FAQs

What is the CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine?
How long is the program?
How much is the program?
Who is eligible to apply to the program?
Is the program open to international students?
Is the program open to all pre-health career students?
Do I have to complete any science courses to apply?
Can I choose to do only some of the activities through the CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine and pay a reduced fee?
Can I participate in the program’s activities even though I am not a Post-Bacc student?
Can I defer my program start date?
Are there specific courses required to complete the program?
Will I receive a degree at the end of the program?
Can I work full-time while enrolled in the program?
Does the program offer more than prerequisite courses?
Can I request time off from the program for personal reasons or emergencies?
Does the CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine have linkage agreements with any medical schools?
How can I find out more information about the program?

Q: What is the CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine?

A: The CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine is a new, rigorous program at CDU designed for pre-medical students to enhance their chances of gaining admission to medical school.

Q: How long is the program?

A: The CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine is a 12-month program completed over three terms (Fall, Spring, and Summer). 

Q: How much is the program?

A:  Tuition for the program is $578 per unit.* In addition, there is a Program Fee of $5,000 per term.  Students in the program are required to take a minimum of 24 units, up to a maximum of 36 units.

Q: Who is eligible to apply to the program?

A: Please visit the Applicant Eligibility tab to view the eligibility requirements for this program.

Q: Is the program open to international students?

A: Yes. The program is open to international students. Please visit international students to find out more information about applying to CDU. 

Q: Is the program open to all pre-health career students?

A: No. The CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program is only open to students interested in applying to medical school.

Q: Do I have to complete any science courses to apply?

A: No. Applicants do not have to have had any science courses to apply. The only required courses to apply are English (1 year) and Calculus (1 year; ½ calculus, ½ statistics will be accepted as well).

Q: Can I choose to do only some of the activities through the CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine and pay a reduced fee?

A: No. Students who enroll in the program are required to participate in all program activities to successfully complete the program. In addition, students are responsible for the complete tuition and fees as listed.

Q: Can I participate in the program’s activities even though I am not a Post-Bacc student?

A: No. Only students enrolled in the CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program may participate in the program’s activities.

Q: Can I defer my program start date?

A: No. The CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine does not allow deferment of the program start date. Students who apply for the program are required to start the program during the cycle for which they applied. Students who cannot or choose not to start the program will need to reapply and will forfeit any paid deposits.

Q: Are there specific courses required to complete the program?

A: Students have the flexibility to take all or some of the prerequisite courses needed to apply to medical school. The program also offers upper division science courses. Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 units, up to a maximum of 36 units during the program. In addition to academic courses, there are mandatory seminars, activities, and advisement sessions required to complete the program.

Q: Will I receive a degree at the end of the program?

A: The CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program is not a degree program. However, students who successfully complete the program will receive a Committee letter and a Certificate of Completion. Students who successfully complete the program will also be recognized in the University Commencement program booklet, and will receive a guaranteed interview with the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program.

Q: Can I work full-time while enrolled in the program?

A: Students must be prepared to dedicate approximately 30-40 hours a week to the program for classes, clinical and community service experiences, research, required seminars, MCAT preparation, advisement sessions, and personal study time. Hence, concurrent full-time employment will not be possible. Please visit the Fees and Tuition/Financial Aid tab for more information about options available to students in the program.

Q: Does the program offer more than prerequisite courses?

A: Yes. The program offers many experiences designed to increase success in applying to and ultimately entering into a medical school. These opportunities include rigorous MCAT preparation, individualized career advising, academic advising, medical student mentorship, paid attendance to medical conferences, research opportunities, and interview practice, in addition to a guaranteed interview for the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program.

Q: Can I request time off from the program for personal reasons or emergencies?

A: Students who apply for the program are required to start the program during the cycle for which they applied. Students who choose not to start the program will need to reapply and will forfeit any paid deposits.

Students who are actively enrolled in the program may be granted a Leave of Absence at the discretion of the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Does the CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine have linkage agreements with any medical schools?

A: Yes. The CDU Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine has linkage agreements with Western University of Health Science’s College of Podiatric Medicine, Ross University’s School of Medicine, and American University of Antigua’s College of Medicine. The program does not offer early assurance or fast tracking programs.

The program does offer a guaranteed interview to the CDU /UCLA Medical Education Program for students who successfully complete the program.

Q: How can I find out more information about the program?

A: Please visit Program Information or email cdupostbacc@cdrewu.edu for more information about the program.

* Tuition and Fees subject to change.