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The Ohio State University College of Medicine Medical Careers Pathway Post Baccalaureate Program (MEDPATH) is a one year program aimed at developing and enriching the academic knowledge base and skills of students prior to their entrance into medical school. The program allows students to become more competitive and successful in the medical school environment. Increasing the number of students underrepresented in medicine (URM) and/or students from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate from medical school is a major goal of MEDPATH.


A limited number of University tuition waivers are available to students participating in MEDPATH.


Students who wish to be considered for referral to MEDPATH must satisfy the following criteria:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Science GPA (BCPM), All Other Courses GPA (AO) or Total GPA on the AMCAS Application;
  • A bachelor's degree by the start of the program;
  • United States citizenship or permanent resident status;
  • Completion of all pre-medical requirements including MCAT;
  • Strong non-cognitive characteristics including emotional maturity, character, sense of caring for others, communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and commitment to service.

Application Process

The student must:

  1. Submit a completed AMCAS application listing The Ohio State University College of Medicine as a school selection by November 1;
  2. Complete and submit the OSU College of Medicine Secondary Application;
  3. Be referred to the MEDPATH Program by the OSU College of Medicine Admissions Committee and complete the MEDPATH supplemental application provided via your status page; and
  4. Interview with the College of Medicine Admissions Committee


MEDPATH begins in August with a two-week science review and testing in biology, chemistry, and physics to determine the appropriate level of science courses each student should take during the academic year. Students are also provided with assessment and instruction in reading, writing, learning strategies, test-taking and problem solving.

Courses taken during the academic year (autumn and spring semesters, and summer term) include, but are not limited to, biochemistry, histology, genetics, physiology, medical terminology, medical ethics, pharmacology and/or microbiology. Facilitated review sessions are provided for the most challenging courses. Community service projects, a mentoring program, and professional development sessions are integral components of the Post Baccalaureate Program.

The final six-week summer component (Pre-Entry Program) consists of instruction in human gross anatomy, cross-sectional anatomy, neuroanatomy, and immunology.

Conditional acceptance is awarded following the successful completion of the program.


November 1 at 12:00 midnight EST is the deadline for all applications to be received by AMCAS. Early applications are encouraged.

Financial Aid

Information regarding financial aid, including cost of attendance, scholarships, and loans, may be accessed through the College of Medicine's Financial Services page.

For more information contact the MEDPATH Office:

Nikki Radcliffe, Associate Director, MEDPATH
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
370 West 9th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-3161