FAQs

Who should apply?

What type of individual is a strong applicant for your program?

What are the math requirements for your program?

Do you permit students to re-take science courses?

Can I complete your program in one year?

Do you have a summer program?

Is financial aid available?

How many students are in the program?

Are there separate course sections for pre-med students?

What kinds of academic and advising support are provided?

When are applications due?

What is a linkage?

Who should apply?

The Mills post-bac Pre-Med Program looks for individuals who have completed baccalaureate degrees, but have taken fewer than half of the core science courses required for consideration for admission to medical school. These courses are general biology (with laboratory); general chemistry (with laboratory); general physics (with laboratory); and organic chemistry (with laboratory).

What type of individual is a strong applicant for your program?

We look for strong academic performance or strong potential for it. Strength may be demonstrated by good grades, a B+ (3.2 GPA) average or better at the college level, and high standardized (SAT, ACT, GRE) test scores. We also look for evidence of a serious commitment to a career in the health sciences by the applicant's career history, volunteer activities, and experiences in healthcare. Letters of recommendation are also helpful in our evaluation.

What are the math requirements for your program?

Our physics course is based on calculus, so one semester of calculus is required before physics is taken. In addition, some medical schools require math at this level.

Do you permit students to re-take science courses?

We reflect the current position of medical schools regarding repeating science courses. We generally discourage applicants from taking science courses a second time unless they were first taken more than a decade ago. Students who have recently graduated and are looking to enhance their grades by repeating science classes would not be eligible for our program.

Can I complete your program in one year?

Yes, if you have taken a semester of calculus and a year of general chemistry, it is possible to take general biology, organic chemistry, and physics in a single academic year, but it is not recommended.

Do you have a summer program?

We do not currently have summer classes, but you may take courses in calculus or general chemistry during the summer at a local college.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available in a number of forms. It comes from student loans, limited numbers of scholarships, and teaching assistantships. First-year students are eligible for scholarship funding; second- and glide-year students are eligible for teaching assistantships. For more financial aid information, contact the M Center at finaid@mills.edu or call 510.430.2000.

How many students are in the program?

Enrollment in our program averages between 50 and 60 students.

Are there separate course sections for post-bac students?

We offer designated post-bac lecture sections for the four basic science courses. The labs associated with the courses include undergraduates and post-bac students in the sections.

What kinds of academic and advising support are provided?

There are several teaching assistants for the core science courses. Since class sections are small, faculty members are also available for consultation during their regular office hours. Chemistry faculty members offer topical review sessions each spring in the months prior to the MCAT. Academic advising and the planning of other aspects of your preparation for medical school is done via individual advising sessions with your faculty advisor. In addition, we currently have a weekly lunchtime speaker series which includes visits from medical school directors, physicians in various fields of medicine, health professionals in allied fields, and speakers on global health issues, as well as other group meetings during the year with a focus on various topics relating to application to medical school. We have an A-to-Z Directory of volunteer opportunities for those looking for hands-on learning in community clinics, hospitals, research facilities, and other medically related activities, of which there are many in the San Francisco Bay area.

When are applications due?

Priority applications are due February 1 for the fall semester. We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after that time until the program is full. Online applications may be accessed here. Applicants will need to submit the Graduate Application, the Pre-Med Supplemental Application, and three letters of recommendation, of which at least two should come from academic sources. Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are also required as well as official SAT, ACT, or GRE test scores.

What is a linkage?

Mills has linkage agreements with Tulane University School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. The linkage allows students to avoid the "glide year" (the year between filing the AMCAS application and matriculation) by initiating the application process to one of these three schools during their final year at Mills. Application begins via a process at Mills, which nominates select candidates to these schools. Depending on the number of students interested in the linkage and providing they meet academic requirements at Mills, the names of the candidates are advanced to the school. Linkage applicants are required to complete their application in early December to the school they have been nominated to. Linkage applicants must then take the MCAT, achieving the scores required by the medical school, and interview at the selected school. If accepted, the student will matriculate in the fall of the same year that they finish the Mills program.

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Last Updated: 5/13/09