Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program (PPC)
The Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program (PPC) admitted its inaugural 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 KGI's PPC program.
The single most relevant statistic to all post-baccalaureate premedical programs 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 81 percent. That number jumps to 88 percent if we include podiatry, dental, pharmacy or full-time employment in biotech/life science industry. This is by far the greatest strength of the program: students leave KGI with many options! The additional path is what truly differentiates the PPC program from many other types of Post-Bacc Programs and Special Masters Programs. With many programs offering at best a guaranteed interview, what will you do if you aren't accepted even after completing a program?
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. Many friendships will extend far beyond their time at KGI. After all, they will all be colleagues working together in the health care system.
Last year's group created many memories- our trip to 8 medical schools, including a trip to Arizona to visit programs in the Grand Canyon State. Twenty four students endured a 65-hour road trip and made memories of a lifetime. Some of the reasons students love our program are: ALS 398 Course exclusively designed to work on the application, MCAT prep course, practice multi-mini Interview, personalized loan consultation to assist with educational debt management as they pursue their medical training and careers long after KGI, mentoring and strong alumni connections.
This fall class looks to be a record setting year with nearly 60 students. Our reputation and alumni network continues to grow and KGI has quickly become a top destination for those seeking a highly specialized graduate training. I am delighted to work with so many future health care and life science professionals. Are you ready to go outside of your comfort zone?
Joon Kim, Ed.D
Administrative Director/ Instructor