Postbaccalaureate Leadership Program FAQs

CDU Postbaccalaureate Leadership Program (CDU PLP) is a rigorous program at CDU designed for Premedical students to strengthen their application for medical school.

The CDU Postbaccalaureate Leadership Program is a 12-month program completed over 3 terms (Summer, Fall, and Spring).

Tuition for the program is $601 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.

* Tuition and Fees subject to change.

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

Only students enrolled in the CDU Postbaccalaureate Leadership Program may participate in the program’s activities.

CDU Postbaccalaureate Leadership Program (CDU PLP) does not allow deferment of the program start date.

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.

CDU PLP Leadership will tailor each student’s academic plan to strengthen their overall application.

CDU PLP students must be prepared to commit full-time to their academic coursework and strengthen their extracurricular activities in preparation for medical school application. CDU PLP students will not pursue any outside employment without the prior approval of CDU PLP Leadership and any increase in the number of hours worked or extracurricular activities is also subject to prior approval by CDU PLP. Limited paid hours in research or a clinical setting is permitted with prior CDU PLP leadership approval.

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, tailored academic advising, medical student mentorship, paid attendance to medical conferences, research opportunities, and interview practice, in addition to a guaranteed interview for the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program*.

*Upon successful completion of program requirements

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.

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 2 doses regardless of how long ago doses were received.
  • Hepatitis B: Needs 2 or 3 dose series.
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): 2 doses.
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap): 1 dose of Tdap, then Td or Tdap every 10 years.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) TB skin test is usually needed annually. If previously positive TB skin test then you need a recent chest x-ray
  • Influenza (annual)
  • COVID-19 (Need primary series plus booster)

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

Please visit Program Information or email for more information about the program.