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Premedical Post Baccalaureate
Certificate Program

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Program Description

The University of Delaware PMPB is designed for those qualified students who have previously completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-science related field but now want to fulfill the requirements for admission to medical/other health profession schools. Typically it is for those students who lack all or most of the core premedical science and perhaps even non-science requirements (biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, mathematics, and humanities).

Accepted students will work closely with the Medical Scholars Program and the Center for Health Profession Studies to develop a structured individualized program of study that addresses the requirements for admission to medical or other health profession schools. Besides regular course work, students will be provided extensive individualized advisement, elective course recommendations, faculty mentoring, seminars by health professionals, opportunities for medical practica, career guidance, professional school selection advice, resume preparation guidance, essay writing recommendations, MCAT preparation courses, area medical school field trips, and mock interview training.

The program requires up to a total of 44 undergraduate core prerequisite credit hours which may include courses from departments involving the Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, and Psychology Departments. Additional elective courses will be recommended and may come from History, Women’s Studies, Business Administration, Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Science, Human Development & Family Studies, and others.

Students who complete at least 26 hours of the program at the University of Delaware and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 with no grade less than a “B” will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Pre-Medical/Health Profession Studies. Earning the Certificate of Excellence in Premedical/Health Profession Studies serves to enhance students’ standing as an applicant to a healthcare professional school based on the high quality of work accomplished throughout the program.

Depending upon the undergraduate background, the PMPB is designed so that students have the potential for completing the program in one to two academic years. For students needing additional coursework or who may need additional time to complete the program, an alternative schedule may be designed in consultation with a Health Professions Advisor. Although the Premedical Post Baccalaureate program is a rigorous one, it offers flexibility in addressing student needs, previous experience and interests. Participation in our rigorous courses ensure that students emerge well prepared for professional programs.

Unique Features

  • Individualized Programs Designed for each PMPB student
  • High quality Science Faculty, Academic Programs, and Exceptional Laboratory Facilities.
  • Positive Medical Humanities Focus
  • Close-knit Student Groups
  • Dedicated Mentoring/Advisement
  • Extensive Opportunities for Translational Research and Medical Practica
  • Linkage Agreements that Enhance the Professional School Admissions Process
  • High Acceptance Rates
  • Provides a Coherent Plan to Address Medical/Health Profession Program Requirements


This program reflects one of the university’s core values of responding to the demographic, economic and social demands for quality healthcare in Delaware and surrounding states. Students who have majored in disciplines other than those related to medicine and related fields, and who have decided to pursue a medical career, will benefit from this program. Given the shortage of medical professionals, particularly in primary care medicine, this program provides an organized and quality approach to address this rapidly growing national need.


Students wishing to apply to the Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program must meet the following criteria:
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate grade point average
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic associates, or an employer
  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate study programs
  • Standardized test scores (one of either ACT, SAT or GRE). Applicants with MCAT or DAT scores are not required to provide a score report for the SAT, ACT, or GRE.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50 made payable to the University of Delaware
  • A completed on-line application for PMPB study at Delaware that includes:
    1. Personal information
    2. Personal statement
    3. Resume
    4. Short answer essays

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