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.
308 Leon Johnson Hall, PO Box 173075,
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 (http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/forms.html), the Certificate will be included on the student's transcript.
How to Apply
- Application for the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate can be found online at PostBacCAS.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
|CHMY 141||College Chemistry I||4|
|CHMY 143||College Chemistry II||4|
|PHSX 205||College Physics I||4|
|PHSX 207||College Physics II||4|
|CHMY 321||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|BIOB 260||Cellular and Molecular Biology||4|
|or BIOH 185||Integrated Physiology I|
|STAT 216Q||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|CHMY 323||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|BIOB 375||General Genetics ( or)||3|
|or BIOH 320||Biomedical Genetics|
|or BIOB 260||Cellular and Molecular Biology|