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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
Semester Catalog 2017-2018

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals


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This post-baccalaureate credit certificate program provides an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a health professions career to strengthen their academic record and/or complete the requisite coursework for subsequent applications for admission to health professions programs (e.g. medical, pharmacy, dental, veterinary). The program offers two options designed to meet the needs of students with distinct academic backgrounds. The first option, academic record enhancement, is a one-year program for students that have already completed the core pre-health professions pre-requisite science courses but are not yet fully competitive for admission to health professions school programs. It is designed to make post-baccalaureate students more competitive for admission through a combination of advanced science coursework and health professions-related activities. The second option, career-changer, is a two-year program for students whose academic background currently lacks the core pre-health professions pre-requisite science courses. It is designed to make post-baccalaureate students eligible and competitive for admission to health professions school programs through a combination of foundational science coursework and health professions-related activities.

Students may begin the certificate program only during the Fall Semester of an academic year. Please see the departmental website for current application deadlines.

Option I requires completion of a minimum of 18 units taken in post-baccalaureate standing. Option II requires completion of a minimum of 38 units taken in post-baccalaureate standing. A maximum of 6 units of previously completed post-baccalaureate coursework from another institution may be used toward completion of either option of the certificate program. Refer to the Graduate Study chapter of the University catalog for general information governing all certificate programs.

General Requirements for Admission to the Program


  • Acceptance by the University to post-baccalaureate status.
  • Completion of the most current certificate program application form, which can be found on the departmental website and acceptance by the selection committee. A limited number of students will be accepted into the program each academic year.

Additional Requirements for Admission to Option I of the Program


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and completion of the core pre-health professions pre-requisite science courses with lab, (one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, college-level math, and one year of physics).
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average in all biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses.

Additional Requirements for Admission to Option II of the Program


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and completion of college-level math.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Requirements for Completion of Option I of the Certificate


With prior written approval of their Cal State L.A. pre-health professions advisor, students must select and complete a minimum of 18 units of upper-division courses in biology and other natural sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences relevant to the pursuit of a health professions career and that is complementary to, rather than redundant to, their previously completed coursework. The Department of Biological Sciences maintains the list of Cal State L.A. courses from which students may select courses for this option of the certificate. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required in all completed course work.

Requirements for Completion of Option II of the Certificate


Students must complete at least the following 38 units of course work:

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