Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program (PMPB)
This unique program is designed for those qualified students who have previously completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-science related field but who now want to fulfill the requirements for admission to medical or other health profession school, e.g., dental school, physician assistant program. Typically the program is for those students who lack all or most of the core premedical science and perhaps even non-science requirements (biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, mathematics, and humanities)
Accepted students work closely with a Center for Health Profession Studies advisor to develop a structured individualized program of study that addresses the requirements for admission to a health profession school. Besides regular course work, students will be provided extensive individualized advisement, elective course recommendations, faculty mentoring, seminars by health professionals, opportunities for medical practica, career guidance, professional school selection advice, resume preparation guidance, essay writing recommendations, MCAT preparation courses discounts, area medical school field trips, and mock interview training.
Students wishing to attend medical school who complete the program achieving a “Certificate of Excellence in Premedical/Health Profession Studies” and a minimum Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score may be granted provisional admission to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The agreement was announced in a UDaily article.
The Premedical Post Baccalaureate (PMPB) program requires up to 44 undergraduate core prerequisite credit hours which may include courses from departments including the Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, and Psychology Departments. Additional elective courses will be recommended and may come from History, Women’s Studies, Business Administration, Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Human Development & Family Studies, and others.
Students who complete at least 26 hours of the program at the University of Delaware and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 with no grade less than a “B” will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Premedical/Health Profession Studies. Earning the Certificate of Excellence in Health Profession Studies serves to enhance students’ standing as an applicant to a healthcare professional school based on the high quality of work accomplished throughout the program.
Depending upon the undergraduate background, the PMPB program is designed so that students have the potential to complete the program in one to two academic years. For students needing additional coursework or who may need additional time to complete the program, an alternative schedule may be designed in consultation with a health profession advisor. Although the PMPB program is rigorous, it offers flexibility in addressing student needs, previous experience, and interests. Participation in our rigorous courses ensure that students emerge well prepared for professional programs.
- Individualized Programs Designed for each PMPB student
- High quality Science Faculty, Academic Programs, and Exceptional Laboratory Facilities.
- Positive Medical Humanities Focus
- Close-knit Student Groups
- Dedicated Mentoring/Advisement
- Extensive Opportunities for translational research and medical practica
- Linkage Agreements that Enhance the Professional School Admissions Process
- High Acceptance Rates
- Provides a Coherent Plan to Address Medical/Health Profession Program Requirements
Students wishing to apply to the PMPB Certificate Program must meet the following criteria:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate grade point average
- Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic associates, or an employer
- Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate study programs
- Standardized test scores (one of either ACT, SAT or GRE). Applicants with MCAT or Dental Admissions Test scores are not required to provide a score report for the SAT, ACT, or GRE.
- Non-refundable application fee of $50 made payable to the University of Delaware
- A completed on-line application for PMPB study at Delaware that includes:
- Personal information
- Personal statement
- Short answer essays
When to Apply
- Admission to the Premedical Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program is conducted on a rolling basis.
- The final deadline to apply for each fall’s class is April 1st of the preceding spring.
- The final deadline to apply for each spring’s class is October 15th of the preceding fall.
- Applying early is recommended because there are more qualified applicants than available spaces.
- All completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee.
- Qualified applicants are interviewed on a timely basis prior to decisions about admission to the program.
- Accepted students are expected to matriculate on a full-time basis starting in the fall semester.
For more information contact
Dr. David A. Barlow, Director
Mrs. Caroline West-Tillman