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Pre-Medical Science Studies Certificate

Preparation for the medical professions is more than a collection of courses.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Certificate
Department
College
Program Contact
Professor of Biochemistry, PMSS Coordinator
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Our Pre-Medical Science Studies Certificate program helps prepare you for entry into post baccalaureate schools in the medical professions: medical school, dental school, veterinary school, podiatric school, chiropractic school, and optometry school. Students for whom the certificate program is designed:

  • Post-baccalaureate students who require additional preparation at the undergraduate level.
  • Undergraduate students on an alternative path to preparing for professional school, such as psychology or exercise science or anthropology, to name a few.
  • For students majoring in chemistry-biochemistry, this is one of your “pre-med” options.

Pre-Med Advising

PMSS students have access to a Pre-Professional Advisor to advise them in coursework and in other important facets of pre-professional preparation:

  • community service
  • shadowing
  • professional development activities

Our experienced advisors know the ins and outs of applying to professional schools. Our qualified faculty, who hold advanced degrees in their field, teach all lectures and labs. Most have doctorates. The professors are here, because they love to teach.

Courses and Curriculum

Pre-Medical Science Studies (PMSS) Certificate program is designed to help prepare students for entry into post baccalaureate schools in the medical professions, specifically, medical school, dental school, veterinary school, podiatric school, chiropractic school, and optometry school. PMSS Certificate includes the most common course pre-requisites for medical professional programs, with additional courses to help students prepare for admissions exams. (MCA T, OAT, DAT, etc.)

Required courses. (Minimum 49 credits)

The student is responsible for checking with professional schools of interest for further school-specific requirements.

Note: professional schools may not accept AP credit or community college courses.

Either BIOLOGY.114 Concepts in Biology 1 (4 cr) and BIOLOGY.173 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 cr), or BIOLOGY.114 Concepts in Biology 1 (4 cr) and BIOLOGY.115 Concepts in Biology 2 (4 cr), or one BIOLOGY course for majors numbered 200 or higher (at least 3 cr)

BIOLOGY.271 Cell Biology (4 cr)

One restricted BIOLOGY elective: BIOLOGY.332 Genetics (3 cr) or BIOLOGY.343 Immunology (3 cr)

or BIOLOGY.333 Molecular Biology (3 cr) or BIOLOGY.364 Vertebrate Histology (3 cr)

or BIOLOGY.474 Human Physiology (3 cr)

CHEM.115 Chemistry for the Sciences 1 (4 cr)

CHEM.116 Chemistry for the Sciences 2 (4 cr)

CHEM.231 Organic Chemistry 1 (4 cr)

CHEM.232 Organic Chemistry 2 (4 cr)

CHEM.341 Biochemistry 1 (4 cr)

MATH.123 Essentials of Calculus (3 cr) or MATH.125 Calculus 1 (4 cr)

PHYSICS.111 Intro Physics 1 (4 cr) or PHYSICS.211 General Physics 1 (4 cr)

PHYSICS.112 Intro Physics 2 (4 cr) or PHYSICS.212 General Physics 2 (4 cr)

PSYCH.101 General Psychology (3 cr)

SOC.211 Principles of Sociology (3 cr)

INTSTUDY.300 Pre-Medical Sciences Seminar (1 cr)

Research or Independent Study (at least 1 cr)

Other requirements:

At least 12 credits of the required courses must be earned at Bloomsburg University.

A minimum cumulative QPA of 3.2 / 4.0 overall and a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.2 / 4.0 in required courses.

A minimum letter grade of C in all required courses.

Our courses provide the rigor needed to develop critical thinking and analysis skills, not only required to perform well on today’s MCAT, OAT, DAT, PCAT, and GRE, but also for success in your professional school curriculum.

When you apply to professional school, the Pre-Medical Sciences Seminar course will help you stay on track with preparing your application.

The Husky Difference

American Chemical Society
ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology helps you excel at all stages of your scientific career through networking, professional development, meetings, journals and leadership opportunities.

Pre-Med Deep Dive

Jason Stone

My research experience has helped prepare me for medical school by teaching me how to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to solve problems I’ve never seen before, and in most cases, have never even thought about before. All this will help me when I come across conditions I've never seen before to provide the best care possible for my future patients.

Jason Stone '21
Pre-Medical Sciences
Jason Stone

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