I live in California, and because of the budget problems the State schools are having a lot of problems and as a result it is pretty much impossible to return to one to complete the pre-med coursework needed to apply to medical school if you have already completed a degree.
I was looking into Post-Bacc programs at California schools, but all of the UC schools state that you must be from an economically disadvantaged background, which I don’t qualify for.
There are a few State schools and private institutions that offer Post-Bacc programs, but I would imagine any State school is going to be dealing with the budget crisis as well and the private institutions seem to want a 3.0gpa, whereas I have a 2.97.
The questions I have regarding Post-Bacc programs:
- Are there any Post-Bacc programs that will allow me to complete ALL coursework needed to apply to medical school? I literally mean all of it, I need: Calculus, Physics, Bio, Chem, etc.
- If you are someone who is in a Post-Bacc program or has completed one (especially in California), which did you attend and what did you have to do in order to be accepted?
- Is there a website that has a directory of Post-Bacc programs along with their requirements for applicants? I found a site that works like a search engine for Post-Bacc programs, but it didn’t seem to be updated that frequently.
Any other relevant Post-Bacc information would be appreciated as well. I was planning on completing my coursework at a community college, but I contacted UC San Diego admissions to ask about their requirements, and they told me that even a 4.0 at a community college wouldn’t be that impressive to them. I understand it’s a fairly competitive school and everything, but hearing that did make me nervous about where I should complete the coursework. Once I heard that, I looked into going to the local university I graduated from to complete the coursework, but because of the budget problems I can’t do that either.