Pre-Medical Post Baccalaureate Coursework

When completing the PMPB coursework, students are equipped with sharpened critical thinking, writing, interview skills, and a more robust, competitive application portfolio.

Admission Requirements:

In order to be admitted into the CNUCHS Post-Baccalaureate coursework, the applicant must show proof of having earned a bachelor’s degree and meet coursework prerequisites before enrolling in the college. The degree should be issued by any regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

The PMPB offers the following bonuses:

Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate Bonus: After successfully completing the PMPB coursework, each student’s faculty advisor will write a comprehensive letter of recommendation for qualified students who wish to apply to professional school.

Medical School Bonus: Students who successfully complete the PMPB coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and an MCAT score of 508 or higher will be guaranteed an American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) interview with the CNU College of Medicine.

Pharmacy School Bonus: Students who successfully complete the PMPB coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.6 will be guaranteed a Pharmacy College Application Services (PHARMCAS) interview with CNU College of Pharmacy.

Pre-Medicine to Post-Baccalaureate Coursework (PMPB)

The Pre-Medicine to Post-Baccalaureate Coursework (PMPB) prepares students to achieve admission to professional healthcare programs. It is designed for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree with the necessary prerequisites and are interested in medical school, pharmacy school, or other healthcare related programs.

Why enroll in the PMPB Program in the College of Health Sciences at California Northstate University (CNU)?

o Admitted students are guaranteed an interview with the College of Medicine or College of Pharmacy at CNU if they meet progression requrements

o It provides a pathway to the College of Medicine (COM) or the College of Pharmacy (COP) at California Northstate University (CNU)

o Tuition includes MCAT preparation--in class and online

o The PMPB coursework is designed to provide a solid foundation in the sciences, to address the content of the MCAT, and to prepare students for the first year of medical school

MCAT Exam Content

o Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

o Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

o Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

o Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

o Students can improve cumulative and/or science GPAs

o Students can make meaningful connections with faculty who can write a letter of recommendation for them

o Students can prepare for professional school interviews with the mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) offered

o This coursework may also be beneficial in securing admission to professional programs at other institutions

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Transferability of Credits

The Pre-Medicine Post-Baccalaureate (PMPB) is a non-degree, non-diploma course of study intended to improve the qualifications and opportunity for entry into a medical doctorate degree program, pharmacy program, or other healthcare related programs.  It does not guarantee entry into a medical degree program.  Nor will the credits earned in the PMPB course of study transfer into a medical degree program.  The transferability of credits earned at CNU is at the complete discretion of the institution to which students seek to transfer.  If the credits earned at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which the student seeks to transfer, they may be required to repeat some or all of the coursework at that institution.  For this reason, students should make certain that their attendance at this institution will meet their educational goals.  This may include contacting an institution to which the student seeks to transfer after attending CNU to determine if the credits will transfer.

The PMPB is not intended to meet the requirements for licensure in any profession.  Licensure requirements are established by the state where licensure is sought.  Such requirements usually include, but are not necessarily limited to, successfully completing an educational program resulting in a doctorate or other professional degree, successfully passing the licensure examination, and meeting certain technical standards.  Students are encouraged to review the licensure requirements of the state(s) in which they plan to practice.


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California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032