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Pre-Medicine Certificate

Location(s): ​Dawson Creek, and ​Fort St. John

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.


Dawson Creek*FallFull-TimePart-Time
Fort St JohnFallFull-TimePart-Time

* May require travel to Fort St John for selected lab courses. 


30 credits (450 hours), minimum.

This is a one year program taken over two semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester.  Part-time studies will take longer.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 4,297.68$ 156.96$ 311.03$ 4,765.67

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 13,896.00$ 156.96$ 311.03$ 828.00$ 15,191.99

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Admission Requirements

English Requirement

For applicants from countries that practice Standard Written English, one of the following:

  • English Studies 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • English First Peoples 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 050 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 099 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • Any university-level English course with a grade of C or higher
  • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)

For all other applicants, one of the following:

  • IELTS result with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 6.0*
  • TOEFL iBT of 78
  • Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) 60 overall band
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) 8 in each section
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 76
  • Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) 69 plus NLC’s Writing Assessment
  • A post-secondary level credential with equivalent English language requirements
  • Two years of full-time secondary school education in English in Canada and completion of English 12, English Studies 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent with a minimum grade of B.
  • Completion of the Citation in English for Academic Purposes Level 060

The General Academic English Language Proficiency Requirements outline more details of the academic English requirements.

Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete ENGL 099 with a B grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program.

Math Requirement

One of the following:

  • Principles of Math 12 with a grade of C+ or higher, or equivalent
  • Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent with a grade of C+ or higher, or equivalent


Elective courses may have specific prerequisites. Meeting entrance requirements for the program does not ensure course prerequisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans for domestic students. Visit StudentAidBC to apply for financial assistance online. Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Course transfer agreements allow students to receive course-by-course transfer to other colleges, universities, and institutes in BC, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement25% of all coursework must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements2.00 program Grade Point Average (GPA); minimum D grade (50%) in all courses

Required Courses

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PHYS 103 and PHYS 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) It is the student’s responsibility to determine the particular courses required by the institution to which they hope to apply their NLC credits. 


Certificate in Pre-Medicine