Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Professions Program FAQs
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- Who teaches my classes?
Faculty qualified in the subject areas will teach the classes. Some professors may be Manchester University faculty and others may be hired specifically for the content area.
- Where do classes and labs take place?
Classes will take place at the Manchester University Fort Wayne campus, home of the College of Pharmacy, and labs will take place on the North Manchester campus. Maps & Directions
- How can I go on a campus tour?
Campus tours can be arranged through the Post-Baccalaureate Office of Admissions. Please call 260-470-2700 for more information.
- What type of professional schools does this program prepare me for?
The program is intended for people seeking to enroll in pharmacy or medical school. However, it may also meet the needs of students seeking admission to other health care related programs.
- What’s the cost of the program? How do students usually pay for it?
Tuition and fees total $20,000. This is a non-degree preparatory program. There are Federal loans available for this 12-month full-time preparatory program. Please contact the Post Baccalaureate Office of Admissions for more information.
- Are graduate assistantships available?
There are no graduate assistantships available for this program.
- Are there internships or jobs available?
Internships are not part of the formal curriculum for this program. However, we encourage you to engage in volunteer work and we will assist you in internship placement.
- Who is the program for?
This rigorous, fast-paced program is designed for college graduates with non-science degrees who seek admission to a professional degree program in a health care field. This program may also be helpful for students seeking enhancement of their academic record. However, given the number of credits in the program’s curriculum, students with a low GPA in their previous college work will likely not observe a significant enhancement of their overall GPA. The program’s admissions staff will be happy to speak with you about all of your options.
- What’s the timeline to apply? Is it best to apply early, or is it OK to apply at the deadline?
The program has rolling admissions. We will begin to accept applications one year prior to the beginning of classes and our class will be set approximately one month prior to the beginning of classes (classes will begin mid-May). It is OK to apply at the deadline, although the class does have limited seating and may already be filled at that time.
- Do I have to be a United States citizen?
You need to be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident for admission to this program.
- What are the application requirements?
How do I submit my official undergraduate and graduate transcripts?
- The application form
- $25 application fee (collected online after application submitted)
- A statement of intent (included on the application form)
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
- 2 letters of reference submitted on the applicant's behalf
- A minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be mailed to the Post-Bacc Office of Admissions at 10627 Diebold Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46845 from your former institution.
How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation, as well as an evaluation form, will be filled out online by your references. This is the link that you can share with your references.
- Where will I live?
We do not provide housing for students in this program. There are a number of affordable apartment complexes close to the Fort Wayne campus. For more information please contact the Post-Bacc Office of Admissions.
- Can I take other courses at the same time as I am enrolled?
This program is a full course load in an accelerated format. We advise that you do not take courses outside of the program.
- Do students work while they are enrolled?
This program is a full-time commitment and it may be very difficult to remain employed full time and succeed in the program.
- How often will I meet with an advisor? How available and supportive are the program staff?
Program staff, including the program director who serves as the primary advisor to the program’s students, will meet with enrolled students on a regular basis to assist in each student’s progression.
- How would you describe the class environment?
The class sizes are very small (10-20 students). The program’s goal is to remain small to ensure that there is significant interaction, collaboration and team-work among all faculty and students.
- How would you describe the post-baccalaureate academic culture (e.g., independent, community-oriented, competitive, collaborative, etc.)?
The culture of our program will be collaborative and active learning-based. With small class sizes, students will be expected to participate actively in the learning process and contribute to the overall development of themselves and their peers. Most of our courses will have laboratory time as well. These labs are designed for work in small groups to facilitate and encourage teamwork and collaboration.
- What academic support is available if I’m struggling in a class?
All instructing faculty will have office hours. If extra tutoring is required the administrative staff will be able to provide a list of potential tutors.
- What does the curricular structure look like?
The curriculum consists of seven consecutive blocks beginning in May and ending the following May. Each block, aside from the final block, includes 10 to 12 credit hours of coursework. You may review the curriculum by clicking here.
- I’ve taken a core science course before. Do I need to take it again?
You will need to take the course again as part of the curriculum. In order to successfully complete the program, it is required that you pass all of our coursework with a C or higher (C- does not qualify).
- Is there a linkage program? How many students have successfully linked to the medical school(s) in recent years?
There is no linkage program with medical or pharmacy schools at this time. Students wishing to attend pharmacy school and who complete the program with a 3.3 GPA or higher are guaranteed to be invited to interview for admission into Manchester University’s College of Pharmacy.
- What MCAT/PCAT support is available?
The program will offer an MCAT/PCAT preparatory block as the final block of the curriculum for students wishing to attend medical and pharmacy schools. Preparatory assistance for other exams for professional schools may be provided as needed.
- Can you go over the timeline? How long will it take to complete the program, apply to, and start health professions school?
The program is one year, ending annually in May. This timeline will allow students wishing to go to pharmacy school to begin in the fall of that year. Students wishing to go on to medical school will begin the application process after completion of this program. During the year of the medical school application process, sometimes called the “glide year,” our program may be able to help you find appropriate internships, but you will not be enrolled at Manchester during this time.