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Premedicine

Post Bacc Premedicine Certificate Program

Students in the premedicine post-baccalaureate certificate program have the opportunity to meet their educational goals at a world-class university. The program admits post-baccalaureate students seeking the laboratory science courses in biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics required for the application to most medical, dental, veterinary, and related professional schools.

The highly regarded Northwestern University curriculum and faculty give students an in-depth science foundation. The premedical coursework can be completed in 12, 15, or 21 months, depending on the student's needs. This program is designed for career changers and students who have not completed the coursework needed to apply to medical school — students who have already completed the premedical coursework should instead apply to the Advanced Studies in Biology for the Health Professions certificate.

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About the Premedicine Certificate Program

Premedicine Required Courses

Program Features

Professional Health Proseminar 1 and 2:

Proseminar 1: This course covers topics including adjusting to life as a science student, academic resources, guidance for finding research and clinical opportunities, and preparing for the professional/medical school application process.

Proseminar 2: This course prepares students for the application cycle. The course will provide opportunities for students to work on major application components as part of the coursework, including their AMCAS activities listing, preparing a strong personal statement, selecting target medical/professional schools, and navigating the centralized application. The course will also allow students to practice their interviewing skills and plan for their glide year.

*No tuition is charged for the proseminar courses

Northwestern University Pre-Health Professionals Student Group

The NUPP student group is first and foremost a community dedicated to the successful admission of its members into programs that lead to careers in medicine, health, and veterinary practice. In addition, NUPP serves as a forum for the discussion and presentation of professional and academic experiences, as a collective resource of relevant information, as a social network and as a representative for the body of non-traditional pre-health students and their unique needs.

Physician Shadowing Program

Thanks to a collaboration between SPS and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), SPS premedicine students have the opportunity to shadow physicians, an integral part of the preparation needed for medical school. Students are selected for these shadowing opportunities through an application process during their program. 

Premedicine Student Performance

SPS premedicine students are competitive candidates for medical school application and have been accepted to prestigious schools such as Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University, Washington University, University of Michigan, Yale University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Pittsburg, and Northwestern University. View the list of recent medical school acceptances.

 
SPS PREMED GRADUATES
NATIONAL AVERAGE**

AVERAGE MCAT SCORE**
(new exam)

513.1

501.8


** 2017 data from American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®)

Transfer Credit Policy for Premedicine

Students in the Premedicine post-baccalaureate certificate program may transfer up to eight semester hours or twelve quarter hours of academic credit. A transcript and grade of B or better are required to transfer courses for this program. Courses audited or taken with the pass/no credit option cannot be applied toward the program requirements. Courses earned for a bachelor's degree at SPS may not be applied retroactively toward certificate requirements. Students who have completed up to two courses as a student-at-large may apply for a certificate and ask that those courses be included in the certificate. If students complete additional courses (beyond two) as a student-at-large, a petition to the Student Affairs Committee requesting  an exception to policy should be submitted. All transfer credit must be approved before a student begins his or her course work at SPS.

Admission for Premedicine

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found on the Admission page.

Premedicine Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

Premedicine Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

Premedicine Sample Course Plans

Review Sample Course Plans for the Premedicine Certificate Program offered by Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.

Premedicine Medical School Acceptances

Learn which medical schools students have been accepted to after completing the premedicine post-baccalaureate program on the Medical School Acceptances page.

Premedicine Career Options

Find out more about Premedicine Gainful Employment Information.

Premedicine Pre-Health Professional Student Group

Learn how students support one another through forums, resources and social networks on the Premedicine Pre-Health Professional Student Group.

Premedicine Frequently Asked Questions

Review frequently asked questions about Premedicine Certificate Program on the Premedicine Frequently Asked Questions page.

Find out more about the Premedicine Certificate Program

Program Courses:Course Detail
Genetics and Molecular Biology <> BIOL_SCI 215-CN

This course is the first of a four-course sequence that is completed by BIOL SCI 217 in the fall quarter, BIOL SCI 219 in the winter and BIOL SCI 308 in the spring. The genetics and molecular biology course covers the principles of inheritance; gene function; mechanisms by which DNA is replicated, transcribed into RNAs, and translated into proteins; and the basics of the process of natural selection.

Prerequisite: one year of general chemistry with laboratory (CHEM 101, 102, 103 or CHEM 110, 131, 132).


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Physiology <> BIOL_SCI 217-CN

This course is the second in a four-course sequence that is completed by BIOL SCI 219 in the winter and BIOL SCI 308 in the spring. The physiology course covers organization and functioning of the major organ systems in mammals.

A lab course, BIOL SCI 220 Genetic and Molecular Laboratory, may be taken concurrently with this course. 


