Prospective Post-Bac FAQs
I am a U.S. citizen but completed my undergraduate degree in another country. Can I apply to the program?
Yes, most medical schools require prerequisite coursework to be completed in an accredited university in the U.S. Therefore you would qualify to apply to our program and may need to repeat all of your science prerequisite courses (if already taken abroad).
I completed my undergraduate coursework more then five years ago. Do I qualify to apply to your program?
Many medical schools prefer that prerequisite coursework is not older then 5 or 10 years old. Please contact your medical schools of interest if you fall in this category. If you need to repeat old coursework for this reason, then you qualify for this program.
I have an undergraduate degree but it’s not in math or science. I also lack applicable work experiences in the health care field. Will this disqualify me from consideration?
Most of our post-bac students come from non-science majors and/or careers. We are typically looking for students who have completed fewer than half of the undergraduate requirements for medical, dental, or veterinary school. If admitted, you must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours to receive a certificate and review by the Georgetown Pre-Health Recommendation committee. Post-bac students are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 while completing the requisite coursework.
I already took some science courses recently and I am unclear if I qualify for the program.
The ability to complete 30 or more credits is required to qualify for program admission. That generally means that you should not have already completed three science/math sequences in the last five years. You may not repeat courses in our program that you completed in the last five years and received a “C” or above. You may see this course offerings page and calculate how many credits you can take in the program to see if you qualify.
Will the PBPM program serve my goals if I have already completed all required courses for Med School as an undergraduate?
If you completed all or most of the required undergraduate pre-medical courses in the last five years at a U.S. institution, you are better served by other programs at Georgetown. Generally speaking, it is not recommended that a you retake undergraduate pre-med courses, but rather, that you take advanced courses to demonstrate competency. If you are missing only a few required courses, you may be able to complete them as a continuing education student at a state or local university, rather then completing a full program. Another option are enhancer postbac programs listed on the AAMC database: https://students-residents.aamc.org/postbacc/
Can I repeat individual courses that I’ve completed as an undergraduate?
We do not advise repeating individual courses if completed in the last five years at a U.S. institution and the grade is above a “C-“. A student will be better served by taking advanced courses to demonstrate competency.
Does a 3.1 undergraduate GPA automatically disqualify me from consideration into the PBPM program?
We have admitted students with a 3.1 or lower undergraduate GPA, but this is not common. Exceptions have been made in some limited instances under these circumstances:
-Overall GPA is low but grades in any biology, math, chemistry, or physics courses are good.
-Overall GPA is low, student did not take any biology, chemistry, physics, or math courses, AND student has been away from undergraduate studies for at least two or more years.
-Student has a record of improving grades and demonstrates that they have developed academic proficiency over time.
-Student has additional academic credentials that demonstrate more recent robust academic proficiency.
-You may provide an explanation if there are any blemishes in your academic record as a separate document in your application.
Can I send you my materials to find out if I qualify for the PBPM program?
We are not able to “pre-review” a student’s transcript to comment on the likelihood of success with an application. A full application must be submitted for review.
Despite having a competitive undergraduate GPA, my math and science grades are just average. How much will this impact my chances for admission into the PBPM program?
Generally speaking, the program expects undergraduate math and science grades to be at 3.2 or above. When you apply to medical school, the application will report your grade point average in several ways: your overall undergraduate GPA, your undergraduate “science” GPA (all courses in biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics), your undergraduate non-science GPA, and your postbac GPA in all of those categories. Post baccalaureate coursework is included in the “undergraduate total” GPA as well as in a separate “Post baccalaureate” GPA. Therefore, while it is the case that a PBPM program will provide an opportunity to take the pre-med courses and demonstrate proficiency and competency in science courses, it is not completely independent of your undergraduate GPA.
Can I use the PBPM to raise my overall undergraduate GPA before I apply to Med School?
We do not admit students seeking to improve their undergraduate gpa, our program is for “career changers.”
Are courses in person or online during the Fall 2021 semester?
During the Fall 2021 semester Georgetown plans to be in hybrid mode, with some courses fully virtual, some hybrid and some in person. This will depend on the instructors and the size of the class.
Can I apply as an international student?
We are not accepting international students into the program at this time. Foreign applicants are cautioned to do significant research on the likelihood of their success applying to US medical schools before applying to any program.
Foreign citizens and future medical school applicants without an undergraduate degree from a US institution may face formidable challenges. It is very difficult for students who are not permanent residents at the time of application to secure a place in a United States medical school and no federal financial aid is available for students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States either for post-baccalaureate or medical school costs. Additionally, most U.S. medical schools prefer applicants who received their undergraduate training, especially in the pre-medical sciences, from institutions of higher education in the United States. Some medical schools may only require the pre-medical science requirements be completed in the United States, but others may require additional credits from a US institution or a bachelor’s degree earned in the United States.
