Why choose KGI’s PPA program? It combines graduate-level life sciences curriculum with professional competencies such as teamwork, public speaking, and an interdisciplinary approach to solving tomorrow’s healthcare challenges.
The Postbaccalaureate Pre-PA Certificate (PPA) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, is designed specifically for those looking to enhance their academic credentials to gain a competitive advantage for admission into Physician Assistant (PA) programs. Students also have the opportunity to complete a master’s degree during the glide year when applying to PA programs.
Do you need additional clinical hours? Are you looking to complete anatomy, physiology, and/or microbiology to apply for PA school? Do you want to differentiate yourself from other PA school applicants? KGI’s PPA program can help you achieve your goals!
KGI’s one-year PPA program combines the best of an “academic enhancer” (AE) program and a Special Master’s Program (SMP). It’s an AE because it’s an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate environment and to learn unique knowledge and skills from the biomedical industry offered by physician assistant schools. It’s similar to an SMP in that our students may have the option to continue towards completing a master’s degree with an additional year.
KGI’s curriculum consists of graduate-level courses within the applied life sciences, which combines courses in science and business.
There are additional upper-level undergraduate courses offered over the summer that are often required or highly recommended by many PA programs. Options include:
PPA students must earn 24 units to complete the certificate.
PA programs require a wide range of clinical hours, from 0 to 2,000. Students in the PPA program can earn up to 560 clinical hours over the fall and spring terms, but students in need of additional hours can accumulate up to 800 hours by continuing afterwards through summer.
Students are eligible to enter KGI’s Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program during their second year after completing their PPA certificate. Learn more.
Last year’s cohort created many memories during our trip to 13 PA programs, including a trip to Arizona to visit programs in the Grand Canyon State.
Students love our program for the ALS 398 course, which was designed exclusively to support students with their applications, GRE prep course, and effective practice interviews. Our students also gain a tremendous amount of personal and developmental value through the program’s individual financial planning, collaborative culture, mentoring, and connection to our strong alumni network.
The following is a list of some of the activities and opportunities for our students:
One of the greatest benefits of our program is the highly individualized support. Our advising team is dedicated to working with each of our students to help navigate through the admission process, and is readily available as evidenced by ample hours of walk-in appointments. In addition, we have a course in the fall specifically designed to help students produce their best application by learning about relevant concepts from educational psychology, such as theories of motivation and learning strategies. In the spring, we spend time on personal statements and interviewing skills.
The PPA program is best suited for students who are not only looking to further improve upon their credentials, including the need for additional clinical hours but to develop both breadth and depth to enrich their future careers in healthcare.
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Senior Director and Instructor of Postbaccalaureate Programs
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