Rural Pre-Medicine Program Pathways
You can pursue two distinct pathways after the Rural Pre-Medicine Program (RPM).
You will earn an Associate of Science Degree in Rural Pre-Health (AS) after two years of study and an Advanced Diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine (ADRPM) after three years.
Please note that students planning to transfer into a degree program at another post-secondary institution must check the transfer requirements of the program they wish to enrol in. It is strongly recommended that students consult with the program advisor of the receiving institution to ensure that they have all of the necessary transfer requirements.
Apply to professional health programs
Step 2. Pursue further health-career training
You can choose:
A. Apply directly to medical school
You can apply to UBC and University of Calgary medical schools in your third year of RPM.
B. Apply to other professional health schools
Options include pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, physical therapy, midwifery, veterinary medicine, naturopathy, public health or biomedical research.
Step 3. Apply to health care jobs
Dive right into the health care profession.
Transfer to complete an undergraduate degree
Step 2. Select from a range of degrees
You can choose:
A. Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)
Complete three years of RPM and transfer 90 credits toward a BHSc at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) or Thompson Rivers University (TRU).
B. Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
You can transfer 60 credits to universities across Canada and complete your undergraduate degree in two years.
C. Bachelor of GIS (BGIS)
Stay at Selkirk College and in two years, you can complete your undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Systems.
Step 3. Apply to professional health schools
Options include medicine, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, physical therapy, midwifery, veterinary medicine, naturopathy, public health or biomedical research.
It is strongly recommended that students consult with the program advisor of the receiving institution to ensure that they have all of the necessary transfer requirements.
Completing Your Undergraduate Degree
Some professional health programs require a four-year undergraduate degree, which is typically 120 credits.
Associate degrees comprise the first two years of a four-year degree program.
With an advanced diploma, you can complete your BHSc in Biomedical Studies from UNBC in three semesters in Prince George or you can complete your BHSc degree online from TRU after ten courses.
Residency requirements at UBC, UVic, SFU and other degree-granting institutions across Canada mean that students have to complete 60 credits (four semesters) at that institution to receive a credential.