Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program

Pre-Health Professions
Post-Bac Certificate Program


Pre-Health Professions Certificate


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About the Program




The College of Science & Engineering offers a full-time, two-year program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree, to obtain prerequisite coursework necessary to apply for medical school. This program benefits students seeking to apply to dental, pharmacy, optometry, and veterinary medicine health profession schools.

This intensive program guides a cohort of 20 - 60 students through dedicated introductory science lecture and lab courses, discussion sections, clinical experience and a Health Professions Colloquium.



  • Complete pre-requisite course work with guaranteed entrance into Program classes.
  • Move through the Program as a cohort of up to 60 students.
  • Class size is reasonable. Lectures will have up to 60 formal post-bacs, while labs and discussion sections have up to 30 formal post-bacs each.
  • Auxiliary course work in the form of discussion sections will enhance learning.
  • Individual and group help in writing personal statements and practicing for interviews.
  • Allowed to take additional, non-Program course work as electives at a lower tuition.
  • Provides at a nominal fee an optional "Post-Bac Bootcamp".
  • Provides stress-management tools at nominal fees during the first summer.
  • Helps participants find productive clinical experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • The Program strongly promotes admitting a diverse group of participants.
  • Support of the Program Director, Program Assistant and a Faculty Committee.
  • Modern teaching methods and health related information.
  • Integration of the following into appropriate course material:
    • The use of MCAT/DAT/GRE-style test questions.
    • The use of case-based learning exercises (used in many health profession schools).
    • Information on healthcare disparities and complementary and alternative medicine.


SF State Pre-Health Professions

Find out more about the SF State Pre-Health Professions program on their website.