Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Science Certificate
Jean M. Smolen, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Math, Natural Sciences, Computer Science
The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health certificate program is designed for students who are pursuing admission to medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, or podiatry programs. The program focuses on the core courses required for admission to these schools and that are useful for taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), and the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Note that additional pre-requisite courses may be required by certain professional schools.
Pre-Health Advising resources are available to all students as they prepare for application to professional programs. If a student completes a minimum of ten courses at SJU, they will be eligible to be considered for review by the SJU Health Professions Advisory Committee.
A 3.0 GPA is required for admission to the certificate program. This program is open only to those who already possess a non-science baccalaureate degree. Up to two courses may be transferred to SJU to be used towards the certificate requirements.
This certificate program is eligible for federal financial aid.
|Bio I: Cells|
and Bio I: Cells Lab
|Bio II: Genetics|
and Bio II: Genetics Lab
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Lab II
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
and Biochemistry Lab
|General Physics I|
and General Physics Laboratory I
|General Physics II|
and General Physics Laboratory II
|Select one of the following: 2||3-4|
|Bio III: Organismic Biology|
|Microbio Nurse/Allied Health (pre-requisite: BIO 101)|
|Microbiology (pre-requisites: BIO 101, BIO 102, and BIO 201)|
|Introduction to Statistics|
|Fundamentals of Calculus|
|Intro to Sociology|
|Christian Medical Ethics|
Students may take the Biochemistry course offered through the Biology Department (BIO 404) as an alternative if they have completed the required biology pre-requisites (BIO 101, BIO 102, and BIO 201) in addition to the chemistry pre-requisites.
Suggested Elective options. Other electives may be considered based on the student’s interests and professional goals.
Social science courses, calculus, and statistics are recommended if not completed as part of the student’s undergraduate program.