Pre-Medical Studies - For Post-Baccalaureate Students

Undergraduate Catalog
Certificate Program Information
Pre-Medical Studies Certificate
Patricia Cobb
Program Coordinator
Student Academic Services
Holton Hall 141
Phone: 414-229-3922

Philosophy of the UWM Certificate of Pre-Medical Studies (CPMS) Program

The Certificate Program in Premedical Studies is founded on the belief that science knowledge alone does not prepare students to become effective physicians. Students need to have insight into and sensitivity to the emotional, cultural, and environmental factors that motivate the behaviors of the people who will be their patients. They must have a genuine concern for them as individuals, and an ability to communicate with them that respects their beliefs and attitudes. The development of the student’s humanistic side is a high priority in the education of future physicians through this certificate program. The science of medicine is equally valued, and the scientific course requirements go beyond the minimum established by many medical schools.

Post-Baccalaureate CPMS is for career-changers

If you are considering a career change, have earned an undergraduate degree in a non-science area, and have not yet completed the prerequisites for entrance into medical school (or other professional health-related field), then this program may be right for you! The Certificate of Pre-Medical Studies program (CPMS) is designed specifically for “career changers” and is not appropriate for students who are seeking an “academic enhancement” program. If you have completed a Bachelor's degree with a major in a science area (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, or Microbiology) and/or have completed the pre-med prerequisite coursework but do not have academic credentials strong enough to be a competitive applicant for medical school this program is not designed as an academic enhancement program to remedy a weaker academic history. (Students who are seeking this type of program should review the AAMC Post-Baccalaureate program website, and select “academic enhancement” as the Special Program Focus:

Admission requirements

Post-baccalaureate students must have a minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 (3.25 preferred) to enter the program.  Students are strongly cautioned that individuals with an undergraduate GPA below 3.25 may have a very difficult time getting accepted to medical school. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.25, you may seriously wish to consider an academic enhancement type of post-bac program rather than pursuing the UWM post-bac program which is designed for career changers.

How to apply

Students interested in applying to the UW-Milwaukee CPMS program need to complete an undergraduate application which is available at: Your official transcripts from every institution that you’ve attended need to be sent to the UWM Office of Admissions: UWM Undergraduate Admissions, PO Box 749, Milwaukee, WI, 53201 After you are admitted to UWM, you will also need to complete the Declaration of Certificate form.

When completing your online application, please respond to prompts as follows:

  • Reason for applying: choose "additional undergraduate degree"
  • Applying as: choose "transfer" if you did not earn your undergraduate degree from UWM OR "additional undergraduate degree" if you hold a BA or BS from UWM
  • UW-Milwaukee undergraduate programs: choose "Pre-Medicine (L&S Pre Professional)" AND an additional undergraduate major such as biological sciences

If you are applying via the downloadable paper application instead of online, please respond to questions 19, 22, and 23 as follows:

  • Question 19 - Second undergraduate degree
  • Question 22 - Select a major in a field other than your first degree (e.g. biological sciences, biochemistry, etc.) AND list pre-medical studies
  • Question 23 - College of Letters & Science  

Program attributes

Entry dates: Students are able to begin the CPMS program during the fall, spring or summer terms. With few exceptions, the classes required in the certificate are taught on a continuous year-round basis.

Activities: Students in the certificate program are eligible to participate in all pre-medical activities and organizations available to the undergraduate pre-professional population at UW-Milwaukee. This includes numerous opportunities to volunteer in health care settings, get trained as a certified vision screener, apply to the Medical Scribe program, participate in the physician mentoring program through the Medical Society of Milwaukee County, and join organizations like AMSA and pre-SOMA.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the CPMS is assessed at current undergraduate tuition rates which may be viewed at Fee Facts: Students may apply for Financial Aid in the form of student loans to complete post-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework. Financial aid questions should be directed to the UWM Financial Aid office:

Registration priority

Admission as a second degree post-baccalaureate student assigns “senior standing” for registration purposes. Seniors have first priority for undergraduate course registration (with the exception of students in specific protected categories, e.g. students with disabilities). Prompt registration as soon as a student is eligible to register will normally allow for easy registration. However, students are not “guaranteed” enrollment in courses.

Evening classes

Most of the courses are taught during the day on a traditional business-hours schedule. There are very limited courses available during the evening.

Continuation in the program

To remain in the program in good standing, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA overall and in required science/math courses. Students who fall below a 3.25 in either GPA in any semester are granted one semester of probation in which to raise the GPA above 3.25. If they do not do so, they are dropped from the program.

Certificate Requirements:

Students will complete approximately 21 credits beyond the minimum requirements for admission to medical school in meeting the requirements of the Certificate in Premedical Studies. At least 35 credits, including at least 8 of the minimum of 15 advanced credits required, must be taken at UWM.

Required Courses

  • BioSci 150/152: Foundations of Biology 1 and 2
  • BioSci 325 (260): Genetics
  • At least one advanced level course with lab selected from:
    BioSci 315/316: Cell Biology/Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology
    BioSci 370: Animal Physiology
    BioSci 383 (303): General Microbiology
    BioSci 401/402: Immunology/Immunological Techniques
  • Chem 102/104: General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
  • Chem 343/344/345: Organic Chemistry
  • English Composition at the 102 level or above
  • English, any other course, for three credits
  • Math 116/117: Algebra/Trigonometry, or Math 211: Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry, or Math 221: Honors Calculus I, or Math 225/226: Calculus with Calculus with Precalculus I & II , or Math 231: Calculus & Analytical Geometry.
  • Physics 120/121 and 122/123: General Physics I and II (Non-Calculus Treatment) or Physics 209/210/214/215: Physics I and II (Calculus Treatment)

In addition, students must complete the following courses:

  • Anthro 104: Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Societies
  • One of the following three courses:
    Chem 501: Introduction to Biochemistry (or other advanced level biochemistry course)
    Physics 305 (405): Medical Physics
    Physics 306: Biophysics
  • Commun 103: Public Speaking
  • History 229: History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the U.S.
  • Psych 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • One of the following three courses:
    Philos 241: Introductory Ethics
    Philos 243: Moral Problems (for 3 credits)
    Philos 244: Ethical Issues in Health Care

Required Enriching experiences:

  1. Participation in an independent study or research project in a natural science, psychology, or other approved area (students may earn 3 cr through departmental 699 or other research course);,/li>
  2. Participation in the UWM/Medical Society of Milwaukee County Mentor Program
  3. Certification of 112 hours of volunteer work or employment in a health care setting (students may earn 3 credits toward the degree through EdPol 202, Volunteers for Credit, to obtain this certification).