At a Glance
Upper Division Electives
Cost of Program
Chemistry Self Test
University of Southern California
College of Letter Arts & Sciences
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0151
Tel: (213) 821-2354
Our Program at a Glance
The Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program (PPP) at USC enables students who are beyond their undergraduate studies to complete the science core classes required for medical, dental and veterinary school in a supportive environment. The program accommodates both recent graduates and career-changers, and offers academic and pre-professional advisement and mentoring, all of the student pre-health services of the Dornsife College of Pre-Health Advisement and frequent receptions to strengthen the sense of community among PPP students.
Our program is selective and directed towards accomplished students with little or no college-level science work. Our understanding with the university is that we will only accept students who have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. That said, most of our students have achieved a GPA of 3.25 or better in a competitive academic setting. Additionally, prospective applicants must be able to take at least six of the offered courses without repeating any previous undergraduate work. If you have already taken the majority of our core classes, sat for an MCAT exam and/or applied to medical school, we are unable to consider your application.
Most medical schools require one year each of general biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, all with laboratory components. Our program provides access to all of these courses as well as other peripheral requirements such as molecular biology and biochemistry. Each student typically takes two courses a semester to provide ample time to gain clinical and research experience as well as conduct community outreach or foster other interests to promote a well-rounded background. Once a student has begun the program, all core coursework must be taken at USC.
Our community of students is one of our greatest assets. While PPP students often organize study groups, intramural sport teams, medical missions and socials together, the program also sponsors multiple opportunities to network at receptions, events and workshops as well as assigns each student a mentor in the program.
There are three application cycles during the course of the year for fall, spring and summer start dates. The fall class is typically our largest and begins school late August with an application deadline of early June. The spring class begins early January and has a deadline of early October, and the summer class begins late May with a deadline of early April. There are no exact dates associated with our deadlines for the reason that we admit students on a rolling basis. We encourage prospective students to submit their applications early or as soon as they are complete so that they have the opportunity to fully ready themselves and/or undertake formal preparatory work before starting a rigorous course schedule.