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Pre-medical Graduate Health Sciences (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Office of Graduate Education
School of Medicine

(804) 828-8366

Web:
www.medschool.vcu.edu/graduate/premed_cert/index.html

Admission requirements summary

Pre-medical Graduate Health Sciences (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)
Degree:

Certificate
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Deadline
dates:

No deadline. Generally applications accepted through June for admission the following fall. Priority given to early applicants.
Test
requirements:

GRE, MCAT or DAT

The pre-professional (pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-physician assistant) health sciences certificate program of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, offers a one-year graduate-level training program for individuals seeking to enhance their credentials for admission into professional schools. Students who complete the highly successful certificate program also have a strong foundation to pursue a Master of Science or Ph.D. in one of the health sciences departments in the School of Medicine.

Admission to the certificate program and its administration and benefits are centralized in the School of Medicine, with required and elective courses based in specific departments: Anatomy and Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Human and Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology and Biophysics.

Student learning outcomes

Admission requirements

Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Training in chemistry through organic chemistry is required. Admissions are generally drawn from applicants with a GPA greater than 3.0, MCAT more than 24, DAT more than 15, or GRE more than 1100 (verbal plus quantitative) and 4.0 Analytic. International students must display an acceptable level of English proficiency, e.g., more than 250 on the computer-based TOEFL examination (or the equivalent in other TOEFL formats) or more than 600 on the GRE verbal section.

Degree requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. The curriculum is composed of three required courses (15 credits) and 12 elective credits (including for-credit research options) spread over two semesters.

Curriculum

   
Credits
Fall – required courses  
BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
5
PHIS 501 Mammalian Physiology
5
Electives (minimum 5 credit hours)  
ANAT 611 Histology
5
BIOS/STAT 543 Statistical Methods I
3
MICR 505 Immunobiology
3
NEUS 609 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
4
NEUS or PHTX or PHIS 690 research seminar
1
PHIS 691 Special Topics in Physiology (current research)
1
 
Spring – required course  
BIOC/MICR 504 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
5
Electives (minimum 7 credit hours)  
ANAT 610 Systems Neuroscience
4
HGEN 502 Advanced Human Genetics
3
MICR 515 Principles of Molecular Microbiology
3
NEUS or PHTX or PHIS 690 research seminar
1
PATH 601 General Pathology (Dentistry)
6
PHIS 604 Cell Physiology: From Molecules to Organisms
4
PHIS 691 Special Topics in Physiology (basic research)
3
PHIS 691 Special Topics in Physiology (current research)
1
PHTX 536 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology
5

 

 

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