To be eligible for admission to the LKSOM Postbaccalaureate Program, all applicants must:
- Complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. If you are in your senior year of college, you may apply and be accepted before you have earned your degree.
- Complete at least one of the following standardized tests: SAT, ACT, GRE, or MCAT
- Have demonstrated academic achievement in a competitive undergraduate setting and superior standardized test results.
- Be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen with permanent resident or refugee/asylee status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Applicants with permanent resident or refugee/asylee status will be required to upload this documentation to their PostBacCAS application.
The successful applicant will also have:
- Completion of 8 credits with lab in each of the following courses: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics. Biochemistry may be used to replace General or Organic Chemistry coursework. You will need to complete the prerequisite section of the PostBacCAS application.
- Matriculants to the program will have participated in substantial community service and medically related volunteer experiences.
- Science GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, including all Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics (BCPM) departmental courses.
Submitting Your Application Materials
- Institutional Action
- Letters of Recommendation
- Standardized Test Scores (MCAT, SAT/ACT, GRE if applicable)
- ACMS Prerequisite Coursework
Applicants are required to submit both a verified PostBacCAS application and an LKSOM Postbac Secondary application. The LKSOM application fee is $30.00 and needs to be submitted by credit card or echeck upon submission of the application. The fee is non-refundable. PostBacCAS collects there own processing fees. Both applications must be received before the deadline. There will be no deadline extension for incomplete applications. Since PostBacCAS processing may take up to 6 weeks, we strongly recommend that all application materials are submitted early.
Instructions for completing the PostBacCAS can be found HERE.
Applicants with permanent resident or refugee/asylee status are required to upload U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documentation to their PostBacCAS application.
Applicants who were the recipient of institutional action(s) at any previous academic institution are required to indicate this on their PostBacCAS application and have the institution where the infraction occurred submit an official statement to the Office of Admissions. This letter must contain details of the event, the outcome of the institutional process, and be emailed to email@example.com
Applications with an institutional action will only be reviewed when this letter has been received. If an institutional action occurs after the PostBacCAS application has been submitted, notification of the institutional action must be submitted by letter within 10 days of occurrence including details of the event.
We will only accept institutional action statements emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org from the appropriate institutional official (Dean of Students, Judicial Officer, etc.). A statement within your pre-health committee letter does not meet our requirement.
Letters of recommendation may be submitted by various means:
- A premedical committee letter OR a packet from a school letter compilation service, OR three individual letters are acceptable. Compilation packets are not accepted through PostBacCAS but may be emailed to Postbac@temple.edu.
- If submitting a compilation packet or individual letters, two letters are recommended from professors with whom you completed course work in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. One additional letter may be from either a non-science professor, work experience, or a service activity.
- A premedical committee letter will meet our requirements regardless of the number of science/non-science letters included.
- We welcome letters from research experiences, in addition to the two recommended science letters.
A professional resumé or a CV is required and should be uploaded to the documents section of the PostBacCAS application.
Applicants are required to self-report all standardized test scores within the PostBacCAS application. If you are applying for the ACMS program with MCAT scores, you also are required to self-report any additional standardized test you have taken including GRE, SAT and/or ACT scores.
Official scores are required only for applicants selected to interview and can be submitted to Temple University via the appropriate testing agency below. Do not send official test scores until an invitation for interview has been issued.
- SAT score reports must be requested through the College Board to be sent to the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Code: 2906
- ACT score reports must be requested through ACT to be sent to the Temple University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Code: 3724.
- GRE scores from 2018, 2019, and 2020 are considered for admission. GRE score reports must be electronically requested through Educational Testing Service to be sent to Temple University Graduate School. Code = 2906
The MCAT is not a requirement for acceptance. If you do have an MCAT score(s), you are required to self-report each MCAT score (both MCAT and MCAT2015) on the PostBacCAS application.
- If you are invited to interview then official MCAT scores must be released to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University through the MCAT Score Reporting System (SRS).
- MCAT scores from 2018, 2019, and 2020 are acceptable for admission. Applicants with MCAT scores prior to January 2018 must retake the MCAT to meet the conditional acceptance requirements. Only the most recent MCAT section and total score will be considered. Combining the highest section scores from previous tests cannot fulfill the MCAT requirement.
Official transcripts from all colleges attended should be uploaded to the PostbacCAS Application. Instructions can be found HERE. Official final transcripts should not be sent to the LKSOM Office of Admissions until an acceptance has been issued.
Courses designed for non-science majors or allied health students are not acceptable.
Two pre-requisite science courses can be fulfilled with AP credits, community college courses or through a study abroad program.
Prior to spring 2020, online courses cannot be used to meet any of the pre-medical requirements.
In response to our unique circumstances, online courses taken during spring, summer and fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters will be accepted. If the online course fulfills a science requirement it must have a standard letter grade. All other online courses taken during the spring and summer 2020 semesters may use the P grade whereas all subsequent fall 2020 and spring 2021 online classes require a standard letter grade.
All applicants to the Postbac program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for success in our program and will complement other applicant selection tools.
Although there is no preparation necessary to complete CASPer, you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
Applicants can register for the CSP10111 – US Medicine test at takeCASPer.com. (If you do not have an AAMC ID you will have to create one HERE). If you have any questions about the test, contact email@example.com.
CASPer test results from May 2020 through April 2021 are valid for this application cycle. If you previously released scores to LKSOM for your 2021 MD application, there is no need to resend them.
The Basic Core of Medical Sciences (BCMS) Career Changer program is no longer being offered