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 approved in 2005 as a ‘career-changing’ program and the first students matriculated in May 2006. 

The program is about 12-15 months (~4 semesters) in length when enrolled in classes full-time (12 credits or more per semester) when it is started in the summer. Students are encouraged to begin during summer session but can start during any academic semester.


Hilary Becker, MS

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

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 30 credits from the certificate curriculum and at least 20 of those credits at Montana State University.

Students will need to submit and have approved a Graduation application completed through the registrar's office, 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 through MSU Undergraduate Admissions.
  2. Competency in math, as defined by MSU Math Level 4 or successful completion of College Algebra within the last 5 years, is highly recommend at the time of course registration and matriculation. Courses in Chemistry, Statistics, and Math require this as a pre-requisite. Therefore, students without this level of math will need additional semesters before beginning the required curriculum.  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. Curriculum is established based on students educational goals and professional program course pre-requisites.
  • Courses are taken at the undergraduate level and with the undergraduate students.  
  • Students are encouraged to participate in a semester-long application preparation process (Prep2Apply).

Students can apply to professional school at the end of the Certificate program and; therefore, experience at least one 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.

Curriculum Requirements:

Required Courses

CHMY 141
CHMY 142
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
CHMY 143
CHMY 144
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Take 7 credits from this list:
BIOB 160Principles of Living Systems4
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology5
BIOB 375General Genetics3
BIOM 250Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases3
BIOM 251Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab1
BIOM 360General Microbiology5
BIOH 320Biomedical Genetics3
Electives - Take 15 credits from this list:
BIOH 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIOH 211Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOH 303Global Diseases and Health Disparities3
BIOH 323Human Developmental Biology4
BIOH 409Advanced Human Torso Anatomy4
BIOH 411Advanced Human Anatomy4
BIOB 410Immunology3
CHMY 211Elements of Organic Chemistry4
CHMY 212Elements of Organic Chemistry Lab1
CHMY 321Organic Chemistry I3
CHMY 322Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CHMY 323Organic Chemistry II3
CHMY 324Organic Chemistry II Lab1
BCH 380Biochemistry4
BCH 381Biochemistry Lab1
BCH 441Biochemistry of Macromolecules3
BCH 442Metabolic Regulation3
STAT 216QIntroduction to Statistics3
PHSX 205College Physics I4
PHSX 207College Physics II4
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology3
PSYX 333Psychology of Aging3
PSYX 340Abnormal Psychology3
PSYX 350Physiological Psychology3
KIN 320Exercise Physiology4
Total Credits30