University Arts and Sciences-Certificate in Pre-Medicine

PreMedicine CertificateProgram Description

The University Arts and Sciences program at Northern Lights College serves individuals and communities by providing university-level learning opportunities that reflect the intellectual and creative modes of inquiry practised in the arts and sciences.  A wide variety of first- and second-year courses enable learners to pursue numerous credential and career options, and to engage in personal enrichment.

A Pre-Medicine Certificate is awarded to students who complete the equivalent of one year of planned first and second-year courses at Northern Lights College. The certificate is intended to prepare students for continued studies in professional programs, including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Optometry, and Chiropractic at university or university-college transferring institutions.

Career Prospects

The Certificate prepares students for continued Bachelor level studies at universities or other receiving institutions, continued studies in specific programs at NLC, continued studies in professional programs, or entry-level employment opportunities.

Transfer arrangements exist with universities, colleges and institutes throughout British Columbia. See the BC Transfer Guide. Course transfer beyond British Columbia is determined on a case-by-case basis. NLC students are responsible for confirming admission requirements, application procedures, transfer credit, and graduation requirements at all receiving institutions.


Location: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John campuses (NOTE: all courses are not available at each campus)

Length: The Pre-Medicine Certificate involves 450 hours of class time and may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.  Where learners are attending full time, the credential may be completed in 30 weeks.

Start: September, January, May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Prerequisites

*English is the language of instruction in all programs at NLC, thus it is imperative that NLC students meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.

*In University Arts and Sciences and Related Programs, it is understood that the minimum English Language Proficiency requirement is that required to graduate from a Canadian high school program conducted in English. This is defined in the English Language Requirement document.


A. Domestic students must have official transcripts demonstrating the following Math Requirement: Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent with a "C+" or higher.

B. International students must have documentation demonstrating the following Math Requirement: Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent with a "C+" or higher.

*Note that some University Arts and Sciences courses elective courses have specific pre-requisites. Meeting the entrance requirements for the University Arts and Sciences program does not ensure course pre-requisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans for Domestic Students. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the current Program Guide

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Do you need more information? Admissions
Program Contact: Chair, University Arts and Sciences
(Cindy Broberg, Dawson Creek campus; Issoufou Soumaila, Fort St. John campus)


Plus one of the following: ENGL 105, 111, 112

Plus PHYS 103 and /or PHYS 104 (see below for details) OR  two courses from first or second-year Arts and Sciences

PHYS 103 and 104 should be chosen if a student wishes to enter Medicine, Dentistry, or Pharmacy (UBC), Chiropractics (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto), Optometry (University of Waterloo) or Naturopathic Medicine (Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, North York, Ont.) It is the student's responsibility to determine the particular courses required by the institution to which they hope to apply their NLC credits. Our Admissions Officers would be happy to assist you with this task.