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Postbaccalaureate Premedical Graduate Certificate

Dr. Lisa Bjerknes
(650) 508-3491

The Department of Natural Sciences offers a Postbaccalaureate Premedical program. This program is a flexible program that enables the taking or re-taking of courses as well as a formal certificate program leading to the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate. The purpose of the program is to prepare students whose undergraduate background lacks the necessary science and mathematics requirements for entrance into medical, veterinary, or dental school or into programs such as pharmacy or physical therapy.

The Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program takes approximately two years, and the course work receives academic credit. The curriculum is taught by experienced faculty in natural sciences and mathematics. An individualized program is planned to meet the needs of each student. Most of the program consists of day classes and students may work part-time while completing the program. Upon completion of 16 units with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the curriculum listed below, a Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate is awarded. Individual assistance with the application process for specific professional schools is provided.


Courses in the following subject areas are selected to meet individual needs. (All prerequisites for these courses must be met.)

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus or Statistics
  • Precalculus/Trigonometry
  • General Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology

Additional Natural Sciences or Mathematics Courses

Admission Requirement

  1. 1. A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    2. Interview with the Program Director upon Director’s request
    3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better, preferably 3.0