For Students and Alumni Who Have Little or No Science Background
If you took almost none of the requisite courses required for admission to medical or other health profession schools while at Brown, consider enrolling in a post-baccalaureate program, which typically consists of all the basic science courses required for admission (the equivalent of one year with laboratory of general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics). When deciding which post-bacc programs to pursue, consider the following:
- With whom will you be taking classes? Will you be taking undergraduate classes, open enrollment continuing education classes, or classes just with post-bacc students?
- Will you be eligible to receive a committee letter from the program? This is important because Brown can't provide its committee letter to graduates who have not taken science courses here (though we are happy to advise you about the process in general).
- Linkages -- many programs have linkage agreements with medical schools that can expedite your admission process.
- Advising -- Programs should offer you access to individual advising about academic planning and the admission process.
Most post-baccalaureate programs can be finished in one calendar year, though in many cases you will have a "glide year" in between completing your post-bacc courses and entering a health profession training program. Admission to post-bacc programs is moderately to rather competitive, and the process varies from program to program. You may need to take the GRE, though many programs will accept your SAT scores. A number of such programs offer excellent preparation. Some of the long-running programs include Goucher, Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University. Assess programs based on your needs and goals to ensure you make an informed choice.
For Students or Alumni Who Have Completed All Pre-Med/Pre-Health Courses But Wish to Strengthen Their Background
Other programs are designed for individuals who have completed all pre-med/pre-health courses but would like to strengthen their credentials for admission. Most such programs involve taking advanced courses either in a medical school or through a graduate unit of a university. These may lead to a certificate or a Master degree (often called Special Master Programs- SMP). You will find the details of such programs in the AAMC database referenced above and on the individual programs' websites. The Warren Alpert Medical School Gateways to Medicine, Health Care and Research is an example of such a special program. Admission to these programs is also fairly competitive, requiring in many cases a minimum GPA of 3.0 (sciences and overall). Many require that you submit MCAT scores but would also take GRE scores. If you have not yet taken the MCAT and need a boost of your content knowledge through course work, opt for the GRE if possible. You should take the MCAT after you strengthen your preparation through the Post-Bacc program if this test isn't required.