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How to Apply
The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program allows students with a bachelor’s degree to complete the prerequisite requirements for a healthcare professional school. We offer a comprehensive curriculum for students who are seeking Post-Bacc Pre-Med or other pre-health coursework.
Students may complete the entire 41-credit program or choose individual courses to meet their educational goals.
Now is the time to apply! Start classes this summer so you can complete the program in time to take the MCAT next spring.
Our program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in:
- Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine
- Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing
- Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy
- Many other related fields, including Public Health, Public Policy, Healthcare Administration and Healthcare MBA
Who can apply
Our Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and:
- Have not yet completed their science or general pre-professional prerequisites,
- Would like to enhance their current academic record or improve their GPA,
- Are seeking a career change to a healthcare profession, or
- Plan to complete Post Baccalaureate Pre-Med coursework
If you have not completed a bachelor’s degree, check out our Bachelor of Science in Human Biology completion program.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to check with their intended institution’s Admissions Office to ensure that our Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med/Pre-Health coursework meets the prerequisite requirements. We do not advise or guarantee compatibility with the requirements of other institutions or programs.
Benefits of our Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program
Completing Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med/Pre-Health courses allows you to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for professional school and to become successful in a healthcare profession. Our program offers an exceptional experience and unique advantages, including:
Create a custom plan: Tailor your coursework to fit your individual needs and goals by choosing from a range of courses in Human Biology as well as our Health Professions Core, which includes relevant Social Sciences and Humanities courses with an emphasis on health care.
Prepare for pre-professional entrance exams: Our rigorous curriculum prepares you well for pre-professional entrance exams (MCAT, DAT) and the academic demands of a healthcare professional school. (Our students receive a discounted rate for Kaplan MCAT preparation.) All reporting students completing the majority of program courses before taking the new MCAT have earned scores at or above the 86th percentile (score of 511 or higher).
Be supported and mentored: Our experienced professors provide mentoring and encouragement in a supportive, healthcare setting. You'll receive individual attention in our small class sizes - but you also enjoy all the benefits of a large University.
Learn close to home: We offer a one-stop, comprehensive Post-Bacc PreMed/Pre-Health midwest-based program right here in Minnesota – so you don’t have to travel far from home to complete your pre-professional coursework. Our campus is located in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Our recent alumni have been accepted to the following schools: University of Minnesota, Duluth, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Quinipiac University, Western Michigan University, Des Moines Osteopathic (2), Rocky Mountain Osteopathic, Ross School of Medicine, St. Catherines University (PT Doctorate), Augsburg (PA school), Columbia Univerity (DNP/MPH).
Learn more about our academic advantages.
Course Requirements and Curriculum Overview
You may complete the entire 41-credit program or choose individual courses that fit your needs.
Total of 41 credits in:
- Science and Math Requirement (Section A)
- Health Care Professions Core Requirement (Section B)
Section A: Science and Math Requirement (35 credits total)
Several of our science courses are offered in accelerated format, allowing you to complete one full academic year of a two-course sequence in only one 15-week trimester - half the time it typically takes in other Post-Bacc PreMed/Pre-Health programs.
Foundational Sciences (complete these 27 credits):
- CHEM2048 General Chemistry 1 (4 credits)
- CHEM2049 General Chemistry 2 (4 credits) - Prerequisite: General Chemistry 1
- CHEM2058 Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits) - Prerequisite: General Chemistry 2
- CHEM2059 Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credits) - Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry 1
- MATH1005 Foundations of Math (3 credits)
- PHYS2040 General Physics 1 (4 credits) - Prerequisite: Foundations of Math
- PHYS2041 General Physics 2 (4 credits) - Prerequisite: General Physics 1
Biological Sciences (complete a selection of 8 credits):
- ANAT1001 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 credits)
- ANAT1002 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 credits) - Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology 1
- BIOL2010 Introduction to Biology (4 credits)
- BIOL2020 Biology Today (2 credits) - Prerequisite: Introduction to Biology
- BIOL3010 Cell Biology (4 credits) - Prerequisite: Introduction to Biology
- BIOL3110 Biochemistry (4 credits) - Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry 2
- BIOL4010 Microbiology (4 credits) - Prerequisite: Introduction to Biology
- BIOL4410 Genetics (4 credits) - Prerequisite: Introduction to Biology
- MEDT1001 Medical Terminology (1 credit)
Section B: Health Professions Core Requirement (complete a selection of 6 credits):
- ANTH1005 Culture and Health (4 credits)
- ANTH2005 Human Origins (4 credits)
- MAND3310 Mandarin for Health Professionals (3 credits)
- PSYC1002 Health Psychology (4 credits)
- PSYC3210 Psychology of Addiction (3 credits)
- SOC1006 Sex and Gender (3 credits)
- SPAN1001 Spanish for Health Professionals (3 credits)
- UGE3710 Communication Skills for Health Professionals (3 credits)
- UGE3720 Critical Thinking for Health Professionals (3 credits)
- UGE3730 Bioethics (3 credits)
- UGE3740 Understanding and Using Research (3 credits)
Completion Requirements (full program)
Our Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program is a recommended course of study. You may complete the entire 41-credit program if it fits your educational goals – or you may choose individual courses. The full program completion requirements are:
- Completion of Science and Math Requirement (Section A)
- Completion of Health Professions Core Requirement (Section B)
- Of the 41 credits, at least 18 of the Science and Math (Section A) credits and 6 of the Health Professions Core (Section B) credits must be completed at Northwestern Health Sciences University
Tuition and fees
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Financial aid is available for those who qualify. If you have questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Questions? We're here to help!
For more information or to review your eligibility for the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program or to discuss your Post-Bacc Pre-Med/Pre-Health goals, contact:
- Your Admissions Representative, OR
- The Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-855-885-5409 (toll-free)
Northwestern Health Sciences University reserves the right to change or discontinue academic programs at the University's discretion.