Case Western Reserve University




Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

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. It is offered by a top-40, tier-I research university and housed in a top-25 medical school, with a rich history of research and education. 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.

Key features of this program include:

  • A highly flexible program of study tailored to provide each student the preparation that they individually need to have the best MD or DO application moving forward.
  • A dedicated program director who has experience advising for medical school admissions and who meets regularly with students one-on-one.
  • Clinically-based learning experiences designed to give students exposure to medical terminology and clinical reasoning and develop professional growth via self-reflection.
  • Specialized Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparatory courses designed to comprehensively review all MCAT content areas, as well as testing methods.
  • The opportunity to interview with the CWRU School of Medicine or other partner medical schools for select students.

The PRIME program is highly flexible. To earn this certificate, students must complete at least 24 credit hours. Your program of study must be approved by the program director.

Each student will work closely with the program director to tailor the program to their needs. Based on previous coursework taken, some students may need to take more than 24 credit hours to complete the prerequisite courses for medical school and earn the PRIME certificate.

This program can be completed in 1-2 years, depending on your individual needs.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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