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Advanced Premed Studies Post Baccalaureate Frequently Asked Questions

What materials should I send to be considered in the program?

• Completed Rowan Global online application form
• Completed Healthcare Application
• Completed Rowan Global Foundation Course Completion Form
• Completed Advanced Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Student Hardship Form (if applicable)
• $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
• Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
• Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
• Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
• The following undergraduate courses must be taken at an accredited institution prior to matriculation in the Post Baccalaureate in Advanced Premedical Studies at CMSRU program: 2 semesters (8 credits) of Biology with labs, 2 semesters (8 credits) of Chemistry with labs. In addition, the following undergraduate coursework is strongly recommended prior to admission: 2 semesters (8 credits) of Organic Chemistry with labs, 2 semesters (8 credits) of General Physics with lab.
• A reported MCAT score (recommended but no longer required)
• Typewritten personal statement describing the pathway toward medical school and your greatest hurdle (academic, personal, professional). Please limit to 1000-1500 words.
• Two letters of recommendation from professors or academic advisors (must be recent recommendation letters unless approved by Director)
• Updated resume

*Remember, we must receive all materials to consider your application.

Where should I send the materials?
Email materials:

What is the deadline for applying to the CMSRU Advanced Premed Program?
We must receive all materials by April 16, 2018 for your application to be considered.

I took classes at several universities. Do you need every transcript?
Yes, we require transcripts for every college level course you have taken. The transcripts must be official and come directly from the Registrar’s office. E-transcripts are accepted provided they are official and sent from the issuing institution. Any e-transcripts should be sent to

Am I required to complete the student hardship form?
Yes, you are required to complete the form for your application to be reviewed.

Who is the premed program intended for?
The CMSRU Advanced Premed Studies program is for college graduates who wish to pursue or have attempted a career in medicine but would like to strengthen their professional portfolio. This includes strengthening MCAT scores, undergraduate GPA and well-rounded preparation for the medical school application process.

Can any major apply?
We tend to admit students with science backgrounds but we will consider students from any undergraduate major to apply to the program provided they meet the prerequisites and strongly recommended requirements.

Are there any prerequisites for being admitted to our premed program?
Yes, prerequisites include a BA or BS from an accredited college or university; and 2 semesters of college chemistry with lab. The following are recommended prior to admission: 2 semesters of organic chemistry with labs and 2 semesters of general physics with labs.

How long is the program?
The program is 15 months.

How much does the program cost and are students able to use Federal Financial Aid?
The rate is $885 per credit hour. Students are not eligible for federal financial aid because this is a non-degree granting program and would need to apply for private education loans. This is standard for most Post Baccalaureate programs.

Do you offer any scholarships?
No, but we do offer need-based assistance to students that meet federal guidelines for financial and educational disadvantage. These students may be eligible for a stipend to cover the cost of tuition. This funding is from a Health Research Services Administration Health Careers Opportunity Program grant. Applicants must provide parent income tax forms (if claimed as a dependent) or if independent must provide their own tax return. Additional information regarding high school attended and parental educational information will also be required to verify eligibility. In order to be considered for this stipend, applications must complete the Advanced Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Student Hardship Form. These HCOP stipends are untaxed; eligible students will be responsible for reporting these monies as income and paying all appropriate state and federal taxes.

How many applicants are you accepting to the premed program?
The program will be accepting approximately 16-24 students for Summer 2018 who exceed the criteria.

Upon completion, am I awarded a degree?
No, the Post Baccalaureate program is not a degree-granting program.

When will I know if I have been accepted?
If you are accepted into the advanced premed studies program, you will be notified on or before May 15, 2019.

What if I have a family vacation planned during the time of the orientation?
You are required to participate in orientation day, currently scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Orientation day will serve as an opportunity to meet important members of the program, introduce yourself to fellow students and learn much more about the program.

Is overnight lodging provided for the orientation?
There are no overnight accommodations. Participants are responsible for and must provide their own transportation.

If I would like to stay overnight in the area, where would I stay?
The Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill and Holiday Inn Cherry Hill are the closest options available. The hotels are approximately five miles from the CMSRU campus.
Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill website:
Holiday Inn Cherry Hill website:

Where will the active learning modules be located?
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (401 South Broadway, Camden, New Jersey, 08103). Specific room numbers will be provided closer to your start of classes.

What Learning Management System do you use for the online courses?
We use Instructure Canvas for all online content and learning modules.

When would I take the MCAT again?
Students must sit for the MCAT prior to completing the program. Students in the program typically take their MCAT in January.

Does CMSRU have off-campus housing close to the campus for students that do not live around South Jersey or are coming from out of state?
Yes, CMSRU recently opened the Cooper Village Apartments directly across the street from the medical school. Cooper Village Apartments are available on a year-to-year basis and come fully furnished. There will also be an on-site take-out cafe and easy access to Zipcar rentals. Visit the website for more details or email at (856) 457-6222.