Curriculum

In our full-time, on-site program, students complete the science courses that meet the admission requirements of medical schools and prepare them for the MCAT. They are supported in their courses by the many academic resources available at Johns Hopkins. Our goal, however, is not only to provide the courses necessary for applying to medical school; we also prepare our students for medical school through an integrated curriculum that furthers students’ concepts of medicine.

    Hopkins Science Courses

    Students take the renowned undergraduate science courses in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. Seats within the classes are reserved for post-baccalaureate students who contribute to, and benefit from, the range of experience within the classroom. Post-baccalaureate students form a tight-knit cohort within the classes and university.  Our students typically enroll in the following classes, with related labs:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Physics

    Physics at Johns Hopkins is calculus based. Students must complete a calculus course prior to starting physics. This course may be taken through another institution and online. Students do not have to complete the calculus course prior to applying to the program.

    Introduction to Clinical Medicine

    To complement the core science, post-baccalaureate students also take Introduction to Clinical Medicine, a class designed exclusively for our program. This course encourages students to make connections between their past experiences, what they learn in Medical Tutorials, and careers in medicine.

    Medical Tutorials

    Students expand their understanding of the medical profession through clinical and research experience in Medical Tutorials with faculty members at the School of Medicine.

    Electives

    Students may also take advanced-level and elective courses at the Bloomberg School of Public Health or through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

    MCAT Preparation

    MCAT preparation is provided at no additional cost, and is tailored to our students’ needs.

    Customization

    The flexibility of the program and the vast array of offerings at Johns Hopkins allow us to customize each student’s program of study to complement his or her background. In turn, our students acquire the strongest possible preparation for medical school, taking into consideration their interests, completion of required science courses, relevant electives, and medical experience.

    Students who majored in a science-related field, such as engineering, or have taken some of the required courses and earned strong grades, may take advanced science courses and electives.

    The individual course of study appropriate for each applicant is discussed in detail during the interview process.

    Program Length

    Because the curriculum is customized for each student, the timetable can vary. Students complete the program within 9 to 14 months, with 12 months the most common length of time. All students must be full-time.

    Students wishing to take full advantage of the vast resources at Johns Hopkins, including enrolling in courses at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, can adapt their schedules accordingly.