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Temple Postbac students have the opportunity to shadow clinical faculty.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Program

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) Postbaccalaureate program was launched in 2008 and is designed to specifically prepare students for success in our medical school and as practicing physicians. The program has two tracks of study; the Basic Core in Medical Sciences for those  now considering a career in medicine and the Advanced Core in Medical Sciences for those who already have a passion for medicine and want to enrich their science backgrounds. Every student accepted into the LKSOM postbaccalaureate program receives a conditional acceptance to the LKSOM and successful completion of their track of study results in direct matriculation without a gap year. Matriculants to the program have demonstrated academic excellence, documented history of community service, medically related volunteer experience and strong letters of recommendation.

Both postbaccalaureate tracks provide: instruction from outstanding faculty, world-class resources, personalized advising and formal MCAT preparation. Students learn in specifically designed classes to maximize their academic experience.

Postbaccalaureate Tracks

Basic Core in Medical Sciences Program (BCMS) – “Career Changers”

  • For candidates who have not taken the basic science courses required for admission to medical school.
  • Rigorous full-time (34 credit hours) 12-month non-degree program.
  • No more than 8 credits in Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Note: This does not include mathematics.

Advanced Core in Medical Sciences Program (ACMS) – “Career Enhancers”

  • For candidates who have completed 8 credits with lab in each of the following courses: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics and wish to enhance their academic background before medical school.
  • Rigorous full-time (23 credit hours) 10-month non-degree program.

Conditional Acceptance to LKSOM MD Program

All applicants accepted to the LKSOM Postbac Program receive a conditional acceptance to this medical school for the following fall without a gap year.

Successful completion of either BCMS or ACMS tracks requires students to achieve at least a 3.60 (not rounded) GPA in the Postbaccalaureate coursework. ACMS and BCMS students must also achieve a total MCAT score of at least 509, with no single section less than 126. Only the most recent score is considered for the conditional acceptance.