The program is flexible and designed to meet the student’s needs and background. The time required to complete the certificate program ranges from twelve to twenty-four months, depending on the preparation of the incoming student.

Students may elect to take one, two, or three science courses (including labs) during an academic term. Taking three science courses per semester is a heavy load, and therefore these schedules should be considered carefully by those with little or no exposure to rigorous college level science courses. In addition, students with little or no volunteer experience in a medical setting will need to allow time for that activity. Further, allowing time to prepare for the MCAT exam is an important consideration.