Premedical & Predental Post-Baccalaureate Program | Department of Biology

Premedical & Predental Post-Baccalaureate Program

This program is designed for career-change individuals who have not yet completed the courses that are required for applying to medical, dental, or other health professional schools. It can also serve students who have earned a science degree, but now desire to enhance their academic records. Even post-baccalaureate students who lack any science background can, within 15 months of summer matriculation, complete the prerequisite courses for the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) or the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) by enrolling in this program.

For general information about post-baccalaureate programs, please see the following website: NAAHP Post-baccalaureate Information.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (for students with NO science background) :

Summer Session I and II General Chemistry I and II (CHE 111,112 and CHE 114,115)
Fall Semester Principles of Biology I (BIO 111, 111L)
General Physics I (PHY 211, 211L)**
Organic Chemistry I (CHE 351)
STA 108 or 271
Spring Semester Principles of Biology II (BIO 112, 112L)
General Physics II (PHY 212, 212L)
Organic Chemistry II (CHE 352)
Organic Chemistry II Lab (CHE 354)
Human Physiology (BIO 277, 277L)
Summer Session I and II Biochemistry I and II (CHE 456, 457)


**MAT 151:Pre-Calculus II is a prerequisite for PHY 211: General Physics I. Lacking the prerequisites, post-baccalaureate students may wish to do one of the following:

  1. Take MAT 150 and 151 during the summer concurrently with General Chemistry, or
  2. Request to take the UNCG Math Placement Test where a score of 80% qualifies a student to enter MAT 191-Calculus I, and indicates that postbac students have the knowledge gained in MAT 150 and 151 (Pre-Calculus I and II). Or,
  3. If you have appropriate college math background, but your previous coursework did not come in as MAT 151, seek permission of the Physics instructor to enroll in Physics 211.

Students planning for Physician Assistant school, Dental school, Pharmacy school, etc. will adjust this schedule slightly based on those requirements.

Additional non-science requirements for professional schools (such as Psychology, Sociology, Medical Terminology, etc.) should be added to this basic science plan in any sequence.

NOTE: Students with some science courses already may modify this suggested schedule. Students who wish to attend college on a part-time basis will also need to modify this sequence (and will take longer to complete their required coursework.) Courses listed are part of the normal course offerings of UNC Greensboro. Advising is done on an individual basis, since each student has a unique background and path. The full assistance of the UNC Greensboro Health Careers Advisory Committee is available to all students. Neither acceptance into nor participation in this program guarantees acceptance into any medical, dental, or other professional school.

QUALIFICATIONS/APPLICATION: To apply, a student must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Students will be classified as  2nd degree transfer students. You need to set up a Spartan Link account to access your on-line application at UNCG: Admissions Spartanlink. NOTE: Choose a first major of Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, with the pre-professional program of your choice (pre-med, pre-dent, etc.) as your interest track. The application process for all postbac students is the same, whether they are career changers or academic enhancers, and simply requires completing an application form through the Admissions office, and sending your official college transcript(s) showing your degree conferred. (No personal statement or letters of recommendation are needed.) More information about applying as a second degree-seeking student, including deadlines to apply for upcoming Fall, Spring, and each Summer Session, can be found at the Admissions office website.

Enrolling postbac students as 2nd undergraduate degree seeking students allows them the benefits of paying undergraduate tuition and qualifying for SOME financial aid (subsidized loans only, on new coursework). When completing the application, you must choose as your major a science field other than your first degree (students usually choose Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry), then select the pre-professional field of choice as your interest track. This will allow students to be correctly identified and routed to an appropriate Health Career Advisor.

All new post-bac pre-med students MUST set up an initial evaluation and planning meeting with the director (Robin Maxwell) immediately after admission occurs, by contacting the Biology Department at (336)334-5391 and asking to set up an initial appointment. After enrollment, each student will also have additional assigned advisors to help plan coursework.

FINANCIAL AID: Questions about financial aid should be directed to UNCG’s Financial Aid Office (

Grade enhancement students often retake prerequisite courses in which they earned a C or lower, and then take upper level science courses to demonstrate academic success. Students are not eligible for financial aid for repeat coursework (courses already passed at another institution or UNCG). Contact Ms. Maxwell for more information.

Please also read the following FAQs about Post-Bac Health Career Advising: Health Career FAQs and Answers

For more information, contact:

Robin Maxwell, Chair
Health Careers Advisory Committee
Department of Biology
UNC Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(336) 256-0066

For an application, contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
UNC Greensboro
Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitors Center
1400 Spring Garden Street
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(336) 334-5243

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