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The one-year Medical Science Preparatory graduate level certificate program is designed to help students enhance their academic credentials for application to medical or other health professional schools. The program provides the student with the opportunity to improve their academic science background and helps them prepare for their MCAT or improve current MCAT scores.
Medical Science Preparatory Certificate Curriculum
The curriculum offers graduate-level biological science coursework, undergraduate review courses in physics, chemistry, and organic chemistry, a community outreach course, and an MCAT preparation and review course, currently taught by Princeton Review. The undergraduate level review courses in physics and chemistry are designed to help with the physical science section of the MCAT.
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Medical Science Preparatory Certificate Program Admissions
Applicants to the Medical Science Preparatory Certificate program must have already fulfilled undergraduate pre-medical requirements and demonstrated mastery of the material at a minimum grade of C or better. These requirements include a year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, including respective laboratory sections. Applicants are required to submit official MCAT scores if the exam was taken, or general GRE scores in lieu of the MCAT. MCAT scores of 17 to 27 and GRE scores in the 70th percentile are acceptable for application to the program. An undergraduate math/science and overall GPA of 3.00 are appropriate for application. The program does not have cut offs for GPA, MCAT and/or GRE scores, but it is required that applicants are showing a marked improvement in their academic history. Health care-related experiences, community service, research, leadership and extracurricular activities are also taken into consideration with the application.
Successful Program Completion
Students who complete and pass all courses included in the Medical Science Preparatory Certificate program curriculum with a minimum grade of C, achieve a minimum 2.75 graduate GPA, and release new official MCAT (DAT, etc.) scores to the program will be granted a certificate of program completion. Students typically begin the application to medical or other health professional schools following successful completion of this one-year program. Students continue to receive assistance from the office during this application process.
Students achieving a minimum 3.00 graduate GPA are granted a guaranteed acceptance into the Master of Science in Biological Science program. Completion of the Master of Science in Biological Science program leads to a Master of Science degree. For students wishing to continue on for this second year who have not been able to meet the 3.00 graduate GPA will be reviewed on an individual basis for continuation. Many students will enter the Master of Interdiscplinary Health Sciences program instead.
Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences
Drexel University College of Medicine
New College Building, Room 4104
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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