Several types of postbaccalaureate programs are available for students who need to develop their academic record either before applying to a professional healthcare program or before they re-apply. Programs include those for career changers who need to take a series of prerequisite courses, program students under-represented in healthcare and for students who need to improve their GPA.
The required coursework depends on the student’s background. For students improving their credentials, can include master’s-level coursework in biology—so they have an expectation that students will come in with the prerequisite coursework for medical school or another healthcare professional school program.
A variety of degree options are available.
Some programs offer certificates and are often one-year programs. Others offer a master’s degree and include two years of coursework plus a thesis. Some schools have a one-year special master’s degree program that includes master’s-level coursework but no thesis or research requirement.
Many programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Others require the appropriate aptitude test for the field the student wants to enter (or both tests). For example, they may require the MCAT for those seeking to enhance their academic record before attending medical school or the DAT for a student wanting to attend dental school.