Certificate in Premedical Sciences

Students who complete 20 points in the sciences while enrolled in the Postbac Premed Program may be eligible for a Certificate in Premedical or Prehealth Sciences upon completion of Columbia's premedical or prehealth curriculum. The Certificates in Premedical and Prehealth Sciences are not required by medical schools or other programs of study in the health professions; however, they do signify that a student has satisfactorily completed a rigorous premedical/prehealth curriculum as recognized by Columbia University and the State of New York. Certificates in Premedical and Prehealth Sciences are officially conferred on three different dates during the year (in May, October, and February).

Students should consult with their advisor concerning eligibility for the certificate. Generally, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Premedical or Prehealth Sciences from Columbia University if they:

  • Complete the program within five years of matriculation
  • Earn a minimum of 20 points of the required premedical curriculum while enrolled in the Postbac Premed Program, concurrent completion of the organic chemistry and biology course sequences (or an approved advanced-level equivalent) with satisfactory grades and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75

Students who begin their studies in the Premedical Sciences at Columbia but, after completing 20 or more points, go elsewhere to complete any remaining requirements, are ineligible for the Certificate in Premedical Sciences.

Applying for the Certificate in Premedical or Prehealth Sciences

In order for the certificate to be conferred, eligible students must file an application with the Postbac Premed Program office by the following deadlines, as set by the Office of the Registrar:

August 1: for October certificates
November 1: for February certificates
February 14: for May certificates