The Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, the oldest and largest program of its kind in the United States, aims to meet the needs of college graduates who wish to pursue a medical education but who have taken few or none of the core science courses required for admission to medical school. The program also accepts students who wish to study dentistry, veterinary, and osteopathic medicine or other allied health professional programs such as PT, OT, and physicians assistant. Postbac students are both recent college graduates and experienced professionals with backgrounds unrelated to healthcare. Upon arriving on campus they have completed a rigorous undergraduate education and often extensive life and career experience, yet have taken little or no science coursework. Such students, if their determination is unwavering, tend to find their encounter with Columbia’s intensive sciences curriculum and vibrant premedical community to be a rewarding and life-altering experience, as well as superb preparation for medical school.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education