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Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions from our Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Natural Science applicants and accepted students. If you cannot find your answer here, feel free to contact us at premedpostbacc[at]hofstra.edu. You may also contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduateadmission[at]hofstra.edu of 516-463-4723 with any questions you may have.

When is the application deadline?

Admission to the Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Natural Science is rolling. However, we suggest that you apply as soon as possible in order to secure a seat classes.

How many credits/classes will I need to take?

This depends on your previous math and science background. In order to receive a Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Natural Science, you will be required to take a minimum of 32 credits in residence at Hofstra University.

How much will this program cost?

Courses are charged per credit at the undergraduate cost per credit hour. For more information, see tuition and fees.

What financial services are available to me as a premedical post-baccalaureate student?

For additional information regarding financial aid, please visit Student Financial Services.

How long will it take to find out if I am accepted?

You can expect to receive an admission decision approximately two weeks after we receive all of the necessary application materials.

How many people do you accept into the program?

We do not have a cap on the amount of incoming students, however we only accept applicants who meet our qualifications.

What is the minimum GPA requirement for admission into the program?

A 3.0 GPA.

Who is an ideal candidate for this program?

An ideal applicant would be someone who has a bachelor's degree but never took the necessary science courses to be admitted into a pre-health profession program.

If I already took these courses as prerequisites for medical school and want to repeat them to improve my grades, can I do that through this program?

This is permitted, but must be discussed with your assigned adviser.

During what terms do you offer classes?

We offer courses throughout the fall, spring and summer terms.

What will this program prepare me for?

The Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Natural Science prepares students for admission to allopathic (MD), osteopathic (DO) and podiatric medical schools, as well as professional schools for chiropractic, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, etc.

What campus resources will be available to me as a premedical post-baccalaureate student?

All of the resources available to Hofstra students will be accessible for premedical post-baccalaureate students. This includes: libraries, fitness centers, residence halls, tutoring, etc.

Will Hofstra advisors be able to help me with the medical school application process?

Yes, we provide assistance to students when they apply to medical and other pre-health programs.

Do you offer committee letters?

Students who complete at least 16 credits at Hofstra and meet the GPA criteria are eligible to sit before the Pre-Health Advisory Committee.

What is the application fee?


Do you provide residential housing on-campus to students in the Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Natural Science?

Yes, please visit the Office of Residential Programs for more information.

How do I register for classes?

As a premedical post-baccalaureate certificate student, you are given priority registration opportunities. You will meet with your assigned pre-health advisor to register each semester in order to stay on track and take the proper courses.

Can I take courses that aren’t directly related to my program?

Yes, with special permission. Please contact your pre-health advisor to discuss this.

How long will it take to complete the Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Natural Science?

This will depend on your previous science background, as well as how many courses you are able to take at once.

Do you offer tutoring for science or math courses?

Yes, through the Center for Academic Excellence.

When can I take the MCAT?

Once you have finished your prerequisite coursework you will be eligible to take the MCAT. This is generally one year before you plan to enter medical school.