Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals (Option 1) | Biological Sciences

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals—Record Enhancer (Option I)

This post-baccalaureate certificate program provides an opportunity for pre-health career students to strengthen their academic background prior to application for admission to a health professional school. The program is designed to make post-baccalaureate students more competitive for admission through a combination of coursework and health science activities. A student must remain in post-baccalaureate status while completing the certificate program.

Students may begin the certificate program only during the Fall term of an academic year. Completed applications must be received by the Department no later than April 15, 2021 (this is not a postmark date).

The certificate program requires completion of a minimum of 18 units taken in post-baccalaureate standing. A maximum of 6 units of previously completed post-baccalaureate coursework from another institution may be used toward completion of the certificate program. Refer to the Graduate Study chapter of the University Catalog for general information governing all certificate programs.

Requirements for Admission to the Program

  • Completion of a University application and acceptance by the University to post-baccalaureate status.
  • Completion of the certificate program application form for Record-Enhancer and acceptance by the selection committee.
  • Baccalaureate degree in a science major or a baccalaureate degree in another discipline and completion of pre-health professional required science course with lab (see table below)
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average in all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses
  • Personal Statement (see prompt on certificate program application form)
  • Two letters of recommendation
General Biology with lab 1 year
General Chemistry with lab 1 year
Organic Chemistry with lab 1 year
General Physics with lab 1 year
College Mathematics 1 quarter/semester

Application Cycle

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals accepts applications beginning January 15th through April 15 each year for the following fall term. We are not on rolling-admission and only begin reviewing applications after the April 15 deadline.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are finalized in mid-May and formally made by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Email is the university's official method of communication. All applicants will be contacted with final admission decision via email by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Program Benefits

  • Completion of upper-division science coursework
  • Access to one-on-one health professions advisement and workshops through the HCAO

Requirements for the Certificate

A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required in all course work.

Completion of a minimum of 18 units from a list of approved courses selected in consultation with your advisor.

Program Cost

Students pay Graduate/PB level fees; please refer to the Cashiers Office web site for the most current fee information.


Be aware that this program does not meet the criteria to be eligible for federal or state student aid.  As a result, Some students turn to private (non-federal) education loans to help cover their education costs. Before making a decision about a private loan, view the information from Finaid.Org so that you have as much information as possible before you begin the process.

Application Fees

There is a $70 nonrefundable and nontransferable CSU Apply application fee.

Application Checklist:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Pre-Health Professionals Application—Record Enhancer (Option I)
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended—Only one official set to be sent to the University's Office of Admissions and Recruitment 
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR). 

How to Apply

Step 1
Complete and submit a Graduate Application for Admission through CSU Apply

Under "Major/Program Objective", select Certificate - Pre-health Professionals.
Under "Degree Objective", select None.

Step 2

Submit official transcripts to Cal State LA’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment and complete online application to the program through CSU Apply. For help uploading documents associated with your online application, please visit the Uploading Documents webpage. 

Step 3
Confirm that your application has been submitted through CSU Apply and your documents have been received with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].



Note: The information on this page was modified from what appears in the University Catalog.