My transcript is from a foreign institution. Do I need to have my transcript evaluated by WES or another course evaluation service?
As long as your transcript has a detailed explanation about the grading or scoring system at your institution, you do not need to provide a WES evaluation of your coursework. You may ask your Registrar or similar office to provide the explanation. It can be included in the official transcript or emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the explanation is deemed inadequate by our office, we may ask for an unofficial or an official WES evaluation.
Can I connect with first-year students prior to my acceptance into the program?
We do not provide student contact information to applicants. Once a student is admitted current students are available to answer questions by individual request.
Can I schedule an appointment with a pre-medical advisor prior to my acceptance into the program?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer advising appointments to students prior to acceptance. If you have any questions about the program please email us at email@example.com.
How can I schedule a campus tour?
We do not offer campus tours to applicants. However, a self-guided tour of the campus can be found at this link: https://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/visiting/
Can I attend classes at night? Are classes offered in the day or in the evening?
Classes are only offered during the day. Students take undergraduate courses together with undergraduate students.
Are there any linkage programs to any medical schools?
We have linkages with Georgetown, George Washington University, New York University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and University of Pittsburgh.
I am unable to obtain clinical experiences before applying to the PBPM program. Will this disqualify me from acceptance?
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic prohibits volunteering or shadowing in clinical settings. The Admissions Committee looks for other examples of activities that demonstrate your interest in helping others and other traits of character important for a healthcare provider.
Can I take one or two science courses at Georgetown without joining the program?
If you would like to enroll into one course please see the following program: https://uadmissions.georgetown.edu/applying/visiting-students/#
Can students work while taking courses?
We strongly recommend that students do not work while taking science coursework, at least for the first one or two semesters. The science courses are extremely rigorous and in order to do well it’s best to focus on studying and adjusting to academic life at Georgetown. Once the student feels they have a good handle on coursework and has demonstrated the ability to master the sciences, the student can then balance classes with other activities.
I do not have an SAT or ACT score. Will this affect my application?
If you don’t have the scores for SAT/ACT, then just leave that section blank. Your candidacy for the program will be determined by your undergraduate grades, activities, essays and letter of recommendation. If you already have a GRE exam score then please report it on the application. There will be a space to input that score. You do not need to take the GRE instead of the SAT/ACT to apply to our program.
Do post-bac students live on or off campus?
Post-bac students live off campus because we are located in the middle of an urban area with limited space allocated to dormitories. Dormitories are reserved for undergraduates and some graduate students. The Office of Neighborhood Life at Georgetown helps students find off-campus housing and provides support and resources.
Can courses be transferred into the post-bac program?
If you have already taken any medical school prerequisites within the last five years, you would not need to repeat them in the program. Courses are not “transferable” for the 30 credits requirement we have to receive a Certificate and Committee letter. If a student already completed some prerequisites, then they will have to take upper level science courses to complete the 30 credits.
Are postbac premed students always together in the same course sections? Do they usually study together?
Postbac students take classes together with undergraduates. Because course section seats are reserved for the postbac students, most postbacs will be in the same section(s). The exception to this is if a postbac student has a schedule that constrains them to be in a different class section.
The postbac community is very tight knit and postbacs will usually organize study groups and choose to study together. During the pandemic the students are studying together virtually.
Does the program have reserved seating for postbac students?
The program organizes reserved seating for postbacs. If the reserved seats run out or a student wants a seat in an unreserved section we work with the professor to get the student into the class. Postbacs have never had an issue with getting into a course.
What academic support is provided to the postbac students?
Each department has tutoring services. Additionally, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides tutoring and academic workshops. Students can also receive support from the Pre-health Advising office to improve their study skills.
What is the medical school acceptance rate?
Postbac students apply in the same cohort as undergraduates to medical school. We do not keep separate statistics for postbac students at this time. The overall acceptance rate of students at Georgetown university ranges from 75-80%. The five year acceptance rate from 2017-2021 is 79.06%. This is more then double the national average.
What are the qualifications for Linkages?
Each Linkage program has specific requirements and timeline. Generally they require 3.6 or above gpa in all classes ever taken and/or in the postbac program, completion of prerequisites and extracurricular activities including clinical experiences, shadowing, community service and research and at least 511 MCAT score (85th percentile). Some require no lower than a certain grade in any course ever taken or just in the postbac program (usually B grade). These requirements are determined by the medical schools each year. Additionally, medical schools require the applicant to complete a standard medical school application which includes an essay, resume and letters of recommendation. Applicants apply in the fall and undergo an interview process in the spring.