Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Overview

The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is intended for those students who have completed a baccalaureate program, usually in a non-science area, and who now desire to come back to school to fulfill their science requirements for medical school. This program is applicable to those preparing for either the allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medical schools.

Contact Information

Laura Salem, Ph.D.
Biology Department, Chair
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, Director

Rockhurst University
Office: Science Center 220D
Phone: (816) 501-3239

Program Mission

The mission of the Rockhurst University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program is to provide quality science education and academic advising for individuals who desire to change their career path toward health sciences (medicine, dentistry, physician assistant).

Application Process

The applicant should have a strong undergraduate academic record.   A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 is required.  The prospective student must supply the following application materials:

  • Completed application form (not available on line--must fill out paper application). Request an application form at
  • Official transcripts from all previous college(s), and ACT or SAT scores.
  • An essay explaining your intentions (not over 500 words on application).
  • A phone interview or on campus interview with Dr. Laura Salem, program director.

Students develop individual plans along with academic advisor and program director Dr. Laura Salem.  Advising meetings take place every semester.  Students typically take the following courses:

General Biology I and II with lab
General Chemistry I and II with lab
Physics I and II with lab
Organic Chemistry I and II with lab

Elective courses include:  Genetics, General Physiology, Biochemistry, Advanced Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Immunology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology

Some coursework can be completed during the summer term.  It is recommended that all of the coursework be taken at Rockhurst.  

Other Program Attributes

Most students in the program do not work during the time they are taking courses to allow time for shadowing physicians and clinical volunteering.  In the spring before application to medical school, students in this program will interview with the Rockhurst Pre-Health Advisory Committee to gain feedback on their application materials and receive a letter to medical school.

Each year, admissions representatives from local and regional medical schools meet with prospective students.  In addition to these meetings, alumni who are currently enrolled in medical school frequently return to Rockhurst to share their experiences. 

Successful students in the post-baccalaureate program will be granted a certificate of completion. A cumulative GPA of 3.3 must be maintained to continue in the program. Students enrolled in the program are held to the same rules and policies as the typical undergraduate student at Rockhurst University.

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