Program Details


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Who should apply

This program is for students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) in a field other than a scientific discipline and are interested in pursuing a medical degree. Students seeking admission to a dentalPA, veterinary or other programs should contact the main pre-health advising office ( ).

You must:

  • have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • be ready to take Calculus (i.e., have had college-level pre-calculus)

You should:

• have taken at least one course in Psychology and/or Sociology.

Please note that at this time, we cannot accept students who have not received their Bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.

CCNY also offers Non-certificate, Postbac track for students who do not fit the above criteria.

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Important dates:

• February 1 - Application portal opens.

• April 15 - Deadline for all applications.

• June - Acceptances communicated.

Applications will require:
  1. Transcripts from all pre-baccalaureate institutions.
  2. A statement of interest in the program with career goals.
  3. Contact information for three individuals who will submit letters of recommendation.
  4. A non-refundable $75 application fee.

Click here for detailed application instructions.



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Sample Curriculum

Session 1:

  • Calculus (4 credits)
  • General Chemistry 1 with lab (4 credits)

Session 2:

  • General Chemistry 2 with lab (4 credits)
  • Biology 1 with lab (4 credits)

Session 3:

  • Biology 2 with lab (4 credits)
  • Physics 1 with lab (4 credits)

Session 4:

  • Physics 2 with lab (4 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry (4 credits)

Session 5:

  • Organic Chemistry Lab (2 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry 2 (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Genetics (4 credits)

Session 6:

  • Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 credits)

Optional Session 7:

  • Additional volunteer/shadowing experiences
  • MCAT prep sessions Tutoring service

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Our program is extremely competitive with all other similar programs of its type. Pay our low-cost CUNY undergraduate tuition rates plus a program fee ($10,000). Estimated cost of the entire program for New York State residents is less than $24,000 total.

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Postbac Students FAQs

1. Do I need to have a Bachelor’s degree already to apply for this program?
Yes. You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (a B.A. or a B.S.) in a field other than science.

2. Is this a career changer or grade enhancement program?
This is a career changer program.  Postbac students interested in applying must have few math and/or science credits.  If you were a science major as an undergraduate student and looking for a program to enhance your math/science grades, this is not the program for you.

3. If I took some of the courses that are offered as part of the curriculum, can I skip those?
No. It is important that all students in the program take each of our courses to ensure that as you move through the sequence, you are properly prepared for each one. Previous experience in a similar course at another institution should help you do well in our courses, however.

4. Are social science of psychology courses offered in this program?
Although the latest version of the MCAT exam includes questions about social and behavioral sciences, we expect that you will have taken one or more of these courses as part of your first degree. If you are lacking in preparation in this area, you are advised to take a relevant course in psychology or sociology and we can advise you in this decision.

5. How firm is the 3.0 minimum GPA required for acceptance to the program as a postbac?
It is mandatory with no exceptions.

6. Do I have to submit an application to CCNY/CUNY Admissions?
No, do not use the general admissions portal. To apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Health Preparations Certificate program, use this link. Applications require your undergraduate (B.A./B.S.) transcript(s), two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

7. Do I have to complete a second Bachelor’s degree?
No.  This is a certificate program only.

8. Am I eligible for financial aid as a postbac student?
Most postbac students are not eligible for financial aid, but you may be eligible for loan programs. Please contact the CCNY Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

9. Are there any scholarships?
There may be limited opportunities for scholarship support for some students.

10. Is Math required for the program?
Yes.  You must be ready to take Elements of Calculus (Math 20500 at CCNY) during the first session of the program. If you are not at this level, then it is advised that you take a pre-calculus course before starting this program. Once we resume on-campus learning, postbac students can have their math skills assessed by taking the Math Placement Test offered by the CCNY Office of Testing and Evaluation.

11. Can a statistics course be substituted for the math requirements?

12. Can an AP math course taken be substituted for the math requirements?

13. Are there linkage programs for postbac students?

14. How long should I expect to be enrolled as a postbac student?
Our program can be completed in 14-18 months.

15. Can I work part-time or full-time while going to school as a postbac?
This is an accelerated and intensive program. In order to succeed, you will need to devote considerable time to preparing and studying. We do not advise students in this program to work full-time.

16. Are courses offered during the evening and weekends?
Currently our classes are held between 9 am and 4 pm.

17. Are postbac’s eligible for a committee letter?
Yes.  But they must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2, and they must have earned 24 CCNY science credits to be eligible for a committee letter.

18. Are there separate sections of courses for the postbac students?
Yes. The postbac program has dedicated sections just for these students.

19. What are the tuition costs for postbac students?
Standard CUNY undergraduate per-course tuition rates apply for all courses.

20. What is the fee for this program?
The total fees for this program are $10,000.

21. Are the classes sequential?
Yes.  See the curriculum here

22. Are exemptions provided to allow students to take courses they do not have the pre-requisites for? (for example, can I take General Biology I and II at the same time?)

23. Can I be dismissed from the program?
Yes.  All postbac students are required to maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA while in the program.  

24. Can I start this program in the summer?
No, there is a single start date for each cohort and that is in October.

26. Does this office provide clinical exposure, research and community service activities for postbac students?

27. Does the program offer MCAT preparation courses?
Yes. If you volunteer as a tutor and complete a total of 30 hours of tutoring during the program, the MCAT preparation course fee will be refunded. For all others, the additional cost of this course is $1000.

28. Am I guaranteed admission to medical school?
No, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be admitted to a medical school. The number of applications received by each medical program far exceeds the number that they are able to admit each year. We do however, strive to make you the most compelling candidate for admission as possible.

29: Is the postbac program affiliated with the CUNY School of Medicine? Can I apply there after completing this program?
No, the CUNY School of Medicine only offers a 7-year B.S./M.D. program with a single entry point after high school.

30: Does this program prepare students for nursing, Physician’s Assistant or Veterinary Schools?
Right now our program is specifically targeted to students who wish to apply to medical school only.

31: Does this program provide F1 visas for international students?
At this time, we cannot provide F1 visas for international students

32: What if I received my Bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S.?
At the current time, we are only accepting students who have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.

33. What's the best way to reach your office?
Please click here for our contact information.



Last Updated: 07/06/2022 14:28