Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

Sacred Heart University offers a Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for students interested in preparation for medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, or physician assistant schools. The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that gives a rigorous grounding in the foundational life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences needed for admission to medical and other health professions schools. Experienced faculty provide small classes, personal attention, and mentoring to benefit the development of the student.

In order to increase student preparedness for admission to and success in medical school, we provide extensive advising in regards to individually-tailored course selection and planning, advice concerning internship opportunities and research experiences, advising on the balance of pre-med coursework and other responsibilities and on exam preparation. Students will also be given the opportunity to join our Pre-medical AMSA club and our chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Professions Honor Society.

We further assist students throughout the medical school application process by providing feedback on drafts of personal statements, assembling application packets, compiling letters of reference, uploading applicant materials, providing reference letters as applicable, and conducting mock medical school interviews.

In addition to providing these services for prospective medical students, the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Program provides similar, custom tailored curricula, services, and advising for students returning to pursue other health professions including dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, optometry and physician assistant. The program has a minimum requirement of 45 credits. Students who have completed some of the pre-requisite courses are eligible to transfer in a maximum of 22 credits towards the certificate. A typical plan of study includes the following:

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Concepts in Biology I Lecture and Lab (BI 111/113)
  • General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (CH 151/153)
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus (MA 140 or 151)

Spring Semester

  • Concepts in Biology II Lecture and Lab (BI 112/114)
  • General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (CH 152/154)
  • Elementary Statistics (MA 131)

Summer Session 1

  • Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (221/223)

Summer Session 2

  • Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (222/224)

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • Physics I Lecture and Lab (PY 111/113)
  • Biochemistry I (CH 341/343)
  • Psychology (PS 110)

Spring Semester

  • Physics II Lecture and Lab (PY 112/114)
  • Sociology (SO 110)
  • Elective

If some of the above classes have already been taken and students wish to enhance their academic profile, upper division science courses can be substituted. Examples are listed below.

  • PS 201 Research Design and Analysis I
  • SO 110 Sociological Imagination
  • SO 239 Diversity and Oppression in Contemporary Society
  • BI 201/203 Genetics and Evolution: Organisms to Populations Lecture and Laboratory
  • BI 206/208 Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Laboratory
  • BI 207/209 Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture and Laboratory
  • BI 230 Microbiology
  • BI 306 Pharmacology
  • BI 311/313 Cell Biology Lecture and Laboratory
  • BI 312/314 Systems Physiology Lecture and Laboratory

In addition to the courses listed above, students have the opportunity to enroll in BI 191, our upper level Seminar in the Health Professions. We regularly have practicing physicians and current medical students present as guest speakers at this seminar. This course also requires students to prepare personal statements and participate in mock interviewing. 

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program are eligible for alternative financing options.

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How to Apply

To register in the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program you will first need to schedule an interview with the Pre-Health Program Director (Dr. Nicole Roy). Candidates are required to bring a copy of all college transcripts and a personal statement addressing your long term health profession goals and what you hope to gain from the post-bacc program. The interview will allow us to evaluate your status, address your coursework needs, and enroll you in the program.