Post Baccalaureate Program
Through hands-on clinical education in the heart of a rapidly evolving city, the Wayne State University School of Medicine provides a distinct experiential advantage that sets you apart from your peers at other colleges, especially when applying for residency programs. Whether in our partner hospitals or in surrounding communities, you can put your knowledge to work treating patients in Detroit — one of the most dynamic urban environments in the world.
The Post Baccalaureate Program was established by Charles F. Whitten, M.D., in 1969 as the first program of its kind in the country. It is a non-degree-granting program for qualified, low-income students seeking admission to medical school. The program encourages diversity in health care professions by increasing the number of physicians from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.
To be eligible for the Post Baccalaureate Program, you must:
- Have applied to the Wayne State University School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program.
- Be a first-generation college graduate
- Be a Michigan resident
- Have received an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution by June of the year for which admission is requested
- Have a minimum MCAT score of 21 or 491
- Have completed one academic year of the following coursework, including lab requirements:
- General biology or zoology
- General chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- General physics
Access the electronic application for the Post Baccalaureate Program here.
Applications for the Post Baccalaureate Program are accepted electronically during the month of March. Students will be notified if they are selected for an interview after a secondary application review in April. Selected students will be interviewed in May and June, and interviewees will be notified by August 1 if they are selected for the upcoming Post Baccalaureate Program.
Access the Post Baccalaureate Program's appeal procedure here.
Frequently asked questions
- General Biology
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- General Physics
- Learning assessment(s)
- Academic assessment (based on course work)
- Non-cognitive assessment
- Professionalism assessment
- Gross Anatomy
Is this a degree granting program?
No, the Post Baccalaureate Program is not a degree granting program.
Is this a certificate granting program?
Yes, the Premedical Post Baccalaureate Program is a certificate program through the Wayne State University Office of Executive and Professional Development. Students who successfully complete the program with the required instructional hours will receive a certficiate at the end of the program year.
Is there a tuition charge for this program?
All program fees for accepted participants are funded by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. There are no additional course fees for participants. As a reminder, the Post Baccalaureate Program is limited to low-income residents in Michigan who meet program criteria and are selected for the program through a holistic application review and interview process.
How long is the program?
The program begins at the end of August and runs through June of the following year.
Do program participants qualify for financial aid?
No, program participants do not qualify for financial aid because all prorgam fees are paid for by the School of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, program participants receive a living stipend during their year in the program. There are no additional program expenses and therefore, participants are not eligible for finacial aid.