Certificate in Pre-Health Professions

College of Professional & Global Education 

Dean: Dr. Alex Hwu 

College of Science and Engineering

Dean: Dr. Carmen Domingo

Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program

HH 219
(415) 338-2410
Website: prehealth.sfsu.edu/
Email: pbadmit@sfsu.edu
Committee Chair: Ron Marzke

Program Scope

The goal of the Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program (PHPCP) 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 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 Cal State Apply and instructions can be found at https://cpage.sfsu.edu/prehealth/how-to-apply. 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 Cal State Apply Application Open Application Deadline
Summer October 1 – March 1 March 1
Fall October 1 – April 15 April 15
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 (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
MATH 199Pre-Calculus4
MATH 226Calculus I4
PH 221Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action3
PH 414Women's Health3
PH 810Public Health and Principles of Community Organizing3
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