The Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate coursework is designed to enhance the academic credentials and application portfolio of students aiming for a professional degree in the health professions. The post-baccalaureate provides a comprehensive 1-year educational experience that includes coursework in biomedical science and test preparation for medical school admission (i.e., MCAT exam).
In order to be admitted into the Post-Baccalaureate coursework, the applicant must show proof of have earned a bachelor’s degree before registering to the College. Students will complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of advanced undergraduate coursework in the physical and social sciences over the course of two semesters. Students can also enroll in elective courses to engage in a community service learning project or serve as a standardized patient in role-play mode with medical and pharmacy students as supervised by medical school faculty.
Topics covered in career-building workshops for medical school admission include health professions seminars, MCAT exam skill-building and practice testing, application procedures (AMCAS, PHARMCAS), interview coaching, and portfolio fine-tuning. A comprehensive letter of recommendation will be provided for all students who complete the program. Fall admission is open through August 31.
The College offers rigorous programs seeking high school graduates who demonstrated notable academic and co- curricular accomplishments, and an interest in serving society in the health professions. The goal of the admission process is to identify and select applicants that have an excellent chance of success, are most likely to thrive at our campus, and will enhance the university's academic and cultural community.
The CHS Admissions Committee employs a holistic review, relying on both quantitative and qualitative indicators, to admit the most qualified applicants. A holistic review tool, scoring guide and a rubric were jointly developed by the Admissions Committee and the Assessment Committee of the College. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and makes admission recommendations based upon the qualifications of the applicant pool.
First-Time College student must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent before registering for classes at CNUCHS. Besides the high school diploma requirement, the Admissions Committee has established the following criteria for selecting and enrolling qualified students.
Admission Requirements for Traditional Students
|Min HS GPA||2.70|
|Min SAT (after 03/2016)*||
Transfer students are those with 24 or more transferrable college credits. Admission of transfer students requires a 2.70 or higher in college coursework.
Admission Requirements for Transfer Students
|Min HS GPA||
|Min SAT (after 03/2016)*||
*Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (M+ERW) **Math and Reading
Guidelines for Evaluation of Transfer Student Coursework
For applicants seeking to matriculate to CNUCHS as a transfer student from another college or university, the following general standards apply to the acceptance and award of transfer credits:
junior colleges, two-year and/or four-year colleges, and other accredited colleges, with the exception of certain unrecognized programs.
Types of Transfer Credits NOT Accepted by CNU:
California Northstate University accepts applications from graduates of foreign institutions. California.
Transcripts and coursework from foreign institutions must be evaluated by WES, ECE or IERF. Evaluations must be sent directly to the College of Health Sciences Admissions Office, PharmCAS (for COP), AMCAS (for COM) and must include semester units and letter grades for each course, as well as a cumulative GPA and, if possible, a science GPA. If accepted, the applicant must provide an official copy of their transcript directly to the Office of Admission. If a copy of their official transcript is not received prior to the start of school, the offer of admission will be revoked and the seat will be offered to another candidate.
Applicants who receive their degree from a non-English speaking country will be requested to submit scores from the TOEFL Examination or the TSE. This will not apply, if an additional degree is obtained at a U.S. institution.
Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting test scores from one of the following:
Applicants must have the test score sent directly to the College of Health Sciences at:
International Undergraduate Admissions College of Health Sciences
California Northstate University 2910 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
TOEFL: The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to CNUCHS from the Educational Testing Service. For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541‐6151, USA or visit www.toefl.org.
IELTS: For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit www.ielts.org.
Complete details can be found in the General Catalog - Refer to page 176.