Program dates, admissions process, and tuition & financing information
PrepMD has ~ 500 graduates who hail from 44 states across the U.S. with a current male to female ratio of 1:1. PrepMD offers rolling admissions and 3 sessions per year. Of each 24-week session, the first 9 weeks is offered online. During the following 15 weeks, the students need to be in Boston area for full-time hands-on training and clinical rotations.
PrepMD offers a training experience for individuals wishing to seek rewarding careers within the medical device industry or the healthcare sector as clinical specialists. PrepMD accepts and reviews applications for its Winter, Spring, and Fall training sessions on a rolling basis. We are able to accept applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.
2021 Spring Session
Apr 19, 2021 – Professional Development and Orientation Week (online)
April 26, 2021 – Phase 1 Core Concepts (online: distance learning)
June 21, 2021 – Phase 2 Pre-Clinicals (onsite: Boston area)
July 19, 2021 – Phase 3 Clinical Rotations (Boston area medical centers)
September 30, 2021 – Graduation
2021 Fall Session
August 16, 2021 – Orientation and Professional Development Week (online)
August 23, 2021 – Phase 1 – Core Concepts (online)
October 18, 2021 – Phase 2 – Pre-Clinicals Training (onsite)
November 15, 2021 – Phase 3 – Clinical Rotations
February 10, 2022 – Graduation
2022 Winter Session
December 27, 2021 – Orientation and Professional Development Week (online)
January 3, 2022 – Phase 1 – Core Concepts (online)
February 28, 2022 – Phase 2 – Pre-Clinicals Training (onsite)
March 28, 2022 – Phase 3 Clinical Rotations (onsite & Boston medical centers)
June 9, 2022 – Graduation
All students participate in clinical rotations and must provide documentation demonstrating up-to-date proof of health insurance and immunizations upon acceptance into the program.
Admissions Process & Requirements
PrepMD is a very academically rigorous training program, with a strict selection process and therefore applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or have substantial healthcare or medical device experience. We are able to accept applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. PrepMD students must achieve a defined minimum academic performance during the program. Hiring managers who come to PrepMD to hire our graduates know that we are committed to growing the talent pool for the medical device industry and the healthcare sector, so we select our students for success.
- an online application
- official transcripts
- two letters of recommendation
- formal interview – online or in person
Applicants choosing to interview online will be asked for permission to record the interview, so the interview may be reviewed by the entire faculty committee. PrepMD manages admissions on a rolling basis, with notification within one week of the interview.
Applicants are screened for:
- Academic Background: We favor candidates whose academic or professional backgrounds have laid a foundation of skills necessary for competence as a medical device specialist. This includes life sciences, nursing and engineering graduates.
- Professional Experience: While many of our students are recent college graduates, some have post-collegiate work experience and are looking to change fields. We prefer professionals with clinical, pharmaceutical, and other health care or business-related experience.
- Personal Qualities: We look for candidates who are predisposed to be high achievers, with strong intellectual capabilities and exceptional initiative.
- Geographic Flexibility: Ideal candidates are open to working in many different areas of the country.
The PrepMD Interview
Applicants participate in a pre-screening phone meeting with an Admissions team member to answer questions and provide preparation guidelines for the formal in-person or online interview. Candidates are interviewed by a PrepMD faculty member who will be looking to gauge academic capabilities, presentation skills, enthusiasm and commitment to entering into an academically intense training program and a highly competitive career field. Applicants will be assessed on their capability to learn, retain, and communicate complex cardiac anatomy and physiology information. All candidates receive email notification of the acceptance committee decision within 1 week of the interview.
Interview Preparation Resources:
- The Cardiac Clinical Specialist 101 course – Request free access: email@example.com
- Cardiac Conduction System video: an overview of the basic functions of the heart
- Cardiac Conditions and therapies: Pacemakers and ICDs; Cardiac Ablations
- Cardiac Clinical Specialist careers: Understand the career path options and typical job responsibilities
- PrepMD Program: Understand the three phases of the training program
- Why pursue a medical device career: PrepMD co-founder video overview of the career and the training program
- Top 10 cardiac technology companies: 2019 article outlines the major cardiac device companies.
Tuition & Fees
The total cost for a six-month PrepMD Training Program (Winter, Spring, or Fall) is $33,995:
Total Program Cost: $33,995
Program Tuition: $32,500
Total non-refundable fees: $1,495, as follows
- Books, Online Technologies & Software License Fees $650
- Clinical Rotation Setup Fees (e.g., immunization screenings) $700
- Dosimeter Badges & Reading Fee $20
- Background Check Fee $75
- Administrative Fee $50
A deposit of $2,500 is due within two weeks of acceptance and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the program.
