About Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pre-Health Studies

Objectives 

  • To further the education of a student already in possession of a B.S. or B.A. degree who want to have a competitive application to a graduate program in medicine, physician assistant studies, dentistry, nursing, or veterinary medicine.  We will offer a personalized experience for each student based on their undergraduate coursework, their goals and the requirements of the graduate or professional program.
  • To help prepare future health care providers for practice in the state of Kentucky

Two Tracks offered

1.  Foundational Certificate

  • A course of study for students who lack the minimal coursework required to apply to the graduate or professional school of their choice.  Depending on their background, this student may need to begin with introductory-level courses in Biology, Chemistry, and/or physics, depending on their stated goals.    

2.  Enhanced Certificate (Already have pre-requisite courses but may need to increase GPA)

  • An individualized course of study for students who already meet the basic requirements for the graduate or professional program of their choice, but whose application and test scores may be enhanced by additional coursework in biology and/or chemistry, or physics, and/or health care administration and medical ethics.  This student may choose to do some research or apply to be a TA in one of our classes for a 1-hour course credit. 
  • This could be completed in either 2 semesters (24 hours) or longer, again depending on the student

Requirements for admission to the program

  • BA or BS from an accredited college or institution
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 overall and a 3.25 in their last 60 hours
  • Personal statement that demonstrates their commitment to pursuing a career in health care or veterinary studies which may include work, internships, and shadowing.
  • One letter of recommendation from a person familiar with the applicant’s academic background and/or work background

Certificate requirements

  • Applicant fulfills their contract for certificate; this will be individualized for each student
  • A certificate will be awarded if after the student has completed at least 24 hours and maintained at least a 3.4 GPA

Features of the program

  • Professor that will provide 1 on 1 advising
  • Small classes
  • Research and Shadowing opportunities
  • Opportunity to help teach a class
  • Connect with alumni in the student’s chosen field
  • MCAT and Interviewing preparation
  • Resume and application assistance
  • Letter of recommendation provided the student meets the requirements of the program
  • Subsidization of entrance exam
  • Service opportunities
  • Targeted field trips (NKU Gross Anatomy, med school tours, etc)
  • Special class such as case studies? (Case Western)

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Objective

To further the education of a student already in possession of a B.S. or B.A. degree who want to have a competitive application to a graduate program in medicine, physician assistant studies, dentistry, nursing, or veterinary medicine

Two Tracks Offered

This program offers 2 different tracks, a foundational certificate, and an enhanced certificate.

90%

We have a long tradition of successfully preparing students for health professions.  Over 90% of our students who complete the application process, including an interview, get accepted to medical school. 

Program Requirements

  • BA or BS from an accredited college or institution and an overall GPA of 2.75 overall and a 3.25 in their last 60 hours
  • Personal statement that demonstrates their commitment to pursuing a career in health care or veterinary studies which may include work, internships, and shadowing and one letter of recommendation from a person familiar with the applicant’s academic background and/or work background.
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Potential Careers

We anticipate two types of students would be attracted to this program.  The first is a person who completed a bachelor's degree in an area outside of science and now wants to go into a healthcare field, and needs many if not all of the pre-requisites.  The second type of student is one who has many of the pre-requisite courses but needs to boost their GPA for graduate and/or a health-care field.  

 - Dr. Tracy Livingston, Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pre-Health Studies Program

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pre-Health Studies Contact

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