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PreMedicine Programs: Post-Baccalaureate PreMed

Purpose

The purpose of the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program is to meet your needs to pursue a medical education, despite lacking 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.

Curriculum Requirements

With preparation in mathematics and English entering the program in the Fall semester, you 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. The glide year provides the opportunity to take additional courses, or deepen your 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 Mathematics including statistics.
  • 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.
  • One Year of upper level coursework in biological sciences including biochemistry.

Required Courses

Discipline
Title
Credits
BIOLOGY
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
BIOL 214 Genetics 3 Credits
BIOL 403 Biochemistry 4 Credits
BIOL 445 Cell Biology 3 Credits
CHEMISTRY
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
PHYSICS
PHYS 123 Mechanics 4 Credits
PHYS 221 Electromagnetism & Optics 4 Credits
MATH
MATH 151 Calculus I 5 Credits
MATH 152 Calculus II 5 Credits
MATH 425 Statistical Methods 3 Credits
TOTAL   56 Credits

 

Premedical Studies Planning Guide

Semester 1—First Fall Semester
BIOL 107 General Biology (3 Credits)
BIOL 109 General Biology Laboratory (1 Credit)
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I (4 Credits)
MATH 151 Calculus I (5 Credits)
Semester 1 total credits: 13
Semester 2—First Spring Semester
BIOL 115 Human Biology (3 Credits)
BIOL 117 Human Biology Laboratory (1 Credit)
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II (4 Credits)
MATH 152 Calculus II (5 Credits)
Semester 2 total credits: 13
   
Semester 3—Second Fall Semester
BIOL 214 Genetics (3 Credits)
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I (4 Credits)
PHYS 123 General Physics I (4 Credits)
BIOL 445 Cell Biology (3 Credits)
Semester 3 total credits: 14
Semester 4—Second Spring Semester
MATH 425 Statistics (3 Credits)
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II (3 Credits)
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 Credits)
PHYS 221 General Physics II (4 Credits)
BIOL 403 Biochemistry (4 Credits)
Semester 4 total credits: 16
  • Prepare and take MCAT in Semester 4
  • Submit medical school applications after semester 4.
  • Additional course work for MCAT preparation may be required based on undergraduate degree program and may be incorporated in semesters 1-4.

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. In the post-baccalaureate premedical program, you will be assigned an advisor who will be available to counsel you to help plan your program of study and as you prepare your applications to medical school. A number of academic support services will be made available to you in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program. In the university's Academic Resource Center, you can meet with tutors at no expense for additional help in your 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 AMSA-IIT host a number of events specifically for premedical students, including special seminars of medical interest and forums in which you can learn from the experiences of those who have already taken the MCAT or admitted to medical school. While enrolled in the post-baccalaureate premedical program, you 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, Illinois Tech'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 you 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 preparation is measured by grades earned in premedical courses. For this reason, Illinois Tech Post-baccalaureate Premedical students will be held to high academic standards. At a minimum, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. Likewise, medical schools have high expectations about character. While enrolled in the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program, you are expected to conduct yourself with honesty and integrity, inspiring confidence in your abilities to assume the responsibilities of medical practice. You will be subject to the academic and disciplinary standards detailed in the Illinois Institute of Technology Student Handbook.

Admissions Eligibility

You must hold a 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, you must possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. In most cases, you will not be eligible for admission if you have applied to medical school previously or have completed your premedical preparation elsewhere within the last five years. This is not a remedial program. You must submit a complete application package to the undergraduate admissions office for full consideration.