Preprofessional Health Academic Program

Formal

Phots of studentThere is a significant number of postbaccalaureate students who take advantage of the excellent basic and advanced science and mathematics courses, advising programs, science & math tutoring support opportunities, and competitive tuition and fees of CSUEB to prepare for application to professional programs in the health-related professions. The postbaccalaureate program is a formal program, specifically designed for postbacs and requires students to apply as graduates at www.csumentor.edu. As preprofessional health postbac student needs vary greatly, students are eligible to take a wide variety of courses in both the undergraduate and graduate curricula through Open University (guaranteed classes for admitted postbacs!).

Given that each postbac student's pre-CSUEB background is unique, upon admittance they should seek advice from the Preprofessional Health Academic Program (PHAP) to determine those courses which will meet the prerequisites of the professional program to which they wish to apply. Some postbacs may not have taken any basic science classes and would greatly benefit from the cohort-based classes the program features in all science courses. Most professional schools require up to one-and-half years of biology, two years of chemistry, a year of physics, and at least 2 courses in calculus.

Other postbacs are what we usually refer to as "career enhancers": that is, those students who have completed some of or all of the prerequisite classes in the basic sciences but feel uncompetitive to apply to health professional schools. As such, additional preparation taking upper division biology and biochemistry classes (up-to-1 year or 9-12 classes) is always a welcome opportunity. Such courses must be discussed with a prehealth advisor and can be accessed by clicking the Course Information link on the menu. Many students find that additional courses in biology and chemistry are not only valuable preparation for entrance examinations such as the MCAT, DAT, OAT and GRE, but also very useful in making their application very competitive. This additional coursework also provides knowledge and skills for careers in the sciences as alternatives to professional health science careers.

Postbaccalaureate students should note that some professional schools require prerequisites to have been taken within a certain recent time frame (typically within the last 5 years). For this reason, it is imperative that you meet with a preprofessional advisor as soon as you are admitted to the University, in order to determine the courses you need to take at CSUEB. For information about the courses at CSUEB that are most often used to satisfy prerequisites of professional schools, see the Course Information page. It is highly recommended that students access the other links available at this website with useful information for prehealth students.

All postbac students are encouraged to make an appointment to visit a prehealth advisor at least once a quarter for advising, mentoring, program campus activities, and a discussion about how best to prepare competitively for professional school application. The prehealth advisor also engages students in discussions concerning volunteer, research, and community service opportunities required by many professional schools. Postbac students are also encouraged to visit peer student advisors who hold weekly office hours in SCN 113. Peer student advisors are usually officers in the CSUEB's Prehealth Society and have much to offer especially to beginning prehealth students.

For further information, PHAP may be reached at 510-885-3401. Email inquiries may be addressed to preprof@csueastbay.edu. For additional information about this program including fee structure, course information and FAQs, prospective students should access the program description link accessed from the University Extension's homepage: http://www.ce.csueastbay.edu/

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Informal

The informal portion of the PHAP includes all undergraduate students in different majors including all second bachelor's degree students. The program provides a number of services to students including general counseling about degree requirements, career choice, and personal decisions; assistance in selecting courses to meet admission requirements of the professional schools; assistance in preparation for national tests (such as DAT, MCAT, PCAT, VMCAT, GRE and OAT); information about professional programs and careers in the health professions; aid in preparation of applications to professional schools; and submission of letters of evaluation in support of applications.

All prehealth students are encouraged to make an appointment to visit a prehealth advisor at least once a quarter for advising, mentoring, program campus activities, and a discussion about how best to prepare competitively for professional school application. The prehealth advisor also engages the prehealth students in discussions concerning volunteer, research, and community service opportunities required by many professional schools. Prehealth students are also encouraged to visit peer student advisors who hold weekly office hours in SCN 113. Peer student advisors are usually officers in the CSUEB's Prehealth Society and have much to offer especially to beginning prehealth students.

Please review the contact information on the menu at left. For further information, PHAP may be reached at 510-885-3401. Email inquiries may be addressed to preprof@csueastbay.edu.

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