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College of Science

Post-Bacc Program

Non Traditional & Post Bacc Applicants

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. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

I already have a baccalaureate degree. Am I required to obtain another degree to be accepted into a professional school?

No. 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 commitees 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 hande the rigors of a health professional school while providing evidence for your motivation for the specific field through consistant 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 rigourous 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 challanging upper level courses. 

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 1.5-2 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. Completing a second degree may take longer than just taking required courses but may offer more flexibility in scheduling. Most of our post bacc students are non-degree seeking and take 2-4 classes a semester. 

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 intersted 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?

UTA's program is an unstructured program where classes will be based on each students needs. Post-Bacc Students take the same classes as degree seeking students. Classes are not offered online and are usually during the day. However, several of our lower level science classes 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 Fall (2020)?

Classes are currently planning to be held online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Most science courses will be hybrid and/or face-to-face. 

Are there scholarships or finacial aid available for this program?

Students seeking a second degree may be eligible for some forms of finacial 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. 

 

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. Shge can assist with a suggested timeline and courses. Questions regarding taking classes as a post bacc student can be directed to sandy.hobart@uta.edu. 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. 

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 

FORMAL POST BACC PROGRAMS

 

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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. 

  • 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.   

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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.