Admission Requirements of the Graduate Certificate Premedical Program
Applicants for admission must meet the following requirements prior to entry into the Graduate Certificate Premedical Program:
1. Earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
2. The following undergraduate courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation into the Graduate Certificate Premedical Program:
- Biological Sciences: One Year with Laboratory
- Physics: One year
- General or Inorganic Chemistry: One year
- Organic Chemistry: One year
- English: One year (Laboratories for Physics, General or Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry are strongly encouraged for all applicants)
3. Minimum GPA required:
- overall GPA of 2.9
- science GPA of 2.9
These are the minimum GPAs required for consideration to the program, an overall GPA and science GPA of 3.0 is typically required to be competitive for admission.
4. While the MCAT is required to obtain admission to medical school, it is not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate Premedical Program. However, students who enter the program having already obtained an MCAT score of 494 or higher (22 or higher on the old MCAT) have an advantage in that they have already met the MCAT component of the benchmarks and can therefore focus solely on their coursework.
5. All students are required to meet the VCOM Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment. On the application, each applicant must affirm by electronic signature that he/she has read and meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is grounds for dismissal.
- Many criteria beyond GPA play a role in the admissions process to this program, and acceptance into the program is competitive. While the Graduate Certificate Premedical Program provides an opportunity for the student to demonstrate improved academic capability, it does not assure admission to a professional school.