UC Irvine Ayala School Of Biological Sciences Offers New Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program

Curriculum Meets Requirements to Apply to Medical School and MCAT Exam

01 Dec, 2015, 14:15 ET from University of California, Irvine Extension

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of California, Irvine, Ayala School of Biological Sciences  in partnership with the School of Physical Sciences offers for the first time the UCI Ayala School of Biological Sciences Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program designed for students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a non-science discipline and are now seeking a postbaccalaureate program that will help them complete the required basic core courses for pre-medical and other allied health professions admission. Designed for career changers, this full-time, two-year program provides students with the necessary academic preparation to excel in a health professional curriculum. Competitive applicants will be invited for interviews – with notification of admission status via email expected within two to six weeks from interview date.

"With the well-respected and rigorous academic standards of UC Irvine, participants of the new Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program will be fully equipped with a strong competitive advantage," said Frank LaFerla, Dean of the UC Irvine Ayala School of Biological Science. "Highly motivated, academically consistent students with a commitment and genuine passion for the medical profession are perfect candidates for this program."

The two-year cohort program, which is equivalent to eight quarters, including two summer sessions, creates a unique, individualized, and personal experience through the availability of personalized advising, counseling services, professional development seminars, free tutoring, and accessibility to more than 230 research opportunities under the guidance of distinguished faculty. The curriculum is designed for students to be adequately equipped for a smooth and successful transition into health professional programs.

"As a leading research institution, UCI offers program participants the opportunity to pursue academic and professional experiences with notable faculty, fostering valuable professional growth and hands-on experience," said Hetty Ha, Program Administrator/Premedical Advisor of Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at UCI Ayala School of Biological Studies. "An added benefit of the small cohort design is the availability of personalized advising that supports students throughout the program, into the medical school application process and the preparation of standardized health entrance tests."

Information sessions for interested applicants will be held as follows:
Online: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register at: unex.uci.edu/resources/events.
UCI Campus: Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register at extension.uci.edu/rsvp.
Applications for the program are being accepted now through spring, 2016. To learn more about the complete curriculum or to apply, visit postbacc.bio.uci.edu or email premedpb@uci.edu.

About the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences: The Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences is a premier center of biological education and research. Multidisciplinary research and academic opportunities are offered in the areas of ecology; cancer biology; cell biology; developmental biology and genetics; mechanisms of gene expression; neurobiology; epigenetics; structural biology; virology; and stem cells. With 3,255 undergraduate and 256 graduate students, the Ayala School is one of the largest schools at UC Irvine. The school has 122 faculty members in four departments: developmental and cell biology; ecology and evolutionary biology; molecular biology and biochemistry; and neurobiology and behavior.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities, it's Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy.

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