Program Overview:

Northwestern Pre-Medicine 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.


Students are required to take the following courses:

  • BIOL SCI 215 Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL SCI 217 Physiology
  • BIOL SCI 219 Cell Biology
  • BIOL SCI 220 Genetic and Molecular Processes Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 221 Cellular Processes Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 222 Investigative Laboratory
  • BIOL SCI 308 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 110 Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry 1 (with lab, CHEM 141)
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry 2 (with lab, CHEM 142)
  • CHEM 210-A Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210-B Organic Chemistry II (with lab, CHEM 230-B)
  • CHEM 210-C Organic Chemistry III (with lab, CHEM 230-C)
  • PHYSICS 130-A College Physics I (with lab, Physics 131-A)
  • PHYSICS 130-B College Physics II (with lab, Physics 131-B)
  • PHYSICS 130-C College Physics III (with lab, Physics 131-C)
  • PRO HLTH 396-A Professional Health Careers Proseminar I*
  • PRO HLTH 396-B Professional Health Careers Proseminar II*

*These non-credit seminar courses are optional for the 2016-17 academic year, but will be required for students beginning the program in or after Summer 2017. These courses are offered free of charge to students in the Professional Health Careers program. For more information, please see the course listing page.


Elective Courses

In addition to the program requirements, premedicine students have the option to take any of the courses offered at SPS. Many premedicine students take courses such as the following, especially during their glide year in which they are preparing and submitting their applications.  Elective courses are not eligible for financial aid, based upon federal financial aid requirements.

  • BIOL SCI 312 Evolutionary Biology of Human Anatomy, Health and Disease
  • BIOL SCI 313 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL SCI 315 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIOL SCI 316 Human Structure and Function
  • BIOL SCI 317 Regional Human Anatomy Lab
  • BIOL SCI 327 Biology of Aging
  • BIOL SCI 328 Microbiology
  • BIOL SCI 335-A Human Physiology I
  • BIOL SCI 335-B Human Physiology II
  • BIOL SCI 355 Immunobiology

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.


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       ** 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.

Additional Information

Premedicine students have different admissions requirements and processes than other post-baccalaureate students. Be sure to check the information provided by SPS Admissions to answer your questions about this program.