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Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program (PMPB)

We appreciate your interest in the program. We are currently undergoing a change of leadership in the program and applications are closed until a new director is appointed.


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 to be considered for admission into osteopathic or allopathic medical schools.  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. Credit for previously completed medical school core science requirements may be granted provided it demonstrates a high level of academic excellence and occurred within a period of no more than five years from the commencement of this post baccalaureate certificate program.  In addition to regular course work, students are provided extensive individualized advisement, elective course recommendations, faculty mentoring, seminars by healthcare professionals, medical practica opportunities, resume preparation guidance, essay writing recommendations, MCAT preparation course discounts, medical school  application assistance, 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 Premedical Post Baccalaureate (PMPB) program requires up to 44 undergraduate medical school core prerequisite credit hours which include courses in the Life and Physical Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Philosophy, and Psychology Departments). Additional elective courses may be recommended designed to enhance preparation for the MCAT and usually include a focus upon the Medical Humanities/Social Sciences/Bioethics among 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 medical schools 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 of study in medicine.

Unique Features

  • 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 applying 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 or SAT). Applicants with MCAT score are not required to provide a score report for the SAT or ACT.
  • 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:
    1. Personal information
    2. Personal statement
    3. Resume
    4. 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
General Inquiries: