POST-BACC Program Information
UTA offers an unstructured, informal, non-degree seeking, on-campus Post-Bacc Program. Students with a completed Bachelor's degree that want to take undergraduate pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-PA, etc. coursework at UTA.
There is no set curriculum or required classes for the program except for courses based on graduate school requirements and recommendations. This program is ideal for career changers, students that need to complete the majority of prerequisite courses, or already fairly competitive applicants that would like to take additional upper level science courses to show positive trend. Classes are not offered online. (Exception - Spring & Summer 2020 & some Fall 2020 courses due to COVID-19) Interested students should read the FAQs and resources provided below.
CHOOSING A POST BACC PROGRAM
Consider the following areas when choosing a Post Bacc Program that is best for you:
|Differences in Post Bacc Programs||UTA's PB|
|Course Schedule||Structured - set courses & hour req||Unstructured - students choose courses (DIY)||Unstructured - courses are recommended by advisor based on student's background|
|Target Population||Career Changers - needs to complete most or all science courses||Academic Enhancer - has taken most/all required courses but needs to show upward trend and raise overall/science GPA||Ideally for Career Changers but also for Academic Enhancers if GPA(s) is(are) above 3.0 and majority of upper level science not completed at UTA|
|Time Commitment||Full-Time (9+ Grad & 12+ hours UGRD)||Part-Time (<=6 hours GRAD, <12 hours UGRD)||Students' choice: typically 6 hours to start then increase to 9-12 hours to show ability to handle multiple courses|
|Access to resources||Resources specific to Post Bacc students and access to all or most instituional resources||Access to resources such as free tutoring primarily reserved for first degree seeking students||Post Bacc students have access to same resources as traditional students|
|Advisor Access||Yes - dedicated to post baccs only or combined with pre-health/pre-med students||No - only available for first degree seeking students or for limited access||Yes - the advisor for all pre-health students and is also the main advisor for Post Bacc students|
|PB Exclusive Courses||Yes - typically cohort based||No - combined with general student population||No|
|Test Prep Included||Yes - optional or required part of curriculum||No||No, but resources available|
|Clinical Experiences Included||Yes - optional or required part of curriculum||No||No, but resources available and can apply for the Pre-Med Preceptorship Program|
|Financial Aid||Yes- FAFSA and/or Scholarships (Only for degree seeking)||No - Out of Pocket||No governmental aid for non-degree seeking students but some aid may be available for second bacc students.|
|External loan options available.|
|Common Recognition Options||Degreed: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences||Certificate in Pre-Health Professions||Second degree conferred if completed|
|BS Biology||None for non-degree seeking|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
I already have a baccalaureate degree. Am I required to obtain another degree to be accepted into a professional school?
If you have graduated from an accredited US or Canadian School, prerequisites can be completed as a non-degree seeking student, sometimes also referred to as a transient/transfer student. You do have the option of obtaining a second degree. The best choice will depend on your unique situation. Most of our post bacc students are non-degree seeking and take 2-4 courses a semester.
How do admissions committees view post bacc students? Do they prefer Master's Degrees over Do-It-Yourself informal programs?
Admissions committees evaluate all applicants using the holistic approach regardless of program. This means many aspects of a candidate are considered before selection for an interview. Each student's path is different, therefore there is no one "best" path. The main goal is to show the ability to handle the rigors of a health professional school while providing evidence for your motivation for the specific field through consistent action. There is no "checkbox". Students that treat gaining an acceptance like a checkbox are NOT considered competitive candidates.
Can prerequisite courses be taken at a Community College? Are they viewed differently than courses taken at the University level?
There are some lower level courses that can be taken at a community college. Most admissions committees understand cost is certainly an important factor for post bacc students. However, it is important to consider how lower level courses can effect future. Students that do well in both Community and University level courses are viewed the same as traditional students as long as they have shown the ability to handle the future rigorous course load of a graduate professional school. Students that complete a majority of the lower level science courses at a community college should plan to take 3-4 upper level sciences at the University level. Since maintaining a competitive post-bacc GPA with an upward trend and having a good foundation of course content is important, it may be more beneficial to save some (or all) science courses for a University. Ultimately, it is up to the student to decide what works best for them. It is a red flag when a student takes all the "hard" prerequisite classes at a community college and does not take challenging upper level courses.
NOTE: If taking a prereqsuite course elsewhere, a copy of the unofficial transcript with the grade (C or better) will need to be sent before being able to enroll in the course at UTA.
As a post-bacc student, how do I complete the prereqs as fast as possible?
Time is certainly a factor that should be considered, especially for post bacc students, but building an overall competitive application is not a process that can be rushed. Each students timeline will be different and depend on previous classes taken, year the classes were taken, undergrad GPA, current clinical experiences, volunteering, and other experiences. Expect this process to take 1-2 years. Setting yourself up for success is the goal. Please review the information in the resources section below.
Should I pursue a second degree or just take courses as a non-degree seeking student?
This will depend on your timeline, current GPA, previous major, and goals. One of the factors to consider is finances as non-degree seeking students do not have financial aid available. Second Bacc students may be eligible for federal aid if registered for at least 1/2 time. Some second bacc students do not complete this degree. See finaicial aid question below.
