Barry S. Rothman, Ph.D. { Health Professions Home Page}

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Welcome to

Barry Rothman's Health Professions Web Site

at San Francisco State University

 

Important News

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Formal Post-Bac Program

The Formal Post-Bac Program consists of two highly structured and supportive components used to prepare students for applying to graduate health professions schools such as medical, dental and pharmacy schools: a Career Changer Track (CCT) and an Academic Enhancer Track (AET). The CCT is for those needing to take for the first time pre-requisite science and math courses and a limited number of upper-division science electives. The AET is for those who need to improve their academic record by retaking some pre-requisites and upper-division science electives as well as taking for the frirst time a number of upper-division science electives. See the Comparison Table and Summary page for more details. Please note that there will be no admissions to the AET during spring 2016 due to administrative reorganization. Please check this site later for information regarding AET admissions during summer 2016 and fall 2016. If you are an AET (have already completed all prerequisites for the health profession you wish to enter), please do not apply to our program at this point in time. CCTs are welcome to apply now.

 

An online application for the CCT is always available. The number of students admitted to the CCT depends on the semester (summer: ~60; fall: ~5, ; spring: ~3). See the Application and Admission web page for details. Applications are being considered for admission into Cohort 11 (CCT) for summer 2016.

The latest application should be used; please do not use our outdated 2012-2013 application. Applications for entry into Cohort 11 for summer 2016 are now open. Deadline: February 1, 2016. Late applications will be considered if space is available.

 

Dental Post-Bac Program

Due to administrative reorganization, our highly successful Dental Post-Bac Program no longer operates and has been merged with the Formal Post-Bac Program. Pre-dental CCTs are welcome to apply to the Formal Post-Bac Program. Pre-dental AETs are welcome to apply once the AET is back in operation, most likely during summer 2016. Pre-dental AETs should not apply at this point in time.

 

Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Program

In summer 2012, we began a 4-15 month Nursing Post-Bac Program for Cohort Alpha, a group of about 30 pre-nursing students who still needed to take or retake some or all of the nursing school pre-requisite course work. About 8 additional students were admitted as transfers in fall 2012. We have repeated this process every summer/fall and are now admitting At present, over 90% of the post-bacs that have completed our pre-nursing program have been admitted to US nursing schools, mainly MSN programs.

The latest application should be used; please do not use our outdated 2012-2013 application. Applications for entry into Cohort 11 for summer 2016 are now open. Deadline: February 1, 2016. Late applications will be considered if space is available.

 

Click Here for more information about the Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Program.

 

Informal Post-Bac Programs

For those taking major's level pre-requisite science and math courses (Career-Changers) or upper-division science courses (Academic Enhancers) in a less structured environment and for lower tuition. Due to California budget cuts, 2nd-Bac Programs throughout the CSU were eliminated in spring 2010 and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Open U Program is still available at SFSU and other CSU campuses, but due to these budget cuts and subsequent increased enrollment demand by undergraduates, it is difficult but not impossible to get into classes through this program. See the Comparison Table for a feature-by-feature analysis of the Formal and Informal Post-Bac Programs.

 

Copies of Talks (pdf)

Click Here for my Podcast on Accepted.com (Jan 9, 2014). See below for more info.

Click Here for Dr. Shannon Anderson's Health Professions at SFSU talk (Apr 13, 2013).

Click Here for Rachel Small's Pre-Nursing PB Info Session at SFSU (Jan 31, 2013).

Click Here for my Formal PB & Dental PB Info Session at SFSU (Jan 31, 2013).

Click Here for Rachel Small's Pre-Nursing Info Session at SFSU (Nov 3, 2012).

Click Here for my Post-Bac Workshop presentation at SUMMA (Feb 11, 2012)

Click Here for my Post-Bac Panel talk at the WAAHP meeting (May 2, 2011).

Click Here for Dr. Andrea Boyle's Pre-Nursing Info Session at SFSU (Apr 13, 2011).

Click Here for my Post-Bac Workshop presentation at MIH-UC Berkeley (Apr 9, 2011).

Click Here for my Post-Bac Workshop presentation at AMSA-UC Berkeley (Mar 5, 2011).

Click Here for my Post-Bac Advising Workshop presentation at SFSU (Feb 22, 2011).

Click Here for my SFSU Post-Bac Programs presentation at SFSU (Feb 15, 2011) .

 

Barry's January 9, 2014 Podcast on Accepted.com.

Click Here for link on my web site.

Click Here for link on Accepted.com's web site.

Index (entire recording ~48 min):

  • 00:03:21 – My journey from research to post-bac program director.
  • 00:08:57 – The support group model I use for SFSU post-bac programs.
  • 00:15:33 – Post-bac programs for career changers.
  • 00:18:30 – Post-bac programs for academic enhancers.
  • 00:21:50 – Right time to apply to med school; (and dealing with parents).
  • 00:24:51 – The advantages of formal post-bac program.
  • 00:29:00 – Many types of post-bac programs; choosing which is best for you.
  • 00:33:10 – Is there a future for online post-bac courses?
  • 00:36:07 – Advice for career changers.
  • 00:37:57 – Learning challenges: “I study so hard, but my friends get As while I get Bs and Cs”
  • 00:47:36 – Dealing with urgency: Is this cycle the right one for you to apply to med school?

 

 

 

 

 

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