Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program (PPC)
If you are reading about our Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate (PPC) program, it's because you're interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Admission into medical school as you know is extremely competitive, or is it? According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) October 2010 data, 42,742 students applied to medical schools for 2010-11, of which 18,665 matriculated into a medical program. That's an acceptance rate of 43%! This means you need not have perfect GPA or 99th percentile MCAT score for admission, however, it means a well prepared application is of utmost importance for your success.
Our PPC program is designed for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree in science or engineering and have completed the majority of the science prerequisites (biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics). However, if you require a few courses, you can inquire with our sister undergraduate colleges within the Claremont Consortium (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona or Scripps).
We also welcome those who may have already applied to medical school and been denied. We offer students a chance to show they are capable of taking graduate courses relevant to medicine. We offer exceptional learning opportunities through our faculty, and you can expect personalized support during your time at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI). The curriculum is flexible so that you'll have time to improve other areas of your medical school application. The unique and relevant graduate courses include molecular biology of disease, clinical pharmacology, rare diseases, biomedical ethics, and medical devices, plus a special course for pre-med students to understand the life of a doctor.
At KGI, it's about options. After completing the PPC, students have the option of continuing towards the Master of Bioscience (MBS) degree. The combination of business and science courses will serve as great preparation for a career in medicine.
KGI is a graduate school that trains leaders in the bioscience industry and is committed to research, education and professional training in the life sciences. The goal of the PPC program is to help students become competitive for medical school. We tailor the program to provide each student with high quality academic coursework, letters of recommendations, personal statements and essays and improved interview skills. We also encourage students to perform clinical volunteering and/or obtain research experience.
For more information, contact Dr. Joon Kim, administrative director, at (909) 607-9254 or joon_kim[at symbol]kgi.edu .
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