Prospective students interested in starting the PB-Health Certificate should apply to Loyola by the following dates:
- Priority deadline for summer admission: April 1
- Final deadline: May 1
- Priority deadline for fall admission: April 1
- Final deadline: August 1
- Priority deadline for spring admission: October 1
- Final deadline: December 1
- Because admission to the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Program occurs on a rolling basis, admissions may close prior to the posted Final Deadline dates due to the size of an incoming class. We encourage you to apply early.
- Application for the desired entry term by the Priority Deadline offers the applicant the broadest range of course enrollment options. Those who wait for Final Deadlines face limited course availability.
- If the above Deadline date falls on a weekend, the application must be received by the next Monday of business.
- Applications will of course be accepted in advance of applicable deadline dates.
Minimum Admissions Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States university
- Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA. (Most competitive applicants have an average GPA of 3.0 or higher, but all applications that meet the minimum requirements will be thoroughly reviewed.)
- Healthcare experience is recommended, but it is not required to be considered for admission.
- Statement of Purpose (500 words or less). Please tell us about yourself, including your pre-health goals and how this program will help further your pre-health goals. Discuss any relevant meaningful experiences, particularly experience in the healthcare field.
- One Letter of Recommendation. The letter should be from a former or current professor whose class you have completed, or a professional who served in a supervisory capacity for you and can attest to your work ethic and promise in the medical field.
Tuition & Certificate Criteria
With tuition of $450 per credit hour for accepted students, the program offers an affordable option for post-graduate individuals with health career goals. Financial aid information is available here.
Students enroll in undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math, psychology, and others as needed. Those who are accepted into the program and complete 32 credits of the specific courses they need for the program of interest and achieve a minimum 3.3 GPA will be eligible to receive a Pre-Health Post-Bac Certificate. Students pursuing a Pre-Health Post-Bac Certificate will need to be in good standing in all facets of the institution and university policies. A maximum of 16 transfer credits will be accepted towards the certificate.
Full time students needing 32 credits can complete the certificate in as little as 14 months, and part-time students can complete the program in 24 months. Students who successfully complete the 32-credit hour program can take an additional 12 credits at the post-bac tuition.
*A student whose GPA falls below a 3.0 will have one semester (at least 12 credits) to improve their GPA to a 3.0 or above.