Gap Year(s)

If you decide to take some time between your undergraduate and professional coursework, we recommend considering some of the following opportunities. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, but a place to get started.

Many of our students choose to work in one of the following roles in a clinical setting:

  1. Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  2. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  3. Phlebotomist
  4. Physical/Occupational Therapy Aide or Technician
  5. Medical Assistant
  6. Medical Scribe
  7. Veterinary Technician
  8. Various additional technician positions

Some of our students also choose non-clinical experiences:

  1. AmeriCorps
  2. PeaceCorps
  3. Research Positions
  4. Teach for America
  5. Travel
  6. Internships

Academic Programs

Medically related Post-Baccalaureate (Post-Bacc) and short Master’s programs are intended for academic enhancement or career changes. Most programs are 1-2 years long. Some students changing careers also attend a four-year institution, such as CSU, just to complete the prerequisites they would need to be eligible to apply to health professions programs.

For human health profession Post-Bacc and short Master’s programs, visit AAMC’s database of Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs.

CSU Programs:

  1. M.S. in Biomedical Science
  2. Professional M.S. in Microbiology-Immunology
  3. Professional M.S. in Toxicology
  4. CSU Online also offers many Post-Baccalaureate pre-health courses. More information here.

Other Colorado Programs:

  1. CU Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program for Career Changers
  2. Regis University M.S. in Biomedical Science
  3. Regis University Biomedical Genetics and Genomics Academic Certificate
  4. Rocky Vista University M.S. in Biomedical Science
  5. University of Denver Professional M.S. in Biomedical Science
  6. University of Northern Colorado M.S. in Biomedical Science
  7. University of Northern Colorado M.S. in Biomedical Science (Online)