The KHS Department is excited to offer a post-baccalaureate health sciences certificate. The Certificate in Health Sciences is designed for students who have already received a baccalaureate degree in a non-science area and wish to pursue their undergraduate pre-health sciences requirements at VCU.
The certificate program assists students in becoming more competitive for admission into professional degree programs such as dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, optometry or veterinary sciences but it does not guarantee admission into any program. Depending on the types of courses students complete prior to enrollment in program, the certificate can take one to three years to complete with either full- or part-time study.
Students who have completed the science prerequisites for a professional program they are interested in attending and need to enhance their academic credentials should consult with their pre-health advisor from their undergraduate institution and consider applying to the premedical sciences graduate certificate program.
Students should apply for the program through the Office of Admissions as a post-baccalaureate certificate student.
Applicants must submit transscripts to the Office of Admissions. Upon receipt of transcripts, courses that can be awarded as transfer credit will be determined by VCU transfer center.
Application is competitive and candidates must have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. four-year institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The program is not offered to students pursuing entry into nursing school or other bachelor's degree-granting professional programs.
Before starting on the core curriculum, students must complete or transfer equivalent courses with grades of B or greater for MATH 151, BIOL 151, BIOZ 151, BIOL 152, BIOZ 152, CHEM 101, CHEZ 101, CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102. If students have not already completed the minimum competencies at another institution, they are strongly encouraged to complete these courses at VCU. Students must have completed all chemistry courses within five years of the time they begin the program in order to apply them toward the minimum competency requirement.
The core portion of the program requires a minimum of 25 credit hours in mathematics, statistics, chemistry, biology or physics. All courses must be at the 200-level or above. At least three of the courses must have a laboratory component.
Students can transfer a maximum of 11 credit hours toward the certificate program’s core curriculum and must have earned at least a B in all courses transferred. Students should consult with a pre-professional health advisor to determine the most appropriate courses to transfer.
Courses may not be repeated after gaining admission into the certificate program. Failure to maintain the minimum GPA of 3.0 will result in formal dismissal from the program.
Funding for the program is based on undergraduate financial aid formulas. Scholarship money to support students is very limited. Students are strongly encouraged to minimize work commitments while taking courses in the program. Students should consult Office of Financial Aide and the tuition calculator for more information about finances.
Students accepted into the program must perform at least 50 hours of volunteer service in the VCU Health volunteer program or a private health care setting. Volunteer hours must be documented and submitted to the student’s pre-professional health advisor before graduation.
For admissions and other detailed information, consult the program’s academic advisor: