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Doctor of Medicine Degree (Northern Medical Program)


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Prince George

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  • Length
    2 to 6 Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $20,000 Year One
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2000 Year One
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

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Application Deadline Advice

The Online Application is made available from early-mid June to September 15:

  • August 3, 2021: early application deadline
  • September 11, 2021 (noon Pacific Time): deadline for submission of applications (including online application, all applications fees, all North American transcripts, and proof of BC Residency (if required)). MCAT scores, international transcripts and WES/ICES evaluations are not required until October 15
  • October 15, 2021 (4:00pm Pacific Time): deadline for receipt of MCAT scores via the MCAT Score Reporting System.

All applicants must use the Online Application System (OAS) to apply.

Confirm details and exact dates directly with  UBC MD undergraduate program website each year.

Application Fee: $126.50 for BC Residents; click here for more details

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic

1. Completion of at least 90 credits of university-level study by April 30 of the year for which admission is sought, including required university-level prerequisite* coursework. 

Notes (*):

  • A full year of English (minimum of 6 credits) is the only required prerequisite coursework. However, courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended. Courses in physics, statistics and the social sciences are also recommended as general preparation for the MCAT and for medical school.
  • The Science Courses Chart provides a list of recommended science courses, as they were previously accepted as science prerequisites. 

2. At least a 75% average for BC applicants and a 85% average for out-of-province applicants are required, on all university-level courses attempted.

3. Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and request that your results be released to UBC = a minimum score of 124 in each of the four sections on a single exam.

Non-Academic

  • submit an essay and proof of ancestry if you wish to apply as an Indigenous applicant (Status Indians, Non-Status Indians, Métis, or Inuit)
  • submit a list of extracurricular activities
  • submit a report of non-academic experiences and rural interest statement
  • submit a resume (employment history)
  • submit three references, when required
  • Rural/remote Suitability Evaluation (if applicable)
  • participate in an interview (if granted, which follows the Multiple Mini-Interview format where each applicant rotates through 10 different stations)

Admission Advice

1. The Northern Medical Program (NMP) is part of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Undergraduate Program. Students admitted into the Northern Medical Program will begin their first semester in Vancouver at UBC in August, and then arriving at UNBC's Prince George campus in January for the remainder of their medical education.

2. No particular degree program is considered ideal as preparation for the study and practice of medicine. A variety of pre-medical academic backgrounds is considered desirable.

3. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Term 2 of the 2019-2020 academic year (or equivalent term) credits will count towards minimum credit requirement in the 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 application cycles even if assigned pass/fail grades (provided the courses are passed). However, grades from Term 2 of the 2019-2020 academic year (or equivalent term) will not be included in the calculation of GPA.

4. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply to the program. Persons with refugee status in Canada can also apply, however admission will be contingent on attaining permanent residency in Canada and providing proof of this status two weeks prior to the start of classes.

5. Preference is given to residents of BC. However, a small number of out-of-province applicants are accepted each year. 

6. You must apply using the online application available on UBC's Faculty of Medicine website.

7. Admission is extremely competitive. There are far more applicants than available spaces in the program. Details on admission criteria and selection process can be found at M.D. Undergraduate Admissions.

8. The Faculty of Medicine’s distributed education model provides 288 annual medical school seats based at four regional medical programs. See Academic Calendar for detailed descriptions. 

  • 32 students in the Northern Medical Program (NMP) = based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George
  • 32 students in the Island Medical Program (IMP) = based at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island
  • 32 students in the Southern Medical Program (SMP) = based at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna
  • 192 students in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) = based at UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus

9. The selection of students for the Northern Medical Program is the same as all medical students (i.e. - Island Medical Program and the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program), with the addition of a "Rural Remote Suitability" score which estimates each candidate's aptitude and attitude for rural education. More information about the application process pertaining to the Northern Medical Program can be found on UNBC Northern Medical Program website.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UNBC's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, regardless of your citizenship or country of origin, you must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission in one of the following ways (minimum score):

  • Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission (i.e. within two years of application)
  • Completed high school education taught entirely in English at a recognized institution
  • Completed two full years of full-time post-secondary level studies (or equivalent) at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English 12 (50%) or equivalent in the BC secondary system
  • An university transferable English course (B or 75%)
  • TOEFL internet-based = overall score of 90, with no sub-score less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • TOEFL computer-based = overall score of 230
  • TOEFL paper-based = overall score of 570
  • IELTS Academic = overall score of 6.5, with no subsection below 6.0
  • UNBC English Language Studies 50 (C) and English Language Studies 170 (final grade of 'C')
  • An articulated BCCAT English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 4 program (final grade of 'C')
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition (final grade of 2)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition (final grade of 2)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level) (final grade of 3)
  • MELAB = overall score of 80, with at least 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment = overall score of 70, with no subsection below 60
  • Cambridge English Qualification C1 Advanced (B)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) = overall score of 65, with at least 60 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking 

Note:
1. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from English language requirement for admission. 

2. Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NCBNP) has different English proficiency requirements. 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Non-Competitive Entry Programs
Meeting the program-specific admission requirements and the minimum average needed to apply guarantees admission to non-competitive entry program. The admission average is calculated using:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12 or equivalent
  • the next three highest academic Grade 12 courses
  • an additional Grade 12 course (which can be elective or academic) 

Competitive Entry Programs
Meeting the minimum average and course requirements for a competitive entry program does not guarantee admission, as space is limited in each program. A competitive average is established yearly based on that year’s applicant pool. Students above the established average may be offered early provisional admission. After the application deadline, students are admitted on a rolling basis as seats are accepted or declined. Deadlines may be extended based on capacity.

The program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates, including a list of approved BC high school courses in pdf, can be found here.

Out-of-Province

Program-specific admission requirements (for both competitive and non-competitive programs) are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UNBC.

Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces, including high school course equivalencies for admission, are found here.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UNBC. Use BC Transfer Guide to check course transferability/equivalency of courses completed in BC.

To be considered a transfer student, you need at least15 credit hours of acceptable university-level coursework from a recognized post-secondary institution. For admission, at least a grade point average (GPA) of UNBC 2.0 (63%) calculated on the most recent 30 credit hours of university-level coursework is required. GPA is calculated on the coursework completed for students with less than 30 credit hours but equal to or more than 15 credit hours.

Please refer to UNBC's Transfer Credit web page for details.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UNBC.

To be considered a transfer student, you need at least15 credit hours of acceptable university-level coursework from a recognized post-secondary institution. For admission, at least a grade point average (GPA) of UNBC 2.0 (63%) calculated on the most recent 30 credit hours of university-level coursework is required. GPA is calculated on the coursework completed for students with less than 30 credit hours but equal to or more than 15 credit hours.

Please refer to UNBC's Transfer Credit web page for details.

Mature Student

UNBC welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate academic potential but does not meet the requirements of the regular admissions routes. For more information on Mature Student admission, please check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Information for other Admission Categories is found here.

These categories include:

  • Mature Student Entry
  • Interest Only (ie-taking courses for credit but not a credential)
  • Special Entry
  • Audit Only (ie-taking courses but not for credit)
  • Studying at UNBC as a Visiting Student
  • Dual High School/University Credit

How to Apply

Click here for more details on How to Apply for admission to UNBC.

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