About the services

The Shoreline Community College Post Baccalaureate Services for the Health Professions (PBS) is a comprehensive support system including advising, career support, application support, and transfer opportunities. These services are designed to support college graduates who intend to pursue careers in the health professions and need additional college courses to prepare for graduate-level professional schools.

Over 60 students participate each quarter, preparing for medical school (MD or DO - our most popular option among students), as well as other professional programs such as dental, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and more. These services are available to any students seeking to change careers or enhance their academic record.

Service Benefits

  1. Rigorous Advanced Coursework: Much like other Washington state community colleges, Shoreline Community College science courses are recognized as equivalent to both lower and upper division university courses. Our courses fulfill all requirements for entry to most health professions programs and schools.
  2. Academic and Peer Support: One and two credit small group seminars provide critical skills to create a strong application, prepare for exams, and succeed in interviews.
  3. Personalized Advising: Get one-on-one support from dedicated advisors to help you successfully reach your goals.
  4. MCAT and GRE Preparation: Small group seminars to provide learning and test-taking strategies, access to resources, and support.
  5. World Renowned Location: Study in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with nearby access to Seattle and its top medical facilities and renowned research centers.
  6. Small Classes: Science courses are small in size and are taught by experienced instructors, who teach both the lecture and lab.
  7. Affordable Tuition: Typically, tuition at Shoreline costs only about one-third as much as the same classes at a four-year state school. Funding options for Post-Bac services and tuition related to our courses may be accessible by applying for financial aid (FAFSA) but are limited to Loans for Prerequisite Courses (one 12 consecutive month period). Students moving to Washington State can apply for residency tuition after 12 months of residency here. Post Bac Services charges a quarterly fee of $45.

Intended audience

Career Changers
Students who have not yet taken prerequisite courses for their chosen professional school, or who have some and need to take additional courses.

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Record Enhancers
Students who need to enhance their course quality and GPA for entrance into professional schools or whose prerequisite courses are outdated.

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  • Most likely have completed at least a Bachelor's degree
  • Intent to pursue graduate-level professional schools, such as dental, medical, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and more
  • Open admission policy. Begin any quarter. No standardized exam scores (GRE, MCAT) required.
  • Students who are not a typical career changer or record enhancer are welcome. We work with each student to create an individualized plan.

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Want to learn about our services for Post-Bac students and connect with an advisor?

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or email us at postbacc@shoreline.edu

How to Access these Services and Shoreline Courses

  1. Fill out a free application to Shoreline Community College.
    • You'll receive an email with a student ID number (SID) within 24-48 hours
  2. Once you have been admitted to Shoreline and have a student ID number, fill out the Post Bac Services Participation Form

Success rate data

For 2019 matriculation, 15 students applied and 12 were admitted.

Students were accepted at:

  • Medical Doctor – University of Washington Seattle
  • Medical Doctor – University of Washington Spokane
  • Naturopathic Doctor – Bastyr University
    (Doctor of) Nurse Practitioner (includes RN)
  • Seattle University (two students)
  • Nutrition MS – University of Washington
  • Nutrition & Counseling Psychology MS & MA – Bastyr University
  • Occupational Therapy – University of Puget Sound
  • Occupational Therapy – University of Washington
    Pharmacy – University of Washington (two students)
  • Physician Assistant - Idaho State University

For 2020 matriculation, 13 students applied and 10 were admitted

  • Medical School  (MD)– U of Washington Seattle, two students
  • Medical School (MD) - Jefferson Medical School Philadelphia
  • Nursing, Masters (includes RN) – John Hopkins
  • Nursing, Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (includes RN) – Seattle University, two students
  • Nutrition, Masters – U of Washington Seattle
  • Physician Assistant, Masters – U of Washington Seattle
  • Speech Pathology, Masters – Idaho State University
  • Veterinary Medical School (DVM) – Washington State University

For 2021 matriculation, 24 students applied and 16 were admitted (data as of early May 2021): 

  • Dental School (DDS) – Midwestern University, Illinois 
  • Dental School (DDS) – Midwestern University, Arizona 
  • Dental School (DDS) – U of Washington, Seattle 
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - University of Michigan Ann Arbor 
  • Master of Science in Medical Sciences - Western U of the Health Sciences 
  • Medical School (DO) – Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences, Yakima WA, three students 
  • Medical School (MD) – Kaiser Permanente, California 
  • Medical School (MD) - U of Colorado, Fort Collins 
  • Medical School  (MD)– U of Washington Seattle, two students 
  • Medical School  (MD)– U of Washington Spokane 
  • Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor’s – U of Washington, Seattle 
  • Occupational Therapy - U of Washington, Seattle 
  • Veterinary Medical School (DVM) – U of Minnesota   

 Waitlisted  / may still be placed: one for Physical Therapy, one for Doctor of Nurse Practitioner, one for DO Medical School 

Denied: one for Physician Assistant, one for MD&DO Medical School, one for DO school 

Unknown / did not report back to Shoreline: one for MD, one for Nursing

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