Post-BA Premed Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate offered through the CAS Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising consists of a minimum of 15 credits of upper division premedical coursework, as well as up to an additional 35 credits of prerequisite coursework depending on the academic background of the student. It is designed to enable students to take the coursework required for medical school admission, to facilitate success on the MCAT exam, and due to its interdisciplinary nature, enhance understanding of medical issues.

Director

  • John T. Landrum, Pre-Health Professions Advising and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Steering Committee

  • Michael Brown, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Bruce Dunlap, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Kenton Harris, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy
  • Jeffrey Joens, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Admissions Requirements

Any student already holding a BA or BS degree is eligible to apply for this certificate program. Through the Pre-Health Professions Advising Center, a wide variety of student services and opportunities are available to the students in this program as they are for the traditional FIU premedical students.

Prerequisite(s)

The following courses are required for admissions to medical school and to many other health professional schools. They are also prerequisites for course work required by this certificate program. Once enrolled in the Post-baccalaureate Undergraduate Premedical Certificate Program, any of these courses not already completed must be taken at FIU. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses (“C-“ is not acceptable).

Course Description Credits
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 1045L General Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1046L General Chemistry Lab II 1
BSC 1010 General Biology I 3
BSC 1010L General Biology I Lab 1
BSC 1011 General Biology II 3
BSC 1011L General Biology II Lab 1
PHY 2053 Physics without Calculus I 4

OR

Course Description Credits
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus I 4
PHY 2048L General Physics Lab I 1
PHY 2054 Physics without Calculus II 4

OR

Course Description Credits
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus I 4
PHY 2049L General Physics Lab I 1
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Lab II 1

Required Courses (12 credits)

Course Description Credits
BCH 3033 General Biochemistry 3

OR

Course Description Credits
CHM 4304 Biological Chemistry I 3
PCB 3063 Genetics 3
PCB 4023 Cell Biology 3

One Physiology Course at the 3000 level or higher with the approval of the Certificate

Course Description Credits
Program Director 3

Elective Courses (3 credits)

Must complete ONE of the following. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses (“C-“ is not acceptable).

Course Description Credits
REL 3180 Medical and Bioethics 3
PHI 4633 Biomedical Ethics 3
ANT 3462 Medical Anthropology 3
SYO 3400 Medical Sociology 3

Additional Requirements

To remain in the Post-baccalaureate Undergraduate Premedical Certificate Program students must maintain a 3.0 overall/institutional GPA or higher. To be awarded the Post-baccalaureate Undergraduate Premedical Certificate the student must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.