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Cell Biology <> BIOL_SCI 219-CN

This course is the third course in a four-course sequence that is completed by BIOL SCI 308 in the spring. The cell biology course covers mechanisms that cells use to compartmentalize and transport proteins, to move, to regulate growth and death, and to communicate with their environments. This course was formerly BIOL SCI 216. Students who have previously taken BIOL SCI 216 should not register for this course.

A lab course, BIOL SCI 221 Cellular Processes Laboratory, may be taken concurrently with this course. Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or 132.

 


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Genetic Molecular Process Lab <> BIOL_SCI 220-CN

Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of transmission genetics and molecular biology. Credit for this course is 0.34 units.

Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or 132.


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Cellular Processes Laboratory <> BIOL_SCI 221-CN

Laboratory techniques and experiments in fundamental aspects of cell biology. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or CHEM 132.


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Investigative Lab <> BIOL_SCI 222-CN

The Investigative Laboratory is a hypothesis driven, discovery based laboratory class. During the quarter, students will be engaged in independent laboratory research projects where they will design and implement their own experiments centered around a central theme. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or CHEM 132.


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Biochemistry <> BIOL_SCI 308-CN

This course is the conclusion of a four-course sequence, BIOL SCI 215, 217, and 219. The course covers basic concepts in biochemistry, emphasizing the structure and function of biological macromolecules, fundamental cellular biochemical processes, and the chemical logic in metabolic transformations. This course was formerly BIOL SCI 218. Students who have previously taken BIOL SCI 218 should not register for this course.


A lab course, BIOL SCI 222 Investigative Laboratory, may be taken concurrently with this course. Prerequisites: BIOL SCI 217 or 219 and CHEM 210-A.


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Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry <> CHEM 110-CN

Solution strategies for traditional word problems and their application to basic chemistry quantitative problems: dimensional analysis, chemical equations, stoichiometry, limiting reagents


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General Chemistry 1 <> CHEM 131-CN

Quantum mechanics, electronic structure, periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, intermolecular forces, properties of solids and liquids, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the Chem 141-CN laboratory course. Prerequisite: Chem 110-CN (C- or better).


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General Chemistry 2 <> CHEM 132-CN

Solutions and colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution equilibria, chemical kinetics, metals in chemistry and biology, oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the Chem 142-CN laboratory course. Prerequisite: CHEM 131-CN and 141-CN (C- or better in both courses).


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General Chemistry 1 Laboratory <> CHEM 141-CN

Chemical analysis of real samples using basic laboratory techniques including titration, colorimetric analysis, density measurements, and atomic spectroscopy. Planning, data collection, interpretation, and reporting on experiments. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Enrollment is concurrent with CHEM 131-CN. Prerequisite: CHEM 110 (C– or better).


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General Chemistry 2 Laboratory <> CHEM 142-CN

General Chemistry Lab 2 is a laboratory course in which techniques applied to materials science and nanotechnology, acid-base chemistry, and chemical kinetics will be employed. Major objectives involve work involving planning, data collection, interpretation, and reporting on experiments. The course must be taken concurrently with CHEM 132.

Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM 131 or equivalent course, or consent of instructor.


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Organic Chemistry <> CHEM 210-A

This course is the first of a three-course sequence that is completed by CHEM 210-B in the winter quarter, and CHEM 210-C in the spring quarter. Basic concepts of organic chemistry will be presented, including hybridization, resonance, nomenclature, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms. The preparation and reactions of alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, and alcohols will also be covered. There will be some additional lectures on Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., to be arranged once the quarter begins. Prerequisite: completion of General Chemistry Sequence (CHEM 110, 131, 132 and 141, 142) with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent transfer credit with qualifying score on the Chemistry Placement Exam.


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Organic Chemistry II <> CHEM 210-B

Chemistry 210-B is the second course in a three-term sequence in organic chemistry. It covers the chemistry of the major oxygen- and nitrogen-containing functional groups, as well as the chemistry of aromatic compounds. Mechanism is emphasized in the study of these materials. The course includes a laboratory component which includes an introduction to basic organic laboratory techniques, as well as the preparation, purification and characterization of organic substances. The Saturday laboratory (CHEM 230-B) is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM 210-A or equivalent course.


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Organic Chemistry III <> CHEM 210-C

This course builds upon the fundamentals developed in CHEM 210-A,-B. It covers chemistry of polyfunctional compounds of biological and medicinal interest, as well as modern organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and recent developments in organic chemistry. The laboratory provides training in qualitative organic analysis and multistep synthesis. Includes a Saturday laboratory (CHEM 230-C) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM 210-B or equivalent course.


