What MCAT do you require for consideration into your program? No MCAT is required, nor do we recommend you take it! All of our students have at least a year before applying to medical school, and all will be taking the MCAT closer to their time of application. Please do not take the MCAT simply to enter our program. We find that students who do this typically do not perform to their potential and end up having yet another variable in their application to remedy. PLEASE, NO MCAT.
What do professional schools consider for admission? GPA (cumulative and science), MCAT score, personal statement and overall application, clinical and research experience, and interviewing skills. DU's Post-Bacc Pre-Med BMS Program addresses all of these aspects.
How long is this program?A BMS Degree takes approximately three semesters to complete; a minimum of fall, spring, and summer. However, since each student's needs vary, so may one's time in the program. Many students, particularly career-changers, often take courses for 2 full years, or 5 consecutive semesters which includes summer. This individualized process assures that your education is both efficient and tailor-made based upon your previous coursework and experiences. Your advisors will take the time to perfect a curriculum that is most beneficial to your particular situation.
How much does the program cost?
For the academic year 2015-2016, it is $900 per credit hour; the BMS is earned through 34 credit hours. This represents a DISCOUNT from regular tuition which is $1010 per credit hour.
Are there any opportunities for research? Yes. Within various department of the university there are research assistantships available. Independent research is also encouraged and supported. Each year students present at the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) research symposium.
Are there any volunteer/leadership opportunities? Endless volunteer opportunities are available in River Forest, nearby Oak Park, and downtown Chicago. Check out volunteermatch.org. In addition, we have a very successful MEDLIFE chapter. This group (20-40 students) travels over spring break to provide basic medical care to impoverished communities. In 2012 this group traveled to Ecuador, in 2013, to Peru, and back to Ecuador in 2014 and Peru in 2015. We also have a thriving MAPS chapter with 100% post-bacc leadership, and a chapter of AMSA, established 2014.
Can I get a waiver of the application fee?
No, because there is no application fee. You can apply online for free.
I would like to send in letters of recommendation to be considered with my application. Where do I send them? How about transcripts? Letters of recommendation are NOT required for your application; however, you may send letters either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at (708) 524-6032 or via regular mail to Post-Bacc Pre Medical Studies, Attn Admissions, 7900 West Division St., River Forest, IL 60305
Will I get a letter of recommendation for medical school from a committee? You can always ask individual professors to write you individual letters at their discretion. In addition, most students request a Committee Letter. For this letter, you will ask several professors to contribute to the letter and we compose it, using relevant excerpts, and send it along. The committee letter is very personalized and thorough. There is a system for requesting the letters, having them written, monitoring the progress, and sending them to the medical schools. All of this information is available to current students.
Do you have spring enrollment? Are there summer classes? We have fall enrollment with an application due date of August 1. We have spring enrollment with an application deadline of December 15. In terms of summer courses, we have a few options available (research, preceptorship, varying basic math and English courses) however most of the courses will be taken in fall and spring semesters.
How many students are in the program? What is your success rate?We maintain an enrollment of approximately 100 students. In terms of "success rate"; we have an 85+% rate of matriculation into medical and dental schools. If you also consider those students who matriculate into specialized master's programs and high level research and/or clinical positions, are success rate is over 90%. These statistics are for students who complete the program as advised.
Does Dominican have any linkage agreements with any medical schools?No. We have strong working relationships with many medical schools but we do not have any guarantees in terms of interviewing or acceptance.
Do you have night classes? I plan to work full-time while I complete the post-bacc program.All of our courses take place during daytime hours. Frankly, it is nearly impossible to maintain full-time employment while in this program. Students who work typically do so during weekends or evening hours only.
Are the courses in this program merely undergraduate courses that are already filled with undergraduates?
Some courses, yes, are available to both undergraduates and post bacc students. The post bacc students are fully integrated members of the university community and are a welcome addition to classes serving a variety of students. There are also several post bacc-only courses. These include: Advanced Anatomy/Cadaver, Clinical Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Preceptorship, Topics in Medicine, Medical Ethics and the Law, and Alternative Medicine.