What are the requirements for the program and how do I apply?
There are no specific requirements other than UTA's Admission requirements and having a completed Bachelor's Degree. Students with a foreign degree should check with the professional program they are interested in for admissions requirements prior to applying. Most require 90+ hours of courses to be completed in the US or Canada. For more information on applying, please see the applying as a post bacc student section below.
What classes are required for this program? Are they offered online or in the evening/weekends?
UTA's program is an unstructured program where classes will be based on each students needs. The student has the option on how many classes to take but recommendations will be made.
Post-Bacc Students take the same classes as degree seeking students. Classes are not offered online or on the weekends and are usually during the day. However, several of our lower level science classes (1000/2000 level) offer at least 1 evening section.
Required and recommended courses along with information on becoming a competitive applicant can be found by visiting your specific pre-health interest page. (You can also use the menu tabs on the right of this page)
Suggested Timeline (assuming 6 hours of writing intensive English courses completed):
Fall: BIOL 1441, CHEM 1441 = 8 hours
Spring: BIOL 1442, CHEM 1442, BIOL 3315 = 11 hours
Summer*: BIOL 2444 (1st-5 weeks), PHYS 1441 (2nd-5 weeks), CHEM 2321/2181 (11 weeks) = 12 hours
Fall: PHYS 1442, BIOL 3442, CHEM 2322/2182 = 12 hours (3 labs)
Spring**: BIOL 3446, CHEM 4311, MATH 1308 or BIOL 2300
*Pending summer class availability
**Potential application year
How are classes being offered in Summer and Fall 2021?
Classes during the summer are planning to be in an online or hybrid format with some in person labs. Starting in the Fall, classes are planned to be in person (on campus).
Are there scholarships or financial aid available for this program?
Students seeking a second degree may be eligible for some forms of financial aid if taking at least a half-time course load. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. There are currently no specific scholarships available for this program. Non-degree seeking students may be eligible for some alternative loans: https://choice.fastproducts.org/FastChoice/home/365600 and/or payment plans.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost will depend on the number of classes you are taking and standard UTA tuition rates. A typical 3 hour credit course costs around $1200 (in-state). Most students take 6-12 hours a semester. Please visit our Tuition Estimator for more information.
Is there an advisor for the program?
The Health Professions Advisor, Sandy Hobart, is the main advisor for non-degree seeking students. She can assist with a suggested timeline and courses. Questions regarding taking classes as a post bacc student can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be made on the Advising Page. Students seeking to complete a second degree will need to choose a major and then meet with their major advisor after admission to remove holds and for degree requirements.
- UTA's PRE-HEALTH FAQ
- UTA's PRE-DENTAL Page
- UTA's PRE-MED Page
- UTA's PRE-PA Page
- POST-BACC INFORMATION/FAQ
- TMDSAS - Non-Traditional Applicants
- ADEA - Non-Traditional Dental Applicants
- Non-Traditional Applicant Blog
FORMAL POST BACC PROGRAMS
- Application service for 61 Programs
- UNT - MS in Medical Sciences
- Baylor - Post Bacc Pre-Medical Scholars Program
- Baylor - Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Completion in Biomedical Sciences and Health Equity
- UTD - Certificate in Biomedical Sciences
- UNT Dallas- Post Bacc
- Texas Tech-MS in Biomedical Sciences
- Texas Tech - Certificate Program
- AACOMAS - Osteopathic Schools with Post Bacc Programs
- AAMC - Post Bacc Programs
- Texas A&M College of Dentistry Post-Bacc Program
Outside of Texas:
APPLYING as a POST-BACC STUDENT at UTA
Students will need to apply and be accepted to UTA first as an undergraduate non-degree seeking student or as a student seeking a second degree. There are no specific requirements for the post-bacc program except for a completed degree and UTA's admission requirements. Students can start in the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. There are no specific application deadlines. Applications are processed as they are recieved along but students should apply at least 2 months before the start of the term.
- If you have completed a degree and would like to take classes as a post-bacc non-degree seeking student or as seeking a second bacc, please visit ApplyTexas.org and apply to UTA with the Transfer/Readmit Application. (Do not select graduate application) Students can select College of Science if prompted to choose a college and then Biology or Chemistry as a major.
- Post Bacc Students can make an advising appointment on the Advising Page.
ACADEMIC FRESH START
Texas residents may be able to waive credits and grades for courses taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment date. You must apply to UTA as an Academic Fresh Start student. Keep in mind this is an all or nothing option. Students cannot pick and choose which courses to exclude. Students interested in this should visit the Academic Fresh Start Page and UTA's Fresh Start Page. NOTE: At UTA, students with a completed Bachelor's Degree are not eligible for Fresh Start.
NON-US MEDICAL SCHOOLS
There are reputable Non-Us Schools that may be a great option for non-traditional and international students. Reputable schools are fully accredited, have clinicals in the United States, prepare their students for the USMLE, provide resources to assist students, and have a history of positive residency placement rates. As with any school, it is the students responsibility to do extensive research. International Schools that receive Federal Student Aid.