Pre-Professional Certificate Application
Admission to the PP program will be selective, and applicants’ prior records will be evaluated in the light of the requirements of the program. All of the required application information, including Official Transcripts from all institutions attended, must be submitted for an applicant to be considered by the PP Program Admissions Committee. To be eligible for consideration, all applicants would be expected to meet general graduate admissions standards as well as program-specific admissions standards listed below. On a case-by-case basis, specific admission requirements may be waived by the Graduate Faculty Council. In addition, competitive applicants will have demonstrated motivation to apply to and attend medical school evidenced by past activities, e.g. volunteering or shadowing, in a health-care-related setting. Only qualified and eligible applicants who have been interviewed by the PP Program Admissions Committee will be selected for the program.
Graduate Admissions Standards
All applicants must:
- have completed a baccalaureate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. chemistry, physics, psychology, biomedical engineering) from an accredited college or university at the time of matriculation into the program. College seniors may apply and be offered admission to the program before they have earned their degrees. However, a final transcript must be submitted to the program upon graduation before any student can matriculate into the program.
- have successfully completed one year each of General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics, with accompanying labs as appropriate, with a grade “B” or better. Although not required, a minimum of one semester of Biochemistry is preferred.
- be U.S. citizens or have U.S. permanent resident status.
Program-Specific Admissions Standards
All applicants must:
- submit a completed application that will include a Statement of Purpose with career goals clearly stated.
- submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of major coursework completed is required. Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be submitted in the original language and must be accompanied by an acceptable evaluation agency translation for each course (NACES®, WES® or ECE®).
- provide official AAMC transcripts for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) taken in the 12 months preceding submission of an application to the program. While no minimum MCAT score is prescribed, scores of 500 or above are considered to be competitive.
- complete any prerequisite courses (where required) with a grade of 3.0 or better. The PP program requires specific undergraduate prerequisites and these courses must be completed by the time the student begins the program.
- submit a curriculum vitae/resumé of educational background, volunteer, and work experience.
- request three letters of recommendation from science or math college-level faculty qualified to judge the student’s academic and professional potential and who are knowledgeable about the quality of the applicant’s scholarly activities and/or work experiences. The letters must attest to the applicant's readiness for graduate level studies. Recommenders must have taught the applicant for at least one semester-long didactic undergraduate/graduate level course. All letters should be sent directly to the program by the deadline date.
- be willing to submit additional information or other materials about themselves if requested by the program.