No. A science background is not required. We are primarily looking for students who are changing fields.
No. It is assumed that the time between when students earned their bachelor's degrees and when they apply was spent in careers that they now feel is less satisfying or fulfilling.
No. Post-Bac students take the same courses as the undergraduates.
No. Applicants who have been in prior pre-med programs are not accepted.
No. Applicants in the Post-Bac program apply to schools of the health professions through the same pre-professional office as do the undergraduates
No. Although the Linkage Program (see below) is open only to students in the Post-Bac Program (which is allowed to nominate up to five applicants), the medical school has no obligation to accept any of them.
No, but students whose performance is poor are strongly advised to assess their career goals realistically.
No. There are no age barriers to apply to and enter any post baccalaureate or health profession school.
No. Depending on the student's background, we will advise each student differently.
Typically students spend between one and three years in the program.
Only to the extent that the medical school is aware of our program and the rigor of our undergraduate courses.
a. Students in the program are given special preference for registration into the basic courses required for schools of the health professions, i.e., basic biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. These courses are in high demand and non-matriculated students (i.e., post-bac students) usually must register after all undergraduates, which results in great difficulty for them to meet the requirements for application to health profession schools. Successful applicants to our Post-Bac program are given preference in registering for these basic courses.
b. Students in the program receive specialized individual advising from advisors skilled in the requirements for entry into schools of the health professions.
c. The Post-Bac program organizes special social gatherings geared to the needs of the more mature students in the program. These allow students to interact and form cohorts that support their academic progress.
The Linkage Program is designed for Stony Brook Post-Bac students only and can mitigate the need for a "gap year" in the applications process for applicants to the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Students who take the MCAT in April usually enter medical school in the following "gap year." Linkage students take the MCAT in April and, if accepted, may enter the Stony Brook School of Medicine in the fall of the same year. Once nominated, the applicant must still compete with all applicants to the medical school. The Stony Brook Faculty Committee on Health Professions can nominate up to five students for linkage; the medical school is under no obligation to accept any of them.