Pre-Health Professionals

Villanova has designed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Health Professions Science to provide a fundamental science education to students preparing to enroll in a health professional school or pursue a career in the health profession. Today's adult students are interested in academic programs in fields with a strong career outlook. The growing health care industry provides exciting opportunities for adults who wish to change or enhance their careers.


The Certificate in Pre-Health Professions Science curriculum consists of eight (8) required courses, in General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and General Physics. Each course must be taken with a lab (or includes a lab in the case of General Biology), for a total of thirty-two (32) credits.

General Biology

BIO 2105 General Biology I: An introduction to biological organization stressing the molecular and cellular aspects of living organisms. The chemistry of life, the cell, the gene, and mechanisms of evolution.

BIO 2106 General Biology II: The origin of life and diversity of organisms seen in five biological kingdoms. Topics include nutrient acquisition, digestion, circulation, response to stimuli, movement, reproduction, behavior, and ecology.

General Chemistry

CHM 1151 General Chemistry I: Basic concepts of chemistry covering the following topics: stoichiometry, redox reactions; properties of gases; thermochemistry; descriptive presentation of atomic orbitals; molecular structure and bonding; chemical trends in the periodic table; properties of bulk matter; colligative properties of solutions.

CHM 1103 General Chemistry Lab I: Qualitative and quantitative laboratory experiments which include: the reactions of metals with water; the collection and plotting of data; acid-base titrations; oxidation-reduction titrations; the use of the pH meter and the determination of acid-base titration curves; the use of the spectrophotometer.   

CHM 1152 General Chemistry II: Continuation of CHM 1151. Introduction to chemical kinetics and equilibrium; the chemistry of acids and bases; buffers and titrations; complex ions and solubility; factors that drive chemical reactions; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry.

CHM 1104 General Chemistry Lab II: Students will be required to identify all metal ions present in an unknown solution. Quantitative titrations of sodium carbonate and the total hardness of water. Synthesis of inorganic compounds and determination of the formula of a transition metal complex ion using spectroscopic methods.

Organic Chemistry

CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry I: Fundamental principles of organic chemistry stressing the relation of structure and reactivity. Structure and bonding; stereochemistry; acids, and bases; electrophilic addition, elimination and nucleophilic substitution.

CHM 2201 Organic Chemistry Lab I: Practical experience in techniques used for separation, purification, and isolation of synthetic as well as naturally occurring organic compounds. Semi-micro and micro scale experiments. Crystallization, distillation, extraction, and chromatography are introduced.

CHM 2212 Organic Chemistry II: Continuation of CHM 2211. Carbonyl group reactions, aromatic chemistry, spectroscopy and special topics such as heterocycles, carbohydrates and nucleosides, amino acids and proteins, lipids, radicals, rearrangements, polymers and photochemistry.

CHM 2202 Organic Chemistry Lab II: Further training in laboratory techniques used in organic chemistry, including those introduced in CHM 2201, and utilization of such techniques in representative types of organic reactions. Semi-micro and micro scale experiments.

General Physics

PHY 1100 General Physics I: Mechanics, heat and sound.

PHY 1101 General Physics I Lab: Selected experiments in mechanics, heat and sound.  

PHY 1102 General Physics II: A continuation of PHY 1100; light, electricity and modern physics.

PHY 1103 General Physics II Lab: Selected experiments in light and electricity.


Visit the Admissions webpage to view all admissions requirements. Once you have reviewed the process and requirements, you may apply to your program of interest

Notes Regarding the Certificate in Pre-Health Professions Science:

  • To be eligible for this certificate, you must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • You are required to have completed the prerequisites for any course for which you register, as indicated in Villanova's Undergraduate Catalog.
  • You may transfer to Villanova a maximum of two courses (10 credits), each completed in the last five years.
  • You are strongly encouraged to check the admissions requirements for the individual schools and programs relating to the health professions in which you are interested. (Most of the health professions organizations have web sites which provide this information.)
  • For more information on heath related science or to contact an advisor, click here to see the new Pre-Health Student Advising Guide
  • Check the calendar for events that are coming up for pre-health students.

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