The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program (PBPM) is for college graduates who have made a late decision to pursue a career in medicine. This one-year, full-time, residential program provides the science courses necessary to qualify for medical school, and individually guides students through key components of preparing for their applications and interviews. Students also have access to structured self-paced MCAT preparation materials.
Students who have successfully completed this rigorous program have had a 95 percent acceptance rate to medical school. Prepare for a future in medicine, and join the UVA family for life.
|Estimated Cost||In-State: $31,558, Out-of-State: $37,358|
|Format||Full Time: Residential program|
|Next Application Deadline||Applications accepted August 15 - February 15|
Coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and biochemistry is offered through the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences by faculty with extensive experience preparing students for medical school. Core academic requirements include two semesters each of general chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, and physics (all with associated labs). The program also includes a course specifically designed for Post-Bac Pre-Med students on the structure and financing of the U.S. Health Care System and biochemistry in the spring semester.
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, and physics just for PBPM students.
Chemistry 1410 Lecture
Chemistry 1411 Lab
Chemistry 1420 Lecture
Chemistry 1421 Lab
Biology 2100 (includes Lab)
Organic Chemistry 2410 Lecture
Organic Chemistry 2410 Lab
Physics 2010 Lecture
Physics 2030 Lab
PSHP 2040 US Health Care
Biochemistry 4410 Lecture
Biology 2200 (includes Lab)
Organic Chemistry 2420 Lecture
Organic Chemistry 2420 Lab
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.
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-Bac Pre-Med staff and faculty will continue to be available to offer guidance and support.
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.
Susan Salko brings nearly 20 years of experience helping pre-meds prepare for and succeed in their quest to enter medical school and become physicians. She's just one member of the supportive team that supports, academically prepares, and provides students with the opportunities to gain the clinical experience needed to be competitive in medical school.Read more
Joanna earned her MPH from Emory University and become a statistician at the Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) before joining the Army as an environmental science officer. After several years of service, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013, her interest shifted from preventative medicine to disease treatment. As a post-baccalaureate pre-med student with SCPS, she is now prepared to launch a new career as a healthcare professional specializing in internal medicine and infectious disease.Read more