Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the post-bac premed program?

Individuals may contact the program two ways:

For whom is the Goucher post-bac premed program designed?

The program is designed for students who have not previously taken the science classes required for admission to medical school. Occasionally, we admit students who have taken one or two of the science prerequisites. In these instances, students usually go into upper-level classes. Most of our students are in the process of changing careers or focus.

What are you looking for in applicants?

First and foremost, we look for a strong undergraduate record and a proven interest in the health care field, usually demonstrated by some experience in a medical setting or human-service organization.

Can I apply to your program if I have already taken the science courses required for medical school?

While some students are eligible if they have taken a small portion of the required science courses, we will not consider your application if you have taken the majority of them. Please call us to get more detailed information or to discuss your personal background.

May I repeat the science courses I have already taken?

We do not allow students to repeat previous coursework unless it was attempted at least five years prior to enrollment in the Goucher program.

When can I submit an application?

The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in early September and continues until the class is filled, which usually happens sometime in March. You may submit your application before September if you wish, and we will retain it until the committee starts its regular meetings.

What are the post-bac courses like?

Post-bacs take classes that are small and designed with their particular needs in mind. They are separate from the undergraduates and are limited to 32 students in the lecture part of the course, and 16 in each lab.

Do post-bac students live on campus?

All post-bac students live off campus. The majority live in close proximity to campus, within walking or biking distance.

What is the age of the typical post-bac student?

Students typically range in age from their 20s to early 40s.

Are post-bac students able to work while enrolled in the program?

No, but most students spend a few hours per week volunteering in a health care setting.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Financial aid is available primarily in the form of loans, but a limited number of grants are available. These grants are based on a combination of merit and need, and all applicants are considered for them.

Is calculus part of the curriculum?

Because the vast majority of U.S. medical schools do not require it, we do not include calculus courses in the curriculum. If the medical school to which you wish to apply requires calculus, you may take it during the glide year.

What is the size of the post-bac student body?

Our program enrolls 30-32 students each year.

What kind of support and advising does your program offer?

We provide extensive individual counseling throughout the post-bac program and during the medical school application process. In addition, we offer individual and group tutoring, MCAT preparation sessions, workshops on medical school admissions, and discussions with physicians and medical school admission directors.

How has your program adapted to the changes made to the MCAT in 2015?

The updated MCAT, introduced in 2015, added topics from biochemistry, as well as those from courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics. An interdisciplinary section entitled Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior that covers topics from the behavioral sciences was added.  Statistical reasoning and critical thinking are incorporated into all sections of the MCAT. Biochemistry is incorporated into the existing biology and organic chemistry courses. Statistics is integrated throughout the coursework, labs, and our non-credit math review, and preparation in the social and behavioral sciences has been added to our MCAT course to best prepare you for the exam.