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Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions

Meet the requirements for a professional school in one year.

Students who intend to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, and osteopathic medical schools and who hold an undergraduate degree in a non-science major must complete basic science course work in order to apply to those schools. Through the Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions program, these students can complete the required courses, gain valuable volunteer experience, and prepare for the graduate admissions test in an intense, rewarding year of study..

This Basic Sciences for Health Professions certificate program focuses on all factors that are important to medical school applications, including science course work, medical volunteer experience, attaining good scores on the MCAT (the medical graduate admissions test), and securing important recommendations from academic and medical professionals.

If you’re a student with these goals, then our 34-credit program is just what you need to gain acceptance into the school of your choice. Throughout this medical school prep program in New York, students receive personalized academic and application advising through the Office of Pre-Professional Advisement. This certificate program allows students to:

  • Complete the course work required for application to most medical, dental, veterinary, or osteopathic medical schools in one calendar year
  • Complete core certificate requirements in three semesters of intensive study
  • Gain on-site volunteer experience in the health professions that is critical to a successful medical school application
  • Prepare for the MCAT and other standardized graduate admissions tests
  • Acquire important recommendations necessary in the competitive environment of medical school applications

Students complete 34 credits of science courses, covering the topics required by medical schools: general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and biology. The program can be completed in as little as three intense semesters of study.

Special Features

Pre-Health Professions Advising
The Office of Pre-Professional Advising is available throughout the program to assist certificate students with all aspects of their preparation and application process.

Pre-Health Professions Committee Letters of Reference
Students receive a letter of recommendation to include in their applications on behalf of the Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions Committee. Students interview with a medical professional (doctor, dentist, or veterinarian) on the committee, who then writes a letter on behalf of the entire committee.

Volunteer Work
Students enrolled in the Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions program may choose to volunteer at a local medical facility in their field of study (medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science). Arrangements are made for the students to participate in the volunteer programs overseen by College of Professional and Continuing Studies staff. Students gain experience the medical field from the inside, network, and obtain references that will assist them on their medical school applications.

Glide Year
The glide year accounts for the yearlong process of applying to medical school. It begins with the initiation of the AMCAS, VMCAS, ADSAS, or AACOMOS application and continues on until medical school instruction begins. During this time, students may elect to take additional electives; they also continue clinical volunteering, research, and work, as they visit and interview at medical schools. Students may also be able to skip their glide year through special agreements made with area health professional schools. Advisors will notify students of these options when they begin the program. College of Professional and Continuing Studies will assist students on how to best use their glide year.

Applications are reviewed by the by Adelphi Office of Admissions and the Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. The following are required for application to the program:

  • Completed College of Professional and Continuing Studies application and fee
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • one from undergraduate faculty highlighting academic abilities
    • one from a work or volunteer organization highlighting leadership skills
    • one personal reference highlighting interest in medicine
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges (unofficial upon application, but official before program completion)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Essay detailing why the student wants to pursue a career in the health professions
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For more information about health science programs, please contact:

Robert Schwartz
Director, Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships
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