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FAQs

Who can attend?

The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program is for those with a bachelor’s degree who lack the prerequisite science courses to apply for professional healthcare programs.

Who is the typical Post-Baccalaureate student?

Our students are recent college graduates and individuals who have an established career, but are now looking to change career paths or enhance their current credentials.

How many students are admitted to the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program?

On average, about 70 students enroll each year.

I’ve completed some prerequisite science courses for medical school, but not all. Is UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program right for me?

The answer depends on the number of credits you still need, since we require a minimum of 24 credits to complete the program. Contact our advisor about your individual circumstances. Call 800-639-3210 to schedule an appointment.

My previous grades are not representative of my ability. Will your admissions committee still consider my application?

The committee seeks to admit those who will make the finest healthcare providers and will be flexible where circumstances warrant. Please note that the premedical program is selective, as is getting into medical school and graduate healthcare programs. The average GPA for medical school admission is 3.7. We encourage you to call our advisor at 800-639-3210 to discuss your individual circumstances.

Can I start the program at any time?

It is ideal to start your program in the Summer or Fall term. You can also start in the Spring term, but the course selection may be limited. Please note that the core sciences are often linked, requiring prerequisite courses to be completed first. The first of each course pair is offered in the Fall and Summer terms.

Does UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program prepare students for healthcare professional studies other than medical school?

Yes. Our students have prepared for graduate-level physical therapy, veterinary, dental, osteopathy, physician assistant, midwifery, chiropractic, pharmacy, optometry, and public health degrees.

Can I work while I’m in this program?

It is possible for some students to work during this program. However, there is an expectation that students dedicate time for volunteer or work experience relevant to their career.

What is the success rate of UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical students?

Our graduates have been successful in gaining admission to health professional schools at a rate close to 90% over the past 13 years, including the highly competitive University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Will I have help with the professional school application and interview process?

Yes. Our advisors are here to assist you in this process. A Committee Letter of Recommendation from UVM is also available to successful Post-Baccalaureate Premedical students.

Are there opportunities to gain medical experience in the Burlington area?

Yes. Burlington is home to UVM’s College of Medicine and the University of Vermont Medical Center, a teaching hospital and a Level I Trauma Center. Burlington is Vermont’s largest city and home to several healthcare clinics and agencies where our students have found volunteer and work opportunities in direct patient care.

Does the program offer opportunities for research?

UVM is a comprehensive university, with its medical school located on the main campus. It is one of the top 10 cancer research facilities in the country and is a leader in back-pain research. Many of our students have found research opportunities through the Honors College, while others have gone directly to graduate and medical school faculty to line up research in a particular study.

Why are Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program students considered UVM Continuing and Distance Education students?

The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is a Certificate Program of the University, providing a bridge into graduate medical schools. As a Post-Baccalaureate Premedical student, your Dean’s Office is in Continuing and Distance Education, where our student services staff is available to support you.

How do I receive my Certificate of Completion?

In order to receive your certificate, please complete and submit this form during your last planned semester in the program or following completion of the program. Your certificate should arrive within 1 month.

What schools do graduates matriculate to?

Here is a partial list of schools where our students have matriculated.
Note: The number of matriculants for each varies with the highest being theUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine, where well over 100 of our students have matriculated to date.

Allopathic Medical Schools

Albert Einstein | Boston University MD/MPH | Case Western Reserve | Columbia | Cornell | Dartmouth | Drexel | East Carolina University | Eastern Tennessee | Eastern Virginia | Georgetown | George Washington University | Harvard | Howard | Jefferson University | Johns Hopkins | Loyola-Stritch | McGill | Medical College of Pennsylvania | Miami (Miller) | Mount Sinai | Ohio State University | Oregon Health Sciences | Penn State University | Temple University | Tufts | Tulane | St. George’s | St. Louis | SUNY Buffalo | SUNY Upstate | University of Albany | University of Arizona | University of California, Davis | University of Chicago | University of Cincinnati | University of Colorado | University of Maryland | University of Massachusetts | University of Minnesota | University of Nebraska | University of Rochester | University of Texas-Austin | University of Tennessee | University of the Americas | University of Utah | University of Vermont | Wake Forest

Chiropractic

NY College of Chiropractic Medicine | Parker College of Chiropractic

Dental

Boston University | Tufts | University of Connecticut | University of Pittsburgh

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of Vermont

Masters in Public Health

Columbia | Dartmouth | Johns Hopkins | University of Chicago

Naturopathic

Bastyr

Nurse Practitioner Programs

Case Western | Johns-Hopkins | Massachusetts General Hospital | New York University | U.C. Davis | U.C. San Francisco | University of New Hampshire Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing | University of Rochester | University of | Southern Maine | University of Vermont | Vanderbilt | Yale

Osteopathic Medical Schools

Arizona | A.T. Still | Chicago | Edward Via | Lake Erie | Michigan State University | New York | NOVA Southeastern | Philadelphia | University of New England | Western Virginia

Physician Assistant Programs

Barry University | Drexel | Duke | Duquesne | Emory | Franklin Pierce | George Washington | Le Moyne | MCPHS | Manchester | Northeastern | Philadelphia University | Quinnipeac | University of California at Davis | University of | Medicine Dentistry of NJ | University of New England | Yale

Veterinary Schools

Auburn | Colorado | Cornell | Kansas | Ross | Tufts | University of Illinois | University of Pennsylvania | Virginia/Maryland Regional | Wisconsin

Other

Dartmouth Clinical Eval. Science MS or PhD | St. Joseph’s, Maine Nursing PhD | University of Oregon Health Biochemistry Science PhD | University of Vermont Genetics PhD | University of Vermont Physical Therapy Masters | University of Vermont Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD | University of Vermont Neuroscience PhD | University of Vermont Psychology PhD