-health advisor can provide you with the following services:
Provide feedback on your current areas of strength and weakness as a prospective applicant to professional school. Refer you to appropriate activities that will enhance your candidacy. Provide resources and options should you encounter a setback on the pre-health path. Help you prepare strong application materials for professional school admission.
Students also work with their pre-health advisor in the Committee Letter process. Many healthcare 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 obtaining 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.
In addition to one-on-one sessions, the pre-health advisor hosts workshops for Post-Baccalaureate students throughout the year that focus on different aspects of the healthcare field and the application process. Topics may include:
- Tips for preparing strong application materials
- Research strategies
- Choosing a strategic list of schools
- Preparing for interviews
Program Mentoring & Tutoring
A distinguishing feature of our program are our mentors and tutors. Program mentors—selected from the previous year’s cohort—are an invaluable resource to Post-Baccalaureate students because they have been through the program and can provide insights and advice to you as you progress through the program and application process. Likewise, dedicated tutors are available for chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics and other subjects as needed.
MCAT Preparation Seminar
For students who are preparing to apply to medical school, we offer a year-long MCAT preparation seminar that meets for one to two hours per week. The seminar is taught in conjunction with the courses you are already taking in the program. The instructor covers material from General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and Biology to help you make connections among the subjects and can apply your understanding to the MCAT. This prep seminar deepens your understanding of the test material and teaches you how to deconstruct MCAT questions so you can formulate answers on the test.