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PreMedicine Programs: Post-Baccalaureate PreMed


The purpose of the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program is to meet the needs of college graduates who have decided to pursue a medical education but who lack some or all of the basic science courses required for admission to medical school. The objective of the program is to provide rigorous education in all areas of the premedical sciences that are required for admission to any medical, osteopathic or veterinary school in the country. Students who satisfactorily complete the program will be awarded a Certificate in Premedical Sciences.

Curriculum Requirements

Students sufficiently prepared in mathematics and English who enter the program in the Fall semester can expect to complete the program in two years. The third year is known as the "glide year". This is the year between completing the program and entering medical school. For most students, the glide year provides the opportunity to take additional courses or to deepen their exposure to medicine through full-time employment in a clinical setting or in a medical research laboratory. In order to be eligible for admission to medical school and, subsequently, to be licensed to practice medicine, students must complete the following seven courses in the arts and sciences:

  • One Year of College English, including a significant amount of expository writing
  • One Year of College Mathematics, beyond Pre-calculus, including at least one term of calculus. Statistics is recommended as the second mathematics course.
  • One Year of General Physics, including laboratory.
  • One Year of General Chemistry, including laboratory.
  • One Year of Organic Chemistry, including laboratory.
  • One Year of Biology, including laboratory, with significant emphasis in molecular and cellular biology.

Required Courses

BIOL 107 General Biology Lectures 3 Credits
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory 1 Credit
BIOL 115 Human Biology 3 Credits
BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory 1 Credit
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3 Credits
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 Credits
PHYS 123 Mechanics* 4 Credits
PHYS 221 Electromagnetism & Optics* 4 Credits
MATH 151 Calculus I 5 Credits
MATH 221 Basic Probability and Statistics 3 Credits

Students who complete all of these courses (or their equivalents) with satisfactory grades will be awarded a Certificate in Premedical Sciences. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at IIT to be awarded the Certificate in Premedical Sciences.

Premedical Studies Planning Guide

Semester 1—First Fall Semester
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I (3-3-4)
PHYS 123 General Physics I (3-3-4)
MATH 151 Calculus I (4-1-5)
Semester 1 total credits: 13
Clinical Volunteer Service
Semester 2—First Spring Semester
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II (3-3-4)
PHYS 221 General Physics II (3-3-4)
MATH 221 Basic Probability and Statistics (3-0-3)
Semester 2 total credits: 11
Clinical Volunteer Service
Semester 3—Second Fall Semester
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I (3-3-4)
BIOL 107 General Biology Lectures (3-0-3)
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory (0-4-2)
Semester 3 total credits: 9
Research Volunteer Service
Semester 4—Second Spring Semester
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II (3-0-3)
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1-4-2)
BIOL 115 Human Biology (3-0-3)
BIOL 117 Experimental Biology (0-4-2)
Semester 4 total credits: 10
Research Volunteer Service
Prepare and take MCAT in April
Summer Session
Submit Medical School Applications
Semesters 5 & 6—The Glide Year*
BIOL 214 Genetics
BIOL 320 Biological Literature
BIOL 403 Biochemistry Lectures
BIOL 430 Animal Physiology
BIOL 445 Cell Biology
Full-time employment in health care or medical research**

Numbers following the courses indicate number of lecture hours, number of lab hours, and total course credits, respectively. For example, Principles of Chemistry is 3 lecture hours, 3 lab hours, and 4 total credits; General Biology Laboratory is no lecture hours, 4 lab hours, and 2 total credits.

*All courses during the glide year are recommended, but not required.
**Strongly recommended

Premedical Advising and Support

On the main campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, there are a number of advisors who together constitute the Premedical Advisory Committee. Post-baccalaureate premedical students will be assigned an advisor who will be available to counsel them as they plan their program of study and as they prepare their applications to medical school. A number of academic support services will be made available to students in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program. In the university's Academic Resource Center, students can meet with tutors at no expense for additional help in their premedical courses. In the Premedical Office, support staff will collect and send letters of recommendation to medical schools. Each year the Premedical Office and the IIT Honors Medical Society host a number of events specifically for premedical students, including special seminars of medical interest and forums in which current students can learn from the experiences of those who have already taken the MCAT or been admitted to medical school. Often the Princeton Review offers MCAT Preparatory courses at a reduced cost to IIT students in the Spring semester each year. Post-baccalaureate Premedical students are invited and encouraged to attend weekly colloquia in the biological, chemical and physical sciences and in other departments offering seminars of medical interest. Finally, IIT's location in the city of Chicago is a special advantage to students in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program. The city is home to six medical schools and numerous hospitals and medical research centers. It is also home to the American Medical Association. This concentration of medical practice will provide IIT Post-baccalaureate Premedical students with a wide variety of opportunities to gain experience in both clinical settings and medical research through volunteer service and paid employment.

Academic Standards

Medical schools expect successful applicants to possess excellent grounding in the premedical sciences. The quality of a student's preparation is measured by the grades earned in premedical courses. For this reason, IIT Post-baccalaureate Premedical students will be held to high academic standards. At a minimum, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. Likewise, medical schools have high expectations about an applicant's character. Students in the IIT Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program are expected to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity, inspiring confidence in their abilities to assume the responsibilities of medical practice. Students in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program are subject to the academic and disciplinary standards detailed in the Illinois Institute of Technology Student Handbook.

Admissions Eligibility

The student must hold the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Science from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from an institution outside the United States. At a minimum, successful applicants must possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. In most cases, students will not be eligible for admission if they have applied to medical school previously or have completed their premedical preparation elsewhere within the last five years. This is not a remedial program. Students must submit a complete application package to the undergraduate admissions office for full consideration.