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PB-PMHPP Curriculum Options

Certificate Option

Students in the certificate program complete a minimum of 24 course credits in the sciences and humanities. Besides a strong foundation in the physical and biological sciences, it is also extremely important that future physicians have a strong liberal arts education. We strongly recommend that students include at least one non-science course each semester in order to help prepare the student for the critical analysis and reasoning section of the admission test. Therefore, each semester students can expect to take three science courses and one non-science course.  Post-Baccalaureate students take classes with both undergraduate and graduate students within the University.  The certificate option has two tracks:  Enhancement and Career Changer.

PB-PMHPP Core Curricular requirement courses include two semesters each of English, Mathematics, Behavioral Sciences, one semester of Biochemistry as well as two semesters each of the following courses with the associate laboratories:  General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

The certificate option is not designed to assist students who plan to simultaneously apply to medical or health professional schools along with submitting an application to the PB-PMHPP certificate option to fill their glide year.

PB-PMHPP Professional Course Work

Each semester, students must be enrolled (0 credits) in dedicated PB-PMHPP professional courses designed to provide them with instruction and basic clinical skills including, but not limited to, maintaining sterile fields, medical terminology, and gaining basic emergency and clinical skills and certifications. Students are also exposed to professional and inter-professional education opportunities, evidence-based practice research, and opportunities to participate in both mandatory and volunteer/observation experiences.

  • PBPM 501, 510- Pre-Medical and Health Professions I-II


Certificate with a Master's Degree Option

In addition to earning the Certificate (as described above), students also choose to work toward one of the master's degree options during the "glide year" that many students require between completion of coursework and time of application.  For more information, see our master's degree options page.

Non-Certificate Option

Applicants can choose to pursue a non-certificate option which allows them to complete less than 24 credits of basic coursework to prepare for admission and/or standardized entrance examinations.  No certificate will be awarded, and these students are not eligible to enroll in the PB-PMHPP Professional coursework (501 & 510) or for an endorsement letter of recommendation from the program. Course work must be completed within 2 years.