Admission

Eligibility

Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree before enrolling in the program. Students in their senior year of college may apply and be admitted before they have earned their degrees. If admitted, they must submit final transcripts to the program.

The program is for “career changers” and therefore not intended for those who have already taken the core premedical requirements or applied to medical school in the past.

Applicants are not eligible for admission if they have previously:

  • Taken more than half of the core science courses required for medical school
  • Taken the MCAT
  • Been admitted to medical school

Exceptions may be made for applicants if they:

  • Completed the majority of their premedical coursework more than seven years ago
  • Took the MCAT more than seven years ago
  • Applied (but were not admitted) to medical school more than seven years ago

Applicants who are unsure of their eligibility are welcome to contact us.

If you have recently completed core premedical programs or applied to medical school, visit the Hopkins Post-Baccalaureate Health Science Intensive Program website. We also encourage you to visit the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website for information on post-baccalaureate premedical programs.

The Krieger School Physics Department feels strongly that calculus is the language of physics. Therefore, students are required to take calculus prior to taking Hopkins’ physics courses. It is not necessary for prospective students to complete calculus prior to applying. If admitted, they must take calculus before enrolling in our physics course. It is possible to do so through other institutions and through online courses. The program can guide students on how best to fulfill this requirement.

Clinical volunteer work or employment in a health care setting is strongly recommended. Entrance to the program is highly selective and requires excellent academic credentials and a record of achievement.

Range of Cumulative GPAs

Individuals with a grade point average below 3.0 are not likely to be competitive applicants. The chart below shows the range of undergraduate cumulative GPAs of applicants from the past five years who have been admitted to the program. The darker area indicates the mean GPA.

Range of Undergraduate Cumulative GPAs of Admitted Applicants, Past 5 Years (click to open larger image):

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I-20 forms (F-1 visa status)

The JHU Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is not authorized for issuance of I-20 forms (F-1 visa status) and cannot provide any visa sponsorship or support for international students who require this documentation.

Individuals who require a student visa should not apply to this program. Applicants who do not need a student visa, but who earned their post-secondary degree(s) in a country other than the United States, are required to have a “course-by-course” credential evaluation with GPA equivalencies performed by an outside evaluation service and submitted with their application materials.

How to Apply

A new centralized application service for post-bac premedical programs, PostBacCAS, managed through a third-party vendor, is being introduced this year and some post-bac programs are adopting it. We have carefully looked into the service and have made the decision not to participate at this time. We are committed to offering our students the best possible preparation and support for medical school. Having our own, independent application service is currently the best way for us to get to know our applicants in a way that is true to our values. We know that applying separately to our program requires some additional steps and are dedicated to making the admission process as smooth and transparent as possible for our applicants. To ensure this, we are instituting changes, including reducing the application fee from $75 to $60 and accepting unofficial college transcripts for the initial review stage. We will soon be implementing online payment of the application fee. We hope these changes ease applying to our program. Please read our application instructions to understand fully the process and required materials.

The online application to the Hopkins Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program will open in early September 2018, for entry in 2019. We only consider applications that are submitted electronically from this website and that have submitted the required additional materials, including the application fee.

Due to the sequence of courses, and according to students’ individual needs, it is possible to enroll at the beginning of June (Summer Term I), the beginning of July (Summer Term II), or the beginning of September (Fall Term). Most students begin in the first Summer Term; the decision about the most optimal term of enrollment is based on students’ preferences and past coursework, and after consultation with the program.

Please note that we recently upgraded security and it may be necessary to use a more recent version of your internet browser or a different browser to access the application. If you continue to experience difficulty after doing so, please contact David McCarter at dkm@jhu.edu.