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Advanced Certificate in Health Sciences / Pre-Health Professions

This program enables college graduates to fulfill the admissions requirements of many post-baccalaureate health professional programs, including medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, veterinary science and physical therapy. It is intended primarily for those with bachelor's degrees in fields other than science, as well as those with a minor in a science field. All students will pursue an individualized plan of study based on their prior preparation and education plans.

Because schools in the health professions have such diverse admission requirements, each student's plan of study will be created in consultation with an Adult College Academic Adviser and the Pre-Medical Program Advisor of Mercyhurst University.

The Advanced Certificate in Health Sciences/Pre-Health Professions is not an easy undertaking. Nor is it a fast way around the fundamentals required for a student to attain a health career. Mercyhurst College offers the academic program and the certificate to encourage students who have undergraduate backgrounds in Behavioral Science, Humanities and other fields to pursue their dreams of becoming outstanding students and practitioners of the health professions.

A student who satisfactorily completes a minimum of 12 credits under an approved plan of study will qualify for the Advanced Certificate. No previous undergraduate or graduate level credits may be applied toward the 12 credit requirement.

Candidates for the certificate are also expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of a "C" in each course attempted.

The following "core" courses are typically required for entrance into health care professional schools. All of these courses must be or must have been completed by each student in order to apply and matriculate into a health professional school.

Course Requirements*
Mathematics (2 courses)
either: Math 111 & 112    Precalculus I & II
or: Math 170 & 171 Calculus I & II
or: Digital Imagery
Chemistry (3 or 4 courses)
  Chem 121/122 General Chemistry I & Lab
  Chem 222/223 General Chemistry II & Lab
  Chem 240/241 Organic Chemistry I v Lab
if necessary:   Chem 242/243 Organic Chemistry II & Lab
Physics (1 or 2 courses)
either: Phys 101/103 Principles of Physics & Lab
if necessary: Phys 102/106 Principles of Physics II & Lab
or: Phys 201/203 General Physics I & Lab
if necessary: Phys 202/206 General Physics II & Lab
Biology (3 courses)
  Bio 140/141 Cell Biology & Lab
  Bio 144/145 Ecology & Evolutionary Bio & Lab
  Bio 148/149 Organismal Biology & Lab

Additional biology courses are required for admission to specific health professional schools. Each student will complete biology elective courses according to his/her individual plan of study (except where determined by agreements with LECOM).

* Descriptions are available in the Course Catalog

Cost and Career Information

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Admissions Requirements

B.A. or B.S. degree with an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Admissions Procedures

Applying is easy! Fill out your FREE Online Applicaiton, then have official college transcripts sent to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education at:

Mercyhurst University
Attn: Paul Hirsch
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546