Applying to the Medical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
Admissions - Selection Process
The proficiency of highly successful physicians in the critical thinking, diagnosis, treatment and interpersonal communications with patients is reflected in their bedside manner. This success is engendered by a scientific aptitude, a high level of self-regulation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improving the health and well-being of their patients. These are some of the qualities that applicants to this program will be assessed and, if admitted, will be helped to further develop.
The Schmidt College of Medicine career enhancer program is for graduate students who have already successfully completed all of the prerequisite course work for medical school, and are looking to improve their standing for admission. Key steps in the admissions process are:
- Completion of the Medical Post-Baccalaureate application utilizing PostbacCAS portal
- Completion of the FAU non-degree application process
- Completion of an onsite interview for selected applicants
The admissions committee is comprised of the teaching staff for the Post Baccalaureate program. Each selected applicant will have an interview with a member of the teaching staff. The admissions staff will conduct telephone interviews, select candidates for Skype and/or onsite face to face interviews, and complete the decision process through the selection of the appropriate students for the program.
To qualify for this non-degree seeking program, each student must have completed a B.S. or B.A. with a GPA score of 3.0 or higher in the sciences and cumulatively and an MCAT score of 493 or above. Students wit a GPA above 3.5 and without an MCAT score may be eligible for an interview at the discretion of the admission committee.
To be accepted to this program, the admissions requirements must mirror the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS) application.
The courses deemed essential for admission to the Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program are:
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*The English requirement may be satisfied by literature courses or by writing courses.
**One semester of biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of organic chemistry.
***May be satisfied by additional courses in the natural sciences or mathematics, or by courses in the social sciences.
All prerequisites must be graded credits earned at a college or university located in the United States or Canada and accredited by a regional accrediting agency. In general, courses earned at foreign institutions and at nationally-accredited institutions are not acceptable. Credits earned in Study Abroad programs are acceptable if they appear on the transcript of a regionally accredited college or university along with the number of credits awarded for each course. AP credit may be used for some of the requirements but in those cases, it is expected that the student will take higher level courses in that discipline. Online courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis and preference will be given to applicants who have done the majority of their preparation at the senior college level. A bachelor's degree or higher from an institution with regional accreditation is required for admission to the medical postbac program.
Courses in the sciences and mathematics that are recommended but not required for admission includes biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics and statistics. The medical postbac program strongly encourages all applicants to broaden their education and supplement required coursework in math and science by pursuing their own individual academic interests. Majoring in the sciences does not confer an advantage over those applicants majoring in the social sciences or humanities.
Complete the FAU Post BAC Admissions Application
The FAU Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program admissions application must be completed online through the PostbacCAS enrollment portal. The Schmidt College of Medicine career enhancer is for graduate students who have already successfully completed all of the prerequisite course work for medical school, and are looking to improve their standing for admission.
Please note that there is a $50.00 application fee that must be paid with credit cards. Your application will not be processed until the fee is paid. PostbacCAS will request the payment of the $50.00 fee. Your Application will be reviewed by the PostBAC admissions committee, and if accepted, you will receive notification of an interview.
Upon receipt of the acceptance letter you need to complete the FAU non-degree application process and submit the state residency form and documents required, whether you are a Florida resident or not. The documents must be uploaded to complete your admissions application. State residency documents are required whether or not you are a Florida resident. The documents must be uploaded with your Admissions Application.