Is It Time For Plan B?

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”-Jeremiah 29:11

If you applied to medical school or dental school and haven’t been on an interview or haven’t gotten at least one acceptance ; then its time to consider your Plan B. Don’t be discouraged about your current situation, (if you are, read this, then come back and finish this post). You’re actually in the majority.  Statistics show that less than 50% of applicants to medical school are accepted and only about 40% of applicants to dental school during the 2011 – 2012 year were accepted on the first attempt.

So, what options do you have now?   IMPROVE YOUR ACADEMIC RECORD

One of the best ways to do this is to enroll in a POST BACCLAUREATE PROGRAM.  There are programs for both aspiring medical and dental professionals.  Its important to do your research as there are tons of programs to choose from.  There are two basic types of post bacclaureate programs and they differ in their focus, and the students to whom they are tailored:  the academic record enhancer programs and career-changer programs. One good resource for searching for post bacclaureate programs is the AAMC.  It has a searchable database that allows you to look for schools based on your specific situation (underrepresented group, career changers, academic record enhancers).  Another good resource is the Post bacclaureate program list sponsored by Syracuse University.

Another option is to consider a MASTER’S PROGRAM.  A Master’s Program and a post-bacc program at NOT one in the same!  A master’s program is an advanced degree that may be attractive for several different reasons.  Some people choose to go this route for the earning potential, to advance their career, or to verify if medicine is truly for them.   Also, as a way to show that you can handle the rigors of medical or dental school, strongly consider a program that offers medical and dental school courses like microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology at the graduate level.  These are not the same level of classes that you took as a senior in undergrad.   Another benefit of pursuing a Master’s Degree, is that it’s a valuable asset for your future, if you find that medicine or dentistry isn’t for you.

One final option is the  “SPECIAL MASTER’S PROGRAMS” (SMP)  The SMP  is basically a year long masters program that allows you to take classes with other first year medical students.  If you have completed your science pre-reqs but still need to enhance your academic record this may not be a bad option because it will give you the chance to prove that you can handle the rigors of professional school. SMPs are intense and costly, but they often give you the opportunity to enter medical school right at the tend of the program, because they will allow you to apply to medical or dental school while you are enrolled in the program.

At the end of this post is a short list of programs to get you started but a simple google search of  “dental post bacc programs” or “medical post bacc programs” will give you more programs than you know what to deal with!

As you search, remember the following:
     – Choose wisely
     – Pay attention to application deadlines  (sadly application season for the MedPrep program at SIU Carbondale has already passed 😦
    –  Pay attention to the curriculum and the focus of the program.
    – Pay attention to whether or not the program is attached to a medical or dental school as this may offer some advantage when reapplication time comes around.


Creighton University – School of Dentistry 

Post-Baccalaureate Program…

University of California, San Francisco – School of Dentistry

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Texas A and M Health Science / Baylor College of Dentistry

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry


Drexel University- School of Medicine…

Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) program…

Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) program…

Eastern Virginia Medical School…

Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program

University of Connecticut- School of Medicine

Post-Baccalaureate Program

Virginia Commonwealth University- School of Medicine

Pre-Medical Health Sciences Certificate Program (CERT)

Temple University – School of Medicine

Georgetown  (GEMS program)


MASTER’S PROGRAM – Traditional

Advanced Biomedical Sciences Program/Certificate

New York Medical College…

Nova Southeastern University- College of Medical Sciences

Master of Biomedical Sciences

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

Georgetown UMC & George Mason (GeorgeSquared): Special Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences



    • Colorado State University: Master’s B Program in Biomedical Sciences
    • Dartmouth Medical School: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
    • Drexel University College of Medicine: Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Education
    • Eastern Virginia Medical School: Medical Masters Program
    • Georgetown University: MS Physiology & Biophysics – Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Program
    • Hampton University: Medical Science Program
    • Indiana University School of Medicine: Master of Science in Medical Science Program
    • Loyola University Chicago: Master of Arts in Medical Sciences- One Year Program
    • Midwestern University: Master of Arts in Biomedical Science
    • Mississippi College: Master of Medical Science
    • New York Medical College: Basic Medical Sciences
    • Georgetown University – School of Medicine: Special Masters Program in Physiology

Interdisciplinary Program Accelerated Track

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: Biomedical Sciences Program
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Cincinnati: Master of Science in Physiology (12 Month Premedical Program)
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center: Post-baccalaureate Precertification in Medical Science
  • University of Toledo – Health Science Campus: MSBS in Medical Sciences

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