Certificate in Premedical Sciences
While a minimum of 15 credits completed in the sciences in the Postbac Premedical Program is required for a committee letter, students who complete 20 credits in the sciences may be eligible for a Certificate in Premedical Sciences upon completion of Columbia's premedical curriculum. The Certificate in Premedical Sciences is not required by medical schools; however, it does signify that a student has satisfactorily completed a premedical curriculum as recognized by Columbia University and the State of New York. Resembling a Columbia University diploma, the Certificate in Premedical Sciences is officially conferred on three different dates during the year (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 Sciences from Columbia University if they:
- Complete the program within five years of matriculation
- Earn a minimum of 20 credits of the required premedical curriculum, which includes the organic chemistry-biology sequences (or an approved advanced-level equivalent) with satisfactory grades and a minimum grade point average of 2.75
Students who begin their studies in the Premedical Sciences at Columbia but, after completing 20 or more credits, go elsewhere to complete any remaining requirements, are ineligible for the Certificate in Premedical Sciences.
Applying for the Certificate in Premedical 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