Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-professional Program at William Paterson University is intended for college graduates of all backgrounds 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, veterinary 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.

This program provides students with the flexibility to take the prerequisites required for their pre-professional goals, as well as taking additional coursework that may enhance their application. Post-Baccalaureates have early registration status, pay undergraduate tuition, and receive Post-Baccalaureate specific advising and application preparation services (listed at the bottom of the page).

Typical prerequisite courses include:

  • General Biology I & II, Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Physics I & II, Calculus and Statistics
  • General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II

Additional available coursework includes, but is not limited to:

  • Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Human Physiology, Pharmacology, Evolutionary Medicine, Bioethics, Histology, Animal Physiology, Immunology, Virology, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology and Sociology

A certificate will be awarded to those students who complete 28 credits in science/math with a GPA of 3.6 or above. 

Students whose first degree is not in Biology or a related field also have the option to earn a BS in Biology by completing all of the major undergraduate program requirements.

To apply, complete the Second Degree application and indicate Biology as your intended major. Once this is submitted, email Melissa Zolla in order for your application to be switched into the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Program.

Any questions about the application process can be directed via email to Melissa Zolla, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

For further information about the program and advising services please contact:

Dr. Carey Waldburger, Post-Baccalaureate 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
  • seminars by health professionals
  • medical volunteer & shadowing information and guidance
  • MCAT and other examination advice
  • professional school selection advice
  • resume preparation assistance
  • personal statement essay-writing assistance
  • opportunities for faculty mentored research experience
  • mock admission interviews
  • pre-professional club participation and leadership opportunities