Pursue Your Future in Medicine

Bar-Ilan students preparing for medical school

Bar-Ilan offers a postbaccalaureate premed program to college graduates and highly-motivated career changers who never took premed courses, affording them the opportunity to complete preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, or nursing school in just one year, in English, on our bucolic campus just twenty minutes from downtown Tel Aviv.

Whether your goal is medical school in the U.S. or in Israel, we prepare you for your career as a doctor through world-renowned premedical coursework, intensive Stanley Kaplan MCAT preparation classes, in-depth essay and medical school application tutorials, one-on-one interview coaching, outstanding clinical medical opportunities, and a supportive community. Bar-Ilan, Israel's largest academic community, has a proven track record in English-language postbac programs. The world-class faculty and staff have trained at Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Columbia, Brandeis, and New York University; The Weizmann Institute, The Technion, and The Hebrew University; and The Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Germany).

Bar-Ilan is accredited by the Council for Higher Education, the sole body that accredits Israeli educational institutions. This accreditation is recognized around the world, including by all American Universities.

Interested in a career in audiology, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, psychology, or rehabilitation science? Bar-Ilan's program is a great place to start your coursework.

Why Bar-Ilan?

  • Smaller class size – At most 35 students per class.  (Most premed programs have many more—100, 200, even 400 students in a class.)
  • Lower price – $20,000*.  (Other programs range from $27,000 to $60,000.)
  • Intensive Stanley Kaplan MCAT preparation –  Over 54 classroom hours, 30 testing hours, 24 sessions, with additional practicum with tutors as needed.  Included in your fees, saving you $2,000 or more°.
  • Personalized attention – Work one-on-one with our premed advisors to craft the perfect medical school package.
  • Faculty mentoring – Our world-class faculty will work with you individually to create a strategic timeline for your medical school applications.
  • Israel – You can complete your postbac premed requirements for American medical school and spend a year in Israel at the same time.
  • Unique opportunities – The program includes these optional activities:
    • A Magen David Adom (Red Cross) course in emergency medicine
    • Introduction to the medical system in Israel, including tours of the Israeli medical schools and hospitals
    • Guided tours (all fees included) of the nature, history, and culture of Israel
    • Learn about global health clinical medical initiatives in Israel and around the world.
    • Social weekends to encourage and facilitate networking and socialization between the premed students and the Israeli students on campus
    • Participation in Jewish learning at the Bar-Ilan University Kollel or Midrasha.

* The full price is $27,500. The $20,000 price reflects a $4,500 Masa Israel scholarship available to eligible students under the age of 31 (regardless of economic need) who have not previously received Masa Israel grants, as well as a $3,000 Masa Israel needs-based grant. See the Masa Israel website.

° Price includes the Stanley Kaplan MCAT Advantage — Anywhere MCAT prep course

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Dream Come True for the Blind

What more could a blind person want than to be able to see? An amazing invention is aimed at doing just that. Bar-Ilan University's Professor Zeev Zalevsky created a contact lens that, when attached to electrodes, creates sensations in the retina of the eye that can be translated into images. The contact lens receives signals from a regular “off the shelf” camera or smartphone, which the wearer either holds or wears. When a blind person wearing the fitted contact lens looks at an object or points the camera towards it, the camera converts the image into electronic Braille by sending tactile sensations to the retina. The communication system between the camera and the lens operates by Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID.


Camera 'sees' through skin, around corners

An early-stage Israeli invention could one day make the surgical biopsy obsolete.

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have discovered a new physics trick. While it’s not exactly Superman vision—yet—the camera developed by Ori Katz, Eran Small and Prof. Yaron Silberberg sees through objects using a simple light bulb, a standard digital camera and the basic technology found in everyday digital projectors.

Their camera can see through nearly opaque surfaces such as skin or frosted glass—even around a corner into another room if the door is open.

Other scientists around the world have produced similar results, but only when using laser technology and not in real time.

While the applications are far down the road, the new discovery points the way to non-invasive cancer diagnostics. Katz, a post-doctoral student, tells ISRAEL21c that biopsies could be circumvented if this approach is further developed by the medical imaging industry.

The international press has gone wild over the idea, stirring much exhilaration among the inventors.

“Every time someone wrote on a website that we developed ‘Superman vision,’ it made me more excited,” admits Katz, who will be continuing his research in Paris for the next few years. “Even if it is not applied one day in medicine, we had to do what we did because it’s very cool.”


Bar-Ilan Returning Scientist Co-Authors Study Published in Nature Methods

Dr. Amit Tzur, a Bar-Ilan University Returning Scientist, is one of a team of MIT and Harvard Medical School researchers whose study on mammalian cell growth and size regulation is published in the latest issue of Nature Methods. An important area of Dr. Tzur's research focuses on controlling the growth of dividing cells. Dividing cells double their size during their life cycle so that at the time of division, the cell is twice the size it was at birth. This process, known as cell growth, occurs with precision and amazing timing. Because the cells maintain their size from generation to generation, it is likely that during the process of division and growth they actually "speak" to one another.

For years, it has been known that in single-cell organisms, such as yeast, there is an intracellular link that synchronizes the division mechanism with the growth mechanism. In multi-cellular organisms, cell division and cell growth may be inspected separately via signals emanating from outside the cell, so for years it was believed that there is no need for an intracellular mechanism that synchronizes the division mechanism with the growth mechanism, similar to that of single-cell organisms.  Theoretically, it is possible to trace such a mechanism by accurate measurement of cell size during its lifetime and calculating the rate of cell growth. But until recently, it was impossible to perform these measurements in multi-cell organisms and, therefore, this question remained unanswered.

Far more complex is to monitor the growth concomitantly with the cell cycle progression so one can report the relationship between size, growth and the cell's milestones throughout its life cycle. The study published this week combines expertise in cellular biology, computational biology and cutting-edge engineering to show that mammalian cells, similar to single-cell organisms, have an ability to sense their size and regulate cell division in accordance. Since the size of the cell is so vital to the functioning of the tissue to which it belongs, maintaining constant cell size is critical — hence the importance of this mechanism.    The discovery was made in the framework of Dr. Tzur's post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School and is a follow-up to an initial breakthrough published in Science in 2009.

Dr. Tzur, a cell biologist, returned to Israel in 2010 after five years at Harvard Medical School. A native of Karmiel, he assumed a post at Bar-Ilan University's Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the University's Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA).  He and his research team are now attempting to learn how this mechanism works in the cell and what its implications are in normal and cancerous cells.


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Sarina Bang, Postbac Premed

“Most importantly, the program is small and personable. The amount of time and attention, patience and understanding, and true interest our professors and the program take in our success is unparalleled. (This could never be done at any other university postbac with 200+ students.)”

— Sarina Bang
Postbac Premed
Class of 2013-4

Tikva Shore, Biochemistry Major, Class of 2014

“Professor Aryeh Frimer's Organic Chemistry course was interest­ing and exciting, way beyond what any of us expected. His love of chemistry and of teaching inspired all of us to work hard and succeed. I really will miss the class.”

— Tikva Shore
Biotechnology Major
Class of 2013

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