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Pre-Health Professions Certificate

Offered at the San Marcos Campus


CSUSM’s intensive pre-health professions post-baccalaureate provides you with the science and math courses needed to enter various health professions programs. It prepares students who have completed a non-life-science degree in areas such as anthropology or English to gain the knowledge required to become competitive applicants to health professions schools such as dental, medical or veterinary. The program can be completed in two years over five semesters and comprises 13 biology, chemistry, math and physics courses, including eight labs.

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New cohorts begin every fall and spring semester.

Application and document deadlines:

  • Spring 2020: Dec. 4, 2019
  • Fall 2020: April 8, 2020

View application instructions.

Spring 2020 ApplicationFall 2020 Application

  • Guaranteed classes

    At nearly every university, the mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses are heavily impacted, but the cohort structure of this program alleviates this problem by offering guaranteed classes

  • Structure to accommodate you

    Cohorts begin each fall semester with classes held weekday evenings to accommodate your busy schedule

  • Partially financial aid eligible

    The first year of this program is eligible for financial aid through unsubsidized federal loans and outside sources

  • Range of topics

    Topics include: microbiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, calculus, statistics, physics and more

Program Details


    How to Apply

    Admission Requirements

    • A non-science-related bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units completed


    • CHEM 101 or CHEM 105 (or equivalent) completed with a C or better
    • MATH 125 (or equivalent) completed with a C or better
      • Conditional admission may be granted for students who do not possess MATH 125 on the basis that they complete an equivalent course from a regionally accredited institution, or complete a two-week Pre-Calculus Readiness Boot Camp offered at CSUSM in August.

    Semester Units* Subtotal**

    Fall Semester 1

    12 $5,988
    Spring Semester 1 11 $5,489
    Summer Semester 1 5 $2,495
    Fall Semester 2 12 $5,988
    Spring Semester 2 11 $5,489
    Total 51 $25,449

    *Unit rate for this program is $499

    **University semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees. Semester tuition subtotals based on sample program sequence. All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.

    Funding and Financial Aid

    • This program is eligible for financial aid through unsubsidized federal loans for the first year only
    • Visit the Extended Learning funding page or call 760-750-4850 to learn more about your funding options
    • Active duty military, veterans and dependents should visit the military services page or call 760-750-8705

    View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Pre-Health Professions Catalog Page

    If you are admitted to the Pre-Health Professions Certificate program you are expected to complete all scheduled courses. If you are admitted or have applied and believe you have completed equivalent coursework previously and do not wish to repeat specific courses within the program, you may submit the Course Equivalency Review request form.

    Semester Course (units)

    Fall Semester 1

    BIOL 210 and 210L (4)

    CHEM 150 and 150L (5)

    MATH 132 (3)

    Spring Semester 1

    BIOL 211 and 211L (4)

    CHEM 160 and 175 (4)

    MATH 242 (3)

    Summer Semester 1 CHEM 201 and 201L (5)
    Fall Semester 2

    CHEM 341 (3)

    CHEM 202 and 202L (5)

    PHYS 101 and 101L (4)

    Spring Semester 2

    BIOL 160 and 160L (4)

    BIOL 321 (3)

    PHYS 102 and 102L (4)

     Schedule is subject to change.

    Non-Cohort Course Options

    If you are not a member of the pre-health professions cohort, but wish to enroll in select pre-health courses, you can register for the courses listed below. Additional sections of classes may be offered based on student demand. Course offerings will vary each semester depending on space availability.

    This option is for:

    • Students matriculated into the university but not part of the pre-health professions cohort
    • Students who are not matriculated into the university and are not able to participate in the pre-health professions cohort
    Fall 2019 Non-Cohort Courses Days Registration
    CHEM 202 Tuesdays CHEM 202 Registration
    CHEM 202L Wednesdays CHEM 202L - Wed. Registration
      Thursdays CHEM 202L - Thurs. Registration
    PHYS 101 Mondays and Fridays PHYS 101 - Mon./Fri. Registration
      Wednesdays and Fridays PHYS 101 - Wed./Fri. Registration
    CHEM 150 Mondays and Fridays CHEM 150 Registration
    CHEM 150L Thursdays CHEM 150L Registration
    BIOL 210 Tuesdays and Wednesdays BIOL 210 Registration
  • FAQ

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help you with VA benefits, campus resources, financial aid and more.

    Am I required to send CSUSM my GRE scores before I am admitted to the program?

    No. The Pre-Health Professions program does not require the GRE.

    If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to send in official transcripts?

    If you took classes at or graduated from CSUSM, we will be able to pull up your CSUSM grades on our system once your program application is received.

    If you attended any colleges or universities prior to attending CSUSM, transcript copies may be in our system but please email your advisor to verify this before omitting your official transcript requirement.

    However, if you graduated from CSUSM and later attended courses at other colleges or universities, you need to send in official transcripts from these institutions.

    I’m an international student. Who do I work with on my student status/admission at CSUSM?

    The Pre-Health Professions program does not accept international students.

    How do I request financial aid?

    This program is financial aid eligible through unsubsidized federal loans for the first year only. Please keep this in mind as you think about financing the program over the two-year period. If you plan to finance your first year using financial aid, you may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application prior to being admitted into the program.

    Please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships office website at or call 760-750-4850 with any questions.


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