Pre-Health Professions

College of Extended Learning 

Dean: Guido Krickx 

College of Science and Engineering

Interim Dean: Carmen Domingo

Pre-Health Professions Certificate

Pre-Nursing Certificate

HH 219
(415) 338-2410
Committee Chair: Robert Ramirez
Certificate Program Director: Rachel Small

Program Scope

The goal of the Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program (PHPCP) and Pre-Nursing Post-Bac Certificate Program (PNPBCP) is to guide participants through the entire preparation and application process so that they will be competitive applicants to graduate health profession schools. The program is intended for students who have already earned a B.A./B.S. degree and wish to apply to allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or optometry schools. Students wishing to apply to other health professions schools may also be considered. The program is suited for students who need to take introductory science coursework, upper division science coursework or a combination of both in order to be competitive in the admission process for health profession schools. The Director and Co-Directors jointly write a comprehensive committee letter that may be submitted with the student's health profession school application. Federal and/or private loans may be available to program participants.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited institution of higher learning with a baccalaureate or higher degree and a GPA of 2.5 or above for their most recent 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of coursework. However, because of the limited number of students that can be accommodated by the program, applicants with higher GPAs will have an advantage in being admitted.

Applicants must apply through CSU Mentor and complete the supplementary application at Official transcripts from all colleges and two letters of recommendation are also required. Admissions decisions are made by the PHPCP and PNPBCP and admission offers are issued by the SF State Division of Graduate Studies.

Students whose primary language is not English must earn a minimum score of 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based version.

Admission Dates

Start Semester CSU Mentor Application Open Supplemental Application & Materials Deadline
Summer February 1 – March 1 March 1
Fall October 1 – May 1 May 1
Spring August 1 – October 1 October 1

Pre-Health Professions Certificate — 40 Units

Students will earn the certificate after completing the required Health Professions Colloquium (SCI 695) and at least 38 units taken from the courses shown in the table below. Note: A maximum of 20 units may be transferred in from courses taken at accredited undergraduate institutions prior to entering the PHPCP. Students may also take courses in the Pre-Nursing Certificate program and these units will also count toward the PHPCP certificate.

BIOL 230Introductory Biology I (with laboratory)5
BIOL 240Introductory Biology II (with laboratory)5
BIOL 328Human Anatomy4
BIOL 350Cell Biology3
BIOL 355Genetics3
BIOL 382Developmental Biology3
BIOL 401General Microbiology3
BIOL 430Medical Microbiology3
BIOL 435Immunology3
BIOL 453General Parasitology3
BIOL 609Physics in Medicine3
BIOL 612Human Physiology3
BIOL 615Molecular Pathophysiology3
BIOL 616Cardiorespiratory Physiology3
BIOL 618Biology of Aging3
BIOL 619Pathophysiology3
BIOL 620Endocrinology3
BIOL 623Pharmacology3
BIOL 627Biophysics3
BIOL 640Cellular Neurosciences3
BIOL 642Neural Systems Physiology3
BIOL 760Cancer Biology3
BIOL 782Developmental Biology3
CHEM 115General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry (with laboratory)5
CHEM 215General Chemistry II: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts3
CHEM 216General Chemistry II Laboratory: Quantitative Applications of Chemistry Concepts2
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry I Laboratory2
CHEM 335Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 336Organic Chemistry II Laboratory2
CHEM 349General Biochemistry3
H ED 221Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action3
H ED 414Women's Health - Problems and Issues3
H ED 810Public Health and Principles of Community Organizing3
MATH 199Pre-Calculus4
MATH 226Calculus I4
PHYS 111General Physics I3
PHYS 112General Physics I Laboratory1
PHYS 121General Physics II3
PHYS 122General Physics II Laboratory1
SCI 111Science Concepts: Physics I1
SCI 115Science Concepts - Chemistry I1
SCI 121Science Concepts: Physics II1
SCI 215Science Concepts - Chemistry II1
SCI 230Science Concepts: Biology I1
SCI 235Science Concepts2
SCI 240Science Concepts: Biology II1
SCI 333Science Concepts: Organic Chemistry I1
SCI 335Science Concepts: Organic Chemistry II1

Pre-Nursing Post-Baccalaureate Certificate — 30 Units

Students will earn the certificate after completing the required Health Professions Colloquium (SCI 695) and 28 units taken from the courses shown in the table below. Note: A maximum of 15 units may be transferred in from courses taken at accredited undergraduate institutions prior to entering the PNP.

Non-Roadmap Plan of Study Grid
First Semester - SummerUnits
MATH 124 Elementary Statistics 3
PSY 431 Developmental Psychology 3
SCI 124 Math Concepts - Elementary Statistics 1
SCI 239 Introduction to Health Professions 2
Second Semester - Fall
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 101 Survey of Chemistry 3
CHEM 102 Survey of Chemistry Laboratory 1
DFM 253 Nutrition in Health and Disease 3
Third Semester - Spring
BIOL 210 General Microbiology and Public Health 3
BIOL 211 General Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory 1
BIOL 212 Principles of Human Physiology 3
BIOL 213 Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory 1
 Total Units28

Supplemental Courses

The following courses are not required, but are offered as optional/supplemental courses to be taken at the students’ discretion. In some cases, students may take supplemental courses in place of required courses as appropriate and in consultation with an advisor.

BIOL 100Human Biology3
BIOL 101Human Biology Laboratory1
COMM 150Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
H ED 825Epidemiology3
SCI 103Science Concepts - Survey of Chemistry1
SCI 110Science Concepts - Human Biology1
SCI 210Science Concepts - General Microbiology and Public Health1
SCI 235Science Concepts2
SCI 328Science Concepts: Human Anatomy1
SCI 610Science Concepts - Principles of Human Physiology1