» Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Program

The post-baccalaureate program at Chapman University is recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It is designed for students who already possess a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field of science, who now desire to change their career path toward a healthcare profession.

The program offers the student an opportunity to take various courses required for: 

  • Medical School
  • Dental School
  • Veterinary School
  • Pharmacy School
  • Physical Therapy Program
  • Occupational Therapy Program
  • Physician Assistant Program
  • Nurse Practitioner Program

The program is not intended for those seeking to improve their G.P.A. by repeating courses.

The priority application deadline for fall 2020 is February 15, 2020. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Prior to registration for fall classes, admitted students are required to meet with the Program Director, Dr. Kenneth Sumida, to plan out the courses to be taken depending upon the Pre-Health profession chosen by the student.

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Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must have graduated from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree and a final G.P.A. of 3.2 or above. 
  • All admitted students will be required to maintain a 3.2 G.P.A. or higher to continue in the program.
  • It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed calculus before enrolling in the program.

Program Costs

Post-baccalaureate students do not qualify for FAFSA financial aid such as scholarships or grants, thus, they are entitled to a reduced tuition fee during the academic year:

  • Tuition is currently set at $845 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 academic year, but the tuition rate is subject to change.
  • Parking Fees are not included and will cost an additional $139 per year (enrolled in less than 12 credits) or $278 per year (enrolled in 12+ credits).

Program Benefits

  • All admitted post-baccalaureate students will be entitled to most of the privileges of an undergraduate student (e.g. library, student clubs, etc.).
  • The Pre-Health Committee, composed of seven science faculty, will help advise and guide students through the centralized application process for the healthcare program they desire.
  • The Pre-Health Committee will assist students with mock interviews prior to the actual interview with a university/school.
  • Post-baccalaureate students will be able to take a review course for the MCAT or GRE, free of charge.

Typical Curriculum Requirements

Students should be ready to take a Calculus based Physics course by completing at least one semester of Calculus. If not, students will be required to complete a Pre-Calculus course as well as Calculus before taking Physics. 

Typical Curriculum Requirements (e.g. Medical School) Assuming No Previous Science Courses:

 Note – this list will be slightly different for those who wish to pursue programs like: Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, etc.

Students admitted to the program who have already taken one or more of the courses above will have the option of taking recommended upper division courses identified below, up to a maximum of 55 total credits (including the curriculum requirements):

  • One semester of human anatomy (BIOL 210)
  • One year of human physiology (BIOL 365 and BIOL 366)
  • One semester of biochemistry (BCHM 336)
  • One semester of microbiology (BIOL 317)
  • One semester of medicinal chemistry (BCHM 350)
  • One semester of neurophysiology (BIOL 407)
  • One semester of immunology (BIOL 337)
  • One semester of developmental biology (BIOL 410)
  • One semester of molecular genetics (BIOL 436)
  • One semester of cell and molecular biology (BIOL 450)

For more course information by program see the Pre-Health Advising Page.

Pre-Health Advising Page

Application Process

Applications open on November 15, 2019 and the priority deadline to complete your application is February 15, 2020. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Admission decisions will be made in April and admitted students will be able to register for courses in June when the Fall semester registration begins for incoming students. 

Application Documents:

  • Application form
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Personal Statement (~500 words)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Non-refundable application fee of $60 made payable to the Chapman University Post-Bacc Program

Applications can be completed online or mailed to:

Chapman University
Office of Admissions
One University Drive
Orange, CA  92866


For further inquiries, please contact:

Ken Sumida, Ph.D.

Program Director
(714) 997-6995

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Erika Orejola
Administrative Assistant
(714) 532-7791

Ken Sumida, Ph.D.
Professor, Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advisor
(714) 997-6995

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Our Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advising Program sets students up for success in preparing for medical school and related professional health fields.