What is Post Baccalaureate?
Post Bacc programs are designed for students who desire to take more coursework for their desired PreHealth field while gaining more experience. These programs can be for students who changed majors during their undergraduate career, need more experiential learning, are taking a gap year before Professional School or need to improve their intial applications into health programs. Post Bacc programs offer further enrichment in the PreHealth fields for students.
What if I am not accepted into a Health Program?
Not being accepted gives you the opportunity reflect, and deeply consider whether to re-apply or shift toward a different career path. If you decide to re-apply, talk with representatives from admissions offices. In most cases, a "How can I strengthen my candidacy?" approach is more constructive than "Why wasn't I accepted?" because there are more qualified candidates than seats, there are often no satisfying answers to "why" questions.
For those with similar qualifications to many who were accepted, it's not a satisfying answer; however, many accepted candidates are re-applicants who've had more time to learn, gain experience and mature. Often, the judgment of selection committee members is more "not-yet-ready" than "will-never-accept."
If you want to strengthen your qualifications, you can consider:
- re-taking the admissions test
- re-taking undergraduate science courses
- taking additional science courses
- applying to formal post-baccalaureate (post-bac) programs geared toward helping candidates strengthen their qualifications
- The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) has an excellent introduction to post-bac programs in their Resources for Students.
- Additionally, there is a new common program application portal: PostBacCAS.
- continue strengthening other aspects of your candidacy by getting additional shadowing, volunteer, service, work and research experience
Many re-applicants are accepted! For example, at the KU School of Medicine, one-fourth to one-third of the seats usually go to re-applicants. However, if you are interested in medicine or veterinary medicine, and you're not accepted as a re-applicant, you may want to consider applying to international schools.
If you decide to pursue other careers, the University Career Center can help you clarify your career values and goals, and apply for related internships, jobs and graduate programs.