Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program (PPC)
The Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program (PPC) admitted its augural class of 8 students in the fall of 2010. Most of the students came from California, but today, students come to KGI from across the country- Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey. There are many reasons to be excited about the future of KGI's PPC program.
The single most pertinent statistic relevant to all post-baccalaureate premedical program is its "success rate"; the percentage of students after completion that have been admitted to at least one medical school. Our "magic number" is currently 84%. Number jumps to 94% if we include podiatry and dental school. More importantly, the remaining students have successfully transitioned into careers in the biotech and life science industry after their KGI education. This additional option is what truly differentiates the PPC program from many other types of Post-Bacc Programs and Special Masters Programs.
Although co-curricular activities contribute to a significant portion of our program, students this year have really done a phenomenal job of bringing their talents and personalities to our community. I'm please to share I'm aware of many friendships that will extend far beyond their time at KGI. After all, they will all be colleagues working together in the healthcare system.
Fall semester was definitely busy, but memorable standouts include our trip to local medical schools, and more recently our trip to Arizona to visit medical schools in the Grand Canyon State. Total of 24 students endured a 65-hour road trip through 4 medical schools. As we look forward to spring, these are some of the highlights: ALS 398 Course exclusively designed to work on the application, MCAT prep course, practice Multi-Mini Interview, and loan consultation to assist our students with educational debt management as they pursue their medical training and careers long after KGI.
As the size of our KGI and PPC alumni continues to grow, so will our standing as a top destination for specialized graduate training. I am delighted to work with so many future healthcare and life science professionals.
Joon Kim, Ed.D
Administrative Director/ Instructor