Pre-Health Professions Certificate

Formal Pre-Health Post-Bac Program

Our highly-structured programs are intended for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to apply to U.S. health professional schools. The programs are suitable for those taking prerequisite courses for the first time, those retaking prerequisite courses and those taking a combination of first-time and retaken prerequisites. These prerequisites consist of a combination of science, math and social science courses. Participants are also welcome to choose among the many science and public health electives we offer.

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Formal Pre-Health Post-Bac

Students wishing to apply to medical, dental and other doctoral programs

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Pre-Nursing Post-Bac

Students wishing to apply to nursing, physician assistant, nutrition and similar allied health programs

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How to Apply

Application and admission information

About the Program

We Prepare Students for All Pre-Health Professions

Because of the broad range of courses we offer, our programs are suitable for students interested in applying to the following health professional schools:

  • Medical (Allopathic, Osteopathic, Naturopathic, etc.)
  • Dental
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • And more


  • Enrollment in courses is reserved for our post-bac students.
  • Cohort structure: students are organized into mutually supportive cohorts of as many as 60 students each. This feature emphasizes cooperation rather than competition.
  • Flexibility: Students are not required to take classes they have already completed and done well in, electives can be taken as needed, and part-time enrollment is possible.
  • Students in the program will receive a high level of staff support and personalized academic advising.
  • A committee writes detailed letters of evaluation for students upon completion of the certificate.
  • Auxiliary course work is offered each semester in the form of discussion sections (SCI classes) designed to further enhance learning.
  • Professional development colloquia are offered during the first and final semesters for students to assess their career goals, develop effective application strategies and create community.
  • We have created a nationally recognized program with a modern curriculum, high standards and a high success rate that is successfully training the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.

Our Mission Statement

The short-term goal of the Pre-Health Post-Bac programs is to guide participants through the entire preparation and application process so that they will be successful applicants to U.S. health professional schools. The three long-term goals of the programs are:

  • To help train professionals that know how to conduct balanced lives and work with each other in a cooperative rather than competitive manner
  • To contribute to social justice by training a diverse population of participants so that the pool of healthcare providers better matches the pool of patients, thus lessening the access, treatment and outcome disparities that plague our healthcare system
  • To further contribute to social justice by providing socioeconomically disadvantaged participants a career path that provides them and their families with greater socioeconomic resources

Cost and Length

Cost: ~ $5,500 - $6,000 / $600 per unit. Cost varies based on number of courses taken.
Length: 2 - 6 semesters
When to Start: Fall, Spring, Summer 

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What Students Say

"I have learned that no matter how hard something may seem, everything is always easier when you have a group of people working together towards the same goal. We all share the burden and make our journeys that much more enjoyable and memorable."

Anwar, Cohort G
2018 Grad, MS2 at KCU-COM

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