Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions

Pursue your passion as a health professional. The CU Continuing Education Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program one-year program offers college graduates access to science prerequisite courses needed for graduate programs.

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Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions

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Designed for Professionals Interested in a Healthcare Career

The Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program at CU Boulder is a highly selective program designed for career changers. The transition from a previous career to a calling in the medical field is momentous and requires thoughtful planning and dedication. From your initial inquiry to the completion of the program, we work hard to understand your individual goals and challenges. The education and experience you receive at CU Boulder are tailored to serve as the next step in your professional journey toward your career as a healthcare professional.

There are many factors that make CU Boulder’s program unique and a great fit for highly dedicated students from a diverse array of backgrounds. Many students thrive in the small, cohort community of the program. The roughly 20 students admitted to our program each year benefit from the personalized attention they receive from the program director, pre-health advisor, and mentors. Members of the cohort are immersed in challenging curriculum while they study with the outstanding faculty at CU Boulder, an R-1 research institution, in preparation for their medical school careers.

Our One-Year Format

Every student who enters our program completes an intensive, one-year science “boot camp.” You begin your coursework in June and complete the program in May of the following year. Students in this program should only need to focus on their pre-requisites and MCAT preparation in anticipation of applying to their health profession school. This means you already have:

  • A history of consistent academic excellence at the undergraduate level, along with solid math skills in algebra and trigonometry
  • Shadowed at least three health care providers in your chosen profession and/or
  • Volunteered or worked in a clinical setting with at least 60 hours of direct patient care
  • A history of working and volunteering in roles involving service to others, and
  • A strong understanding of your professional goals and an ability speak to how your experiences informed your decision to pursue a career in health care.

This one-year program is academically and emotionally challenging, leaving little room for full or part-time employment.

Courses for Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions

As a Post-Baccalaureate student, you will gain a solid foundation in the necessary science classes required for most medical school applications and the subjects heavily featured on the MCAT.

Students in each cohort are required to take the entire core curriculum. Substituting courses is not an option. If you are preparing to apply to professional schools that require additional courses, our advisors can help you understand how best to complete those additional courses after you have completed our program or on a case-by-case basis.

Prerequisites for the program include:

  • Pre-calculus (algebra and trigonometry) taken within two years of the start of the program with a B or better.
  • All admitted students must show completion of an introductory chemistry course. We will provide an online course—at no additional cost—prior to the start of summer term for students who have not yet completed this requirement.

Required Core Curriculum:

Summer (10 Credits)
  • General Chemistry 1 with Lab
  • General Chemistry 2 with Lab
Fall (13 Credits)
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry 1 with Lab
  • General Physics 1 with Lab
Spring (13 Credits)
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Biology laboratory course (equivalent to a full-year biology laboratory sequence)
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • General Physics 2 with Lab

Students must complete the summer general chemistry sequence with grades of B or better to continue the program in the fall. Students should maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher through spring enrollment, as to be a competitive medical school applicant in most situations. Courses cannot be taken for pass/fail or no credit.

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.

Pre-Health Advising

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.

Committee Letter

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
  • Bioethics
  • 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.

Is the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Right for You?

The first step for every prospective student is to decide whether to enroll in the formal post-baccalaureate program or to complete the prerequisite science courses informally, on your own. Continuing Education advisors are available to help you review your options and make the best decision for you.

If you are interested in exploring enrollment at CU Boulder, you have access to our academic advisors who can discuss the myriad options for completing pre-health prerequisites at CU Boulder. Academic advisors can provide assistance with enrollment, course permissions, and CU Boulder resources. Please schedule an appointment or email with your questions.

If you are interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program and have questions not answered on the program page, please email

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Application Process

The application for the 2019 cohort is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 cohort on October 1, 2019. They will be reviewed on a rolling basis from October 1, 2019 through February 1, 2020. Applications received after February 1, 2020 may not be reviewed for full consideration.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Application Requirements

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning October 1, 2019. Submit materials by fax to 303-492-3962 or mail to:

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

For additional information on the application process email

Preferred applicants have:

  • A strong academic history with a bachelor’s degree in a non-science field. Most successful applicants will have a grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or above.
  • An interest in graduate education for careers as medical doctors, veterinarians, physical therapists, physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants and more.
  • 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.
  • Successfully completed pre-calculus mathematics or the equivalent.

