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Premedical and Health Professions Advisory Program

Certificate in Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental

This program is expected to meet the needs of students interested in medical, dental and veterinary school as well as those interested in pharmacy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, and optometry programs. Each student’s history is evaluated and appropriate courses are advised based upon his/her specific needs.  Students have access to Worcester State’s Pre-medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee and, if necessary for a program, the recommendation letter process.

Students who complete thirty credits of the basic core sciences and/or other elective science courses at Worcester State University will receive a certification of completion of the program. Up to eight transfer credits will be allowed to contribute to the thirty credit total. Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible for the program.

This program is designed for students who need the basic science curriculum either as new courses (career changers) or as repeat attempts (GPA enhancement). A GPA of 2.75 overall is required for admission into the program. Students wishing to take an advanced curriculum are advised to seek a second baccalaureate degree through the undergraduate school. The basic courses are offered throughout the academic year, primarily in the evening. Summer courses are also available. Interested students should contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education (cneylon@worcester.edu) or Dr. Margaret Kerr (mkerr@worcester.edu), the coordinator of the program. Additional information and application materials are available at www.worcester.edu/premed.

While there are not specific deadlines for admission, it is recommended that prospective students submit materials for admission prior to the preregistration period for the starting semester. For a fall starting semester, admission packages should be completed by April 1 and for spring starting semester the admission packages should be completed by  November 1. There is a GPA requirement of 2.75 (overall) for admission into this program.


There is no financial aid available for this program. A high school transcript is required for a complete application.

Below is a list of the basic core courses and available electives. Since health professions programs differ in their requirements, students should contact Dr. Margaret Kerr prior to registration to make sure they are taking the correct courses.

Basic Core Courses

CH 120 (General Chemistry 1, including lab) 4 credits

CH 121 (General Chemistry 2, including lab) 4 credits

BI 140 (Introduction to Organismal Biology, including lab) 4 credits

BI 141 (Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology, including lab) 4 credits

CH 201 (Organic Chemistry 1 lecture) 3 credits

CH 202 (Organic Chemistry 2 lecture) 3 credits

CH 203 (Organic Chemistry 1 lab) 2 credits

CH 204 (Organic Chemistry 2 lab) 2 credits

PY 221 or PY 241 (Physics 1, including lab) 4 credits

PY 222 or PY 242 (Physics 2, including lab) 4 credits


Science and Math Elective Courses

MA 200 (Calculus 1)

MA 201 (Calculus 2)

MA 150 (Statistics)


BI 203 (Genetics)

CH 410 (Biochemistry, including lab)

BI 161 (Anatomy and Physiology 1)

BI 162 (Anatomy and Physiology 2)

BI 204 (Microbiology)



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