I have a 2.88 undergraduate GPA and a 2.62 undergraduate science GPA in a biology degree. I had a lot of problems my sophomore year, but have a slight improvement overtime. However, I did complete a MPH and got a 3.93 GPA. Using the AACOMAS’s GPA calculation, my cumulative GPA is 3.194 and my cumulative science GPA is 2.77 (This includes both my undergraduate and graduate courses). I have been out of undergraduate for 7-years. I have been out of graduate school for 5-years.
Since it has been over 10-years since I have taken the core science courses, I will be doing a DIY post-bacc. For my first year, I plan to take a lot of the foundation core courses like (Bio I & II, Chem I & II, A&P I & II, Microbiology, and Biochemistry). My first semester will be at a community college and I will transfer to do the rest of my post-bacc at my local 4-year public university. My second year I plan to take more advance courses like immunology, molecular biology, endocrinology, etc. Now that I am matured and understand how to effectively study, I am confident in my abilities to do well. If all goes well, I am hoping to finish with a post-bacc GPA of at least 3.7 to 4.0. Is this DIY plan the right approach for me?
When ADCOMs look at non-traditional students, which is more important for them? Having a high GPA from the start, or seeing that upward trend in GPA?
Please note, I have not taken the MCAT yet.
I would really appreciate your help.