Post Baccalaureate Degree
In simple terms, any degree you earn after your Bachelor’s degree is considered a post-baccalaureate (PB) degree. It is a program of study at either the undergrad or graduate level, only available to students with a Bachelor’s degree. For students interested in pre-med, it allows them to obtain their pre-health prerequisite coursework. It also allows them to gain enrichment in their science coursework and go deeper into your studies in order to seem more competitive when applying for medical school.
There are five types of PB programs: the structured, the unstructured, the certificate-granting, the career-changer, and the grade enhancer PB programs. In a structured PB program, the curriculum is inflexible and highly rigid. Generally, students in this PB program will enroll in two semesters of chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics. On the other hand, an unstructured PB program is flexible with more open admission policies, but fewer support services. This type of PB program is best for career changing and for students who want to enhance their grades. However, based on where the program is offered, you may or may not receive certification upon completion. With a certificate-granting PB program, you get a certificate once you complete all the requirements. However, it is important to remember that this is not the same as a degree. If you have decided to pursue a career in medicine or a health profession but do not have a bachelor’s degree with coursework that did not include pre-health prerequisites, you should take a career-changer PB program. Lastly, the “grade-enhancer” PB program is for science majors who did not receive very good grades and want to retake courses. A grade-enhancing PB student might need to take higher level science courses to demonstrate that they can be academically successful. It is not necessary for grade-enhancers to have taken the MCAT. If they did and got a low score, the PB program can help bolster their MCAT score.
The biggest benefit of getting a Post-baccalaureate degree is that it increases your marketability with employers. Due to the fact that it is an attractive terminal certificate, your resume will have more value in comparison to someone with only a bachelor’s degree. Also, even though it takes 1 to 2 years (the same amount of time it takes to get a master’s degree), you don’t have to write a master’s thesis or do a master’s project, and you don’t have to do any internships during the summers.
Getting a Post-baccalaureate degree may prove to be a good idea depending on what your current situation is. Especially because it is easier to get accepted to a PB program. You may find that you don’t even need it except to make you seem more competitive and attractive to employers or schools. Overall, a Post Baccalaureate degree is a good idea to make yourself more appealing on resumes when you try to get a job after college.