Cleveland State University Partnerships for Urban Health

NEOMED-CSU Post-Bacc Early Assurance

The NEOMED-CSU Postbacc/M.D. program is designed to educate and train students who are interested in pursuing urban primary care medicine and already have a baccalaureate degree. This six-year early assurance program will include two years at CSU, followed by a four year curriculum at NEOMED. This program is open to those in need of academic enhancement and career changers, with preference given to Ohio residents, particularly those from northeast Ohio. 

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria (See NEOMED Webpage for more guidelines):

  • While candidates with a minimum college overall/cumulative GPA of 3.0 may be considered for post-baccalaureate early assurance, a minimum overall/cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher is required for medical school admission to NEOMED at the completion of the post-baccalaureate program. Therefore, candidates should expect to be reviewed in a holistic manner in light of their demonstrated academic achievement as to their potential to meet or exceed that admission standard following their post-baccalaureate work. Note that all GPA’s are calculated using AAMC practices which includes all graded course attempts. Any institutional academic forgiveness policies are not included in early assurance GPA calculations.
  • Additionally, a minimum overall/cumulative BCPM GPA of 3.4 or higher for all post baccalaureate coursework in the subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math is required for medical school admission to NEOMED. Candidates with academic backgrounds demonstrating ability to meet or exceed those requirements by the end of their post-baccalaureate enrollment may receive more favorable consideration for early assurance that those with academic records well below that level of performance. All BCPM GPA’s are calculated using AAMC practices which includes all graded course attempts. Any institutional academic forgiveness policies are not included in early assurance BCPM GPA calculations.
  • Prerequisite course work: Completion of at least one semester of general biology (CSU BIO 200/201 or equivalent) and two semesters of general chemistry (CSU CHM 261/266 and CHM 262/267 or equivalent) prior to beginning the program and ordinarily no more than five years before beginning the program, with minimum individual grades of C and a GPA across these courses of at least 3.0.
    • Students who do not meet these prerequisite requirements at the time of application to the program can still be considered, so long as they document how they will meet the requirements by the time the program begins (for example, by taking or retaking courses in spring or summer semesters). If admitted with these courses pending, admission will be contingent on successful completion of the planned coursework.
    • Students with older courses with satisfactory grades may be considered if they can validate their knowledge with contemporary work or educational experiences.
    • In determining eligibility, only the most recent course attempt will be considered.
  • Candidates whose grade point average may not meet the above description may also offer additional evidence of preparation for the early assurance post-baccalaureate program by sitting for the MCAT and attaining a score of 492 or higher, or taking the GRE and scoring a minimum of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative GRE subtests.
  • Cumulative GPA: To meet the program mission of preparing diverse students with interests in urban primary care for entry into medical school, applicants will be evaluated holistically to determine potential for success in the program and potential for admission to medical school after completion of program requirements. While a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended, candidates with lower cumulative GPAs who demonstrate a pattern of improvement over time can be considered in our holistic admissions process.
  • Many post-baccalaureate early assurance candidates have exceptional life experience and human capital that suggests outstanding potential alignment with the mission of the Urban Health Partnership. The admission committees may weigh more recent coursework, such as grades earned within the last 5 years, more significantly than older coursework for students with longer academic careers.
  • All applicants for post-baccalaureate early assurance must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States prior to starting post-baccalaureate coursework.