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Postbaccalaureate Program

 

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“My time in the Postbaccalaureate program at UC Irvine definitely allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for the medical field that I am pursuing. In addition, it helped me develop the skills and mindset needed to succeed in upper division science courses. Finally, it instilled a sense of confidence in me that I did not have during my time as an undergraduate. My counselors, mentors, and cohort are undoubtedly the greatest support network that I can ask for during my journey to medicine.”

– Former UC Irvine Postbaccalaureate student



The UC Irvine School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Program is designed to assist disadvantaged applicants in gaining acceptance to medical school, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of physicians in underserved areas.

The program, which has been in existence for 30 years, has a record of placing more than 88 percent of all participants in a U.S. medical school.

Students in the program are provided with a supportive environment aimed at:

  • Strengthening learning skills
  • Demonstrating proficiency in the sciences
  • Preparing for the MCAT exam
  • Becoming a competitive applicant who successfully gains admission to medical school
Eligibility Requirements »

To be eligible for the Postbaccalaureate Program, the successful candidates must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Be considered disadvantaged*
  • Possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.8
  • Have completed at least 75 percent of the UC Irvine School of Medicine prerequisites
  • Have taken a minimum of one upper division biology course
  • If a re-applicant, must have a minimum composite MCAT score of 21 or MCAT 2015 score of 492
  • Have a demonstrated record of service to the underserved
  • Have not previously matriculated at a medical school
  • Submit an application with all supporting documents by the final deadline

*A disadvantaged individual is one who, from an early age, resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family, societal or other hardships that significantly compromised their educational opportunities.

Program Overview »

The main components of the program are enrollment in two upper-division biology courses (8 units) for summer session I and II on the UC Irvine undergraduate campus, followed by full-time enrollment (12 units) for fall and winter quarters.

Over the course of the program, students will complete a total of 40 quarter units. An intensive MCAT exam preparation phase is conducted during the spring quarter.

Depending on the academic background of the student, course enrollments will vary. Students will receive one-on-one academic counseling to formulate the classes that will best meet their academic needs and discuss the areas they can further develop in their application to medical school.

Program Calendar »
Program Calendar
Academic Enhancement »

During the academic year, students enroll in upper-division science courses. It is expected that students will maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher in these courses. This is an opportunity for students to:

  • Implement new learning skills and study habits
  • Receive one-on-one academic counseling and guidance throughout the program and application process
  • Demonstrate the academic mastery that is required in medical school
  • Use various campus resources, including the Writing Center, the Learning & Academic Resource Center (LARC), the Career Center and the Counseling Center 

Students are also enrolled in an MCAT critical reasoning preparation course throughout fall quarter. If needed, students may also participate in research and/or enhance their clinical exposure for academic credit. The program hosts seminars, workshops, motivational gatherings, and professional discussions focusing on health care in underserved populations. Some additional highlights are:

  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Medical student interaction
  • Attending local and state conferences
  • Community and professional development opportunities

Program staff members work closely with participants throughout the medical school application process. Upon satisfactory progress within the program, a personalized letter of recommendation is provided to the medical schools where the participant has applied.

MCAT and Medical School Application Preparation »

MCAT preparation

Phase II of the program takes place during spring quarter and includes preparation for both the MCAT and the medical school application process. Included in this phase are:

  • Review sessions in biology, chemistry, physics and verbal reasoning
  • Diagnostic and practice MCAT exams
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Mock interviews
  • Composing a personal statement
  • Stress and time management workshops

Students meet with program advisors to determine their readiness for application/re-application to medical school. The objective is to provide students with the tools needed to perform to their full potential on the MCAT exam.

The MCAT exam date and subsequent application to medical school will be determined based on a student’s progress.

Program Costs »

Students are responsible for all costs including living expenses, tuition/registration fees and any additional educational costs over the course of the program. Since only a portion of the costs can be defrayed by student loans, participants are encouraged to apply early for financial aid. Depending on institutional funding in a given year, some of the costs may be covered by the program.

Applicants should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for both the current academic year and the previous academic year. Submitting the FAFSA is the first step to applying for financial aid. It does not cost anything to apply for financial aid. Please visit www.fafsa.gov to complete the form. UC Irvine's school code is 001314.

If you have any questions about the FAFSA or the financial aid process, representatives from the School of Medicine Financial Aid Office are available to help you. For specific questions, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at cmfao@uci.edu or 949-824-6476.

Application Process »

The UC Irvine Postbaccalaureate Program, along with other UC medical school programs, are part of a consortium.

The consortium uses a joint online application and a centralized service for all application materials. This allows applicants to apply to various programs on different UC campuses.

However, applications are considered separately and deadlines for completed applications vary for each program. The online application is available each year beginning in January. It can be found on the University of California Postbaccalaureate Consortium website.

Application Deadlines »

2018 Application Deadlines for All Applicants (First-time and Re-applicants)

  • Priority Deadline: Wednesday, Febuary 28, 2018
  • Final Deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Instructions are available at https://postbac.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/.

In addition to submitting a complete online California Postbaccalaureate Consortium application, you must submit all supporting materials, which include letters of recommendation, college transcripts and, if you are reapplying, a copy of your processed AMCAS application to the centralized service. This centralized service will distribute copies of your materials to UC Irvine.

Questions?

Contact us at:

Office of Admissions & Outreach
Medical Education Building
Irvine, CA 92697-4089
Phone: 949-824-5388 or 800-824-5388
Email: pbsom@uci.edu

Program Alumni

Keep in touch: We always enjoy hearing from you and want to know about your latest professional and personal activities. Please feel free to send us updates at pbsom@uci.edu.

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