» 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 of: medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, and nurse practitioner schools/programs.  The program is not intended for those seeking to improve their G.P.A. by repeating courses.

Applications for fall 2019 will be accepted from October 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019.

+ - 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.  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.  All admitted students will be required to maintain a 3.2 G.P.A. or higher to continue in the program.

+ - Program Costs

Post-baccalaureate students do not qualify for 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 $780/credit hour, but the tuition rate is subject to change.

+ - 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.).  Students will also be able to take advantage of the 7 member Pre-Health Committee composed of science faculty who will help advise and guide students through the centralized application process for the healthcare program they desire.  The Pre-Health Committee will also assist students with mock interviews prior to the actual interview with a university/school.   Last, post-baccalaureate students will be able to take a review course (i.e. Princeton Review), set up by the Director of the Post-Baccalaureate program, free of charge.

+ - Typical Curriculum Requirements

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

  • 1 year of General Biology (Bio 204/204L and Bio 205/205L)
  • 1 year of General Chemistry (Chem 140/140L and Chem 150/150L)
  • 1 year of Organic Chemistry (Chem 230/230L and Chem 331/331L)
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry (BCHM 335/335L)
  • 1 year of Calculus (Math 110 and Math 111)
  • 1 year of General Physics (Physics 107/107L and Physics 108/108L)
  • 1 semester of Sociology (Soc 101)
  • 1 semester of Psychology (Psych 101)

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):

  • 1 semester of Human Anatomy (Biol 210/210L)
  • 1 year of Human Physiology (Bio 365 and Bio 366/366L)
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry (BCHM 336/336L)
  • 1 semester of Microbiology (Bio 417/417L)
  • 1 semester of Neurophysiology (Bio 407)
  • 1 semester of Immunology (Bio 337)
  • 1 semester of Developmental Biology (Bio 410)
  • 1 semester of Molecular Genetics (Bio 436/436L)
  • 1 semester of Cell and Molecular Biology (Bio 450/450L)

+ - Application Process

Applications open on October 1.  The deadline to complete your application is February 1.    Admission decisions will be made in early March where admitted students will be able to register for courses in June when the Fall semester registration begins for incoming students.  Prior to registration, admitted students will be required to meet with the Program Director to plan out the courses to be taken depending upon the Pre-Health profession chosen by the student.

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


Mail all application materials to:

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


For further inquiries, please contact:

Ken Sumida, Ph.D.
(714) 997-6995

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Program

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

Contact Us

Kenneth Sumida, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences
Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advisor
(714) 997-6995