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 to medical school or 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.

How long has the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program been running?

The program started in 1995.

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

Many students find our program suits their academic and research needs prior to applying to medical school. However, the answer really depends on the number of credits you still need to complete, as well as your academic performance in these courses. 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 doctors, medical professionals, and 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?

Yes, you may begin the program at any of our 3 start terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall) during the year. Most students choose to begin the program in the Summer or Fall term as it aligns best with their schedules. Please note that if you start in the Spring term, you may have a limited course selection to start, due to certain prerequisites not being offered in the Spring.

Do you find most students complete the program within one year?

While most students complete the course in one 12-month period, it is possible to stretch your program out to 18 or 24 months depending on your circumstances. We would work with you to design a plan in the case of an extended program.

Can I expect to always be in classes with undergraduate students? What is the average class size?

Most of the introductory level premedical science courses are merged with the undergraduate students. There are some large lectures, and also smaller recitations and lab sections.

Where do most post-bacs live? What off-campus housing options are there?

There is no on-campus housing for this program, but there are a lot of options for off-campus housing. Many post-bac students live together off-campus, within walking distance.

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, chiropractic, pharmacy, optometry, and public health degrees.

Can I work while I’m in this program?

It is possible for some students to work while completing this program. However, there is an expectation that students dedicate time for volunteering and patient care. These opportunities will help set you apart when you apply to medical or professional healthcare program.

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

Yes. Our advisors are here to assist you in this process.

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

Yes. Burlington is home to UVM’s Larner College of Medicine and the award-winning University of Vermont Medical Center, a teaching hospital and Level I Trauma Center focused on patient care. 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 research 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 many research disciplines including medical cannabis and biomedical 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-Bacc Premed Program is a University of Vermont Certificate Program, providing a bridge into medical school and healthcare professional schools. The program is facilitated by the Continuing and Distance Education team, where our student services staff is available to support you every step of the way.

Can you start preparing for the MCAT now with the aim of entering the post-bac program this year and taking the MCAT in the spring?

One of the unique features of our program is that you’re getting the content that you’re going to have to cover in the MCAT very intensively. You’re getting the physical, biological, and social sciences in the curriculum, which are the core of the MCAT content. Most of our students do some MCAT prep as they’re going, so they’re focused on not only the content, but the test preparation. We work closely with students to make sure they are well-prepared for the MCAT because our goal is to have you as well-prepared as possible. Additionally, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, UVM offers a discounted rate for the MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course, which is open and available to all UVM students at a rate of $1500 per student, a significant savings off of Kaplan’s current retail class rate of $1999 per student. Kaplan’s MCAT Prep Self-Paced Online course allows you to prep for the MCAT on the schedule that works best for you. View the details of the Kaplan MCAT class..

How do I receive my Certificate of Completion?

In order to receive your Post Bacc Premed 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 30 days.

What schools do graduates matriculate to?

Here is a partial list of schools where our students have matriculated.
Note: The number of matriculates for each varies with the highest being the University 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