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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Sciences


SXU offers a certificate in the Medical Sciences for students who wish to supplement an earned bachelor's degree with additional coursework needed for admission to medical school or health related graduate programs. Students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree can complete the required courses that will allow for admission into a medical or other health care related programs, or the Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree at SXU.

65 credits are required for this certificate. Students who have completed two semesters of General Biology and two semesters of General Chemistry (20 credits) can complete the program in one calendar year. Coursework completed at other institutions can receive credit towards completion of this certificate. With advisement from program faculty, students will tailor a curriculum that best fits the requirements for admission into their professional school of choice. All regularly scheduled SXU science courses are also open to students in this program, however, courses not listed here may not be eligible for federal financial aid.

Students who complete the coursework with a GPA of 3.20 or higher will receive automatic admission to the MS in Medical Sciences program at SXU.

Courses denoted by * are required for students who need to complete prerequisites for 200 level courses and above (career changers). Students who have not completed General Biology 1 and 2 will not be able to complete the coursework in one calendar year and are encouraged to complete these classes before beginning the program at SXU. All of the science classes include laboratories.

  Course Title Credits
Biological Sciences BIOL 111 General Biology 1* 5
BIOL 112 General Biology 2* 5
BIOL 202 Human Anatomy 5
BIOL 203 Human Physiology 4
BIOL 250 Genetics 4
BIOL 255 Cell Biology 5
Chemistry CHEM 111 General Chemistry 1* 5
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 2* 5
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry 2 5
Physics PHYS 201 General Physics 1 4
PHYS 202 General Physics 2 4
Behavioral and Social Sciences PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Math (Choose one) MATH 201 Calculus/Analytic Geometry 1 3
MATH 135 Introduction to Statistics 3

Sample Schedule

Sample schedule for a student who has completed General Biology 1 and 2 and General Chemistry 1 and 2.

Summer (11 credits) Fall (17 credits) Spring (17 credits) May/Summer
General Physics 1 and 2 Organic Chemistry 1 Organic Chemistry 2 Admissions test preparation
Intro to Statistics Human Anatomy Genetics Take admissions exam
  Human Physiology Cell Biology Completed application for professional schools
  Intro to Psychology Intro to Sociology