Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE IN PRE-MEDICAL/PRE-HEALTH STUDIES
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited institution of higher learning with a baccalaureate or higher degree and a final GPA of 2.5 or above, or they must earn a GPA of 2.5 or above in their most recent 60 credit hours (90 quarter units) of course work. Because of the limited number of students that can be accommodated by the certificate program, applicants with higher GPAs will have an advantage in being admitted. However, GPA will be only one of many factors in evaluating applicants.
This certificate program is design for career-changing post-baccalaureate students who are looking for assistance in taking science (and other associated topics) courses to initiate the preparation for pre-medical/pre-health profession graduate school qualifying examinations (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, etc.) Students with a high level of science preparation may be able to complete the program in one year with 24 credits. Students who have earned undergraduate degrees in science-related fields at HPU or other universities may have already taken many of these courses. If students have HPU or approved transfer credit for these courses, they may be applied to meet the certificate requirements; however, students must take at least 24 credits at HPU that are specific to the certificate. Students can choose additional courses from the electives list as necessary to reach 24 credits.
Program Learning Objectives
Students who complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Studies will:
1. Demonstrate readiness to apply to professional school in the health sciences
2. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about complex topics in health care
3. Exhibit an understanding of professionalism in health care