Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
If you have thought about a career in medicine, but have not taken the necessary courses to apply to medical school, Bennington offers an intellectually challenging one-year program in a supportive environment defined by collaboration, participation, and individual research.
For motivated career-changers who have excelled in an area of study other than science, Bennington offers the chance to work among a small, tight-knit cohort of your peers from a broad range of backgrounds, in pursuit of a common goal. Our students are recent college graduates and experienced professionals from all around the country.
The Bennington Approach
At Bennington, we approach the study of science as we do all areas of learning: through hands-on projects and reading current primary literature in addition to textbooks. You will engage in the sciences through topics that matter to you, develop your own research questions, and design the methods to answer them. In seminar-style classes, each student has the opportunity to contribute to discussions, ask questions, and present work.
Our students learn to think like scientists and as members of a team—developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills—ensuring that they are well-prepared for professional schools and a career in medicine.
Classes and labs are led by our faculty, all of whom have research labs on campus, and are readily accessible outside class times.
The seven-week winter Field Work Term provides time away from the classroom to gain concentrated experience in clinical settings, research labs, or other areas of interest. Our students also utilize this time for MCAT prep, preparing the medical school application, and visiting medical schools in between the fall and spring terms.
Bennington’s program is one year, beginning and ending in June, and covers the basic requirements for medical school and other health profession tracks.
Competitive Candidates Have:
- Bachelor’s degree in another field at time of enrollment
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Few or no previous science courses as an undergraduate
- Demonstrated interest in some area of medicine or healthcare
Our students go on to attend many of the finest medical schools in the country. We offer close assistance to our alums in achieving their professional goals. Students have access to intensive advising not only during their postbac year but throughout the following application (glide) year as well.
“Bennington’s atmosphere is collaborative with an emphasis on applying what we learn in the lab through team research projects and lab partnerships." –James ‘15
“The focus on research is what sets this program apart for me. At Bennington, you are expected to engage constantly with research, including your own research projects as well as reading research papers in every class.” –Justin ‘15
“Bennington’s faculty are all incredibly knowledgeable, and I always feel like my professors love teaching, which always makes learning more fun.” –Alexander ‘16
“I really enjoyed the ability to create and pick our own labs in chemistry. There are not many postbac programs that allow you to devote an entire lab or semester to pursue an area of research that is of particular interest to you.” –Rebecca ‘16
“It’s hard to overstate the value of learning science by doing science. The small class sizes and hands-on approach provide the ideal environment for, firstly, becoming a scientist, and consequently, preparing to do well on the MCAT.” –Shane ‘15
“I loved the cooperative relationship among the postbacs; everyone was really friendly and worked together instead of competing with one another.” –Hillary ‘16
“It was a welcome relief from my undergraduate experience to have such small science classes where I could ask questions and meet with professors outside of class. -Katie ‘13
“The teachers were very accessible, and it was a great feeling knowing that I’d be able to ask questions to clarify my understanding of the material.” –Lawrence ‘15
“The support system at Bennington is great. Your professors and classmates will always be there to help if you are having trouble with a concept.” –Patrick ‘15
“Bennington’s small class sizes, cooperative learning environment, and impeccable teaching style reinforced my interest in science and medicine.” –Shelby ‘16
“I went to Bennington because of the small class size and accessibility to the faculty and staff, and I loved every minute there.” –Julia ‘16