Medical Career Prep

Welcome to the Queens College Post-Baccalaureate
Medical Career Preparation Certificate
Four people in lab coats walk through a hallway with windows.

Office Information

Mika Vesanen, PhD
Biology Department
Science Building, Room D-332

If you have any questions, email:


​Program Overview

For individuals who wish to change careers or pursue additional studies to become health professionals, the Queens College Post-Baccalaureate Medical Career Preparation Certificate is the pathway for those with non-health related bachelor’s degrees to enter the medical field.

Individualized advising and tutoring services are coupled with rigorous academics and training to prepare you to take appropriate standardized tests and apply to competitive health professional schools.

Designed to be completed in two years, areas of study include prerequisites for:

Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Podiatric Medicine
Veterinary Medicine

View a Basic Curriculum Plan

Application Deadlines

Go to The CUNY Application

Fall 2024

Application is due June 15, 2024

Spring 2025

Application is due November 15, 2024

For further information on the certificate program, please contact Mika Vesanen at

Eligibility Requirements

For the Medical Career Preparation Certificate, you should meet the following criteria before applying:

  • A Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
  • Completed 25 credits or less of required pre-health coursework
  • Earned a grade of B or better on all pre-health coursework and a minimum 3.0 undergraduate overall GPA

Application Checklist

  • Completed application and fee
  • A short essay (400-500 words) describing why you want to pursue a career in the health professions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An official transcript from the college/university that awarded your BA or BS degree
  • An official transcript from all previously attended colleges/universities
  • Please make sure to select the Medical Career Prep Certificate major