Leslie Cachola
was accepted into six osteopathic and allopathic medical schools.

Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program
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Prerequisites

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.

Take advantage of our small, academically rigorous classes and personal advising to become a competitive applicant for your chosen health profession. You receive personal guidance on your application and personal statement, a composite letter of recommendation, a one-on-one mock interview, and the knowledge and insight into the application process through the Health Careers Seminar courses.

Program resources include a dedicated listserve that provides current medically related volunteer and paid opportunities, as well as research internships—keeping you informed on local health professional professional conferences and health professional school information sessions. Other valuable program resources include the A-to-Z Volunteer List, a reading list of medically related books and current admissions information from professional schools. You also have the option of priority enrollment courses that have limited seating.

Prerequisites

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 of registering for the program. 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.

To apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program:

  1. Submit the online application, which requires uploading the following materials:
    • Personal Statement Essays 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:
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, your Award of Completion will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the award.

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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.

Professional Organizations

UC Berkeley Extension is a charter member of American Medical Student Association, a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training.

Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Advisory Board

Dena Bullard, M.H.S.
Coordinator, Academic Programs and Special Initiatives
University of California
Office of the President

John Matsui, Ph.D.
Program Director, Biology Scholars Program
UC Berkeley

Ramu Nagappan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Instructional Excellence
UC Berkeley Extension

Henry Ralston, M.D.
Professor of Anatomy
University of California, San Francisco

John Swartzberg, M.D., Ph.D., FACP
Clinical Professor, Emeritus
UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program
UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Juhn Verano, M.S.
Foundations 2 Advisor
UCSF School of Medicine