Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies

Metropolitan College, in conjunction with Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences, offers the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies. This certificate program permits those with bachelor’s degrees to pursue the course requirements for admission to medical school and other health career programs. Students are required to have a minimum 3.3 undergraduate grade point average for admission to this program.

Students who complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies will be able to demonstrate:

  • Preparedness for admission to medical school and other health career programs, having completing the course requirements typically needed for entrance to these programs.
  • Satisfactory undergraduate preparation in calculus, physics, general and organic chemistry, and biology.

Certificate students are eligible for assistance and letters of recommendation from the Pre-Professional Advising office in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Pre-Medical Studies program?

To receive the certificate, students must take a minimum of eight courses. The Pre-Medical Studies program is flexible, allowing you to target the courses that you need to take, in the time frame that you want to take them.

Students are cautioned against the practice of accelerating the completion of the pre-medical requirements to finish in the shortest possible time. This may be counter-productive, since taking a highly compressed science program may result in poor grades. It is more advisable to start taking one or two science courses, with the possibility of accelerating during the ensuing semesters.

Who are the students that would be in class with me?

You have the option of taking the courses during the day or evening. If you attend during the day, the courses are offered through the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). CAS courses consist of traditional Boston University undergraduate students. Evening courses are offered through Metropolitan College (MET), which is the continuing education division of Boston University. MET students range from full-time, traditional students to working professionals who are completing their degree. MET also enrolls individuals who are taking courses for personal or professional development, and who are not matriculated into a degree program.

What services are available to me?

Students in the program receive advising and guidance from the Pre-Professional Advising Office, which is located in the College of Arts & Sciences. You will be advised by pre-medical counselors who can assist you with course selection and the medical school application process. Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Zamansky, director of the Pre-Professional Advising Office, prior to course registration. Additional services are provided to you through Boston University.

What if I need fewer than the eight required courses for the certificate—can I still apply?

You may still apply, and a pre-medical advisor will make suggestions as to what higher-level courses might enhance your academic record. You must complete eight courses in the program, at least six of which must be finished before a Letter of Evaluation or Dean’s Letter will be written.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost for the fall and spring semesters depends on:

  1. How many classes you are taking
  2. Whether your classes are taken in the day or evening

For example, if you take one College of Arts & Sciences day class during the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 semesters, the cost is $1,428/credit or $5,712 for a 4-credit course. If you take one evening class at MET, the cost is $415/credit or $1,660 for a 4-credit course. If you take one day and one evening course, the cost will be $5,712 plus $1,660, or $7,372.

If you take over 12 credits (three courses) per semester through either CAS or MET, you will be charged the full-time tuition rate of $22,843 per semester.

Please note: Summer Term tuition-per-credit varies each academic year.

The above costs do not include lab fees or registration fees.

Is there financial aid available?

Certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Can I take BU courses without being in this certificate program?

MET has an open-enrollment policy, which means that you can register for classes without being in a certificate program or matriculating into a degree program. However, you cannot take courses during the day unless you are a degree student or enrolled in the Pre-Medical Studies certificate program. If you are not a certificate student, you do not have access to the advising services offered through the Pre-Professional Advising Office.

What is the benefit of the program?
  1. You have the option of taking courses during the day as well as in the evening.
  2. You can take courses at your own pace.
  3. You will have access to the Pre-Professional Advising Office. Pre-medical advisors counsel students about all matters pertaining to their professional goals, including course selection, professional school admissions requirements, volunteer opportunities, internships, and the application process.
  4. Upon completion of at least six courses, you can request a Letter of Evaluation or Dean’s Letter.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • April 1 for September admission (review will begin in March)
  • October 1 for January admission (review will begin in September)

Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for the upcoming semester. A complete application should contain the following:

  1. One-page application form.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities applicant has attended.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a faculty member.
  4. Personal statement from applicant regarding applicant’s desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Registration and Tuition Policies

Fall 2014–Spring 2015

You are registering as a Metropolitan College, special non-degree student who may take either College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and/or Metropolitan College (MET) courses.

