Holly Dupuis, PPS ’16, MD ’21

“Elms gave me the structure, guidance, and support that I needed to apply as a competitive applicant to allopathic medical schools. The personal attention and feedback that I received for my application essays and MCAT preparation were invaluable.”

Holly Dupuis
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies Certificate ’16
Medical student, Hofstra School of Medicine

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies Certificate Program

Our postbac premed program offers pre-dental, pre-PA, pre-pharmacy, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, pre-veterinarian, pre-chiropractic,  pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, and pre-anesthesiologist assistant tracks, among others.

Elms College postbaccalaureate premedical studies certificate program enrolls 20-30 students each academic year from across the United States and around the world who have earned a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited college or university. The postbac program serves two populations of students:

  • Students who wish to improve their GPAs and prepare for standardized tests
  • Students who need to take prerequisite coursework for the first time in preparation for standardized tests and application to medical and other professional health programs

Program Features

  • Academic advising and application preparation are focused on readying students to enter medical school or the health professional school of their choice.
  • Elms College’s postbac premed program offers pre-PA, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinarian, pre-chiropractic, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, and pre-anesthesiologist assistant tracks, among others.
  • Plans of study meet the most current premedical prerequisite course requirements.
  • Thorough PCAT, DAT, OAT and GRE, and 2015 MCAT preparation.
  • Tuition includes 50% subsidization of MCAT (or PCAT, OAT, DAT or GRE) prep course.
  • Small class size.
  • Fall, spring, and summer enrollment options.
  • Highly diverse and international student body representing all states in the U.S. and U.S. territories (such as Guam and Puerto Rico), and countries around the world, including Brazil, Portugal, Turkey, China, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Spain, Iraq, Poland, and many others.

Individualized Approaches at Elms

Students work with the premed advisor to develop their program — all programs are individualized for the specific student’s needs and the programs to which they are applying.

1-Year or 2-Year Completion Options

Students who have already taken premedical prerequisite courses in chemistry can usually earn their certificates in 1 academic year (2 semesters). Students who have not taken prerequisites in chemistry or sufficient biology courses can usually finish the program in 2 academic years (4 semesters).

Premed Meetings and Development Sessions

  • Q&A events with M.D.s, D.O.s, P.A.s, and other healthcare professionals
  • Personal Statement Workshops
  • Mock Mini Multiple Interview Sessions
  • Mock Traditional Interview Sessions
  • Resume Development
  • Obtaining Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Assistance Forums
  • Financial Aid Discussion Sessions

Academic Support

  • Students can have a committee letter written on their behalf.
  • All courses offer tutoring options that include peer tutors and course tutors.
  • 24/7 online tutoring is available.

Affiliations, Linkages, Agreements

Elms College post baccalaureate premedical and pre-physician assistant program students who have completed the requirements set out by:

Located Close to Major Healthcare Centers

Elms College is ideally situated in a region populated with many hospitals, medical centers, clinics and other health professional offices offering a variety of job, and volunteering opportunities in nearby research and healthcare facilities.


Postbac premed students can take advantage of the completely renovated Living-Learning, Community and Cultural Center, which opened in February 2020. The newly redesigned building features classrooms and meeting spaces on the first floor, and residence rooms on the second and third floors. The ADA-compliant LLCCC can house up to 11 students, and includes a full kitchen, laundry facilities, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, smart desks, and other modern amenities.

Additional housing for postbac premed students is located near the college’s campus and is available for a limited number of enrolled students on a first-come, first-served basis. On campus dormitory housing options are available on a first-come, first-served basis as well. For more information, contact .

Postbac Premed Tuition

  • Elms Postbac program provides an onsite MCAT preparatory course that is 50% or less of the cost of any of the retail costs for these courses.
  • Other standardized test preparations, such as the OAT, DAT, GRE, and PCAT are subsidized as well.
  • Tuition information can be found here.


Deadlines for applications:
Fall – August 18
Spring – December 30
Summer – May 1

  • We offer rolling admissions: The earlier you apply and (if accepted) enroll, the earlier you will reserve your seat in the upcoming class.
  • Standardized test scores are NOT required for admission.
  • We accept students into our program who have had all, some, or none of the premed prerequisites.
  • We accept students who have or have not taken the MCAT or other standardized tests.
  • We accept recommendations from academic and non-academic (supervisors) sources.

Students who have not yet finished their bachelor’s degrees can still apply and be accepted to the program. Please send your final transcript indicating bachelor’s degree completion upon graduation (your final transcript will be required before matriculation into the postbac premed program).

80% of the 2015-2016 program completion students earned MCAT scores over 508, and 100% of the 2012 program completion students matriculated to medical school.