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Organic Chemistry II Lab <> CHEM 230-B

This is the laboratory course associated with CHEM 210-B Organic Chemistry II. The lab provides instruction in experimental techniques of modern organic chemistry emphasizing chemical separations, spectroscopic characterization, and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, carbonyls, esters, and aromatic compounds. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Enrollment is concurrent with CHEM 210-B. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM 210-A or equivalent course.


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Organic Chemistry III Lab <> CHEM 230-C

This is the laboratory course associated with CHEM 210-C Organic Chemistry III. The lab covers experimental techniques of modern organic chemistry emphasizing chemical separations, spectroscopic characterization, and reactions such as amide synthesis, Grignard reaction, aldol condensation, Robinson annulation, and Diels-Alder reaction. Credit for this course is 0.34 units. Enrollment is concurrent with CHEM 210-C. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM 210-B or equivalent course. 


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College Physics I <> PHYSICS 130-A

This is the first quarter of a three-quarter algebra-based physics course with lecture and laboratory. Physics is the most basic of the sciences, dealing with the behavior and structure of matter. Lectures and labs illustrate physical principles: mechanics, motion, momentum and energy, and fluids. Continues in winter and spring quarters as PHYSICS 130-B, C. Requires concurrent enrollment in the PHYSICS 131-A lab. Lab times are Tuesdays 8-9:50 pm; Wednesdays 9-10:50 am; Saturdays 12-1:50 pm; or Saturdays 2-3:50 pm. Labs will meet for the first time after the first lecture session. Prerequisite: college algebra or higher college math course.


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College Physics II <> PHYSICS 130-B

This course is the continuation of PHYSICS 130-A algebra-based physics with lecture and laboratory; the sequence concludes with PHYSICS 130-C in the spring quarter. Harnessing the forces of electrical power; how they have altered the way we live and perceive ourselves in the universe. Lecture demonstrations illustrate physical principles: electricity and magnetism, DC and AC circuits. Requires concurrent enrollment in the PHYSICS 131-B lab. Lab times are Tuesdays 8-9:50 pm; Wednesdays 9-10:50 am; Saturdays 12-1:50 pm; or Saturdays 2-3:50 pm. Labs will meet for the first time after the first lecture session. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 130-A or equivalent course.


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College Physics III <> PHYSICS 130-C

This course is the continuation of PHYSICS 130-A,B. Wave motion, optics, and introduction to the basic concepts of modern physics including quantum mechanics, relativity, and atomic physics. The course focuses on conceptual understanding of basic physical principles and their real-world applications. Demonstration experiments will be used to illustrate physical phenomena and concepts. Requires concurrent enrollment in the PHYSICS 131-C lab. Lab times are Tuesdays 8-9:50 pm; Wednesdays 9-10:50 am; Saturdays 12-1:50 pm; or Saturdays 2-3:50 pm. Labs will meet for the first time after the first lecture session. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 130-A, B or equivalent course.


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Physics Laboratory I <> PHYSICS 131-A

This is the laboratory course associated with PHYSICS 130-A and must be taken concurrently. Credit for this course is .34 units.

 


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Physics Lab II <> PHYSICS 131-B

This is the laboratory course associated with PHYSICS 130-B and must be taken concurrently. Credit for this course is .34 units.


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Physics Lab III <> PHYSICS 131-C

This is the laboratory course associated with PHYSICS 130-C and must be taken concurrently. Credit for this course is .34 units.


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Professional Health Careers Proseminar I <> PRO_HLTH 396-A

Prohealth Proseminar I will meet during the first fall quarter of the students’ pre-health program to prepare students to succeed in the professional health careers program. This proseminar series will be completed by PROHLTH 396-B: Prohealth Proseminar II in the students’ final spring quarter. This non-credit course covers topics including adjusting to life as a science student, academic resources, extracurricular resources, and preparing for the professional/medical school application process. There is no tuition charged for this course.

 

This course is by permission only and available only to students in the professional health careers certificate program. Please email erin.cable@northwestern.edu for a permission number.


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Professional Health Careers Proseminar II PRO_HLTH 396-B

This non-credit proseminar is for students in the Professional Health Careers certificate programss. This course prepares students for the year-long application cycle beginning in the summer. This course will provide opportunities for students to work on major application components as part of the coursework, including their AMCAS activities listing, preparing a strong personal statement, selecting target medical/professional schools, and navigating the centralized application. The course will also allow students to practice their interviewing skills and plan for their glide year.

There is no tuition charged for this course.

This course is by permission only and available only to students in the professional health careers certificate program. Please email lindsey.taylor@northwestern.edu for a permission number.

 


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