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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate of Post-baccalaureate Pre-professional Health Studies

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Rebecca A. Bregel, Pre-Health Advisor


This program is focused on assisting individuals who have not already taken the science courses required for admission by health professions schools, and who may benefit from advice and assistance in preparation for a career in the health professions. Those interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, optometry, and physician assisting have participated successfully in the post-baccalaureate program at Seattle University.


The post-baccalaureate premedical certificate program is open to applicants with at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited program. Applicants will need to complete the undergraduate transfer application form and provide transcripts of all college level course work and degrees. Because our program is kept small, applicants must clearly communicate their intentions, motivation, and plans through the application process. Applications must be received by March 1 to be considered for entrance the following fall quarter and November 1 for winter quarter.

Applicants are expected to have a GPA of at least 3.00 in the last two years of their degree work plus any post-baccalaureate course work taken prior to enrollment at Seattle University (or permission of the Pre-Health Advisor). In addition, applicants are required to demonstrate the following as part of their application: completion of high school chemistry or one quarter of college chemistry, earning a minimum grade of B (3.00), within 5 years prior to the term of matriculation in the certificate program; completion of MATH 120 and MATH 121, or equivalent(s), earning a minimum grade of B (3.00) in each course, within 5 years prior to the term of matriculation in the certificate program.


Students in the program are advised by the program director (Pre-Health Advisor), take classes along with our undergraduate students, and are welcome to interview with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee in preparation for their interviews at professional schools. Both individual faculty members and the Committee write letters of recommendation for post-baccalaureate students, to be sent to the professional schools of their choice. The Pre-Health Advisor offers advice about career exploration, about individual professional schools, strategy and practice for professional school interviews, and feedback on application materials. Post-baccalaureate students are encouraged to participate in activities coordinated by the Pre-Health Advisor and the Seattle University Pre-Health Club including service activities, field trips, and a mock MCAT exam, meetings with health care professionals, workshops to help students prepare to apply for health professions graduate schools. Students are encouraged to attend the Health Professions Graduate School Fair, which is held each spring.

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