Pre-Health Studies Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Pre-Health Studies Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Pre-Health Studies Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Rowan University’s Pre-Health Studies Postbaccalaureate Certificate (PSPC) program is designed for students or professionals ready for a career in healthcare or medicine but have not yet completed the necessary science prerequisite courses. Beyond academics, the accelerated PSPC program at Rowan includes mentoring, service and clinical experience, advising on entrance exams and the application process, and other supportive programs to guide them on their journey to a healthcare career.

The PSPC program is administered through Rowan Global & Learning Partnerships.  Learn more about this unique program:

For questions, please contact Assistant Dean, Jennifer Ravelli at ravelli@rowan.edu.
 
Coursework
PSPC is a full-time program that requires the completion of 32 undergraduate semester hours. Matriculated students will be registered for two required classes and two recommended elective classes per semester based on students academic background determined by the Dean or Admissions Committee. In addition to coursework, students will also be required to participate in wellness modules, clinical and service experiences, bi-monthly seminars, and academic and clinical advising meetings. Listing of required and elective courses
 
Admissions
A cohort of approximately 30 students are selected annually by Rowan’s PreHealth Admissions Committee. The program is highly-selective and applicants are reviewed based on their unique personal attributes and proclivity for success in medicine and academics.  A holistic review of the application includes GPA, letter of recommendation, personal statement, and interview. Learn more about admission requirements
 
Service Project
Giving back through service is the basis of healthcare and required by all professional schools. PSPC students  will create service projects based on their unique gifts and talents. Students will work on service projects throughout the entire program and report activities monthly. Examples of past projects include the following:
  • Equestrian handicapped rider helper
  • Doll maker for Project Smile
  • Baby hugger at nursery
  • Elder weightlifting
  • Singing at nursing homes
  • Glassblowing at YMCA
  • Free piano lessons in underprivileged areas
Wellness Program
Students are required to select and practice wellness experiences for the entire program and report their activities monthly. Examples of wellness experiences include yoga, meditation, running, painting, dance, or music.
 
Clinical Experience and Mentorship
Clinical experience is a requirement for all Health Professions Schools, as such, PSPB students are required to complete clinical experience with local healthcare professionals or programs. Experiences may be completed at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, or in another approved clinical setting. Each student will be assigned to a Clinical Mentor and will be required to meet with their mentor each semester.   
 
Bimonthly Seminars 
Students in the PSPB program are required to attend bimonthly seminars. Seminars will include visits from Professional Schools, health professionals, medical students, research/medical case presentations, team building and recreational activities.
 
Supporting Success
Rowan’s PSPS program is designed to help students achieve their goals of entering professional school and having a career in healthcare. Through advising, mentors, and seminars, you will learn about the medical school admissions process, the requirements of different schools and how to select schools for applying. 

Advising will include one personal meeting each month to review academic progress. In addition, students will be assigned a current pre-medical student as a “Big Sib” mentor that they will meet with at least once a semester.

Students will take a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prep course and will be encouraged to form study groups and take practice exams. 

Successful students will be eligible to receive a  Committee Letter  from the Rowan University Health Profession Committee.
 
Professional School Affiliations and Partnerships
As a PSPC student, you will benefit from Rowan's affiliations and partnerships with professional schools in medicine, including Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as schools in dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and podiatric medicine.  
 
Program Structure Options
The program at Rowan University is flexible and has two options for program schedules depending on the needs of the student and the planned professional school application.  We offer both a 13-month and a 16-month program timeline outlined below. 
 

13-Month Curriculum Map

Summer Session 1

s.h.

Summer Session 2

s.h.

Chemistry I

4

Chemistry II

4

Term Total

4

Term Total

4

    

Fall Semester

s.h. 

Spring Semester

 s.h.

Organic Chemistry I

4

Organic Chemistry II

4

Physics I

4

Physics II

4

Foundations of Biology for Biomedical Sciences 1

4

Foundations of Biology for Biomedical Sciences 2

4

Essentials of Psychology

3

Introduction to Sociology

3

Term Total

15

Term Total

15

    

Summer Session 3

 s.h.    

Biochemistry

   

Term Total

4

   
 

16-Month Curriculum Map

Fall Semester s.h. Spring Semester s.h.
Chemistry I 4 Chemistry II 4
Physics I 4 Physics II 4
Foundations of Biology for Biomedical Sciences 1 4 Fundations of Biology for Biomedical Sciences 2 4
Essentials of Psychology 3 Introdcution to Sociology 3
Term Total 15 Term Total 15
 
Summer Session 1 s.h. Summer Session 2 s.h.
Organic Chemistry I 4 Organic Chemistry II 4
Term Total 4 Term Total

4

 
Fall Semester s.h.    
Biochemistry 4    
Term Total 4    
 
While Biochemistry is not a required course for certificate completion, it is STRONGLY recommended for those students who wish to go on to medical, dental, or pharmacy school due to the representation of these topics on the respective pre-professional exams.