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How to Apply to the Graduate Certificate Premedical Program

To apply to the Graduate Certificate Premedical Program, the following must be submitted by the applicant:
    1. An online application
    2. Official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended.
    3. Two letters of recommendation.

Each of these is described below in detail. April 15 is the deadline for the submission of all application materials.

Online Application

Applications may be submitted online from mid-October through the deadline of April 15  by way of the link below.  The entire application must be completed in one session as the program will not allow applicants to save their entries and return later.  Thus essays must be written in advance and applicants must be in possession of several supporting materials (ex. transcripts, work history, etc.) to complete the application in a single session.  There is an application fee of $27, payable through PayPal, as a component of the application. The first page of the link below provides a full list of materials that must be gathered to complete the application.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from each college or university for all undergraduate and graduate coursework attempted must be submitted. In order to be official, transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution’s Registrar to the VCOM Graduate Certificate Premedical Office at the address below:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus
Graduate Certificate Premedical Program
2280 Kraft Drive
Suite 1800-D
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Electronic transcripts, when submitted directly by a college or university registrar, can sent to GradCertificateAdmissions [at]

Submit Letters of Recommendation

The VCOM Graduate Certificate Premedical Program requires two letters of recommendation – one from a premedical committee or science faculty member and one professional letter from a supervisor or shadowing mentor (preferred from an MD or DO).

Students who have been out of college for five or more years may be unable to provide a pre-med committee/advisor or science faculty letter of recommendation.  On a case-by-case basis, for these non-traditional students only, we will consider accepting a letter of recommendation from the continuing education department or in-service training instructor for courses completed through employment activities.  Please contact us at the below email if you feel this applies to you.

All letters must be submitted on professional letterhead, signed by the writer, and submitted directly to the VCOM Graduate Certificate Premedical Program through one of the following methods:
     Emailed by the letter writer to GradCertificateAdmissions [at]

Application Processing and Review

A complete application packet includes the online application, the two letters of recommendation and official transcripts from all colleges attended.  Nothing will be processed until an application packet is complete, and completed application packets will be processed in the order in which they are received.  The status of an application can be checked by emailing GradCertificateAdmissions [at] or calling Alisa Hewitt, Admissions Coordinator, at 540-231-8687.

Once an application had been processed it will then be reviewed by members of the program’s admissions committee to determine the suitability of the applicant for the program.  Applicants will be notified by email of the committee’s decision.  Please note that personal interviews are not conducted.

The time required for processing and review of a completed application packet generally varies from four to eight weeks, depending on the number of completed application packets received during that time period.  The bulk of applications are typically received at or near the April 15 deadline thus requiring up to eight weeks before a selection decision can be made by the committee.  Therefore early submission of an application generally affords a shorter processing time.