PRIME Program

Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education (PRIME)

PRIME is a post-baccalaureate certificate (non-degree) program for students who need additional preparation to be competitive for MD or DO programs. This program is designed for two types of students:

  • Career changers: Students who have not yet completed all their pre-med requirements. Federal loans may be available.

  • Academic enhancers: Students who need to improve their undergraduate GPA and their foundation in key pre-med content. Private loans may be borrowed.

Determining Eligibility

Financial aid for this program is limited and is in the form of federal and/or private loans. Eligibility for financial aid is determined upon review of the completed PRIME Financial Aid Application, FAFSA and any other requested documentation. Aid eligibility is limited to a consecutive 12-month period. Students who have previously received financial aid for non-degree coursework may not be eligible for additional aid. 

Federal Loans

Students must enroll for 6 or more credit hours per semester to qualify for federal loans. Parents of dependent students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours per semester may be eligible to borrow a Federal Parent PLUS Loan. Students must meet requirements for federal student aid as established by the U.S. Department of Education.

Review the guidelines for loans.

Private Loans

Private educational loans through commercial lenders may be borrowed to supplement or replace federal loans. Learn about private loan options.