Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education

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Post-baccalaureate Certificate

About the Program

At Case Western Reserve University, our Post-baccalaureate Readiness Instruction for bioMedical Education (PRIME) certificate program equips you with the competitive edge for your medical school applications. Whether you need to enhance your academic rigor, improve your MCAT score, or haven’t yet completed your pre-med requirements, PRIME makes all the difference as you prepare for your medical career.

What to Expect

With guidance from your dedicated program director, you can make this program your own—whether you need to retake undergraduate courses to boost your GPA or go for more challenging graduate coursework to show MD or DO programs what you’ve got. In addition to your program director, you’ll have an Inquiry (IQ) team. This student-directed, small group style of learning is all about collaboration, developing your skills and knowledge through projects as well as self-reflection.

Case Western Reserve’s PRIME program is targeted toward two types of students: those who want to enhance their academics and those who want to change careers. Depending on the courses you’ve completed in the past and your goals, this certificate can take up to two years, but it can be done in as little as one. 

Your classes might include organic chemistry, general psychology or others along the same vein—even genes, evolution and ecology. You’ll also have the option to go through a Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) prep course.

PRIME gave me the room to start creating the research-integrated medical career I want for myself now.

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Beyond the Classroom

Put your coursework to action with opportunities to volunteer, shadow and conduct research at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and MetroHealth Medical Center.

If your career goals involve medical school, you should know: Around 90% of our graduates have gotten into MD and DO schools, including Case Western Reserve—well beyond the national placement average of 50%.

By the Numbers


medical school placement


approximate boost to your undergraduate GPA after program completion


medical research school in the country, U.S. News & World Report


affiliated medical institutions nearby


years or fewer to complete the program

Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and an undergraduate science GPA of 3.25 minimum recommended
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Test scores for MCAT (required if taken) and/or GRE (optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation (minimum)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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