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Linkage Agreements & School List

What can linkages do for me?

Linkage agreements are contracts between institutions that provide you with admissions support. You can benefit by knowing in advance what to expect if you meet the criteria of an institution with which UVM has a linkage agreement.

How do linkages work?

Our UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program linkage agreements give our students opportunities for interviews with professional programs, which is an important step toward admission.

Some linkage agreements guarantee seats, but we prefer linkages that guarantee an interview in order to avoid fostering undue competition among our students. At UVM, a collaborative student culture is a precursor to the ideal medical practice environment, where teamwork is essential.

How can I qualify?

Each of our linkage agreements guarantees you an interview if you meet the professional school guidelines. You will work closely with your Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Pre-Health Advisor to determine whether you qualify and the best time to apply.

What is a glide year?

Students who are part of UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program often face a transitional year, generally referred to as the glide year, between completion of the program and the time they begin medical, dental, veterinary, and other health-professional schools.

The glide year enables many students to take upper-level or graduate courses to better prepare themselves for the rigor of medical school. It can be a very useful and productive period for the Post-Bac graduates because it allows time for valuable medical employment opportunities that help meet medical school requirements.

Our students often tell us that the glide year broadened their perspective on the medical profession while giving them hands-on experience. Some recent Post-Baccalaureate students have used their glide year to work as medical assistants, engage in research, travel, or complete a one-year master’s degree, such as UVM’s one-year online Master of Public Health degree. 

Linkage Agreement School List

UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program offers linkage agreements to enhance the professional school admissions process for our students.

University of Vermont College of Medicine

The University of Vermont College of Medicine tracks all UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program applicants. An interview will be guaranteed to those who achieve a cumulative 3.5 or higher overall average, as well as a Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics (BCPM) average of 3.5 or higher.

Additional requirements include:

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate degree program or higher at an institution accredited by the National Committee of Regional Accrediting Agencies in the US or Canada
  • Cumulative BCPM and overall GPA of 3.5 or higher in previous postsecondary education
  • Most recent MCAT score of at least 30 with no subtest score lower than an 8
  • Completion of admission requirements as outlined on UVM COM website
  • No history of criminal conviction
  • No pending charges or finding of violation of University policy
  • Be a US citizen or have permanent resident status

For additional details, contact the program advisor.

University of Vermont Direct Entry Program in Nursing (DEPN)

The Direct Entry into Professional Nursing Program is a graduate professional program for non-nurse college graduates who want to be advanced practice nurses in primary care or clinical nurse leaders. The program consists of a 12-month intensive prelicensure educational program leading to registered nurse licensure that must be completed successfully on a full-time schedule. This is followed by a three-year period in which students will earn a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) and be prepared for national certification and practice in one of the graduate nurse practitioner specialties offered by the Department of Nursing. Successful completion of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track results in a master’s degree and prepares graduates to complete national CNL certification.

Students who perform well in their UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premed courses are guaranteed an interview for UVM’s Direct Entry into Professional Nursing Program.

Linkage requirements:

  1. Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous postsecondary education
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Minimum scores of 144 Quantitative (500 on previous version), 153 Verbal (500 on previous version), and 4.0 Writing are preferred.
  4. Meet all entrance course requirements
  5. Achieve a 3.2 or higher GPA in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Located in Biddeford, Maine, near Portland, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) emphasizes rural family practice. Students who perform well in their UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical courses are guaranteed an interview at UNECOM.

Students apply following their MCAT, during the regular admissions cycle. UVM Post-Baccalaureate students will receive an interview if they have earned a 3.2 or higher undergraduate average, and a 3.2 or higher UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical average. with a recommendation from the program director.

Located in Westbrook, Maine, adjacent to Portland, this master’s degree program places special emphasis on preparing clinicians to provide healthcare to the underserved regions, both urban and rural.

Students who perform well in their UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical courses are guaranteed an interview with the University of New England Physician Assistant Program.

Linkage requirements:

  1. Have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  2. Have successfully completed core courses for the Physician Assistant Programincluding:
    • At least 8 credit hours in biology courses with labs, equivalent to two semester courses, or 6 credit hours, of advanced biology
    • At least 8 credit hours of general chemistry equivalent to two semester courses consisting of lecture and laboratory
    • 8 credits of anatomy and physiology, consisting of lecture and laboratory completed within seven years prior to matriculation. NOTE: UVM’s ANPS 19/20 summer sequence is approved for this linkage.
    • Completion of at least 6 credits in English, including at least 3 credits of composition
    • Completion of 6 credits in sociology/psychology or related behavioral sciences
    • No prerequisite courses with a grade less than a “C” are acceptable.
  3. Have applied to the Physician Assistant Program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) by the October 1 deadline
  4. Have volunteered or been employed in a healthcare field for a minimum of 250 hours
  5. Have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in the UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program (PBPM)
  6. Submit a letter of recommendation from the program dIrector
  7. Have a cumulative undergraduate/graduate grade point average of 3.0
  8. Have a minimum CASPA biology, chemistry, physics average of 3.3

NOTE: It is clearly understood that some prerequisite deficiencies may exist at the time of application.

FranklinPierce Physician Assistant Program

The Franklin Pierce Physician Assistant program is a new program located in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. It has Provisional Accreditation, and students begin their study in November. The linkage agreement with the University of Vermont Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program guarantees an interview to those who meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, with a 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Apply to the FPU through the Physician Assistant Program by the application deadline
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the UVM PBPM Program
  • Have a letter of recommendation from the UVM PBPM Program
  • By the time of matriculation, complete all prerequisite courses listed here:
    www.franklinpierce.edu/academics/gradstudies/programs_of_study/master_physician_assistant.htm

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The Vermont campus, located in Colchester, Vermont, opened in 2009 and benefits from the latest technology and resources in its classrooms and laboratories. The combination of these resources, a dedicated onsite team of faculty, and the location of the campus provide students with an exceptional education and a wonderful place to live.

Students who perform well in their UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical courses are guaranteed an interview with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS).

Linkage requirements:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution of higher learning
  2. Apply to ACPHS through the Pharmacy College Application Service (Pharmcas) by the March 1 deadline
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program (PBPM)
  4. Have letters of recommendation from the UVM PBPM
  5. Complete, or have plans to complete, all prerequisites required by ACPHS
  6. Have a 3.0 or higher baccalaureate curriculum
  7. Complete other requirements as determined by the ACPHS admissions committee

NOTE:It is clearly understood that some criteria may be pending at the time of application.