Basic Sciences for Health Professions

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Undergraduate Certificate
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Complete the prerequisites you need to enter medical school and launch a successful career in the health professions.

Why Earn Your Basic Sciences For Health Professions Certificate?

For students with an undergraduate degree in a nonscience area, a certificate in basic sciences is an affordable and accessible pathway to medical, dental, veterinary or osteopathic school. You’ll fulfill your required coursework, gain valuable volunteer experience and prepare for the MCAT and other standardized graduate admissions tests—all in a single year.

Why Earn A Basic Sciences For Health Professions Certificate At Adelphi?

  • Build a rock-solid foundation in your core certificate requirements—including general and organic chemistry, biology and physics—in just three semesters of study.
  • Earn your certificate by completing a minimum of 24 credits, through any combination of courses offered in the program. Dedicated pre-professional school advisers will assist you in selecting courses needed for gaining admission to professional schools. 
  • Benefit from Adelphi’s long and distinguished history of expertise in healthcare education.
  • Acquire the on-site volunteer experience and letters of recommendation you need to develop a highly competitive medical school application.
  • Benefit from the support of our Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships staff, who will guide you through every step of the complex medical school application process.
90%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our master’s graduates say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

Special Features

The Office of Pre-Professional Advising is available throughout the program to assist certificate students with all aspects of their preparation and application process.

Students receive a letter of recommendation to include in their applications on behalf of the Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions Committee.

On-site volunteer experience is crucial for anyone applying to medical school. As a student in Adelphi’s Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions program, you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer at a local facility in your field of study (medicine, dentistry or veterinary science), where you’ll be able to work with patients, expand your professional network and gain insight into various medical specialties.

The glide year accounts for the yearlong process of applying to medical school. It begins with the initiation of the AMCAS, VMCAS, AADSAS, or AACOMAS application and continues on until medical school instruction begins. During this time, students may elect to take additional electives; they also continue clinical volunteering, research, and work, as they visit and interview at medical schools. Students may also be able to skip their glide year through special agreements made with area health professional schools. Advisors will notify students of these options when they begin the program. College of Professional and Continuing Studies will assist students on how to best use their glide year.

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applications are reviewed by the Adelphi Office of University Admissions and the dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Completed College of Professional and Continuing Studies application and fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • One from undergraduate faculty highlighting your academic abilities
    • One from work or volunteer organization highlighting your  leadership skills
    • One personal reference highlighting your interest in medicine
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges (unofficial transcripts are acceptable upon application, but official transcripts required before program completion)
  • ACT or SAT scores (unofficial upon application; official before program completion)
  • Essay detailing why you want to pursue a career in the health professions
  • Final transcript documenting a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution

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