Schedule

Program Schedule

The program is flexibly designed to meet the student’s needs and background. The time required to complete the certificate program ranges from 15 to 24 months, depending on the preparation of the incoming student.

Students may elect to enroll full or part time, but should keep in mind graduate/professional schools in the health sciences will need evidence students can perform well in a rigorous science intensive academic environment. In addition, students with little or no volunteer experience in a healthcare setting will need to allow time for that activity. Further, allowing time to prepare for professional placement exams (DAT, OAT, MCAT, and PCAT) is an important consideration.

The following are typical schedules for a student applying for entry in each of the two cohorts.

Fall Start Cohort

Year 1

Fall term

Winter term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Biology 1 with lab

Biology 2 with lab

Biology 3 with lab

Clinical Experience

Chemistry 1 with lab

Chemistry 2 with lab

Chemistry 3 with lab

Begin Exam Prep

Physics 1 with lab

Physics 2 with lab

Physics 3 with lab

 

Year 2

Fall term

Winter term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Organic Chemistry 1

Organic Chemistry 2

Biochemistry

Take Exam

Genetics*

Upper Level Biology*

Upper Level Biology*

Apply

Upper Level Biology*

Upper Level Biology*

Application Prep

 

Winter Start Cohort

Year 1

Fall term

Winter term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

Biology 1 with lab

Biology 2 with lab

Chemistry 3 with lab

 

Chemistry 1 with lab

Chemistry 2 with lab

Clinical Experience

 

Physics 1 with lab

Physics 2 with lab

 

Year 2

Fall term

Winter term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Organic Chemistry 1

Organic Chemistry 2

Biochemistry

Take Exam

Biology 3 with lab

Upper Level Biology*

Upper Level Biology*

Apply

Physics 3 with lab

Upper Level Biology*

Upper Level Biology*

 


Upper level biology classes vary depending on the health professions program. Students are responsible for knowing the pre-requisite classes required for entry into the schools they wish to apply for. Commonly required classes include, but are not limited to, anatomy, microbiology, and physiology. Students should meet with the pre-health advisor in the first term of their program to outline a course schedule that best fits their needs.

Note that completion of the pre-requisite course work does not necessarily mean a student is ready to apply to graduate/professional school in the health sciences. Time for study and preparation for the professional placement exam, clinical exposure in the chosen field, research and community service outside of healthcare also need to be considered.