Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program

A pre-med preparation program specifically designed for career changers with a bachelor's or advanced degree who desire to become a physician, but lack the pre-med requirements to apply to medical school. This program is available for Kentucky residents and out of state students.

Please note:  As of the fall 2012 semester, our program is no longer a certificate granting program.  It is a pre-med preparation program and has been renamed the Post-bac Pre-med Program.  This change was made in order for our students to retain eligibility for federal financial aid.  Recent changes were implemented by the federal government regarding eligibility for post-bacs and certificate programs.  This change will not effect our students' consideration for medical school. Our program's purpose and structure remains the same.

Our next information session is on Saturday September 6 @ 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
on the U of L Belknap Campus Ekstrom Library, 2215 S. Third Street in room 254.
Refer to webpage for more information.


Program alumni at the 2013 University of Louisville School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony

Celebrating our First Five Years!
Our program is celebrating its fifth year.  Over the past five years our program has grown and evolved.  We have been successful in matriculating our students to medical school; not only at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, but schools throughout the United States.  Our program takes its mission seriously and invests its time, attention, resources and support to facilitate our students' success in becoming the physician they always wanted to be.  Our first set of medical school graduates will finish with the Class of 2015.  The medical school graduating class of 2021 is waiting for you!  Our fall 2015 application cycle will begin in December.  Now is the time to prepare to be a competitive applicant for our program.  Keep reading to learn more about what our program offers!


Kentucky has 120 counties and approximately 80 of them are health professional shortage areas (HPSA)  Entire counties or portions of these counties do not have enough health care professionals to meet the health care needs of their population.  More physicians are greatly needed to practice in medically under served areas to help improve the quality of life and access to health care for its residents.  In Kentucky there are numerous counties without hospitals or specialists, requiring its residents to drive to the cities of Louisville, Lexington, etc., which in many cases are miles and hours away.  Area Health Education Centers or AHECs in Kentucky are diligently working to help remedy this situation. Most are located near or in medically underserved areas.  There are Area Health Education Centers located throughout the U.S.A. striving to reduce the amount of medically underserved areas in their state.  It's not just a Kentucky issue.  There are rural and urban medically underserved areas throughout the nation in need of more health professionals to meet the health care needs of the population.  There's also a great need to diversify the health care work force and to have more culturally competent health professionals.

The need for more primary care physicians; family and general practitioners; internal medicine practitioners and pediatricians continues to grown nationally.  These physicians serve as the first point of contact for most patients and through them referrals are made to specialists if necessary.  Our program exist to serve as a potential remedy to this problem by helping to increase and diversify the health care work force one student at a time.


The first step to become a physician is going to medical school. Medical schools have limited class sizes available each year which makes admission very competitive. Admission committees are seeking competitive applicants who have completed their pre-med requirements; are academically strong; have scored well on the MCAT; have had clinical exposure (shadowing); are well rounded; have a sincere compassion for others through community service involvement; make a great impression during their interview; have solid letters of recommendation and have a genuine interest in medicine.  There is a lot involved in preparing for and applying to medical school. Many students get discouraged or lost in the shuffle without the professional guidance to help them navigate through the preparation process.

The University of Louisville School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences established this program for career changers interested in going to medical school. This program is designed specifically for career changer with a bachelor's or advance degree who want to go to medical school but haven't fulfilled the pre-med requirements for medical school admission. Our program serves as a navigation system for its students.  Please note: This is not an academic enhancing program. Please refer to for a listing of those programs.


This program is the first of its kind in Kentucky.  It is designed for career changers who have earned their bachelor's or advanced degree and desire to become a physician, but lack the pre-med requirements to apply to medical school.  Applicants must have minimal pre-med level science in biology, chemistry and physics (not exceeding 12 credit hours).

Our program is a one stop shop for its students!

  • We provide a student friendly and supportive environment
  • We provide advising exclusively for our post-bac pre-med students
  • We provide monthly enrichment sessions and lunch & learn sessions
  • We provide a book exchange and resource library with course and MCAT materials
  • We provide tutoring through the REACH Department
  • We provide ongoing volunteer service opportunities
  • We provide shadowing experiences
  • We provide extra curricular activities (e.g., Team building,CPR training/certification, simulation center hands on demonstrations, etc.)
  • We provide an annual medical school visit to the U of L School of Medicine
  • We provide a peer mentor and medical student mentor for each student
  • We provide an annual admissions workshop and a mock interview
  • We provide a committee letter of recommendation from the Program Advisory Committee
  • We offer assured admission to the University of Louisville School of Medicine for qualified students!

Our application cycle is for fall entry only.  There are 20 spots available for the upcoming fall 2015 cohort. This is a two year program.  For example, our fall 2014 cohort would be scheduled to complete the program by May 2016.  However, it is possible to complete the program in a shorter period of time, pending the number of hours you take each semester and whether or not you take summer classes.

Each student has a program plan tailor made just for them based on course offerings each semester and their availability. Students attend school either on a part-time or full-time basis.  Some students must work while in the program.  Our students may take a minimum of six credit hours per semester (summer courses are optional). Most classes are available morning, afternoon and evening during the week.  Classes are taken with the general student population, including current undergraduate students.Our program is not responsible for the course offerings, the availability of courses or which instructor is teaching the course(s).  That is determined by the individual department and the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office.

Our students have a guaranteed support system that will guide them through the entire pre-medical process; from pre-med coursework to their medical school interview. Our students don't have to compete with undergraduate pre-med students for advising or for the services necessary for medical school preparation.  They receive personalized attention while in the program and become a part of a supportive pre-med community.

Teambuilding 2013

Our program is striving to increase and diversify the health care workforce statewide and nationwide.  We not only encourage our students to apply to the University of Louisville School of Medicine, we also make them aware of our other two medical schools in the state, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  We are producing qualified and competitive applicants for medical schools in Kentucky, throughout the United States and abroad.

Our program has a linkage with the University of Louisville School of Medicine via assured admissions for qualified students who meet the criteria. Assured Admission reserves a seat in the entering medical school class for qualified students.  Our ultimate goal is for our students to successfully matriculate into medical school and become the physician they always wanted to be.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."  - Quote by Earl Nightingale