Elms College Postbac Premed program completion students have been accepted to the following schools over the past 3 years:

*Students accepted to these programs have received a full tuition scholarship


  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, PA
  • Georgetown School of Medicine, DC
  • Hofstra School of Medicine, NY
  • Medical College of South Carolina, SC
  • Meharry Medical College, TN
  • NOVA Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine, FL
  • Penn State Medical College, Hershey, PA
  • Rosalind Franklin College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • St. Louis University Medical School, MO
  • SUNY Upstate Syracuse School of Medicine, NY
  • *University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
  • Wayne State School of Medicine, MI


  • Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), PA
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), ME
  • NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
  • Purdue University College of Osteopathic Medicine, IN
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, CO
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, WV


  • Touro College of Dental Medicine, NY
  • Temple University College of Dental Medicine, PA
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, AZ
  • Tufts University Dental School, MA


  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, CO
  • Florida State College of Veterinary Medicine, FL
  • Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, VA
  • Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, LA
  • Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, AZ
  • Purdue Veterinary College, IN
  • Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, MA
  • University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine, PA
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, TN

Podiatric Medicine

  • Barry University College of Podiatric Medicine, FL
  • California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, CA
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine, NY


  • Indiana University College of Optometry, IN
  • New England College of Optometry, MA
  • Salus University, PA
  • SUNY College of Optometry, NY
  • Ohio State University College of Optometry, OH

Physician Assistant

  • Baypath University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program, RI
  • MCPHS Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Springfield College Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, MA
  • University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Program, CT
  • University of St. Joseph Physician Assistant Studies Program, CT
  • Westfield State University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA


*Howard University Medical School College of Pharmacy, DC
LECOM College of Pharmacy, Bradenton, FL
Western New England University College of Pharmacy, MA

Master of Public Health

Temple University MPH, Philadelphia, PA
*Thomas Jefferson MPH, Philadelphia, PA

Chanaé Brown ’15

Photo of Chanae Brown, a graduate of the postbaccalaureate premedical studies program

“Before attending Elms College I wasn’t accepted to any programs. After completing the postbaccalaureate premedical studies program, I was accepted to a master’s degree program that finally allowed me to achieve my professional goals.”

Chanaé completed the postbaccalaureate premedical studies program at Elms College in May 2015.  She graduated from a master’s degree program in May 2017. After being accepted to eight pharmacy schools, Chanaé decided to attend Howard University because the scholarship she earned nearly covered her entire tuition. Chanaé credits Elms for opening doors on her career path.


Click to view course requirements for the Pre-Medical Program.

Students must take a minimum of 27 credits at Elms College and they must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to earn the certificate.

In addition to required science courses, students are encouraged to take courses in English, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and other academic areas to enable them to be as competitive as possible when applying to medical school and other health professional schools.

The courses listed in the “Recommended Courses” table might be required or strongly recommended by different institutions. Many of these courses have content that will support preparation for standardized tests. Students should check with the programs to which they wish to apply (medical, veterinary, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, etc.) to ensure that they have all the required courses needed for the program or contact the Elms College premedical advisor, Prof. Janet Williams, Ph.D., at .

The courses listed in the “Special Recommendation Courses” courses in this category fulfill requirements of many professional schools.

Graduate Courses

Please refer to the master’s in biomedical sciences program for additional courses.

Required Courses (35 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
Biology (BIO) elective with laboratory4
Biology (BIO) elective with laboratory4
CHE 1201CHE 121General Chemistry I3
CHE 1201LCHE 121LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 1202CHE 122General Chemistry II3
CHE 1202LCHE 122LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 2101CHE 211Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 2101LCHE 211LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 2102CHE 212Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 2102LCHE 212LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
PHY 1005PHY 105General Physics I3
PHY 1005LPHY 105LGeneral Physics I Lab1
PHY 1006PHY 106General Physics II3
PHY 1006LPHY 106LGeneral Physics II Lab3
BIO 3306BIO 336Biochemistry3

Recommended Courses

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 1203BIO 123General Biology I3
BIO 1203LBIO 123LGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIO 1204BIO 124General Biology II3
BIO 1204LBIO 124LGeneral Biology II Lab1
BIO 2105BIO 215Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIO 2105LBIO 215LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab1
BIO 2106BIO 216Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIO 2106LBIO 216LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab1
BIO 2201BIO 221Microbiology3
BIO 2201LBIO 221LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 2206BIO 226Cell Biology3
BIO 3201BIO 321Genetics3
BIO 3201LBIO 321LGenetics Lab1
BIO 3001BIO 301Developmental Biology3
BIO 3001LBIO 301LDevelopmental Biology Lab1
BIO 3206BIO 326Molecular Biology3
BIO 3206LBIO 326LMolecular Biology Lab1
BIO 3400BIO 340Immunology3

Special Recommendation Courses

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 4009BIO 409Research and Independent Study1-4
BMH 3007BMH 307Bioethics3
MAT 1009MAT 109Statistics3
MAT 1301MAT 131Calculus I3
ENG — English electives, including writing and literature courses3-6
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3
SOC 1001SOC 101Introductory Sociology3