FAQ

What if I majored in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, etc.) but did not do well in my coursework? Will I be eligible for this program?

The Johns Hopkins post-bac program is intended for individuals who have not taken many science courses. The general rule is that if you have taken more than half of the science requirements for medical school, you are not eligible for the program. If you are not eligible, you may wish to look into another premedical program at Hopkins, the Post-Baccalaureate Health Science Intensive.


How can I figure out what courses I would take in the post-bac program?

The courses you take will depend on your prior science coursework. An individual course of study will be planned and discussed with you in detail during the interview.


How do students prepare for the MCAT?

MCAT preparation is included as part of the post-bac program. Students are given rigorous preparation during the spring semester in a class designed exclusively for them that meets students’ individual needs and timetables for taking the exam. Additional tuition is not charged.


What is your students’ success rate in gaining entry to medical school?

Nearly 100% of our students have been successful in their applications to medical school.


What makes your post-bac program distinctive as compared with other post-bac programs?

There are several elements that make our program stand out. Johns Hopkins is known for its science education, and the courses you take will prepare you extremely well for the demands of medical school. In addition, having a small group of peers set amidst the many resources and opportunities within the wider institution, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, make this program unique. Our course created specifically for post-bac students, “Introduction to Clinical Medicine,” synthesizes your science coursework with practical applications and prepares you for medical school. And the Medical Tutorials offer students exceptional clinical and research experiences with faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


How hard is it to gain admittance to the post-bac program?

The admissions process is selective; less than 20% of our applicants are admitted. We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated their motivation for medicine as well as academic success.


Do you consider applicants who wish to go to veterinary or dental school?

Our program is aimed solely for those wishing to go to medical school, thus we do not accept applicants whose aim is to enroll in veterinarian or other health programs.


Can I repeat science courses I have taken elsewhere?

Generally not, unless at least five years have elapsed since you enrolled in those courses.


How many students enroll in the program each year?

Typically, a small group of 25–30 students enrolls in the post-bac program.