For Career-Changers

AAMC Post-Bacc webpage–a wealth of articles and resources

AAMC Post-Bacc database–4 programs in MD, 9 programs in DC, 10 programs in VA, 21 programs in PA, 1 program in DE

American University’s Postbaccalaureate Certificate:  A unique program which functions both as an “academic repair” and “career changer” program.  For those who need to strengthen their GPA and/or finish some or all of the professional school prerequisites.  Allows you to complete basic science courses plus 24 credit hours of upper-level certificate courses, or just the certificate courses.  For all pre-health students (medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, and allied health).

Case Western Reserve University’s Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education (PRIME) program:  a very individualized non-degree certificate program housed in a medical school which offers both an academic enhancer and career changer track for students who have a 3.4 or above GPA.  Includes a MCAT prep course and the opportunity to interview with the CWRU SOM for select students.

Goucher College’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program:  For career changers, 9 courses completed in one calendar year (June to June), 10 medical school linkages, MCAT review built into the program, 99% acceptance rate over the past 15 years

Johns Hopkins Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program:  For career changers or recent graduates who have completed very few pre-med courses during their undergraduate years, customizable curriculum completed in 9-14 months, 11 medical school linkages, MCAT review built into the program

University of Maryland College Park’s Science in the Evening program:  For pre-medical, pre-dental, or any other pre-health professions student who is in need of professional school prerequisite courses. Evening-only classes offered at the College Park campus. Access to UMD’s MCAT Preparation program.

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Post -Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate Program: A full-time, twelve month program for pre-medical career changers which includes a linkage to the George Washington University M.D. program.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Certificate in Health Sciences:  For pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, or pre-veterinary students who need to complete the admission prerequisites of professional schools.

The University of Virginia’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program (PBPM):  A one-year program for career changer pre-medical students who need to complete the science courses for medical admissions.  Includes linkages with the M.D. programs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh.

Johns Hopkins Master’s of Science in Nursing:  Not recommended for anyone trying to get into medical school.  Listed here to encourage career-changers to consider a different pathway to becoming a leader in healthcare through the nursing career ladder.  Must have a Bachelor’s degree already.  Can be completed in five semesters.  Up to 16 credits from the MSN program can be applied to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Advanced Practice Track.  Contact UMBC’s pre-nursing advisor, Ms. Kelly Simer,, for advising questions and more information.