Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate

The Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program is a career-changing opportunity afforded to students by Montana State University through the Health Professions Advising office.  As a ‘career-changing’ program, students accepted into this program have earned a non-science bachelor’s degree and have often been employed prior to deciding to pursue a career in medicine or health care. The Certificate program was approve in 2005 as a ‘career-changing’ program and the first students matriculated in May 2006. 

The program is 12-15 months (or up to 4 semesters) in length, begins during summer session, and the class size is capped at 20 students. 


Sheila Nielsen, PhD


Kathy Weaver
308 Leon Johnson Hall, PO Box 173075,

Bozeman, MT  59717
Home Page for HPA Email: 
Tel: 406 994-1670 Fax: 406 994-6400

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 36 credits during the program and will be awarded at the Spring Gala in April.

Students will need to submit and have approved both the Program of Study and Application for Graduation forms (, the Certificate will be included on the student's transcript.

How to Apply

  1. Application for the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate can be found online at PostBacCAS.
  2. Applicants who have been accepted to the program through PostBacCAS will be invited to complete the MSU Graduate School application to complete the full admissions process.
  3. Admission is rolling and applications are accepted Oct 1- Feb 15.  Applications are reviewed monthly by the admissions committee and decisions are made and communicated to the applicant as quickly as possible.
  4. Competency in math, as defined by MSU Math Level 4 or successful completion of College Algebra within the last 5 years, is required at the time of course registration and matriculation.  If the appropriate Math is not indicated on your transcripts, please reference in your application how you plan to meet this pre-requisite.  It is also recommended that you have 2 semesters of college writing prior to beginning the program.

Program Specifics

While at MSU students complete professional school pre-requisites and prepare for a competitive application.

  • Curriculum typically consists of 1 year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and a semester of biochemistry.  Additional courses such as statistics, calculus, psychology, and sociology may be recommended depending on undergraduate coursework completed.
  • Available to students is a clinical observation course (MEDS 541 Clinical Practicum) and a health-care focused, graduate-level journal club (MEDS 594 Seminar).
  • Most courses are taken at the undergraduate level and with the undergraduate students.  The exceptions are the two graduate level courses listed above.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in a semester-long application preparation process (Prep2Apply).
  • The didactic portion of the Certificate program can be tailored to prepare the student to apply to any among a broad range of professional schools, including, but not limited to medical, dental, physician assistant and pharmacy.

Students apply to professional school at the end of the Certificate program and; therefore, experience an application glide year.  We encourage students to  consider  the 1-year Master of Science in Health Sciences program during the glide year to further enhance their academic foundation prior to professional school matriculation.

Recommended Schedule of Courses

Summer Session

CHMY 141College Chemistry I4
CHMY 143College Chemistry II4
PHSX 205College Physics I4
PHSX 207College Physics II4

Fall Semester

CHMY 321Organic Chemistry I4
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
or BIOH 185 Integrated Physiology I
STAT 216QIntroduction to Statistics3
MEDS 541 (optional)1
MEDS 594 (optional)1

Spring Semester

CHMY 323Organic Chemistry II4
BCH 380Biochemistry5
BIOB 375General Genetics ( or)3
or BIOH 320 Biomedical Genetics
or BIOB 260 Cellular and Molecular Biology
MEDS 541 (optional)1
MEDS 594 (optional)1