The post baccalaureate prehealth certificate program, offered on our Broken Arrow campus, targets students who have earned a non-science bachelor degree and provides them with the opportunity to obtain necessary prerequisites for competitive entry into their health professions program of interest. The post bac curriculum provides the rigor that the professional programs require, which will enhance your competitive edge for admission. The Broken Arrow office of Pre-Professional Health, located in room 220 of the Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions building, serves as the primary advisor for the post baccalaureate certificate students. For more information please review the post baccalaureate profile sheet.
The post baccalaureate programs primarily targets second career individuals with little or no science background. However, individuals that are underrepresented minorities who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, individuals that have already applied to their health profession program, individuals that require additional courses to enhance their academic record, or individuals that require leveling courses to be competitive for entry into a graduate program, and are not currently competitive for a career in health professions or graduate school are able to enroll in the sciences courses offered in the post baccalaureate program. These individuals are not eligible to receive a certificate however. If you fall into one of these categories listed above, please contact the prehealth advisor/coodinator for the post baccalaureate program to discuss your needs.
Admission is competitive and based on number of factors including (but not limited to) GPA, grade in the required introductory biology for majors class and essays. If you are economically or educationally disadvantaged, you should indicate this in your application.
- You must have completed an introductory biology for science majors course prior to entering the program. Ask the pre-health advisor about taking introductory biology your first semester at NSU Broken Arrow concurrently with the post bac curriculum.
- Bachelor degree in a non-science based discipline from an appropriately accredited institution.
- Minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, in the last 60 semester hours attempted. You must be in good standing at last college attended.
- An official transcript from each college and graduate school attended or currently attending (high school transcripts are not required) in sealed envelopes.
- A current, targeted resumé. Please be sure your resumé includes all relevant paid and volunteer health-related experience, as well as your professional experience to date. If you discuss a position or experience in your essay, be sure it is listed on your resumé.
- You will need to submit an online application to be considered for the Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Certificate Program.
Please mail transcripts and resumé to:
ATTN: Ms. DeAnn Lowder Jones, Assistant Coordinator, Prehealth, Post Baccalaureate Prehealth Program,
Northeastern State University, Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions,
Rm 222 BASC Building,
3100 E. New Orleans St, Broken Arrow OK 74014-3501
Applying to the University
Upon acceptance into the program, you will need to apply for admission to Northeastern State University. On the admission form, check the box for post graduate and write in the words 'prehealth certificate program'.
Post Baccalaureate Curriculum
The post baccalaureate certificate program consists of three areas of emphasis: Allied health pre-professional programming, midlevel provider pre-professional programming, and premedical programming (pre-dental, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary medicines). All emphasis areas have the prerequisite of one semester introductory biology for majors. Prototypical curricular examples for these three areas are presented in the pdf below.