This program enables college graduates to fulfill the admissions requirements of many post-baccalaureate health professional programs, including medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, veterinary science and physical therapy. It is intended primarily for those with bachelor's degrees in fields other than science, as well as those with a minor in a science field. All students will pursue an individualized plan of study based on their prior preparation and education plans.

Because schools in the health professions have such diverse admission requirements, each student's plan of study will be created in consultation with an Adult College Academic Adviser and the Pre-Medical Program Advisor of Mercyhurst University.

The Advanced Certificate in Health Sciences/Pre-Health Professions is not an easy undertaking. Nor is it a fast way around the fundamentals required for a student to attain a health career. Mercyhurst College offers the academic program and the certificate to encourage students who have undergraduate backgrounds in Behavioral Science, Humanities and other fields to pursue their dreams of becoming outstanding students and practitioners of the health professions.

A student who satisfactorily completes a minimum of 12 credits under an approved plan of study will qualify for the Advanced Certificate. No previous undergraduate or graduate level credits may be applied toward the 12 credit requirement.

Candidates for the certificate are also expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of a "C" in each course attempted.

The following "core" courses are typically required for entrance into health care professional schools. All of these courses must be or must have been completed by each student in order to apply and matriculate into a health professional school.

Course Requirements

Mathematics (2 courses)
Choose from:
MATH 111 and 112 (Precalculus I and II)
MATH 170 and 171 (Calculus I and II)
ART 221 (Digital Imagery)

Chemistry (3 or 4 courses)
Choose from:
CHEM 121 and 122 (General Chemistry I and Lab)
CHEM 222 and 223 (General Chemistry II and Lab)
CHEM 240 and 241 (Organic Chemistry I and Lab)
CHEM 242 and 243 (Organic Chemistry II and Lab)

Physics (1 or 2 courses)
Choose from:
PHYS 101 and 103 (Principles of Physics I and Lab)
PHYS 102 and 106 (Principles of Physics II and Lab)
PHYS 201 and 203 (General Physics I and Lab)
PHYS 202 and 206 (General Physics II and Lab)

Biology (3 courses)
Choose from:
BIO 140 and 141 (Cell Biology and Lab)
BIO 144 and 145 (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Lab)
BIO 148 and 149 (Organismal Biology and Lab) 

Descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.

Additional biology courses are required for admission to specific health professional schools. Each student will complete biology elective courses according to his/her individual plan of study (except where determined by agreements with LECOM).



B.A. or B.S. degree with an overall GPA of at least 2.5.


Applying is easy! Fill out your free online application, then have official college transcripts sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions


Contact Us

Paul Hirsch 
Enrollment Counselor
Phone: 814-824-2985