Tuition and Student Status Schedule by Credit
 1–11.5 semester credits Part-time tuition rates/part-time student status
12 semester credits Part-time tuition rates/full-time student status
12.5–16 semester credits Full-time tuition rates/full-time student status
Registration Options

Currently registered students are eligible to use WebReg for all MET courses. Refer to the options listed below as to signature requirements if combining or taking non-MET courses. Many new students are eligible to use WebReg. Those who are not must use a Registration Form for their initial registration for the semester. Please refer to the options listed below as to signature requirements. Once registered for the semester, use a Course Adjustment Form (Add/Drop Form) for any changes. 

ONE Course College offering the course/signature requirement 4 Credits Tuition Rates
Option 1 One MET course/no signature required 4 Total:
$1,660 + fees
Option 2 One CAS course/signature required 4 Total:
$5,712 + fees
TWO Courses College offering the courses/signature requirement 8 Credits Tuition
Option 1 Two MET courses/no signature required 8 Total:
$3,320 + fees
Option 2 One MET course 4 $1,660
& one CAS course/signature required 4 $5,712
Total:
$7,372 + fees
Option 3 Two CAS courses/signature required 8 Total:
$11,424 + fees
THREE Courses College offering the courses/signature requirement 12 Credits Tuition
Option 1 Three MET courses/no signature required 12 Total:
$4,980 + fees
Option 2 Two MET courses 8 $3,320
& one CAS course/no signature required 4 $5,712
Total:
$9,032 + fees
Option 3 One MET course 4 $1,660
& two CAS courses/signature required 8 $11,424
Total:
$13,084 + fees
Option 4 Three CAS courses/signature required 12 Total:
$17,136 + fees
FOUR Courses Any combination of MET and/or CAS courses/signature requirement 12.5 to 16 Credits $22,843 + fees
MET Academic Counselor’s Signature
  • Required Registration Form signatures are indicated in the options listed above.
  • An academic counselor’s signature is always required on the Course Adjustment Form (Add/Drop Form) if you are adding a fourth course after registering for three.
Instructor’s Signatures on the Course Adjustment Form (Add/Drop Form)
  • Only required for all (MET and CAS) closed courses (before and after classes begin).
Related Policy

Graduate Course Registration: If Metropolitan College undergraduate degree or non-degree students want to register for MET GRADUATE courses, they must fulfill the course prerequisites with a “B” average, and must seek approval and a signature from the specific MET department coordinator. For graduate courses at schools other than MET, one must visit that school’s department to seek approval and a signature. Tuition rates vary for graduate courses.

Program Requirements

To receive the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies, students must take at least 32 of the following 44 credits in the pre-medical course sequence at Boston University:

Calculus – one course

  • CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 122 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences or
    MET MA 123 Calculus I or MET MA 124 Calculus II

Statistics – one course

  • MET or CAS MA 113 Elementary Statistics,  CAS MA 115 Statistics 1, or CAS MA 116 Statistics 2, or MET or CAS MA 213 Basic Probability and Statistics, or MET or CAS MA 214 Applied Statistics

Physics – two courses

  • MET or CAS PY 105 Elementary Physics I, MET or CAS PY 106 Elementary Physics II

General Chemistry – two courses

  • MET or CAS CH 101 General Chemistry I, MET or CAS CH 102 General Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry – two courses

  • MET or CAS CH 203 Organic Chemistry I, MET or CAS CH 204 Organic Chemistry II

Biology – minimum of two courses

  • MET or CAS BI 107 Biology I, MET or CAS BI 108 Biology II or more advanced Biology courses with advisor approval

Biochemistry – one course

  • MET CH 421, CAS CH 421 or BI 421 Biochemistry I, or MET or CAS CH 273 Principles of Biochemistry

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