Program Information

Program Highlights:

  • Rigorous academic science courses
  • Small class sizes allowing more interaction with academic professors
  • Intensive MCAT preparation
  • Opportunity for clinical experience
  • Research opportunities with CDU faculty
  • Longitudinal Premedical Series over three semesters with informative workshops and guest speakers
  • President’s Leadership Seminars
  • Participation in annual California Pre-Health Conferences

Program Details:
The program is open to 15 students per year who fall into one of two categories:

  • Re-Applicants (students who have applied to medical school and did not matriculate)
  • First-Time Applicants (students who have taken most of their medical school prerequisite courses and need to strengthen their GPA)

Duration/Time Commitment:
The program runs over a 12-month (3-term) period beginning in August of each academic year with an exciting week-long orientation and concludes in August of the following year. Curriculum/programming will occur mainly during business hours with occasional evening and weekend activities.

CDU PBLP students must be prepared to commit full-time to their academic coursework and to strengthen extracurricular activities in preparation for their medical school application. Limited paid hours in research or a clinical setting are permitted with prior CDU PBLP leadership approval.

Courses:
The program provides both lower and upper-division undergraduate science coursework to students through the College of Science and Health. Additionally, CDU PBLP students will enroll in the President’s Leadership Seminars in the Fall and Spring terms.

Students in the program will also participate in a longitudinal Premedical Series consisting of informative workshops designed to support students with the knowledge, behaviors, and skills necessary to become successful medical school applicants.

Extracurriculars:
A wide variety of extracurricular activities including research, clinical, community service, mentoring, and networking opportunities are available for students participating in the program. Recommendations on extracurricular activities will be personalized to meet the student’s application needs.

Test Preparation:
Students in the program will receive a formal MCAT prep course with additional MCAT mock exams, online learning tools, and books.

Advising/Mentoring:
CDU PBLP students will receive tailored advising through the duration of the program.

Program Requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA
  • Complete a minimum of 24 units - a maximum of 36 units at CDU (to be taken in Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • Communicate regularly with CDU PBLP Leadership
  • Participate in all required programming
  • Complete an intensive MCAT course
  • CDU PBLP students will take the MCAT while participating in the program and will need an official MCAT score of 500 or more
  • Abide by professionalism standards as detailed in CDU Student Handbook
  • Pay all associated tuition/fees by deadlines as listed

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
To learn more about the eligibility requirements, click here.

Program Benefits*:
*Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students will receive:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Provost/Dean Letter
  • Recognition at the CDU annual Commencement Ceremony
  • Tailored Premedical Advising
  • Valuable insight/guidance from experience leadership
  • Guaranteed interview for the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program