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Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program

The pre-medical post-baccalaureate program is designed for students who want to fulfill the requirements for admission to medical school, dental school, and other professional health care schools. The program is an excellent way to fulfill undergraduate science prerequisites needed to apply to these schools and improve scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

At JCU, you’re learning in the heart of the nation’s top healthcare region, with access to internships, research and alumni connections needed to guide your career.

One-Year Program

The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is designed so that it can be completed in 12 months. The program requires a minimum of 34 semester credit hours. These courses fulfill the very minimum requirements for admission to most medical schools in the United States. Additional coursework that will enhance your educational background and preparation for the MCAT is strongly encouraged. A list of the recommended courses is available from the program advisor. A Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies will be awarded at the end of the program for those who complete a minimum of 26 credit hours of the program.

A sample plan follows. Plans that meet the individual needs of students can be developed in consultation with an academic advisor.

13 credit hours:

  • CH 141- General Chemistry, 4 cr
  • CH 143 - General Chem Lab, 1 cr
  • BL 155 - Principles of Biology 3 cr
  • BL 157- Principles of Biology Lab, 1 cr
  • PH 125 - General Physics, 3 cr
  • PH 125 - General Physics Lab, 1 cr


13 credit hours:

  • CH 142 - General Chemistry 2, 4 cr
  • CH 144 - General Chemistry 2 Lab, 1 cr
  • BL 156 - Principles of Biology 2, 3 cr
  • BL 158 - Principles of Biology 2 Lab, 1 cr
  • PH 126 - General Physics 2, 3 cr
  • PH 126 - General Physics 2 Lab, 1 cr


4 credit hours:

  • CH 221 - Organic Chemistry, 3 cr
  • CH 223 - Organic Chemistry Lab, 1 cr


4 credit hours:

  • CH 222 - Organic Chemistry 2, 3 cr
  • CH 224 - Organic Chemistry 2 Lab, 1 cr


Program Highlights

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Program Notes

Depending on a student’s prior coursework, alternative plans for a course of study may be developed in consultation with the program advisor.

Additional course electives are strongly encouraged and may be taken in biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, philosophy, religion, and political science as a way to enhance your educational background and preparation for the MCAT and medical school.

If pursuing dentistry, pharmacology, or nursing, check the prerequisites of the schools to which you plan to apply, as some schools have very specific requirements.

Students are encouraged to complete all of the required coursework before taking the MCAT.

A college-level calculus course is required if not already completed as an undergraduate.

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John Carroll's exceptional faculty have earned the highest degrees in their fields, strive for excellence in teaching and research, and have experience working with pre-medical students.

The Dolan Center for Science & Technology's teaching labs are well-equipped with the latest technology and equipment. All faculty have their own research labs. Dolan also has spaces for group study and quiet places for individual study.

JCU's Pre-Health Professions Program has an established record of students successfully applying for medical school.

The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program students have the opportunity to get tutoring assistance with graduate teaching assistants in biology and mathematics.

Personal attention is a program hallmark. Small class sizes are key. Caring faculty and staff help you stay on track in class and as you apply to medical and professional schools.

Internships are strongly encouraged as part of the certificate program. 

MCAT preparatory classes are available on campus each spring sponsored by the Pre-Health Professions honor society. The Writing Center on campus is available for preparing for the written parts of the MCAT exam.

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Certificate in Premedical Health Studies

Students will earn a certificate in Pre-Medical Health Studies if they complete a minimum of 26 credit hours of the 34 required at John Carroll University.

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Certificate of Excellence

Students may earn a Certificate of Excellence in Pre-Medical Studies if they meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 26 credits hours of the 34 required for the program at John Carroll University.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 with no grade less than a B in courses taken at JCU.

Earning the Certificate of Excellence in Pre-Medical Studies will confirm that the student completed a significant number of credits at John Carroll University and performed at an exemplary level.

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Where do our graduates go from here?

Students advance to a wide range of medical school programs, including:

  • Albany Medical College
  • Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Georgetown University College of Medicine
  • Joan and Sanford I Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Lake Erie College of Medicine
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM)
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Northwestern University — The Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University College of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Louisville College of Medicine
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis School
  • Wright State University