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Pre-Medical/Health Professions Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate Degree)

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Earn your Pre-Medical/Health Professions Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate Degree) to begin applying to many healthcare positions or graduate programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and more, an academic base in the sciences is required.

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To apply to many healthcare positions or graduate programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and more, an academic base in the sciences is required. If you already have a bachelor’s degree but little to no science background, our Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical/Health Professions Certificate program can help prepare you to pursue healthcare opportunities or advanced education. In this certificate program, you can work to develop the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand scientific theories, concepts, and principles
  • Solve scientific problems with critical thinking and analysis
  • Use scientific tools, techniques, and equipment
  • Synthesize and analyze lab data
  • Communicate scientific information

The program features theoretical and practical coursework in anatomy, physiology, biology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, pathophysiology, and physics.

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You May Enjoy This Line of Study If You…

  • Feel drawn to reading and learning about science and health
  • Want to do work that helps patients and/or care providers
  • Can picture yourself working in a lab or healthcare setting
  • Are willing to dig into tricky data and complex problems
  • Like collaborating and discussing your work with others

Mission

The mission of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical/Health Professions Certificate program is to provide a curriculum that balances theoretical and practical coursework that further develops the critical thinking and analytical skills needed in today’s competitive and evolving work environments. Students will be challenged through coursework in anatomy and physiology, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, pathophysiology, and physics.

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcome #1

The program seeks to provide students with additional coursework to further develop their knowledge, and understanding of foundational theories, concepts, and principles.

  1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key science principles related to required courses.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of identified basic science course objectives learned in core science courses.

Student Learning Outcome #2

The program seeks to provide theoretical and practical coursework that further develops the critical thinking and analytical skills needed in a competitive graduate program and work environment.

  1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using scientific tools, techniques, and equipment.
  2. Students will apply critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem-solving skills to analyze data in lab courses.
  3. Students will be able to synthesize, integrate, and analyze data in science lab courses.
  4. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcome # 3

The program seeks to provide students with the academic knowledge, skills, and tools to enable them to be successful in graduate program studies.

  1. Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesize and integrate information learned in various science courses.
Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical/Health Professions Certificate program are required to meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Prospective students must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program:

  1. Provide evidence of completion of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for science courses that have been completed at other accredited institutions before enrolling in this program.
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