Before you may schedule your first individual pre-health advising appointment in Continuing Education, you must first complete the following steps:

Step 1. Learn about enrollment options and logistics

To learn more about our cohort-based and individually designed enrollment options, we encourage you to attend one of the virtual information sessions presented by our senior pre-health advisor and program director, Dr. Elisa Cripps. Each session includes a Q&A period. (You may watch a video version of the presentation here.)

To sign up for an upcoming information session:

1. Log in to our online appointment system
2. Click on the Continuing Education tile
3. Select "Pre-Health Admission" as your appointment type

For scheduling assistance, please call our office at 303-492-5148.

Alternatively, if you already have decided to enroll as an Individually Designed post-baccalaureate student, please schedule an individual advising session with one of our academic advisors to discuss topics such as course registration logistics, tuition, opting out of student fees, applying for financial aid, and our scholarship for non-traditional students.

To sign up for an individual advising session:

1. Log in to our online appointment system
2. Click on the Continuing Education tile
3. Select "Academic Advising" as your appointment type

For scheduling assistance, please call our office at 303-492-5148.

Step 2. Submit the nondegree enrollment application

Once you have decided to enroll as an Individually Designed Post-Baccalaureate Studies student through Continuing Education, complete the enrollment application:

Spring 2021 Non-Degree Enrollment Application

Step 3. Watch our video series for new students

Prior to your first pre-health advising appointment in Continuing Education, all new advisees are required to watch all five of the videos posted below, which provide a comprehensive outline of the types of strategies and experiences that will make you a strong applicant for professional school. (Total time commitment: about 2 hours.) This policy applies to all new advisees. 

First, download and print the following handouts for use while watching the videos:

Access the videos here:

Step 4. Send us your transcripts and resume

To prepare for our first meeting with you, it is helpful for us to review your past college transcript(s) and activity history so that we can become familiar with your background.

Please send an email to CEprehealth@colorado.edu to provide the following information:

  • Your CU student ID number
  • The healthcare profession you are preparing for
  • Your intended start term as an individually designed post-baccalaureate student at CU Boulder
    • Note that our individual pre-health advising sessions are intended for our currently enrolled post-bacc students at CU Boulder. That said, we understand that incoming students often have questions in advance about their planned assortment of courses. You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during the six-week period leading up to course enrollment, as follows:
      • Fall start: You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during or after July 1.
      • Spring start: You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during or after December 1.
      • Summer start: You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during or after February 1.
  • Verification that you have watched (or will watch) the full series of videos for new pre-health advisees posted in Step 3, in preparation for your first pre-health advising appointment.
  • Transcripts from every U.S./Canadian college or university where you have an academic record
    • Unofficial copies (or even just photos!) of your past transcript(s) are perfectly fine
  • Your resume
    • Don't have a recent resume on hand? No worries! In this case, it would be helpful if you can send us a brief list of your past volunteer/work experiences since graduating from high school in the following categories (and it's helpful if you can provide rough start and end dates as well as average hours/week):
      • Clinical experience (shadowing clinicians, volunteering or working in a hospital or clinic)
      • Research experience (if applicable)
      • Non-Clinical Interpersonal Service experience (any jobs or volunteer roles in which your role was to directly interact with and help other people, such as working as a restaurant server, dorm RA, coach, teacher/teaching assistant, camp counselor, barista, wilderness trip leader, manager, sales representative, etc.)
      • Other full- or part-time work experience
Step 5. Schedule your first individual pre-health advising appointment

After you have completed Steps 1-4, you will receive a confirmation email to let you know that we have added you to our pre-health advising roster.

After receiving that email, you may use our online appointment system (Buff Portal Advising) to schedule your first 75-minute individual pre-health advising appointment: log in, then click on the photo of Dr. Cripps to pull up her schedule. (Note: If you have trouble with the online scheduling system or if the available appointment times conflict with your school or work schedule, please send an email to Dr. Cripps to ask for scheduling assistance. You can reach her at elisa.cripps@colorado.edu.) Plan to schedule at least two individual pre-health advising appointments per year.

Note that our individual pre-health advising sessions are intended for our currently enrolled post-bacc students at CU Boulder. That said, we understand that incoming students often have questions in advance about their planned assortment of courses. You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during the six-week period leading up to course enrollment, as follows:

  • Fall start: You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during or after July 1.
  • Spring start: You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during or after December 1.
  • Summer start: You may schedule your initial pre-health advising session during or after February 1.
Step 6. If seeking financial aid, connect with the Continuing Ed financial aid advisor and submit documentation

Nondegree Post-Baccalaureate Studies students who meet certain eligibility standards may be able to receive financial aid. Please note that federal financial aid awards for post-baccalaureate students typically cover the cost of tuition of prerequisite courses being taken for the first time, but not for other courses or living expenses. For detailed information on financial aid eligibility and required paperwork, please schedule a time to talk directly with our financial aid liaison by sending an email to her at cefinaid@colorado.edu. She will explain the process for applying for financial aid and will give you some forms to complete. Please be aware that you'll need to forward one of these forms to your pre-health advisor, who is required to certify the prerequisite courses you plan to take.