The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the 37-credit hours of courses in one of the two tracks below: 

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dental Track 

The Pre-Med/Pre-Dental students complete coursework required of U.S. medical and dental schools (see green colored rows in the table below) with Pre-PA students. This affords a unique opportunity for interprofessional education prior to entering graduate health professions programs. Courses specific to the Pre-Med/Pre-Dental track include physics I and II, and organic chemistry II (see yellow colored rows below).

Pre-PA Track 

Pre-PA track students will take a number of core sciences with the Pre-Med/Pre-Dental students that are required for many PA programs (see the green colored rows in the table below). This affords a unique opportunity for interprofessional education prior to entering graduate health professions programs. Courses specific to the Pre-PA track include anatomy and physiology I and II as well as 1 elective course (see the blue colored rows below).

Curricular Course by Student Track

Track Summer I and II Fall Spring
All Students General Chemistry I and II Organic Chemistry I Biochemistry
Biology I Biology II
Current Topics in Healthcare I Current Topics in Healthcare II
Pre-Med & Pre-Dental Physics I  Physics II Organic Chemistry II
MCAT or DAT Prep
Pre-PA Anatomy and Physiology I  Anatomy and Physiology II Biostatistics* or Microbiology
GRE Prep**

*Students who have previously taken Statistics can substitute Microbiology, Genetics or other online science course available through GW's Department of Biomedical Lab Sciences.

**GRE Prep is optional for Pre-PA students.

For more information about individual courses please see the Course Description tab. 

In addition to the basic science courses, students are exposed to other health professions, contemporary public health and medical topics, and healthcare research through guest speakers who are leaders in their fields during the Current Topics in Healthcare courses. 

MCAT/DAT and GRE preparatory courses

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Throughout the course of the program, students have access to online test prep materials through Kaplan including live online training, practice questions and full length practice tests. MCAT and GRE prep courses are offered through a hybrid of live instruction and online modalities. An in-house live course is offered in the spring semester for MCAT prep. DAT prep is offered online.

Academic and Career Advising

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who supports students throughout their program journey. The faculty:student advising ratio is 1:8 and is intentionally kept low in order to facilitate student access to their advisors and resources they may need. Faculty coach students to improve their interview skills, personal statements, provide a program-based "committee" letter of support, and assist students in securing volunteer experiences in clinical or research settings. Many faculty report continued mentorship of former students, long after the certificate program ends, as graduates enter the medical workforce.