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  • Be part of the RPM team!
    Be part of the RPM team!

    Applications for fall 2020 now open.

  • Take the first step
    Take the first step

    Your career in rural medicine starts here.

  • Is Medical School in your future?
    Is Medical School in your future?

    This comprehensive and specialized program will help you prepare.

  • Start your career
    Start your career

    Join a tight-knit learning group with its eye on rural healthcare.

  • Multiple career options
    Multiple career options

    Choose one of several health care professions.

  • Come join us!
    Come join us!

    Applications for fall 2020 now open.

Program At-A-Glance

Length of Study: 
Three Years
Accreditation: 
Associate of Science Degree in Rural Pre-Health and Advanced Diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine
Campus: 
Castlegar
Intake Dates: 
Fall 2020

In the News

As the 2019-2020 academic year approaches, three more Selkirk College alumni who graduated from the Rural Pre-Medicine Program will be attending medical school as they make way towards a rewarding career in health care.

As the 2019-2020 academic year approaches, three more Selkirk College alumni who graduated from the Rural Pre-Medicine Program will be attending medical school as they make their way towards a rewarding career in health care.

The Rural Pre-Medicine Program graduated its third cohort in the spring with eight students completing a vital step in their educational journey. From a diverse background, the students got together with their supporters just prior to graduation to celebrate the achievement.

The Rural Pre-Medicine Program graduated its third cohort in the spring with eight students completing a vital step in their educational journey. From a diverse background, the students got together with their supporters just prior to graduation to celebrate the achievement.

Selkirk College learners in the Rural Pre-Medicine Program started off the Fall Semester with a visit from a University of British Columbia doctor who helped provide valuable information about what it takes to get into medical school.

Selkirk College learners in the Rural Pre-Medicine Program started off the Fall Semester with a visit from a University of British Columbia doctor who helped provide valuable information about what it takes to get into medical school.

Launched in 2014 as part of an effort to educate rural students in a manner that helps build a stronger health care system outside urban areas, the Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine Program has helped a pair of alumni reach their goal of entry into medical school.

Launched in 2014 as part of an effort to educate rural students in a manner that helps build a stronger health care system outside urban areas, the Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine Program has helped a pair of alumni reach their goal of entry into medical school.

Selkirk College was established in 1966 to bring inspiring post-secondary opportunities to rural British Columbia, so it's fitting that the valedictorians for the 50th graduating class are both raised in the West Kootenay.

Selkirk College was established in 1966 to bring inspiring post-secondary opportunities to rural British Columbia, so it's fitting that the valedictorians for the 50th graduating class are both raised in the West Kootenay.

A Selkirk College program started as a proactive solution to the rural doctor shortage across the country is gaining traction for its ahead-of-the-curve approach.

A Selkirk College program started as a proactive solution to the rural doctor shortage across the country is gaining traction for its ahead-of-the-curve approach. The School of Medicine at the University of Calgary has given Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine Program endorsement just as the first cohort readies for the next step in their education.

What Students Say

Sam Keefer RPM Alumnus
“The path to medicine is very convoluted and complicated, it’s a risky path to take where you are not guaranteed anything. The instructors and those who support the program really try to guide you and provide what you need to make it less daunting. There are unique elements to this program that are really geared towards helping students find success.”
Sam Keefer, RPM Student 2018
Svetlana Hadikin, RPM Alumnae
It was such a great experience. You don’t lose anything by going to a community college, it seems like pretty much all you do is gain. I received a lot of support from the instructors and you build a very nice close-knit group of friends because your class sizes are pretty small. I’m so happy I stuck close to home, it was very beneficial.
Svetlana Hadikin, RPM Alumnae 2018
Will Parnell, RPM Student 2018
I decided to take the RPM program because I plan on working as a family physician in my future. My home town is also a 2.5 hour drive away so that helps.
Will Parnell, RPM Student 2018
Zakeea Al-Hanafy, 2019 RPM Graduate
The Rural Pre Medicine program has nourished me as a human and has taught me how to grow in many ways.
Zakeea Al-Hanafy, 2019 RPM Graduate
Mahala Morris
The RPM program pushes you to be more than a student, and to do more than your homework. At the end of the day, being a valuable clinician is about working with people and you need to develop your skills outside of class.
Mahala Morris, RPM Alumnae 2019
RPM Alumnus
I chose Selkirk College because I love the small, community feel. Students in my program are excited to begin their medical careers; with excellent instructors and an amazing program coordinator, it makes for a positive and motivating environment.
- Spencer Paolone, Rural Pre-Medicine alumnus 2017