Housing & Other Expenses
Additional expenses the students need to consider include housing, meal expenses, and insurance (personal, health, and auto). PrepMD accepted students receive guidance on selecting short-term lease apartments and condominiums, located within 2 miles of the training facility, including furnished and unfurnished options. Students are able to take advantage of PrepMD’s long-standing relationships with apartment complexes in the immediate area, who offer discounted rates and month-to-month lease options to our students.
Students attend class in Braintree, MA and travel to clinical sites in the Greater Boston area during the onsite portion of the program (approximately 15 weeks in duration). The costs for room and board are estimated at $1,500 to $1,800 per month. Students must have the ability to travel to clinical sites not accessible by public transportation.
If a student withdraws or is dismissed from the program for any reason, the refund to the student will be as outlined in the refund policy.
Most students borrowing funds to attend PrepMD choose Meritize, a private student lender. Accepted PrepMD applicants applying to Meritize may borrow up to $42,705, to cover the total cost of attending the program which includes tuition & fees and maximum expected living expenses. Download the Meritize financial information brochure.
Meritize Pre-Approval: https://apply.meritize.com
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- Fund the full cost of tuition, fees and living expenses
- Choose affordable fixed or variable rates
- Avoid prepayment penalty fees for early pay off
- Autopay option receives an automatic 0.25% discounted interest rate
The PrepMD refund policy for the 24-week training program is outlined below. If the student withdraws or is dismissed from the program for any reason, the refund to the student will be the following:
|PrepMD Refund Details|
Refund Law (as per M.G.L. Chapter 255, Section 13K)
|Spring 2021||Fall 2021||Winter 2021|
|1. You may terminate this agreement at any time||yes||yes||yes|
|2. If you terminate this agreement within five days you will receive a refund of all monies paid, provided that you have not commenced the program.|
Refund Amount: $33,995
|5th day after both parties have signed the acceptance package||5th day after both parties have signed the acceptance package||5th day after both parties have signed the acceptance package|
|3. If you subsequently terminate this agreement prior to the commencement of the program, you will receive a refund of all monies paid, less the actual reasonable administrative and non-reusable supplies or equipment costs.|
Refund Amount: $32,500
|Program start date: 04/19/2021||Program start date: 08/16/2021||Program start date: 12/27/2021
| If you terminate this agreement during the first quarter of the program, you will receive a refund of at least seventy-five percent of the tuition, less the actual reasonable administrative and non-reusable supplies or equipment costs.|
Refund Amount: $24,375
|Last date first quarter: 05/30/2021||Last date first quarter:09/26/2021||Last date first quarter:02/06/2022
|If you terminate this agreement during the second quarter of the program, you will receive a refund of at least fifty per cent of the tuition, less the actual reasonable administrative and non-reusable supplies or equipment costs.|
Refund Amount: $16,250
|Last date second quarter: 07/11/2021||Last date second quarter: 11/07/2021||Last date second quarter: 03/20/2022|
|If you terminate this agreement during the third quarter of the program, you will receive a refund of at least twenty-five percent of the tuition, less the actual reasonable administrative and non-reusable supplies or equipment costs.|
Refund Amount: $8,125
|Last date third quarter: 08/22/2021||Last date third quarter: 12/19/2021||Last date third quarter: 05/01/2022|
|If you terminate this agreement after the initial five-day period, you will be responsible for actual reasonable costs including administrative costs of $50, and actual reasonable costs of non-reusable supplies or equipment which include books, online technologies and software license fees, clinical rotation setup fees, dosimeter badges & reading fees, and background check fee.||5th day after both parties have signed the acceptance package||5th day after both parties have signed the acceptance package||5th day after both parties have signed the acceptance package|
|If you wish to terminate this agreement, you must inform the school in writing of your termination, which will become effective on the day, such writing is mailed.||yes||yes||yes|
|The school is not obligated to provide any refund if you terminate this agreement during the fourth quarter of the program.||First day of fourth quarter: 08/23/2021||First day of fourth quarter: 01/03/2022||First day of fourth quarter: 05/02/2022|
PrepMD LLC (“PrepMD”) is a Licensed Private Occupational School (License# 13100380) regulated by the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education. Any comments, questions, or concerns about this school’s license should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-727-5811, dial “0”. PrepMD LLC Policy Statements are pursuant to 603 CMR 3.11 and 603 CMR 3.18
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