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UCLA PREP is a seven-week program designed to provide premedical and predental  students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once there.




Students will work at a rigorous pace with a highly focused scope to prepare for the MCAT and DAT.  Participants will engage in an extensive and lively classroom review of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Verbal Reasoning.  Beyond learning and reinforcing scientific facts, participants learn to manipulate and integrate the information through analytical thinking.  To further enhance the classroom experience, participants are assigned to small study groups lead by medical and dental students.  In addition, students are introduced to problem based learning through the investigation of patient case histories.  Students success is enhanced by intensive workshops covering reading, writing and critical thinking.  These skills, which are improved during the summer, have considerable value throughout the student’s academic and professional life.


Note: This is not a test preparation program and applicants are advised that independent study time is limited.


Through individual counseling, guest lectures and personal development workshops, which include topics such as: Study Skills and Time Management, Financial Planning, Application Procedures & Strategies, Interviewing Skills, Networking, complementary medicine, and Issues of Modern Medicine; participants are able to more realistically prepare themselves to successfully reach their goals. The most critical of these are the “Life Management” series and the ongoing values clarification sessions called “A Winner...You”, which provide a safe venue for participants to explore their inner calling and motivation.



Participants are assigned to observe practicing physicians, dentists and medical researchers performing the typical functions of their profession. The clinical settings range from any of the UCLA affiliated hospitals and clinics to private practice settings, community clinics and health maintenance organizations. This invaluable experience allows PREP students to interact with established practitioners who are addressing the constantly changing problems of modern medicine. Students can project themselves into a variety of roles and can make more realistic self-evaluations of their own motivation and intentions surrounding their career choice. In addition, many mentorship relationships grow from these experiences.


PREP participants will explore the healthcare delivery system and the unique diversity of L.A. on all-day “Vistas of Los Angeles” site tours. Students will also gain the opportunity to personally meet with invited recruiters from health professional schools from around the country.




To qualify for UCLA PREP, candidates must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be from a disadvantaged background or medically underserved community
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Have one year of biology or chemistry completed by the time the program begins
  • Minimum 2.5 science GPA for freshmen or sophomores
  • Minimum 2.8 science GPA for juniors and above
Note: If you have previously applied to medical school or dental school, you are not eligible for PREP, please explore postbaccalaureate programs.


An application is complete and ready for review when all of the following materials have been received:

  1. Completed, signed application form. (Application available on our website)
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one from a science professor (math, biology, chemistry and other science course) and one from a premedical advisor or employer.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  4. Copy of your financial aid award letter from your undergraduate institution for the current year.
  5. Personal essay of 2-3 pages describing your personal, family and community background; your motivation for a medical career; what you have done to develop your interest and knowledge of modern medicine; and what you hope to accomplish by participation in UCLA PREP.
  6. A wallet size photo with an index card. Index card should have your name, local and permanent address and phone.

Finalists will be granted an interview. A telephone interview will be arranged for applicants who are not within a radius of 50 miles.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


There is no tuition for participation. Students who must relocate to participate in the program may be eligible for a stipend depending on availability of funds.

Note: PREP does not offer credit and students are responsible for their housing, transportation, and living expenses. Participants in PREP are not allowed to work outside of the program.



Click here for UCLA PREP Application

Application cycle is 1/1/15 - 3/1/15




Application materials not postmarked by this date will not be considered

  • March 1st -Completed application form, essay, transcripts, letters, financial aid award letter, and 2 x 2 photo on index card
  • May 1st - Participants are notified of acceptance
  • May 8th - Students confirmation of acceptance
  • May 18th - Registration and information packet sent
  • June 17th - Program begins
  • July 31st - Program ends


Theodore Hall, M.D.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Admissions


Marcie Jackson

Program Coordinator, UCLA PREP


Send inquiries to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach
10833 Le Conte Ave, 14-215 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
tel (310) 825-3575
fax (310) 206-7180

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