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Doctor of Medicine Degree (Northern Medical Program)

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work

Courses in this program are offered using online and/or hybrid delivery method in Fall 2020 due to COVID-19. Confirm directly with UNBC about the learning method.

  • Campuses
    Prince George


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  • Length
    2 to 6 Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $19,950 Year One
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2000 Year One
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Fall 2020

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

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UNBC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

For details on application timelines, refer to UBC MD undergraduate program website. 

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

1) Program Admission Requirements


1. Completed 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. 

Note(*) A full year of English (minimum of 6 credits) is the only required prerequisite coursework required. However, courses in biology, general/inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended. Further information on recommended courses can be found at M.D. Undergraduate Admissions.

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. 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 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. 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.

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

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

6. 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.

7. The Faculty of Medicine’s distributed education model provides 288 annual medical school seats based at four regional medical programs:

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

8. 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 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, 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 (i.e. within two years of application)
  • 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
  • TOEFL internet-based score of 90, with no sub-score less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any of the four modules
  • A final grade of 2.00 ("C") or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 and English Language Studies 170.
  • A final grade of 2.00 ("C") or better in an articulated BCCAT EAP 4 program.
  • A final grade of 2 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition
  • A final grade of 3 or better in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level)
  • MELAB score of 80, with a minimum 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment score of at least 70, with no subtest below 60
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA) with a grade of ("B") or better
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 65 overall score, with 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking 

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, please check here.


Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student, please check here.

Mature Student

For details 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

For details on How to Apply, please check here.

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