Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Program

The Postbaccalaureate Pre-professional Program at William Paterson University is intended for college graduates who wish to pursue a medical or other pre-professional education but have not taken any or all of the science courses required for admission to medical or other pre-professional schools. The program prepares students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, physician's assistant and other health care professions. Much of the course work required for admission to these professional programs is the same.

The Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program has two options:

1) An intensive full-time program which can be completed in 16 months (see below)

The prerequisites for this program are college algebra and precalculus or the equivalent. A student with sufficient preparation who begins the program in the Summer I term can expect to be ready to apply to medical school in 16 months. The year after application, before entry into medical/professional school, provides students with the opportunity to take additional coursework or to deepen their exposure to medicine through internships or full-time employment.

Intense 16 month program schedule of courses:

  • Summer I & II first year – Gen Chem I & II
  • Fall (16 credits) – Organic Chem I, General Bio I, Physics I, Calculus I
  • Spring (16 credits) Organic Chem II, General Bio II, Physics II, Calculus II or Statistics
  • Second Summer – Internships, shadowing programs, and studying for and taking the MCATs
  • Second Fall – apply to schools, continue with coursework, volunteering or full-time work. 


2) A flexible program of part and/or full-time study which can be started while continuing to work a full-time job, doing internships, shadowing, or carrying out research. 

Applying is easy. You will be applying as an undergraduate second degree student (that way you don’t have to pay graduate tuition). Go to the admission's website (, follow the instructions, and fill out the undergraduate application, stating Biology as a major.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Carey Waldburger, Postbaccalaureate Advisor, Department of Biology, William Paterson University, Tel: 973-720-2486; email: 

Advising Services

  • extensive individual advising
  • flexibility in course selection
  • application services
  • maintenance of a pre-professional file, including letters of recommendation
  • preparation of a composite letter of evaluation
  • sending letters of recommendation and packets to professional schools
  • seminars by health professionals
  • medical volunteer & shadowing information and guidance
  • MCAT and other examination advice
  • professional school selection advice
  • resume preparation assistance
  • essay-writing assistance
  • faculty mentoring
  • mock admission interviews

Dr. Waldburger will be your academic advisor. In addition, Dr. Leonard, the college's pre-professional adviser, will meet with you at least once each semester to review your academic progress and to discuss your course of study.


Much of the coursework required for admittance into medically related professional schools is similar. A typical pre-medical curriculum includes the following:

  • 2 semesters General Biology with lab (8 credits)
  • 2 semesters General Chemistry w/lab (8 credits)
  • 2 semesters Organic Chemistry w/lab (8 credits)
  • 2 semesters Physics with lab (8 credits)
  • 2 semesters math beyond precalculcus, including at least one semester of Calculus (8credits)


Additional Information About Existing Pre-Professional Tracks