PRIME Program

Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for biomedical Education (P.R.I.M.E.)

PRIME is a post-baccalaureate certificate (non-degree) program for students who need additional preparation to have a competitive application 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.
  • Academic enhancers – students who need to improve their undergraduate GPA and their foundation in key pre-med content.

Financial aid is limited and is in the form of Federal and/or private loans. Federal loans may be available to career changes while private loans may be borrowed by academic enhancers.

  • Eligibility for financial aid is determined upon review of the completed PRIME Financial Aid Application, FAFSA and any other requested documentation.
  • Students must enroll for 6 or more credit hours per semester to borrow federal loans. Please click here for more information about how loans work.
  • Federal loan eligibility is limited to $2,625 in subsidized or unsubsidized loan for one academic year.
  • An additional $6,000 in an unsubsidized loan may be available to independent students and dependent students whose parents are denied the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS Loan).
  • Parents of dependent students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours per semester may be eligible to borrow a Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS Loan). Please click here for more information about the PLUS Loan.
  • 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.
  • Students must meet requirements for federal student aid as established by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Private educational loans through commercial lenders may be borrowed to supplement or in place of federal loans. A wide variety of private educational loans can be found using FASTChoice, an online private loan counseling and selection tool.