FAQs

Who should attend the Post-Bacc program?

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program is for those with a bachelor’s degree who lack the prerequisite science courses to apply to medical school or professional healthcare programs.

How many students are enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program?

On average, about 60 students enroll each year. Students can begin the program in spring, summer, or fall semesters.

I’ve completed some prerequisite science courses for medical school, but not all. Is UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program right for me?

Yes. Many students find our program suits their academic and research needs prior to applying to medical school. However, the answer really depends on the number of credits you still need to complete, as well as your academic performance in these courses.

My previous grades are not representative of my ability. Will your admissions committee still consider my application?

The committee seeks to admit those who will make the finest doctors, medical professionals, and healthcare providers and will be flexible where circumstances warrant. Please note that the pre-medical program is selective, as is getting into medical school and graduate healthcare programs. The average GPA for medical school admission is 3.7.

Can I start the program at any time?

Yes, you may begin the program at any of our 3 start terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall) during the year. Most students choose to begin the program in the Summer or Fall term as it aligns best with their schedules.

Do you find most students complete the program within one year?

While most students complete the program in one 12-month period, it is possible to stretch your program out to 18 or 24 months depending on your circumstances. We would work with you to design a plan in the case of an extended program.

Does UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program prepare students for healthcare professional studies other than medical school?

Yes. Our students have prepared for graduate-level physical therapy, veterinary, dental, osteopathy, physician assistant, chiropractic, pharmacy, optometry, and public health degrees.

Where do most Post-Baccs live? What off-campus housing options are there?

There is no on-campus housing for this program, but there are many options for off-campus housing. Many Post-Bacc students live together off-campus, within walking distance.

Can I work while I’m in this program?

It is possible for some students to work while completing this program. However, there is an expectation that students dedicate time for volunteering and patient care. These opportunities will help set you apart when you apply to a medical or professional healthcare program.

Are there opportunities to gain medical experience in the Burlington area?

Yes. Burlington is home to UVM’s Larner College of Medicine and the award-winning University of Vermont Medical Center, a teaching hospital and Level I Trauma Center focused on patient care. Burlington is Vermont’s largest city and home to several healthcare clinics and agencies where our students have found shadowing, internship, volunteer, and work opportunities in direct patient care.

Does the program offer opportunities for research?

UVM is a research university, with its medical school located on the main campus. It is one of the top 10 cancer research facilities in the country and is a leader in many research disciplines including medical cannabis and biomedical research. Many of our students have found research opportunities through the Honors College, while others have gone directly to graduate and medical school faculty to line up research in a study.

Why are Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program students considered UVM Professional and Continuing Education students?

The Post-Bacc Pre-Med program is a UVM Certificate Program, providing a bridge into medical school and healthcare professional schools. The program is administered by the Professional and Continuing Education team, where our student services staff is available to support you every step of the way.

Can I start preparing for the MCAT now with the aim of entering the Post-Bacc program this year and taking the MCAT in the spring?

One of the unique features of our program is that you’re getting the content, very intensively, that you’re going to have to cover in the MCAT. Most of our students do some MCAT prep as they’re going, so they’re focused on not only the content, but the test preparation. We work closely with students for the MCAT because our goal is to have you as well-prepared as possible.

Additionally, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, UVM offers a discounted rate for the MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course, which is open and available to all UVM students at a rate of $1,080 per student, a significant savings off of Kaplan’s current retail class rate of $1999 per student. Kaplan’s MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course allows you to prep for the MCAT on the schedule that works best for you.

How do I receive my Certificate of Completion?

In order to receive your Post-Bacc Pre-Med certificate, you will submit a completion form during your last planned semester in the program or following completion of the program.

What schools do graduates continue to?

Here is a partial list of schools where our students have matriculated.

NoteThe number of matriculates for each varies, with the highest being the UVM Larner College of Medicinewhere well over 100 of our students have matriculated to date.

Allopathic Medical Schools

Albert Einstein | Boston University MD/MPH | Case Western Reserve | Columbia | Cornell | Dartmouth | Drexel | East Carolina University | Eastern Tennessee | Eastern Virginia | Georgetown | George Washington University | Harvard | Howard | Jefferson University | Johns Hopkins | Loyola-Stritch | McGill | Medical College of Pennsylvania | Miami (Miller) | Mount Sinai | Ohio State University | Oregon Health Sciences | Penn State University | Temple University | Tufts | Tulane | St. George’s | St. Louis | SUNY Buffalo | SUNY Upstate | University of Albany | University of Arizona | University of California, Davis | University of Chicago | University of Cincinnati | University of Colorado | University of Maryland | University of Massachusetts | University of Minnesota | University of Nebraska | University of Rochester | University of Texas-Austin | University of Tennessee | University of the Americas | University of Utah | University of Vermont | Wake Forest

Chiropractic

NY College of Chiropractic Medicine | Parker College of Chiropractic

Dental

Boston University | Tufts | University of Connecticut | University of Pittsburgh

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of Vermont

Master’s in Public Health

Columbia | Dartmouth | Johns Hopkins | University of Chicago

Naturopathic

Bastyr

Nurse Practitioner Programs

Case Western | Johns-Hopkins | Massachusetts General Hospital | New York University | U.C. Davis | U.C. San Francisco | University of New Hampshire Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing | University of Rochester | University of | Southern Maine | University of Vermont | Vanderbilt | Yale

Osteopathic Medical Schools

Arizona | A.T. Still | Chicago | Edward Via | Lake Erie | Michigan State University | New York | NOVA Southeastern | Philadelphia | University of New England | Western Virginia

Physician Assistant Programs

Barry University | Drexel | Duke | Duquesne | Emory | Franklin Pierce | George Washington | Le Moyne | MCPHS | Manchester | Northeastern | Philadelphia University | Quinnipeac | University of California at Davis | University of | Medicine Dentistry of NJ | University of New England | Yale

Veterinary Schools

Auburn | Colorado | Cornell | Kansas | Ross | Tufts | University of Illinois | University of Pennsylvania | Virginia/Maryland Regional | Wisconsin

Other

Dartmouth Clinical Eval. Science MS or PhD | St. Joseph’s, Maine Nursing PhD | University of Oregon Health Biochemistry Science PhD | University of Vermont Genetics PhD | University of Vermont Physical Therapy Masters | University of Vermont Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD | University of Vermont Neuroscience PhD | University of Vermont Psychology PhD