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|How long is the program?||The program lasts 12 months beginning with a summer session.|
|When do students start/end the program?||The program runs from June 2021 through June 2022. Academic calendar dates will be available soon.|
|What is the curriculum?||All courses and labs are held on the Concordia campus, in person, except for summer 2021 General Chemistry I. That course that is taken online. More details about our curriculum|
|How many students are accepted each year?||We accept up to 12 students in each cohort.|
|Who is the program intended for?||This program is ideal for anyone who wants to change careers or students deciding late in their academic career to pursue a career in medicine. Ideal candidates will have a bachelors degree and an excellent academic record, but lack the prerequisite science courses needed for medical school.
Our program is designed primarily for premed and other health professions students having common prerequisite coursework, such as chiropractic medicine, and naturopathic and podiatric medicine. To prepare for dentistry, a 15-month option is available to complete required prerequisite courses.
Students wishing to pursue careers in pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy or as a physician assistant, please contact our admissions team to learn about customizing a program that includes additional prerequisite courses.
|Can I enroll to enhance my academic record?||Students who have previously completed their premed requirements and only want to improve their GPA are not eligible to apply.|
|What if I have taken some required courses as an undergraduate. Am I still eligible for the program?||Students will have taken minimal course requirements prior to enrollment in the program. Anyone who has completed 50% or more of the required coursework is not eligible to apply. Students who have completed some required courses should consult with the admissions team about program eligibility and substitution courses.|
|Do Post Bacc students take courses with undergraduates?
||Summer courses are for Post Bacc students only. During the academic year, students are co-enrolled with undergraduate students.|
|What is the application deadline and timeline?||We accept applications on a rolling basis beginning on September 14, 2020. Classes start June 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Since we only accept 12 students in each cohort, we highly recommend applicants complete the process early in order to ensure a timely review of their application. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out as early as February 15, 2021.|
|What are the admission requirements?||Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year U.S. institution
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better (minimum 3.0 in science coursework)
Volunteer/work experience in a medical field is highly desirable
Pre-calculus or equivalent must be completed before enrollment
|Can I take Pre-calculus at Concordia?
||Students may be able to take Pre-calculus during the spring before enrollment. Please contact our admissions team about tuition for this course.|
|Is Calculus I required?
||We highly recommended that students have Calculus I prior to applying for medical school. This course could be completed following your Post Bacc Premed program. However, in exceptional circumstances, or as a substitution course for students who have already completed one or more of the program requirements, it could be taken during your Post Bacc Premed year. If you are interested in completing Calculus I at Concordia, consult with our admissions team.|
|Besides a strong academic record, what are you looking for in a Post Bacc Premed student?
||In addition to a Bachelor's degree with strong GPA, we look for applicants who excel in other areas such as writing, international experience, public health and community service. We also seek students who have shown a significant interest in the medical field. We are interested in applicants who will thrive in a personal academic setting with an interactive, hands-on approach. Applicants should possess exceptional interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, confidence, and motivation to excel in the program.|
|Do you require ACT, SAT or GRE scores?||We require ACT or SAT scores (GRE scores are not required). Standardized test scores are an indicator of a student's ability to take a rigorous exam, such as the MCAT. The MCAT will be uses by medical schools to determine how well students will perform on national board exams required for licensure.|
|What information is necessary in the application? Is there an essay? Do I need recommendation letters?||Completed application using PostBacCAS
Official college transcripts
SAT or ACT scores
Essay detailing "How have your experiences contributed to your decision to pursue a career in healthcare?"
Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a former professor
|What types of volunteer or work experience should I have before applying?||Medical school admission committees are looking for applicants who are able to provide evidence of their commitment to bettering the lives of others. Some examples could include Big Brother/Big Sister, Habitat for Humanity, America Reads, AmeriCorps, community volunteering at homeless shelters and food banks. Work experience would include any form of direct patient care such as nurse assistant, direct support professional, personal care assistant, EMT/first responder.|
|Can I be accepted directly from my undergraduate college?||Yes. Applicants will need to show a strong commitment to a medical school career, including the above mentioned relevant health care experience.|
|What is the acceptance rate of students from Concordia into medical school?||In the last 10 years, 91% of students who applied to medical school were accepted into one or more programs.|
|Does Concordia College have any connections to medical schools?||Concordia has a very strong relationship with several local medical schools, including the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and the University of Minnesota in Duluth and Minneapolis.|
|What kind of academic advising and support will I receive?||Concordia has a formal Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) that works closely with both Post Bacc Premed and undergraduate students who want to apply to medical school. The progress of Post Bacc Premed students will be monitored closely throughout the program. The Program Director will be available to answer questions on course scheduling and assist students individually through the program. Tutoring services are available through Concordia's Center for Student Success.|
|Will there be any opportunities to gain health care related experience?||The Fargo-Moorhead area is rich with opportunities in the health care field. With three large hospitals, numerous private clinics, and many long-term care facilities, it is easy to find volunteer or work positions in a health care setting. While this is not a requirement of the Post Bacc Premed program, such opportunities are beneficial and recommended in the medical school application process.|
|Do you offer MCAT preparation?||We do not offer an in-house MCAT prep program. The curriculum of the Post Bacc Premed program is designed to cover the majority of topics that will be tested on the MCAT. If additional preparation is desired, web-based programs are available through a variety of vendors (Kaplan, Princeton Review etc.).|
|What kind of application support will I receive?||In addition to annual meetings preparing students for the medical school application process, HPAC will work closely with Post Bacc Premed students collectively and individually to cultivate the skills needed to write strong personal statements, interview confidently, assist with preparation for the MCAT, and provide the strategy needed to become a competitive medical school applicant.
An extensive letter of recommendation will be available for all students applying for medical school programs. Workshops are offered on how to write strong personal statements, and mock interviews are available through the Career Center.
|Once I have completed the Post Bacc Premed program, what is the timeline for applying to medical school?
||It is anticipated that students will take their MCAT exam shortly after completion of the program in June. Once students receive their MCAT scores, generally 30 days following the exam, they may begin submitting medical school applications. Students wishing to delay their applications for an additional year to acquire further MCAT preparation or work/volunteer experience, may opt to take the MCAT exam later in the summer and submit applications during the next application cycle the following June. The Post Bacc Premed program incorporates application service information, personal statement workshops, mock interview opportunities regardless of when students choose to take their MCAT exam.
During the "gap year" that follows the Post Bacc Premed program and precedes entry into medical school, students should develop non-academic components of their medical school application. Some examples are working in a healthcare facility as a CNA, technician, or medical scribe, or volunteer work with a service organization (e.g. AmeriCorps). Specific opportunities for gap-year healthcare and service experiences will be discussed further at appropriate times during the program.
|Will there be an orientation prior to the start of the program?
||Prior to the first on-campus summer course, students will participate in orientation. This will be a great way to get to know others in the cohort, meet faculty and staff directly involved in the program, and other premed students. We would like to make the transition to campus and the Fargo-Moorhead area as welcoming as possible by providing information and resources about our campus and community. Dates and times for orientation activities will be provided to incoming students following enrollment.|
|How much does the program cost?
||Total program cost for 2021-22 is $30,696. This includes additional fees for activities, lab and technology. See the tuition page for more details. Upon admittance to the program, a non-refundable acceptance fee of $300 is required. This fee will be applied toward your first tuition bill. The PostBacCAS fee is $130 for the first application and $45 for each additional application submitted.|
|What financial aid options are available to me?||Students admitted to the Post Bacc Premed program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans. Since eligibility varies, contact our admissions team with your specific questions. We can put you in touch with one of our financial aid specialists to review your options.|
|Is housing available?||The Fargo-Moorhead community has a variety of housing options available. On campus housing is primarily for undergraduate students, however, there may be exceptions. If you have questions about housing, contact our admissions team.|
|Can I work while attending the Post Bacc Premed program?||The program is designed as a full-time (12 credits per semester) program. We understand you may choose or need to work while enrolled. We encourage part-time work in a healthcare field, if possible. This is an intense one-year program. Please allow yourself enough time for academic success.|
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