Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in
Health Professions or in the Sciences


student in health-related field

This post-baccalaureate program is designed for persons who have completed a bachelor's degree and want to pursue a career in the health professions or sciences. The program prepares students for admission to schools of dentistry, medicine, osteopathy, optometry, audiology, podiatry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant and other health-related fields. It also prepares students for graduate study in biology, chemistry and physics, or for entry into full-time employment in the basic sciences.

A candidate should have a distinguished undergraduate college record with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Satisfactory performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or other health-profession college admissions test is required. These tests are normally taken in the spring of the junior year. Most students spend two years at Arcadia University, taking two to four courses each semester and during the summer session.

Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Health Professions

(Variable credits depending on a student's preparation)

The minimum recommendation of the American Medical Association includes the following courses:

  • BI 101, 102 General Biology I, II
  • BI 211 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology or BI  205, 206 Human Anatomy, Human Physiology
  • CH 101, 102 Modern Chemical Concepts I, II
  • CH 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions 
  • MA 201 Calculus I
  • PH 201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II or PH  211, 212 Conceptual Physics I, II 

Students choose additional courses in consultation with their adviser. In view of the diverse backgrounds of students entering the program, the coursework and time required are individualized. Students who plan to enter careers in the health professions elect coursework in their chosen field, such as pre-med or pre-nursing.

In addition to the minimum science courses, a strong background in liberal arts and social sciences is recommended.

Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Sciences

(Variable credits depending on a student's preparation)

Students are required to take additional courses in the sciences beyond the minimum number of recommended courses listed for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Health Professions. In addition, students who plan to enter careers in the basic sciences elect coursework in their chosen field, such as in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Chemistry and Business, or Optometry. In view of the diverse backgrounds of students entering this program, the coursework and time required are individualized.

In addition to the minimum science courses, a strong background in liberal arts and social sciences is recommended.

Adviser: Dr. Chester M. Mikulski

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