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.

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. Download and complete the supplemental application using the following link: Application Form. The application form is an Excel spreadsheet with eight tabs and contains a prompted personal statement, a listing of relevant course work and a listing of various types of experiences.

    The supplemental application always remains open and may be completed before the CSU Mentor application. Summer applicants are highly encouraged to complete the supplemental application by February 1.

  2. Save the supplemental application with your name in the following format (without quotes): "LastName FirstName PB Supplemental Application.xlsx" and email your completed application to with the subject: "PB Application."
  3. Complete and submit the CSU Mentor Graduate Division application; general instructions are found on the Graduate Studies webpage.
  4. When completing the CSU Mentor application, please follow these guidelines:
    • Under "Enrollment Plans: Major/Program Objective" scroll down to Certificates and select one of "Pre-Health Professions" or "Pre-Nursing."
    • For "Degree/Credential Objective" please select "None."
    • On page 9, you do not need to enter work experience, this will be entered in more detail in the supplemental application.
    • On page 10, you do not need to write in a Statement of Purpose; essays will be entered in the supplemental application.
  5. 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 as it will slow the review process.
  6. Arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the Admissions Committee; preferably one from a college faculty member. A third letter is optional. You will list your letter writers in the CSU Mentor application on page 9: Miscellaneous Information. Please instruct your letter writers to write your full name (as entered on your CSU Mentor application). Letters may be emailed directly from your letter writer (not from the applicant) to with the subject "Letter of Recommendation for XXXX (Student Name)" or via mail. If sending via mail, letters only should may be sent to the following address:

Dept. of Biology
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Start Semester

CSU Mentor Application Open Supplemental App & 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.

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

(415) 338-2410