Application and Admission


The Post-Bac Programs are highly structured and intended for students that have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to apply to health professional schools.

Admission requires a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the bachelor's degree, or for the last 60 semester-units or 90 quarter-units of coursework taken. However, due to the limited number of seats available in each track, GPAs considerably above the minimum are usually needed to gain an admissions offer. The program accepts students with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident (green card) status, but not those with international student visas, such as F-1.

The Summer 2019 application is now open on Cal State Apply. The deadline for submission of the Summer 2019 application is extended to March 4.

The Fall 2019 application is now open on Cal State Apply.

Please take special note to which semester you are applying.

For Fall applicants:

  • Applicants to the CCT track must have completed major's level General Chemistry I and a college math course.
  • Applicants to the Pre-Nursing track must have completed a basic Biology course and a college math course.

For Spring applicants:

  • Applicants to the CCT track must have completed General Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I, and Biology I, all at the major's level, and a college math course.
  • Applicants to the Pre-Nursing track must have completed a basic Biology course, a basic Chemistry course, and a college math course.

How To Apply

  1. Complete and submit the appropriate Cal State Apply Graduate application. General instructions are found on the Graduate Studies webpage.
    • Summer 2019 applicants, please use the Summer 2019 Application and choose the following options when Completing Your Profile:
      • Education Level: Graduate, inlcluding Credential and and Certificate Programs
      • Type of Degree: Master's degree or higher (Please note that our program does not confer a Master's degree but a certificate)
    • Fall 2019 applicants, please us the Fall 2019 Application and choose the following options when Completing Your Profile:
      • Degree Goal: Certificate
  2. Next, you will have the option to Select the Program to Which You Want to Apply. You may filter by campus, San Francisco State, and select which program to which you are applying.
    • Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy students should apply to the "Pre-Health Professions" program.
    • Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Public Health, and other allied health students should apply to the "Pre-Nursing" program. Although that program is titled Pre-Nursing, it offers relevant prerequisite courses for the aforementioned health professions.
  3. The Academic History section is one of the most important sections when applying to our programs.
    • List ALL the colleges you have ever attended, regardless of the number of degrees earned or gaps in the dates of attendance. It is required to report all post-secondary colleges. Failure to list all colleges and courses may disqualify applicants from consideration.
    • After you have added all colleges attended, complete the "Transcript Entry" section. Applicants are required to list every class taken at a post-secondary institution. More detailed instructions can be found through the Cal State Apply Transcript Entry help page. If a course was repeated, do not enter zero units, even if it appears as zero units on your transcript. Enter the original number of units attempted and mark the course as repeated. Failure to properly complete the transcript entry section may disqualify applicants from consideration.
  4. In the "Supporting Information" section, please list up to six (6) relevant experiences. These may include employment, clinical experiences, community volunteer experiences, and research experience.
  5. In the "Supporting Information" section, there is a space for a "Statement of Purpose." Please write "N/A" in this space and instead complete the program-specific questions in the "Program Materials" section (please see step 6).
  6. The "Program Materials" section contains specific questions for our programs.
    • In the "Documents" tab, upload copies of transcripts from every college or university attended, including study abroad coursework and community college coursework, even if transfer credit appears on your degree transcript. You may upload unoffical transcripts to the documents section. Do not upload photographs of transcripts, or web views of your course history; they will be rejected by the review process. Only upon admission will applicants be required to have official transcripts sent directly to the Graduate Studies office.
    • You may upload test score reports (MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.), or other licenses or certifications. Please do not upload resumes. These sections are optional.
    • Complete the program-specific questions in the "Questions" tab.
    • Arrange for two letters of evaluation to be submitted; preferably one from a college faculty member. Letters must be on official letterhead and include the evaluator's signature.
      • In the "Program Materials" section under the "Evaluations" tab, you will designate the contact information for your letter writers. Evaluations must be submitted in the Cal State Apply application. Please use the following guide to assist you in this process.
  7. Upon admission, arrange for official transcripts from all schools attended to be sent to the Graduate Studies Division (instructions on the Graduate Studies webpage). Please do not send official transcripts directly to our office.

Application Deadlines

Start Semester Cal State Apply Application Open Application & Materials Deadline
Summer Feb 1 - Mar 1 March 1
Fall Oct 1 - May 1 May 1
Spring Aug 1 - Oct 1 October 1


Final admission into the program requires completing an in-person interview at SF State. The admissions coordinators will contact those to invited for interviews. In cases of extenuating circumstances, a video interview via Skype may be granted.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program will cost $600 per unit for core classes (health profession school prerequisite science and math courses) and electives. As an incentive for optional classes, discussion sections cost $200 per unit ($200 total) and Colloquia cost $100 per unit ($200 total). There is no difference in costs for in-state and out-of-state residents.

Financial aid is available in the form of subsidized and non-subsidized federal loans and unsubsidized private loans. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application as soon as possible and officially forward a copy to SF State's Financial Aid Office. When completing the FAFSA, be sure to indicate that you are applying for an undergraduate, post-bac certificate program.

  • The SFSU school code for the FAFSA is #001154.
  • Grade level during 2018-2019 school year should be listed as “5th-year/other undergraduate.”
  • Degree or Certificate should be listed as “Other/Undecided.”

Please note: Federal policy limits the financial aid available to post-bacs. At present, because the Pre-Health and Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Programs confer a certificate and not a degree, students are only able to receive federal financial aid for one year (three continuous semesters), starting when the student joins the program. Thereafter, students can still get financial aid through private loans and scholarships. Students facing this issue can also work part-time while taking classes part-time.

Questions about our program including application and admission should be directed to our admissions office:

(415) 338-2410