About 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.

When completing the application, applicants must select either career enhancer (Schmidt College of Medicine) or career changer (Schmidt College of Science). The career enhancer track 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. The career changer track, offered by the Schmidt College of Science, is for graduate students that have NOT completed all of the prerequisite course work, and need to complete before submitting an application to medical school.  Before applying to the career changer program, please consult with the College of Science’s Application Prerequisites to see if you are a candidate for their program.

Key steps in the admissions process are:

  1. completion of the Medical Post-Baccalaureate application
  2. for the career enhancer program only, completion of the FAU non-degree application process
  3. (3) 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.

Application Prerequisites

To qualify for this non-degree seeking program, each student must have completed a B.S. or B.A. with a GPA score of 3.4 or higher in the sciences and cumulatively and an MCAT score of 495 or above. 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:

 

 Semesters

 Quarters

 English*

 2

 3

 Inorganic Chemistry + Labs

 2

 3

 Organic Chemistry + Labs**

 2

 3

 Physics + Labs

 2

 3

 Biology/Zoology + Labs

 2

 3

 Mathematics

 2

 3

 Additional Science***

 2

 3

*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

STEP 1 - The FAU Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program  admissions application   must be completed. When completing the application, applicants must select either career enhancer (Schmidt College of Medicine) or career changer  (Schmidt College of Science). The career enhancer track 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. The career changer track, offered by the Schmidt College of Science, is for graduate students that have NOT completed all of the prerequisite course work, and need to complete before submitting an application to medical school.  Each applicant must include an email address in his or her application. All communications, including admissions decisions from the FAU Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program Admissions Office, are sent to applicants via email.

STEP 2 -  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. Visit the FAU Marketplace at and chose College of Medicine - Simulation Center store tab. Purchase “POST-BAC Program – Application Fee”, click “Add To Cart” and then “Checkout” on the next screen. Once payment is completed you will receive an email receipt and your application will be processed.

STEP 3 -  Upon receipt of the acceptance letter you need to complete the FAU non-degree application process (for the career enhancer program only)  and submit the state residency form and documents required, whether you are a Florida resident or not. The documents must be uploaded with your admissions application.



Last Modified 8/31/20