Official Certificate Program in Pre-Health Studies

A Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee is available to assist students interested in preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry and related fields in the health sciences for which undergraduate training is required prior to admission to other institutions. The Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee consists of faculty members from the departments of Biology, Biomolecular Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Psychology.

Students interested in pre-health Professional Programs should consult Dr. Peter Osei, program coordinator for the health professions, Department of Biology, NC 339 (860-832-2657), and Dr. Cheryl Watson, chair of the Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee, Department of Biomolecular Sciences, NC 344 (860-832-2649). Additional information is available at http://www.prehealth.ccsu.edu.

Program Overview

This non-degree certificate program is designed for college graduates whose undergraduate background does not meet the requirements for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc. This rigorous program provides post-baccalaureate students a formal option to matriculate into a program with the foundation courses and the advisement they need to prepare for applying to professional training schools.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work. Applicants should follow the procedures of the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office described at http:www.ccsu.edu/grad/. Applicants who do not meet the GPA standards may be considered for Conditional Admission; see http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/admission/conditional.html for more information. 

Additional Materials Required:

Applicants must also submit a narrative statement (about 500 words) describing their academic and career goals, and their reasons for entering this post-baccalaureate program, directly to the Program Coordinator (Michael Davis, davism@ccsu.edu).

For Fall matriculation, applications should be received by the priority deadline of April 1, but must be received by the University deadline. For Spring matriculation, applications should be received by the priority deadline of October 1, but must be received by the University deadline. Note that applications completed by the priority deadlines can lead to admission before the early course registration period; this can give newly admitted students significant advantages in enrolling in high-demand undergraduate courses. 

Post baccalaureate certificate students are classified as graduate students; they may be either part-time or full-time and may qualify for financial aid. Only students matriculated as full-time may take nine or more credits a semester. Part-time and nonmatriculated students are limited to less than nine credits/semester.

Program Requirements

While each student’s academic program will be tailored to meet the individual’s specific academic needs and professional goals, a model program that would be appropriate for a student with a minimal science background is shown below. This model program also illustrates the 45-credit upper limit for this certificate program. Smaller academic programs may be possible for students with some science background, with a lower limit of 26 credits. All individual programs must be designed and approved in consultation with the Pre-PAC advisory committee at the admission interview. A maximum of 9 credits in the planned program may be transferred to CCSU.

Model Program

Life Science (21 credits), including:

BIO 122General Biology II

4

BMS 201Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology

4

 

BMS 306Genetics

3

or

BMS 307Genomics

4

 

BMS 316Microbiology

4

BIO 318/BMS 318Anatomy and Physiology I

4

 

BIO 591Independent Research Project in Advanced Biology

1 TO 4

or

BMS 591Independent Research Project in Biomolecular Sciences

1 TO 4

 

CHEM 161General Chemistry

3

CHEM 162General Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 200Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 260Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 201Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 210Foundations of Organic Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 211Foundations of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 212Organic Synthesis

3

CHEM 213Organic Synthesis Laboratory

1

CHEM 354Foundations of Biochemistry

3

Total Credit Hours:26-45

 

Physics including:

PHYS 121General Physics I

4

or

PHYS 125University Physics I

4

 

PHYS 122General Physics II

4

or

PHYS 126University Physics II

4

Total Credit Hours:8

Students must maintain a 3.00 (B) cumulative grade point average in order to be in good academic standing and to receive the post-baccalaureate certificate. Upon completion of the planned certificate program, a certificate will be issued from the School of Graduate Studies. (While completion of this program does not lead to a graduate degree, courses at the 400 level or above that are taken as part of this program may be counted toward a master’s degree upon the approval of a program advisor, provided that the graduate-syllabus option is elected at the time of course registration in 400-level courses.)