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Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program
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You must hold a baccalaureate degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Classroom Instruction

Courses are available in the classroom only. Most health professions graduate schools do not accept online course credit.


Duration of Study

This depends on how many courses you need to take to be a competitive applicant.


Estimated Cost

This can range depending on how many courses you need to take.

Prepare to become a competitive applicant for professional and graduate programs. This program is geared for career changers who need to complete science prerequisites, academic enhancers seeking to strengthen their academic records, those who are reapplying to professional programs, and students looking to maximize their graduate admission opportunities.

Courses meet the academic standards of the University of California, Berkeley, and comprehensive advisement ensure that your education is of the highest quality. With our Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program, you’re ready to join others who have succeeded in gaining admission to medical, dental, veterinary, advanced nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, optometry and other health care programs.


College graduates who hold a baccalaureate degree and have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 4 required courses and a varied number of electives (depending on specific courses taken) for a total of 1.9 ceu and 24 semester units*. All credit courses must be taken for a grade, and students must maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Transfer credit is not accepted.

Candidates must pay a nonrefundable program registration fee. All coursework must be completed within three years. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion.

Credits earned in online sections are not applicable toward the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program.

How to Register

We have a rolling admissions policy, which means that we consider applications every month of the year. There is no application deadline, but it is advisable to submit all of your materials at least two months prior to your intended date of matriculation.

Note: Applicants can follow the instructions below through Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Effective August 15, 2019, all applicants must apply through PostBacCAS.

To apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program:

  1. Submit the online application, which requires uploading the following materials:
    • Online Application Form (DOC) (Note: Please adhere to the form provided and do not upload an actual personal statement/essay. If you have any questions or experience any technical difficulties with the form, please email extension-prehealth@berkeley.edu for assistance.) Enter your information directly into the Word document, including any test scores (MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.) taken within the past three years; word counts are strictly enforced. Convert Word document to PDF before submitting.
    • Current C.V. or résumé (PDF required)
  2. Complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  3. Pay the nonrefundable application fee through your shopping cart.

To complete the application process, you must also submit the following materials by mail (see address information below):

  • An official, sealed transcript from an accredited undergraduate institution verifying that you earned a baccalaureate degree and maintained a grade point average (GPA) equal to or above 3.0.
  • Any additional transcripts (official and sealed) from all other undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. International transcripts must be professionally translated.
  • Three letters of recommendation which must include a minimum of one from an academic reference (the writer has granted an academic letter grade in the classroom) and additional letters that are professional letters of recommendation. If you haven't taken a course in over five years, you may submit a third professional letter of recommendation instead of an academic letter of recommendation. Letters are expected to be confidential and should be sent directly from the references with letterhead and signatures, either by mail to the address listed below or by email to: extension-prehealth@berkeley.edu. Applicants may only submit letters if they are in sealed envelopes with the reference's signature across the seal. Opened letters will not be accepted from applicants.

Send materials to:

Tiffani K. Quan, Ph.D.
Health Professions Program
Sciences, Mathematics and Biotechnology
UC Berkeley Extension
1995 University Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

Note: If you are accepted into the program, you will need to pay a nonrefundable $100 registration fee.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the program coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your Award of Completion. Send an email to extension-prehealth@berkeley.edu. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved (usually within two to three weeks), your Award of Completion will be mailed to you.


Additional Information

You must be accepted into the program to take advantage of the Health Careers seminars. Completion of the 24 semester units of electives is required only for students who wish to receive the Award of Completion.

Students who have been accepted to the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program receive priority enrollment for high-demand laboratory courses. Instructions for priority enrollment are emailed a month before the beginning of the fall and spring enrollment periods. Students who fail to meet the priority enrollment deadlines can enroll in courses when enrollment opens.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Advisory Board

Amin Azzam, M.D., M.A.
Adjunct Professor
UCSF School of Medicine
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Samuel Merritt University

Lowen Cattolico, PT, MSPT
Assistant Director
Outpatient Rehabilitative Services/Physical Therapy Faculty Practice
UC San Francisco Health

Henry (Peter) Ralston, M.D.
Professor of Anatomy, Emeritus
UC San Francisco

Jessica Spengler, DVM, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Veterinary Medical Officer
Viral Special Pathogens Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jessica Stark, PA-C, MSPAS, M.P.H.
Physician Assistant
Sutter Eden Medical Center 

John Swartzberg, M.D., FACP
Clinical Professor, Emeritus
UC Berkeley School of Public Health

N. Nounou Taleghani, M.D., Ph.D. 
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine 
Assistant Dean for Academic Advising
Stanford University School of Medicine

Celeste G. Villanueva, Ed.D., CRNA, FNAP
Assistant Academic Vice President
Director, Center for Innovation & Excellence in Learning
Samuel Merritt University

Alesia J. Wagner, DO, FACOFP dist.
Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Primary Care Department
Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine