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Graduate Admissions


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Med, Pre-Dental and Pre-Vet Studies

This post-baccalaureate studies program is ideally designed for candidates who have already completed a bachelor’s degree but are now choosing to pursue a different or more advanced career path in the medical, dental, or veterinary fields. Taking courses on weekends, online, and evenings, students can complete the coursework necessary for application to medical school, dental school, or veterinary school.

Personalized attention and support is a hallmark of our program, which offers MCAT preparation, one-on-one advisement with the program director, assistance with letters of recommendation for application to medical, dental, and veterinary schools, and ongoing support as needed.

Admission Criteria


Students eligible for the program must have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4/4.0.  We recommend that applicants should have completed the New York State Living Environment (Biology) Regents exam (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 85%. Undergraduate liberal arts majors are well suited for the program, and it is beneficial if students have completed one year of a freshmen English writing course. 

Application Materials

Applications to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre Med/Pre-Dental/Pre-Veterinary are due on April 1 for a summer or fall start term. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. 

To apply, applicants should submit: 

  1. The completed program application - Requested from the Admissions Office at or (585) 389-2824
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended with a minimum cumulative index of 3.4. 
  3. Professional statement describing the applicant’s reasons for undertaking the Post-Baccalaureate Program
  4. Three professional letters of recommendation
  5. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the program director for an interview

Program Options


The American Association of Medical Colleges reports an urgently increasing need for new doctors in the U.S., citing an industry recommendation for an additional 3,000 medical school graduates by 2015 to ensure an adequate supply of doctors by the year 2020.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration reports an approaching shortage of dentists, especially those to care for underserved populations. New dental school graduates are not replacing a rapidly aging generation of dentists quickly enough, leading to a sharp decline in the nation’s oral health workforce.


According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment opportunities for veterinarians are projected to grow. Furthermore, the National Research Council reports a need for more veterinarians to support biomedical research, stating “research activity, particularly in neuroscience and transgenic research, which relies heavily on the use of laboratory animals, may have outpaced the supply of veterinarians trained in specialties related to biomedical research.”

Typical Class Schedule

First summer session (Mid May—End June)

  • Biological Systems I with Lab (distance learning course)
  • General Chemistry I

Second Summer Session (early July—mid August)

  • Biological Systems II with Lab (distance learning course)
  • Analytical Chemistry (2nd semester freshmen chemistry)
  • Clinical Microbiology with Lab (pre-dental students only)

Fall Semester

  • Organic Chemistry I with Lab
  • Physics I with Lab
  • Biochemistry I with Lab

Spring Semester

  • Organic Chemistry II with Lab
  • Physics II with Lab
  • Genetics with Lab OR Clinical Microbiology with Lab (Bio 318/318L – for pre-dental students only)
  • MCAT/DAT preparation

Program Highlights Biology Department

  1. Flexible schedule of course times and types allows students to pursue studies while balancing work and family life.
  2. 150+ internship sites offer abundant opportunities for students to gain experience and strengthen their medical/dental/veterinary school applications.
  3. With an established reputation, Nazareth College is a regional leader in producing highly qualified graduates for the health and human services industry through its programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and communication disorders.
  4. Nazareth’s facilities are state-of-the-art, including our Integrated Center for Math and Science, housed in the newly constructed Peckham Hall and featuring: a $1.2 million anatomy and physiology laboratory complete with a six-table dissection suite; the Interdisciplinary Lab, a unique space designed for collaboration among math, chemistry, biology, and health and human services students; expanded lab space for faculty and student research initiatives; the 900-square-foot general biology lab.
  5. Additionally, our new Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute, slated to open in fall 2015, will expand clinic and collaboration space, bringing our wide array of health and wellness fields under one roof to promote learning and teamwork across disciplines.

Program Director

Brian Witz, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Post-Bac Program
Peckham 120

Program Faculty

Program Quick Info

Admissions Requirements:

Contact the Admissions Office for an application at or 585-389-2050

Contact Admissions

Sample Careers

  • Medical doctor
  • Veterinarian
  • Dentist

Internships/Field Experiences

Graduate schools/Employers

  • University of Buffalo Medical/Dental School
  • SUNY Upstate Medical School
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Spotlight: Kelly Noble '11

Kelly Noble

Third year medical student at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
“With a science foundation from Nazareth, I entered medical school well prepared for the many challenges ahead. The sense of community and commitment to service at Nazareth helped shape my desire to serve people in the future and made me a better person.”

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