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Doctor of Medicine Degree (Northern Medical Program)

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
    Prince George
  • Campuses
    Prince George


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  • Length
    2 to 6 Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $19,500 Year One
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1800 Year One
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree

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Application Deadline Advice

For details on application timelines, please visit program admissions website

Application Fee: $124.25 for BC Residents; see

1) Program Admission Requirements


  • Completion of 90 appropriate undergraduate credits from the subject areas of English, Biology, inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. The specific course requirements are detailed in the ‘Prerequisites’ section on UBC's Faculty of Medicine website
  • If you studied in the BC school system, at least a 75% average is needed for all university-level courses attempted. 85% average is needed for out-of-province students.
  • Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and request that your results be released to UBC 


  • submit an essay and proof of ancestry if you wish to apply as an Indigenous applicant (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)
  • submit a Rural/Remote Suitability Evaluation (if applicable)
  • submit a report of non-academic experiences and rural interest statement
  • submit a list of extracurricular activities
  • submit a resume (employment history)
  • submit three references, when required
  • participate in an interview (if granted, which follows the Multiple Mini-Interview format where each applicant rotates through 10 different stations)
  • Completed all other application requirements as outlined on the UBC Faculty of Medicine Admissions website.

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. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply to the program.

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

4. Admission is extremely competitive. There are far more applicants than available spaces in the program.

5. Application must be submitted using the online application system available on UBC's Faculty of Medicine website

6. The selection of students for the Northern Medical Program is the same as all medical students (ie - 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 can be found here.

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

8. For answers to frequently asked questions about the program click here.


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, you may meet the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways (minimum score):

  • Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission
  • Completed 2 full years of full-time post-secondary level studies (or equivalent) at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction
  • A 70% final grade in English 12 or equivalent in the BC secondary system
  • A 75% (B) grade in a university transferable English course
  • A 2.00 (C ) grade in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 and English Language Studies 170.
  • An internet based TOEFL score of 90, with no less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any of the four modules
  • A final grade of 2 in Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition
  • A final grade f 3 in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level)
  • A grade of (B) on Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA)
  •  (no longer listed in 2018/19 calendar; is it still current?) Comparable results to the TOEFL or IELTS requirements in any other recognized English Language Assessment

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

2. Click here for a full list of ways to meet the English language proficiency requirement.  

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. If your first language is not English, you must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English to participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as complete written assignments. See English Language Requirements for full details.



BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates can be found here.



Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces are found here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here.


Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here.

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission 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

For details on How to Apply check here.

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