Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Completion in Biomedical Sciences and Health Equity

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Complete the online application and submit all supporting materials no later than April 30. Applicants are also responsible for making sure standardized test score report, unofficial transcripts, dean's good standing and student conduct verification form, and letters of evaluation are requested and received in time to include them with your application package. 

NOTE: This application is specifically for consideration into the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Completion in Biomedical Sciences and Health Equity. It is not intended to be an application for any other Baylor College of Medicine program, including admission to a degree granting program offered at Baylor. 

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Letter of Evaluation

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Applicants are required to submit one health professions committee letter/packet or two individual letters of evaluation. Applicants have the option to submit one extra letter.

If you are submitting individual letters of evaluation, at least one letter must be from a faculty member at your school who has known you and worked with you for at least one year. The other(s) should be from a faculty member, academic advisor or work supervisor who has known you at least one year and can attest to your ability to be successful in graduate school. Letters from friends or relatives will not be accepted.

Letters of Evaluation must be submitted using the online evaluation form and include:

  1. Letter on Official Letterhead
  2. Contact information of evaluator – telephone number and/or email address
  3. Signature of evaluator

Be sure to inform evaluators of letter requirements as letters missing any or all of this information will be rejected!

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Dean’s Good Standing and Student Conduct Verification Form 

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Applicants are required to submit a Dean’s Good Standing and Student Conduct Verification Form, completed by the Dean of Students, Director of Student Conduct Office or other administrative officer who is in charge of student records, including academic and non-academic disciplinary records, at each of the undergraduate or graduate institutions you were awarded or is expected to award you any degree. This certification form is not attesting to academic ability. Only statements as to conduct, character and fitness are necessary.
 
Applicant should enter the contact information for the Dean of Students, Director of Student Conduct Office or other administrative officer in the appropriate field on the admissions application. Applicant should download a Dean’s Good Standing and Student Conduct Verification Form for each college or university where a degree was awarded or expected to be awarded:

  1. Complete Section I including signature of the applicant below either statement A or B; and 
  2. Give the form to the Dean of Students, Director of Student Conduct Office or other administrative officer in charge of student records, including academic and non-academic disciplinary records requesting completion of Section II.

The Dean of Students, Director of Student Conduct Office or other administrative officer should email the completed form to gradcertadmissions@bcm.edu before the application deadline.

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Essays

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Personal Statement: Applicants are required to submit a personal statement of 2500 characters or less about your academic and career aspirations including why you want to go to medical school and why you believe this program will help you to reach your goals.*

Personal Characteristics: Applicants are required to submit a personal characteristics statement of 2500 characters or less describing your personal characteristics (background, talents, skills, etc.) or experiences that would add to the educational experience of others.

Optional Statement: You will be given the opportunity to submit an optional statement of 2500 characters or less describing any unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, geographic location, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and life or work experiences, which have NOT previously been presented.

We are not interested in contrived situations but want to consider special circumstances people have faced. You do not need to reveal any personal information with which you are uncomfortable. Do not reuse general personal statements from other program applications.

These essays provide the admissions committee with a unique perspective that helps us understand applicants. We suggest that you write several drafts and have a mentor, faculty, career center, and/or lab co-workers critique your essay.

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Transcripts

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You will be required to upload unofficial transcripts in your application for all community college, undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools you have received college credit from, including colleges where you completed dual credit coursework. You must also enter information about ALL schools you plan on attending between now and the completion of Spring 2022. Your dates of attendance must end with the last term you plan on attending.

NOTE: You must provide unofficial transcripts from every college and university you attended as part of the application process. Applicants offered conditional admission into the program must provide OFFICIAL transcripts for every college and university attended.

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Standardized Test Score (MCAT or GRE)

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Applicants must have previously taken and received an official score for the Medical College Admission Test (or Graduate Record Examination General Test). You will be required to upload a digital copy of your score report as part of the application process. 

NOTE: Applicants offered conditional admission into the program must provide an OFFICIAL copy of their score report.

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Timeline

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The application and all supporting materials are due on April 30. We accept applicants beginning in early February. The review process will be ongoing during the months of March through May, and we let successful applicants know of decisions via email.

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