Gap Year Planning


A post-baccalaureate program is for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree, and are interested in a health professions career. They need either to finish pre-requisite courses and/or need to improve their academic standing for a more competitive professional school application. Is a Post-Bacc for you?  

Essentially there are two different types of programs for students hoping to attend med or dent school:

Basic Sciences: This type of program is for students who have not completed the basic
requirements for medical school. Generally this is for “career changers” who have decided to
pursue medicine. The coursework can be done in a formal post-bacc program or individually at a local university.

Advanced Sciences/GPA Boosters: This type of program is designed for students who were
science majors or have completed the basic science requirements. These are for students who:

  • Want to stay academically engaged during a gap year while applying to medical or dental schools.
  • Need to raise their GPA to become a more competitive medical school applicant.
Selection criteria vary around the country. Most programs require at least a 3.0 GPA and either an MCAT score of 20 or a DAT score of 16. Applications for the fall semester are usually due by March of that year. Check with individual programs so as not to miss deadlines.

University of North Texas Health Science Center

  • One year program
  • Minimum overall GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum MCAT: 20 with no subset below 6

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-  El Paso  

  • Two-semester Post-baccalaureate certificate program
  • Official MCAT scores are required.
  • Written Essay
  • Successful completion of this  will assure an interview with the TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Texas Tech School of Allied Health Services

  • Two year program
  • Min GPA: None – 3.4 recommended
  • Average GPA: 3.34
  • Average MCAT: 26

UT Dallas

  • 4 Post-Bacc options 

University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

  • The Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program is an innovative one-year program designed to enhance scientific knowledge and professional preparation for students seeking to attend medical school or other health professions training.  The MBS Program will help to strengthen academic credentials to ensure success as students pursue advanced degrees. 

Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training & Research (COE) Scholars Program - Baylor College of Medicine 

  • One year program in Houston - July through June   
  • Coursework in the biological, physical and social sciences; academic and career preparedness including test prep; and research and clinical exposure opportunities
  • Scholars who complete the program requirements will receive a $1500 stipend
  • Students must meet all of the eligibility requirements and submit the online application form and supplemental materials by the deadline

MD Anderson School of Health Professions

  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions, in concert with the mission and visions of MD Anderson Cancer Center, is committed to the education of healthcare professionals, through formal academic programs that award institutional certificates and degrees in health sciences.

MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School

  • MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School provides a unique opportunity to train within the Texas Medical Center, one of the foremost medical and research centers in the world. Students pursuing an M.S. degree at GSBS will receive access to top research programs and faculty, a curriculum that develops their potential while fostering leadership and mentoring skills, and training that prepares them for top positions across the biomedical workforce.   

Mississippi College - M.S in Biology (Medical Sciences)

  • The Master of Science in Biology (Medical Sciences) program is designed to prepare students for a career in medical sciences research or for those students wishing to enter medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant and pharmacy schools. This degree can be completed in one calendar year.  Unlike many programs, most courses are offered both fall and spring, enabling the student to mix and match course loads each semester, giving him/her great flexibility in designing the class sequence
  • This degree is a unique opportunity for students to take courses taught at Medical School level as a way to prepare for Medical School. Typically, the first year Medical School curriculum will include: Human Gross Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Biochemistry, Histology, Human Neuroanatomy, and Human Embryology. Pharmacology is usually taught during the second year of Medical School. 

Columbia University MS in Nutrition 

  • This program prepares pre-medical, pre-dental and public health students to integrate nutrition into their work as future health professionals and is great opportunity if you are considering a gap year

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 

  • The Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program (P4) at JGSBS is designed for individuals seeking to complete their basic science requirements for entrance into medical/health professional schools
  • They offer 1yr and 2yr program options

Georgetown University

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program (CAM Program) One-Year Masters Program in Physiology & Biophysics, Complementary & Alternative Medicine choices
  • Students strive to explore the science-based evidence of the most used complementary and integrative medicine modalities used in the United States


  • A post-baccalaureate graduate level Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate program for individuals interested in careers in the health professions. Courses are taught by Georgetown and George Mason professors.
  • This is a full-time 9-month, 20 credit graduate level certificate program which provides excellent advanced science preparation for health professions including medical, dental and other healthcare-related advanced studies. The program includes preparation for professional examinations (such as MCAT, DAT, or GRE), and outstanding advising and support towards your goals. The graduate certificate program follows a traditional semester system.
  • Students who successfully complete the ABS certificate program are eligible to continue their coursework at Georgetown University and complete a traditional Masters in Physiology.

Keck Graduate Institute Post-baccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program (PPC)

  • Combines the benefits of an academic enhancement program (AP) and a Special Master's Program (SMP) by offering an opportunity for students to flourish in a rigorous graduate environment.
  • Students learn unique knowledge in the areas of life science and biotechnology to enhance their future medical training, all while developing important interpersonal and inter-professional skills with biomedical professionals.
  • Program is designed for students who have had some success, but looking to further strengthen their credentials to become a more competitive candidate for medical schools.

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