Curriculum & Guaranteed Enrollment
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Curriculum & Guaranteed Enrollment

This is a rigorous two year program, equivalent to eight quarters, which will include enrollment in two summer sessions. Our intensive, fulltime enrollment curriculum is designed to equip students for a smooth transition into future health profession programs.  Basic core courses are taught using problem-based learning to encourage analytical scientific thinking—skills necessary to be successful in any health profession program. Students will enroll in a minimum of three to four courses per quarter, plus a Health Professions Development Seminar designed especially for our postbaccalaureate cohort. Students in the program will be immersed in the same classrooms with UCI undergraduate science majors, which will attest to the strength and competency of the students who complete the post baccalaureate program.  Our students will be able to partake in the same competitive learning experience at UCI as other science majors in similar four year institutions, clearly demonstrating to future medical programs their readiness.

Students accepted into the program have guaranteed enrollment in the basic science core courses and several upper division level courses applicable to admissions requirements such as Human Physiology, Microbiology, Developmental, and Cellular Biology. Upon completion of their basic science courses students will have the option to enroll in other upper division Biology electives that can be beneficial to their career goals.  The curriculum is personalized to meet each student’s pre-health admission requirements.

Upon the completion of the program students will have satisfied the following: one year of General Chemistry with lab (in an accelerated summer course), one year of Organic Chemistry with lab, one year of Physics with lab and other upper division Biological Science electives courses.

Sample Curriculum

1st Summer Fall Winter Spring

Accelerated one-year General Chemistry lecture series

Biological Sciences Safety and Ethics

Organic Chemistry

General Chemistry lab

Genetics

Elective

Health Profession Development Seminar

Organic Chemistry  with lab

Biochemistry

Elective

Health Profession Development Seminar

Organic Chemistry with lab

Molecular Biology

Elective

Safety & Ethics

Health Profession Development Seminar

2nd Summer Fall Winter Spring

Scientific Writing

Biostatistics

Research (Optional)

Physics

Upper Division Biological Science Elective

Elective

Health Profession Development Seminar

Research (Optional)

MCAT Prep

Physics with lab

Upper Division Biological Science Elective

Elective

Health Profession Development Seminar

Research (Optional)

MCAT Prep

Physics with lab

Upper Division Biological Science Elective

Elective

Health Profession Development Seminar

Research (Optional)

MCAT Prep