Looking to attend medical school? KGI’s PPC program will provide you with graduate-level science courses and advanced business studies that will be invaluable to you as a future physician.
The Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate (PPC) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, is a nine-month academic enrichment program.
The PPC program helps students gain a competitive edge for admission to medical school through a rigorous graduate interdisciplinary curriculum of applied life science courses. Students also have the option to complete a master’s degree during the glide year when applying to medical schools.
Highly individualized advising support is available to all students to help navigate the medical school admissions process
Co-curricular activities are designed to prepare students for successful applications. These activities emphasize networking, mock interviews, shadowing opportunities, and field trips
Tailed curriculum of graduate-level courses that combine both business and science
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According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) searchable database, there are currently 178 different programs classified as academic record-enhancers—programs designed to give aspiring students an opportunity to build upon their credentials to become more competitive for admission into medical school.
Here at KGI, our inaugural class of eight students matriculated in the fall of 2010. We now have approximately 55 students coming to KGI from around the world! Our PPC program has quickly become a top destination for students looking to further their preparation for a career in medicine.
The single most relevant statistic to all post-baccalaureate premedical programs is their “success rate,” or the percentage of students, after completion of the program, who have been admitted to at least one medical school.
The percentage of KGI PPC alumni matriculated into medical school stands at a modest 70%, but that other 30% have proven to be equally successful. Those who chose other paths have successfully matriculated into dental schools, PhD programs, physician assistant programs, podiatric medicine, and full-time employment in the biotech/life science industry. This is, by far, the greatest strength of the program: 100% of students leave KGI with options!
These additional paths are what truly differentiate the PPC program from many other types of postbac programs and special master’s programs. With many pre-med 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 done a phenomenal job of bringing their talents and personalities to our community. Many friendships were forged that will extend far beyond students’ time at KGI. After all, they will all be colleagues working together in the same healthcare system.
Last year’s cohort created many memories during our trip to eight medical schools, 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, the crucial MCAT prep course, and effective practice interviews. But they also gain a tremendous amount of personal and developmental value from the program’s:
I am delighted to work with so many future healthcare and life science professionals. Are you ready to go outside of your comfort zone?
Director Joon Kim
The following is a list of some of the activities and opportunities available to PPC students:
If there’s anything we can do, be sure to connect with our admissions team. You can also check out more information on cost and aid and how to apply.