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Our Pre-Med Post-Bacc Picks for Fall 2022


We’ve updated our database for the 2022-23 academic year, which means it’s time to choose some a selection of exciting and interesting programs from among our rankings for you to consider. We hope you find this season’s picks useful and inspiring as you pursue your medical career goals.


Saint Xavier University Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS)

  • Type: Master’s program
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Duration: 11 months
  • Highlights: Saint Xavier University offers career changers and improvers an 11-month MSMS program that combines technologically enhanced classes with personalized advising and support. With a curriculum that mirrors the first year of medical school, the MSMS features a dynamic classroom model that captures thousands of data points about student performance, generating a prediction of how well the student would score on the USMLE Step 1 exam—and offering them detailed insight into where they need to focus their study efforts in order to fill gaps in their knowledge. Students who achieve a 3.3 or better GPA in the program will be guaranteed admission interviews to the medical, dental, or pharmacy programs at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and A.T. Still University.
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Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Medical Physiology

  • Type: Master’s degree
  • Location: Cleveland, OH (with online option)
  • Duration: 12 months full-time with part-time online option
  • Highlights: Case Western’s MSMP program is presented as both an on-campus program and an online program for students who can’t attend in person. The program is designed to equip students to obtain admission to a wide range of health professional schools. There’s also the option to complete a thesis, if you want to pursue a research-focused Ph.D. program instead of an MD or other professional degree. There are concentration options in clinical neuroscience or physiological research. The program also has a linkage with Case Western Reserve’s School of Medicine and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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Georgetown University Master of Science in Physiology

  • Type: Master’s program
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 10.5 months
  • Highlights: Georgetown University’s special master’s program is the nation’s oldest, having been established in 1975. In addition to offering a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty, the program puts master’s students into classes with first-year medical students. It features specialized advising and MCAT prep, study skills support, and opportunities for clinical and volunteering experience. Students can choose from two DC-area locations: Georgetown University Medical Center or Georgetown Downtown. The curriculum is the same, although clinical experience opportunities may vary. According to Georgetown, 50% of students gain acceptance to medical school while they are still in the program, and 85% are admitted after completion. For a first-hand account of this program, you can read our past Q&A with Leo, who completed the Georgetown program and went on to study medicine at the University of Iowa.
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Elms College Pre-Medical Postbaccalaureate Certificate

  • Type: Certificate program
  • Location: Chicopee, MA
  • Duration: One or two years
  • Highlights: The Elms College post-bacc certificate program routinely ranks among our top 10 post-bacc certificate programs. That’s partly because it offers students plenty of options, whether they are record enhancers or career changers. The program features personalized curriculum planning and multiple track choices. In addition to preparing for MD or DO program admission, students can choose to pursue specialized coursework and exam prep for pharmacy, dental, veterinary medicine, and other programs. Students can receive discounts on additional standardized test prep for the MCAT and other exams, plus mock admissions interview prep and other support as they prepare to make their applications. Depending on which prerequisites the student needs to complete, the program takes one to two years. 
  • Website: You can also learn more about the Elms College program in our interview with program director Dr. Janet Williams.

Northwestern College of Health Sciences Pre-Health/ Pre-Medical Postbaccalaureate Certificate

  • Type: Certificate program
  • Location: Bloomington, MN
  • Duration: One year
  • Highlights: The NCHS certificate program offers a high degree of personalization and flexibility. Students can work with faculty to choose the courses they want (or need) to take. There’s also the option to study fully online, fully on campus, or to combine the two as necessary. Online students receive lab kits to complete hands-on learning at home. The program also features many opportunities for mentorship, including one-on-one advising from health professionals and current medical students. Interview practice and personal statement prep are also part of the program.
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Want to look at even more pre-med post-bacc options? Visit our post-bacc program rankings to find a certificate or special master’s degree program that fits your needs!

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