Complete applications include:

  1. A completed application form, including a personal statement (refer to the Tips for Writing an Effective Personal Statement resource).
  2. A nonrefundable application fee of $50. Make checks payable to the University of Colorado.
  3. An official transcript exhibiting the official seal and signature of the registrar from each college or university you have attended.
  4. Official transcripts from all high schools attended and, if applicable, documentation of GED.
  5. Verification of math proficiency that meets the prerequisite for pre-calculus (or algebra + trigonometry) in one of the following ways:
    • A transcript showing completion of pre-calculus OR college algebra and trigonometry taken in the past two years with a grade of B or better.
    • Students who do not have the math requirement at the time of application will need to submit records in the form of official transcripts with college-level algebra and trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus with a grade of B or better by the first day of class in the summer of 2019.
  6. Two letters of recommendation (Click here for instructions).

Email for additional information on the application process.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Calendar

You will find important dates for the 2019-2020 cohort listed below. Contact us at 303-492-5148 or email with questions about the calendar.

Application Dates October 1, 2018 – February 1, 2019
Cohort Orientation May 31, 2019
Chemistry I Begins June 3, 2019
Chemistry II Begins July 9, 2019
Fall Classes Begin August 26, 2019

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

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Tuition Rates

All students in the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program take the same schedule of courses each semester. Your tuition rate is determined by your residency.

Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

In-state Tuition Rates

In-state students pay $595 per credit hour enrolled.

Semester Credit Hours Enrolled Tuition*
Summer 2019 10 $5,950
Fall 2019 13 $7,735
Spring 2020 13 $7,735

*In-state students may be eligible for a tuition discount through the College Opportunity Fund.

  • The COF rate for Summer 2019 is $85 per credit hour.
  • The COF rate for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 is $94 per credit hour.

Out-of-State Tuition Rates

Out-of-State students pay $995 per credit hour enrolled.

Semester Credit Hours Enrolled Tuition
Summer 2019 10 $9,950
Fall 2019 13 $12,935
Spring 2020 13 $12,935

Contact us at 303-492-5148 or email with questions.

The listed tuition is an estimated cost. The Board of Regents reserves the right to change the tuition rates at any time.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Student Fees

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program students are assessed fees per the campus fee schedule. Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program students may waive some student fees. Please contact the Continuing Education Bursar’s Office at 303-492-2212 with questions.

The university student fees package for both in-state and out-of-state Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions students for the 2018-2019 cohort is $661 for the summer term and $903 each semester in the fall and spring terms. These fees give you access to the RTD bus system, the Student Recreation Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other campus services.

Please note that the Board of Regents reserves the right to change the fee rate at any time.

Fees Waiver

Nondegree students may be able to waive all student fees except for the computing fee and A&S technology fee by completing the online fee waiver form.

Instructions for Fees Waiver

  1. Pay your bill by the published due date excluding the student activity fee.
  2. Complete and submit the online fee waiver form by the deadline for the appropriate term.
    • Summer 2019 deadline: July 26, 2019
  3. Within one week of submitting your petition, login to MyCUInfo to verify your account balance.

You will receive an email confirmation when your form has been successfully submitted, and another when your waiver has been processed.

Contact Continuing Education with questions by calling 303-492-2212.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Scholarships and Financial Aid


Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions students are eligible for an automatically awarded scholarship that does not require an application.

  • Students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of the summer semester will be automatically awarded a $500 scholarship toward their fall semester tuition.
  • Students who earn a 3.5 or higher at the end of the fall semester will receive an additional $500 scholarship toward their spring semester tuition.

Students can qualify in consecutive semesters for a total of $1,000 in scholarship funds. Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions students are not eligible for other Continuing Education scholarships.

Financial Aid

Federal loans, not grants, are available to qualifying students for three semesters. Financial aid awards typically cover the cost of tuition, but not living expenses. We encourage prospective students to learn more about their nondegree student financial aid options through the Office of Financial Aid at

Military-affiliated students interested in utilizing VA benefits should connect with a Continuing Education academic advisor for information on how to use benefits with this program.

Now that you’ve selected your favorite Continuing Education courses, email or print the information, including class number, to more easily search MyCUInfo and enroll. Still have questions? Contact an advisor.


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