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Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate Specialization


Questions and Answers

Question: What is the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization of the Biomedical Sciences – MS Program?

Answer: The Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization is designed for applicants who wish to complete the master’s program as preparatory to medical school. This component of our master’s program will aid students who have already completed medical school prerequisites* and earned a baccalaureate degree to enhance their current science knowledge with graduate level medical science classes and MCAT preparation to increase their competitiveness for health professional school admissions or other medical science career.

* WFSM Prerequisites: http://www.wakehealth.edu/School/Admissions/
All medical schools prerequisites: www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/msar/

Question: Does the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization give any preferences to certain applicants in the admission process?

Answer:   The program is open to all applicants. We welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds, including students from disadvantaged circumstances, first generation college students and students from populations underrepresented in medicine.

Question: What are the pre-requisites for this specialization?


  • It is preferable that both domestic and international applicants have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States.

  • Must have successfully completed the generally accepted minimum premedical course preparation: eight semester hours each in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Prerequisite course work from community colleges is strongly discouraged because of the difficulty in adequately assessing the quality of that preparation.

Question: What is considered a competitive application?


  • Applications with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, science GPA of 2.7 or above,

  • MCAT score of 23 or higher or GRE score (combined verbal/quantitative) of at least 1100 for tests taken prior to August 2011, and 300-302 for tests taken after August 1, 2011.

  • The personal statement should describe reason(s) for decision to pursue a career in medicine or an allied health profession, factors that contributed to this decision, and how you intend to contribute to this profession.

Question: How do I apply to the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization?

Answer: Applicants seeking admission to the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization should select the "Biomedical Science/PB-MS” program option on the on-line application at http://graduate.wfu.edu/admissions/BMSC.html.

Question: How long is the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization and when does the program start?

Answer:   The curriculum is designed for 1 or 2 years of study based upon each individual student’s personalized plan.

Question: What is the latest that I can take the MCAT or GRE?

Answer: An MCAT or GRE score is required for students applying to the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization and must be made available for the final application review in February.

Question: What is the application start date and deadline?

Answer:   The application start date is August 1st, and the deadline is January 15th each year.

Question: Can I submit letters of recommendation previously submitted to AMCAS? **UPDATE**

Answer: No .. AMCAS will NOT forward letters of recommendation.

You may request your Health Professions Advising Office send your recommendations directly, or if a service such as Interfolio is used you may request that your recommendation letters be sent to the Graduate School office at bggrad@wakehealth.edu. Otherwise letters of recommendation may be submitted using the online application system.

Question: What courses will I take in this program?

Answer: All students take a minimum of 30-36 semester hour credits in the biomedical sciences. Courses are in disciplines including: biochemistry, molecular cell biology, neuroscience, human physiology, human anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology, critical thinking skills, and study skills to enhance the student’s preparation for their professional school application. Scientific professionalism and the responsible conduct of research courses are available as electives along with additional electives within the Graduate School.

A special capstone experience is available to students completing a 2 year master’s degree through the Wake Forest Certificate in Science Management program.

Question: Is there an in-state or out-of-state ratio for this program?

Answer:  No, each application is reviewed holistically and acceptance is not subject to residency.

Question: How many students will you accept annually?

Answer: A maximum of 10 students will be admitted into the 2014-2015 class.

Question: Is there a medical school affiliation associated with the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization?

Answer:  The program is located on the universities Bowman Gray campus which is home to the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Sciences graduate programs. All courses are part of the Graduate School curriculum and taught by research and clinical faculty of the School of Medicine.

Question: What is the cost to attend the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization and is there any financial assistance?

Answer: Cost of Study for the 201 3-201 4 Academic Year
Full-time Tuition (minimum 9 hours) 
Student Health Insurance



Scholarships and financial assistance which can significantly reduce the cost of attendance is available to domestic students.

Question: Will you accept scores other than the MCAT?

Answer: Yes, the GRE may be used for application to the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization, but the MCAT is required when/if applying to medical school.

Question: How old can any score be at time of application?

Answer: The GRE test is valid for 5 years and must be reportable by ETS (Educational Testing Services) during the spring when offers of admission are made.

The MCAT score should be from within 5 years of submitting the application for admission to the MS-PB program. 

Question: What is the time line for the Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate specialization?


Time Line Activity
August 1st - February 15th
February - March
Applications are accepted
Review by admissions committee
Offer letters sent
Program begins with summer session
Fall Semester
Spring Semester