Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate (PMPB)

If you are interested in becoming a healthcare professional, California Northstate University College of Health Sciences (CNUCHS) offers premier pre-health professions education targeted to future physicians, pharmacists, and dentists.

As a fully accredited University devoted exclusively to the health sciences professions, highly motivated and goal-oriented students have the opportunity to enroll in the premedical post-baccalaureate coursework to enhance their undergraduate coursework and prepare for professional school. Our PMPB experience is geared toward students interested in pursuing medical, dental, pharmacy, and other focused health professional degrees. At CNUCHS learning takes place with experts in the field—not graduate assistants or teaching assistants as is often found in larger undergraduate programs. This is the school with the personal touch that helps students to achieve their dreams!

Notice: California Northstate University does NOT accept or otherwise participate in any federal direct student loan program (Title IV) funding, any federal veterans’ benefits program (Title 38) funding, or any other government student loan program funding.

About PMPB Pathways and Coursework

Your journey to becoming a healthcare professional continues at CNUCHS! Our pre-health advisors work with our students to develop individualized learning plans in preparation to be a competitive applicant for your health professions program of choice.

Since you have already completed your bachelor’s degree, taking additional coursework at CNUCHS will help you demonstrate the ability to handle the intensity and rigor of upper division coursework in the life and social sciences as well as strengthen the foundational knowledge required to succeed in professional school. PMPB students receive personalized training as well as MCAT and DAT preparation.

The CHS PMPB Experience offers many benefits including:
  • Dedicated personnel to help students achieve benchmarks to receive an interview with CNU professional schools and to apply broadly
  • Small class sizes with guaranteed course offerings each semester
  • Individualized learning plans with highly qualified faculty
  • Coursework supporting a solid foundation in chemical and physical foundations of biological systems, critical analysis and reasoning skills, biological and biochemical foundations of living systems, psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior, and much more!
  • Dedicated and award-winning faculty advisors and mentors for each student
  • Connection to CNU health professional programs faculty throughout the PMPB experience
  • MCAT or DAT workshop training
  • Opportunity to earn the Priority Interview to the CNU Professional Schools upon hitting required benchmarks

To be competitive for the PMPB Pathways at the CNU College of Health Sciences, PMPB applicants are highly recommended to have a 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA and 3.0 BCPM GPA. When you are accepted into the PMPB Pathways, our pre-health advisors will work with PMPB Pathway students to develop individualized curriculum plans to support successful applications to health professions colleges including our own CNU professional schools.

How to Earn the Priority Interview with one or more CNU Professional Schools

To earn an interview with a CNU professional school, our PMPB Pathway Students will need to meet and/or exceed the established benchmarks between CNUCHS and the CNU professional school of choice. Some of the benchmarks differ between the CNU professional schools. Review which Pathways you are seeking and collaborate with your academic advisors for additional guidance. Pathway students are not restricted to applying to only one CNU Professional School! Upon meeting the required benchmarks, Pathway Students have the amazing opportunity to apply and earn an interview with as many of the CNU Professional Schools as they are interested in!

General Benchmarks for PMPB Pathway students

The benchmarks set the criteria for CNUCHS Pathway students to become academically prepared to apply and hopefully attend CNU Professional Schools and Graduate Programs. Pathway students who complete the rigorous academic and good conduct entry requirements of their chosen graduate school shall be granted an interview at the professional school upon completion of the CNUCHS program of study.

To earn an interview at the CNU Professional School of choice, PMPB Pathway Students must:
  • Complete of the CNU benchmarks and professional school pre-requisite coursework as indicated in the table and links below
  • Earn and maintain the required cumulative CNUCHS GPA for Pathway Students as required by each respective Professional School indicated in the table and links below
  • Be in good academic and conduct standing each semester at CNUCHS
  • Maintain full-time enrolled student status each semester at CNUCHS
  • Meet and/or exceed the minimum acceptable standardized test score for Pathway Students as required by each respective Professional School as indicated in the link below
  • Participate in at least one professional or academic activity offered by the corresponding CNU Professional School while attending CNUCHS
  • Submit a completed and verified application to the CNU professional School application portal before the deadline published by the corresponding CNU Professional School
  • Submit a completed supplemental application as required by some of our CNU Professional Schools
  • Attend CNUCHS Annual Pathway preparation workshops offered while enrolled at CNUCHS
  • Satisfy the CNU professional school’s technical standards as indicated in the links below
Specific Benchmarks Snapshot

Selected Pathway Criteria

College of Medicine

College of Pharmacy

College of Dental Medicine

College of Psychology

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Master or Healthcare Administration







Cumulative CHS GPA



BCP 3.1




Standardized Exam Score

MCAT: 510


DAT: 19* & CASPer



GMAT: 500; GRE 320

College Pre-Requisite Requirements



Dental Medicine


Pharmaceutical Sciences

Healthcare Administration

* DAT: 19 AA = Academic Average, 19 PA = Perceptual Ability

Even if you ultimately choose not to attend CNU’s health professions programs, the PMPB coursework at the College of Health Sciences will provide you the necessary foundation and credentials to apply to most health professions schools elsewhere.

Let the knowledgeable CNU faculty and staff help you to achieve your dreams as a health care professional today!

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