medical schools respect students who have earned a pre-med certificate from Mills

For more than 30 years, Mills College has been preparing students to become physicians and other healthcare professionals. Our program is designed for students with bachelor's degrees who lack some or all of the basic science courses to pursue study in the fields of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, veterinary medicine, or optometry. Students who need to complete all of the basic pre-medical science courses take two years (four semesters) to complete the program. Students who have completed a year of general chemistry, a year of general biology, and a semester of calculus are often able to finish in one year. The program is flexible and can be tailored to fit a student’s specific background in science and mathematics.

Students in the Post-baccalaureate Pre-Med Program enroll in Mills science and math courses taught by distinguished faculty. In most cases, post bac students have separate lectures designed specifically for pre-med students. The average class size is about 25 students, large enough to offer a diverse intellectual community but small enough to provide individual attention. At Mills, students find a supportive environment of motivated peers who work collaboratively toward mutual goals. Faculty members are accessible and involved in helping students succeed.

Teaching assistants are available in each course for individual help. Students plan their academic course work with one of several faculty advisors. Other aspects of their pre-professional training are planned in consultation with the pre-health professions advisor, John Brabson, or with Jo Scullion, program coordinator.

Graduates of the Mills Post-baccalaureate Pre-Med Program achieve an approximately 90 percent acceptance rate to medical school or other health science professional school and matriculate at some of the nation's most respected schools of medicine, including UCSF, Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, Washington University, and Yale. Linkages with an allopathic medical school and an osteopathic medical school allow some of our select students to start medical school in the fall after completing their studies at Mills, thereby eliminating the application year.

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please refer to the Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement.



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Last Updated: 10/13/17