Post-baccalaureate Pre-Health Program
The Post-baccalaureate, Pre-Health (PBPH) program allows students to take coursework at Stony Brook University to prepare for careers in medicine, dentistry, or other health-related fields. The PBPH program is designed for career-changer students (those who lack requisite math and science courses). Students will enroll in the appropriate undergraduate courses with Non-matriculating Graduate Student (GSP) status. The undergraduate coursework, coupled with the advisement resources of the Pre-Professional Advisement office (Melville Library, Third Floor, Room E3310) will help to prepare you for the application process to medical school.
Students accepted into this program will participate in a special orientation program to be organized jointly by the Pre-Professional Advising and Student Orientation offices. This select student group will be academically advised and tracked throughout their time at Stony Brook by the pre-professional advising staff. All students admitted to the program are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
The PBPH program has had a total aceptance rate of 84.2%, which is more than double the rate nationally for applicants to health professional schools. Thirty-two of 38 students were accepted to graduate health professions in the United States as of the entrance date of 2012.
Stony Brook’s Faculty Committee on Health Professions also may nominate up to five eligible post-baccalaureate students per year for linkage (a special fast track admission) to Stony Brook’s School of Medicine. Please visit http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/prehealth/post_bacc/linkage.shtml for more information on the linkage program.
Enrollment Information for Students Who Are Not Admitted
Students who are not offered admission into the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health program may request activation of their eligibility to enroll in graduate or undergraduate courses, as available to them, at Stony Brook University by contacting the School of Professional Development (SPD) via email or telephone (631-632-7050, option 1).
IMPORTANT NOTE: No special consideration regarding selection of or enrollment in classes will be given to students who are not offered admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health program.
Financial Aid Eligibility
Non-matriculated graduate (GSP) students normally do not qualify for financial aid. However, there is a “Course of Study Form” obtainable through the Financial Aid Office that may be applicable to you for the purpose of receiving financial aid. For information regarding your options, please contact Joan Vanetten in the Financial Aid Office at (631) 632-6840.
How to Apply
The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program (PBPH) has limited admissions, therefore the submission of an application package does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be granted to select candidates based on certain criteria that are detailed below. All applications are reviewed by the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program Admissions Committee.
To complete the application process, you will need to do the following:
- Print and complete the application for admission: Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program Application (PDF)
- Write a personal statement: In 500 words or less, describe how this program connects with your career goals.
- Submit the $90 non-refundable application fee, either via check or money order made payable to "Stony Brook University - IFR 900085."
- Submit an updated copy of your resume.
- Arrange to have your sealed, official transcripts (from all schools attended) sent to you, the student. Please be sure not to open the transcript. The transcript must show that you have earned a bachelor's degree. Competitive applicants normally present a 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
- ALL OF THE REQUIRED MATERIALS MUST ALL BE SENT TO SPD TOGETHER IN ONE (1) PACKAGE (ENVELOPE). Supplemental materials (e.g, letter/s of recommendation, copies of certifications, etc.) are not required, however may be submitted at the discretion of the applicant. Application materials that arrive in separate envelopes will not be reviewed.
- Complete and return the Immunization Form (PDF) to the Student Health Service.
Please mail all REQUIRED (and supplemental materials, if any) in one package (envelope) to:
School of Professional Development/ PBPH Admissions
N-201 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310 (full zip code must be used)
Fall Admission: June 1
Spring Admission: November 1
All students may expect to hear from the School of Professional Development (SPD)/Stony Brook University by MAIL regarding an admissions decision within three (3) weeks of the application deadline date.
SPD must be in receipt of your complete application package by the published deadline for the requested term of admission, Fall or Spring, in order to be reviewed by the PBPH Admissions Committee.
For academic or program-related questions, please contact the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Advisors:
Dr. Harvard Lyman
Dr. Eugene Katz
Tel. (631) 632-7080
For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
School of Professional Development
Tel. (631) 632-7050, option 1
of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s non-matriculating [non-degree] graduate students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.