Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Science Certificate

Jean M. Smolen, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Math, Natural Sciences, Computer Science

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health certificate program is designed for students who are pursuing admission to medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, or podiatry programs. The program focuses on the core courses required for admission to these schools and that are useful for taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), and the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Note that additional pre-requisite courses may be required by certain professional schools.

Pre-Health Advising resources are available to all students as they prepare for application to professional programs.  If a student completes a minimum of ten courses at SJU, they will be eligible to be considered for review by the SJU Health Professions Advisory Committee.

A 3.0 GPA is required for admission to the certificate program.  This program is open only to those who already possess a non-science baccalaureate degree. Up to two courses may be transferred to SJU to be used towards the certificate requirements. 

This certificate program is eligible for federal financial aid. 

BIO 101
101L
Bio I: Cells
and Bio I: Cells Lab
4
BIO 102
102L
Bio II: Genetics
and Bio II: Genetics Lab
4
CHM 120
120L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
5
CHM 125
125L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
5
CHM 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
4
CHM 215
215L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
4
CHM 340
340L
Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Lab
4
PHY 101
101L
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
4
PHY 102
102L
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
4
Elective
Select one of the following: 23-4
Bio III: Organismic Biology
Microbio Nurse/Allied Health (pre-requisite: BIO 101)
Microbiology (pre-requisites: BIO 101, BIO 102, and BIO 201)
Introduction to Statistics
Applied Statistics
Fundamentals of Calculus
Introductory Psychology
Intro to Sociology
Christian Medical Ethics

Social science courses, calculus, and statistics are recommended if not completed as part of the student’s undergraduate program.