Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Studies

  • To further the education of a student already in possession of a B.S. or B.A. degree who want to have a competitive application to a graduate program in medicine, physician assistant studies, dentistry, nursing, or veterinary medicine.  We will offer a personalized experience for each student based on their undergraduate coursework, their goals and the requirements of the graduate or professional program.
  • To help prepare future health care providers for practice in the state of Kentucky


Two Tracks 

1.  Foundational Certificate

  • A course of study for students who lack the minimal coursework required to apply to the graduate or professional school of their choice.  Depending on their background, this student may need to begin with introductory-level courses in Biology, Chemistry, and/or physics, depending on their stated goals.    

2.  Enhanced Certificate 

  • An individualized course of study for students who already meet the basic requirements for the graduate or professional program of their choice, but whose application and test scores may be enhanced by additional coursework in biology and/or chemistry, or physics, and/or health care administration and medical ethics.  This student may choose to do some research or apply to be a TA in one of our classes for a 1-hour course credit. 
  • This could be completed in either 2 semesters (24 hours) or longer, again depending on the student


Features of the program
  • Professor that will provide 1 on 1 advising
  • Small classes
  • Research opportunities
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Opportunity to help teach a class
  • Connect with alumni in the student’s chosen field
  • MCAT preparation
  • Interviewing preparation
  • Resume and application assistance
  • Letter of recommendation provided the student meets the requirements of the program
  • Grants available for subsidizing national exams (GRE, MCAT, etc.)
  • Service opportunities
  • Targeted field trips (NKU Gross Anatomy, med school tours, etc.)
  • Special class such as case studies? (Case Western)


Requirements for admission to the program:
  • BA or BS from an accredited college or institution
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 overall and a 3.25 in their last 60 hours
  • Personal statement that demonstrates their commitment to pursuing a career in health care or veterinary studies which may include work, internships, and shadowing.
  • One letter of recommendation from a person familiar with the applicant’s academic background and/or work background
Certificate requirements
  • Applicant fulfills their contract for certificate; this will be individualized for each student
  • A certificate will be awarded if after the student has completed at least 24 hours and maintained at least a 3.4 GPA

Program Contact

Professor Tracy Livingston

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