Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program

Prepare for Medical School in One Year

The University of Virginia Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program offers a collaborative environment and structured experience for career-changers with a strong undergraduate record who have not completed the medical school prerequisites.

In 11 months, UVA Post Bacc Pre-Med students take required science courses while being guided by dedicated advisors in the preparation of medical school application materials. Students augment their clinical exposure through shadowing and volunteer opportunities at the UVA Health System and other regional sites, and attend regular class sessions taught by a physician focusing on the US healthcare system, professionalism, and bioethics.

Students who have successfully completed this rigorous program have had a 95 percent acceptance rate to medical school. Prepare for a future in medicine by joining the UVA Post Bacc Pre-Med program!


Key Takeaways
  • 95 percent medical school acceptance rate
  • Small class sizes with individualized support
  • Expert guidance for medical school applications and interviews
  • Access to comprehensive, structured and self-paced MCAT preparation material
  • Email our experienced advisors. We’re here to help!
What You Will Learn

Students take classes in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics along with associated labs. All coursework is offered through the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences by faculty with extensive experience preparing students for medical school. The program also includes a course specifically designed for Post Bacc Pre-Med students on the structure, financing, and ethics of the U.S. Health Care System taught by the medical director, Robert Powers, MD, MPH.;

Students must take a minimum of six credits over the summer session, and at least 12 credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters. The program offers sections of general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics just for PBPM students.


Standard Course Schedule

Summer Term
Chemistry 1410 Lecture
Chemistry 1411 Lab     
Chemistry 1420 Lecture
Chemistry 1421 Lab           

Fall Term
Biology 2100 (includes Lab)    
Organic Chemistry 2410 Lecture
Organic Chemistry 2311 Lab
Physics 2010 Lecture
Physics 2030 Lab           
PSHP 2040 US Health Care

Spring Term
Biochemistry 4410 Lecture (Lab TBD)   
Biology 2200 (includes Lab) 
Organic Chemistry 2420 Lecture (optional)
Organic Chemistry 2321 Lab (optional)b       
Physics 2020 Lecture            
Physics 2040 Lab                               
PSHP 2041 US Health Care

Note: Students who are accepted to the program with one of the pre-medical requirements already completed will be given a customized academic schedule that will include an upper-level biology course or possibly a calculus or statistics course.

Note: About one-third of U.S. medical schools require one or two semesters of math (several specifying calculus), and approximately two-thirds require one or two English courses. Accordingly, students should review their undergraduate mathematics and English courses in light of specific medical school admission criteria. Students who require additional courses should take them prior to or following the program.

Academic Schedule

The PBPM Program begins in early June as students take two semesters of general chemistry with labs in Summer Sessions II & III. In the fall, students move on to biology, organic chemistry, and physics with labs. Students complete their biology, organic chemistry, physics, and biochemistry requirements in the spring semester. In addition to these science courses, students attend Dr. Powers’ U.S. Healthcare course on a weekly basis.

Students prepare for the MCAT during the spring and are encouraged to take the MCAT in mid to late May. In early June, they submit AMCAS applications for the next year’s medical school entering class.

During the ensuing glide year, Post Bacc Pre-Med staff and faculty will continue to be available to offer guidance and support.

Extracurricular Activities

The program’s focus is the comprehensive preparation for medical school and a career in medicine. Students also take a course on the U.S. health care system, taught by the program's medical director Dr. Bob Powers. Additionally, the program facilitates volunteer and shadowing opportunities for students.  

Throughout the year, the program offers special events, including sessions on the medical school application and interview process, managing letters of recommendation, the cadaver lab at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and glide year activities.  There are also movie nights featuring films about medicine. 


The information contained on this web site is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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Start Dates: June

Duration: One year

Format: Full Time: Residential program in Charlottesville, VA

Admission Requirements


Applications accepted Aug 11 - Feb 27

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent academic record

Admission Details



In-State: $37,335 and Out-of-State: $42,779

  • Financial aid, scholarships and payment plans are available

Tuition and Financial Aid Details

* Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates adjusted annually.