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Post-baccalaureate Program

Post-baccalaureate Program

Build on the degree you have, start a new career in the health professions

Considering a career in health professions? You can build on the bachelor’s degree you already have to begin a new life in a rewarding career. Through the Carson-Newman Post Baccalaureate Health Pre-Professions program, you use the foundation of your bachelor’s degree to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, and a host of other health professions. The Post-Baccalaureate program is not a degree program or a graduate program. It is a bridge program to prepare BA/BS students for admission to health professional schools.

An individualized curriculum is designed based on the background, interests, and needs of each student. Requirements are generally determined by the career choice and the specific professional schools where admission is sought.

As a C-N Post Baccalaureate student, you will be able to take advantage of features already in place in our program.

  • A close personal relationship with your academic adviser
  • A full range of courses, including gross anatomy with cadavers
  • A course offering shadowing experience in your career choice
  • A videotaped interview before our committee with follow-up sessions
  • A committee composite letter of recommendation to support your application
  • Computerized practice MCAT exams with follow-up sessions
  • Regular workshops on the short interview

With small classes and an available, caring faculty, students are expected to thrive in our small school atmosphere. Career Planning in the Health Professions, a 1 credit-hour course, is required during the first fall semester for each new health professions student. The course focuses on the curriculum, the GPA, the national exam, the interview, the personal statement, the application process, and modern trends in health care.

Ideally, applicants will have a ‘B’ or better average in their undergraduate work, will have a sound math background in algebra and trigonometry, and will be strongly motivated to enter the health care field.

To obtain a committee letter of recommendation, students must complete a minimum of 6 lab science courses at C-N, complete the ID 208 class, have a shadowing experience in their career choice, and interview before the C-N Health Professions Committee.

This intensive program is designed to be completed in 12 to 24 months by full time students (taking a minimum of 12 semester hours). It is primarily geared toward the student who has a non-science degree or those who seek career changes requiring additional science courses for admission. The required curriculum is intended to help ensure that every student has the academic background to be competitive in the admissions process to a professional school.

Post-Baccalaureate students at Carson-Newman are part of a well-established health pre-professional program at a university highly regarded for its academic reputation. Carson-Newman is the only college in Tennessee that made all three lists in the 1998 America’s Best Colleges Guide, published by U. S. News & World Report. C-N ranked among the region’s best liberal arts colleges: # 9 Overall Quality, #3 Best Values, #5 Most Efficient.

Successful completion of the Post-Baccalaureate program does not guarantee admission to health professional schools. Since this program is considered a non-degree program, the only sources for financial aid are from the private sector.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Steve Karr
Director of Health Pre-Professions
C-N Box 72041
Carson-Newman University
Jefferson City, TN 37760
Phone: (865) 471-3252
E-Mail: stkarr@cn.edu
Fax: (865)471-3578

New or returning C-N students may apply online. Returning students may also apply by downloading the application here. The application deadline is June 15. Late applications from outstanding candidates may be considered.

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