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Rural Pre-Medicine

Program Details

Length: 3 years

Total Credits: 98

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Associate of Science Degree in Rural Pre-Health

Advanced Diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine

Overview

Program Summary

Our health care system needs doctors who want to practice in a rural setting and medical schools are looking for students with rural backgrounds. In Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine (RPM) program, you will experience what it means to be a rural health care provider.

Join us in studying courses tailored to rural medicine recommended for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Making our program unique is extra training in skills such as conflict resolution, small business training and MCAT preparation that will strengthen your medical school applications and support your future as a medical professional. By enriching your learning with additional courses, you will also gain knowledge and personal resilience that will contribute to your abilities.

RPM prepares you for further education in a variety of health-care professions such as pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine.

Program Outcomes

In addition to achieving the outcomes of the University Arts and Science program, graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine will:

  • Be prepared to apply competitively to a variety of professional health care program including MD Programs
  • Develop academic and non-academic qualifications needed when training to become health care professionals
  • Understand unique characteristics of rural health care including the challenges facing rural communities and the benefits of practicing in a rural community

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Applicants may apply while they are completing prerequisite courses. However, applicants must have graduated from secondary school (or equivalent) and completed the following courses from the BC Provincial Curriculum (or their equivalents) before starting the program:

  • English Studies 12 or English 12 First Peoples or IELTS 6.5
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, one of which must be: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  • Biology 12 and Chemistry 12 are strongly recommended
  • Chemistry 11
  • Physics 11 (minimum 60%)

Unless otherwise stated a minimum of 67% is required in all prerequisite courses.

Additional Requirements

In order to be considered for a conditional acceptance to RPM, we need to receive the following:

  • completed Education Planner BC application to Selkirk College and associated fees (indicating interest in the Rural Pre-Medicine Program)
  • completed RPM Application Form
  • 2 letters of personal reference
  • official high school transcripts
  • any post secondary transcripts

    ***Students who receive a conditional acceptance must then pay a seat deposit, complete a Criminal Record Check and complete the CRT in order to secure their seat in the program.

Program Courses

Required Courses

Term 1

BIOL 104Biology I

3.00

CHEM 122General Chemistry I

3.00

ENGL 110English Composition

3.00

MATH 100Calculus I

3.00

PSYC 100Introductory Psychology I

3.00

RPM 120Rural Health Issues I

1.00

Term 2

BIOL 106Biology II

3.00

CHEM 125Foundations Of Chemistry II

4.00

ENGL 111Introduction To Literature

3.00

MATH 101Calculus II

3.00

PSYC 101Introductory Psychology II

3.00

RPM 121Rural Health Issues II

1.00

Term 3

BIOL 204Cell Biology I Structure

3.00

CHEM 212Organic Chemistry I

3.00

CHEM 225Physical Chemistry For Biosciences

3.00

 

PHYS 102Basic Physics I

3.00

Or

PHYS 104Fundamental Physics I

3.00

 

SOC 120Introduction to Sociology l

3.00

RPM 220Rural Health Issues III

1.00

Term 4

ANTH 201Ethnic Relations

3.00

BIOL 206Introductory Biochemistry

3.00

BIOL 212Microbiology

3.00

CHEM 213Organic Chemistry II

3.00

 

PHYS 103Basic Physics II

3.00

Or

PHYS 105Fundamental Physics II

3.00

 

RPM 221Rural Health Issues IV

1.00

Term 5

ADD 384Addictions Theory And Practice

3.00

BIOL 164Human Anatomy And Physiology I

4.00

BIOC 302General Biochemisty

3.00

PHIL 210Biomedical Ethics

3.00

PSYC 202Research Methods

3.00

RPM 320Rural Health Issues V

1.00

Term 6

ADMN 300Small Business Management for Healthcare Professionals

3.00

BIOL 165Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4.00

INDG 302Indigenous Health And Healing

3.00

RPM 321Rural Health Applied Research Project

3.00

Elective Courses

The following is a suggested selection of courses. Students are advised to meet with a Selkirk College counsellor to discuss course options.

Take:

one (1) 100- or 200-level General elective

See the UAS table of available courses.