Post-Baccalaureate Program in Health Professions
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. The program prepares students for admission to schools of dentistry, medicine, osteopathy, optometry, audiology, podiatry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant and other health-related fields.
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.
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American Medical Association Recommendations
The minimum recommendation of the American Medical Association includes the following courses:
- General Biology I
- General Biology II
- General Chemistry I
- Organic Chemistry I
- General Chemistry II
- Organic Chemistry II
- Calculus I
- Fundamental Concepts of Physics I
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.