Official Certificate Program: Pre-Health Studies
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.0 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.
Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office:
• Graduate Application Form
• Application fee
• Official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts from every institution attended except CCSU
Applicants must also sumit to the department Pre-Pac chair:
• Essay describing why the applicant is interested in pursuing this program.
The Pre-PAC chair will schedule an interview with the applicant, during which an advisory committee (including the Chief Health Professions Advisor) will work with the candidate to develop an individualized planned program of study in keeping with his or her academic background and professional goals.
Applications for the spring semester must be received by November 1 for students wishing both to begin classes during the summer session and to be considered for financial aid. However, students may begin the program in any semester and applications will be accepted throughout the year within the graduate admission deadlines of June 1 and November 1. Post-baccalaureate certificate students are classified as graduate students; they may be either part-time or full-time and may qualify for financial aid. Only students matriculated as full-time may take nine or more credits a semester. Part-time and nonmatriculated students are limited to less than nine credits/semester.
While each student’s academic program will be tailored to meet the individual’s specific academic needs and professional goals, a model program that would be appropriate for a student with a minimal science background is shown below. This model program also illustrates the 45-credit upper limit for this certificate program. Smaller academic programs may be possible for students with some science background, with a lower limit of 26 credits. All individual programs must be designed and approved in consultation with the Pre-PAC advisory committee at the admission interview. A minimum of 18 credits in the planned program must be taken at CCSU.
Model Program* 45 credits
Life Science (21 credits), including:
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
BMS 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BMS 306 Genetics 4
BMS 316 Microbiology 4
BIO 318/ Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 591 Independent Research Project in Advanced Biology 1
BMS 591 Independent Research Project in BMS 1
BIO 319/ Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 412/413/ Human Physiology and lab 4
Chemistry (16 credits), including:
CHEM 161 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 162 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 163 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 164 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
Physics (8 credits) including:
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4
*For course descriptions and prerequisites for courses numbered lower than 400, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students must maintain a 3.00 (B) cumulative grade point average in order to be in good academic standing and to receive the post-baccalaureate certificate. Upon completion of the planned certificate program, a certificate will be issued from the School of Graduate Studies. (While completion of this program does not lead to a graduate degree, courses at the 400 level or above that are taken as part of this program may be counted toward a master’s degree upon the approval of a program advisor, provided that the graduate-syllabus option is elected at the time of course registration in 400- level courses.)