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Post Baccalaureate

Premedical Education

Preparing for medical school

The Post-Baccalaureate Program, a Health Careers Opportunities Program at Ohio University, seeks to enhance the preparation of students with strong potential who have been unsuccessful at gaining entrance to the Heritage College.

The program focuses on serving Appalachian students as well as underrepresented minority students (Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, and any Asian other than Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian or Thai).

The Post-Bac program consists of one academic year plus participation in the Prematriculation Program for all students. To qualify for the program, students must have applied to the Heritage College, completed the interview process and been denied admission to the Heritage College. Once accepted to the Post-Bac Program, students are guaranteed admission to the Heritage College for the academic year following their Post-Baccalaureate program, if they maintain a 3.2 GPA on prescribed course work and attend and participate in other required activities. Twelve seats are available.

Program Components

An individualized course of study for each Post-Baccalaureate student, including study in biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, human anatomy, histology, physiology, immunology, embryology, microbiology, neuroanatomy, study/learning skills, medical terminology, endocrinology, virology, and bacteriology. 

Selection Criteria

All students accepted for the program must have:

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
    • if a permanent resident, you must provide a copy of permanent resident card
    • if birthplace is outside of the U.S., proof of naturalization must be provided (a copy of a U.S. passport or a certificate of naturalization)
  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • completed application to the Heritage College
  • completed minimum course work required for admission to the Heritage College
  • taken the MCAT within the last three years prior to enrolling in the program
  • been interviewed by the Heritage College Selection Committee, and placed on the waitlist (alternate list) for admissions to the college.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify, in the form of tuition waivers and student loans.