Expanding Opportunities for Pre-Health Professionals | Biological Sciences

Expanding Opportunities for Pre-Health Professionals

With support from the US Department of Education, this program seeks to increase the diversity of the healthcare workforce by helping eligible students become more competitive applicants for admission to medical school. Through a combination of coursework, standardized test preparation, and health science-related activities, program participants will enhance their medical school applications. Applicants must also apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals. Accepted applicants will:

  • Receive a $2,000 stipend
  • Begin in a five week summer academy focused on standardized test review (MCAT)
  • Enjoy free on-campus housing during the duration of the summer academy
  • Participate in year-round workshops focused on study skills, critical reading, personal statement writing, and other tools for success
  • Complete upper-division science coursework to earn their Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Pre-Health Professionals

Additionally, students will participate in a forum on issues facing healthcare today. Students will also have access to the Health Careers Advisement Office which will provide guidance through the health professional school application process.

Summer Academy

Students accepted into the program will start off in our intensive five week Summer Academy. The focus of the academy is to review the core subjects on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Students are required to live on-campus during the five weeks of the academy while participating in five content-review courses in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Verbal Reasoning. The courses are taught by highly capable instructors familiar with standardized testing structures with the aim to maximize student preparedness for the coursework in the coming academic year. The intensive review courses should also prepare students to take an official MCAT exam in September.


Workshops held throughout the year, beginning in the summer academy and continuing through the following spring quarter, will supplement the student learning experience. Some example topics for the workshops include; critical reading skills, effective note-taking, time and stress management, test-taking strategies, and personal statement writing. These workshops will benefit students as they prepare for admission into medical school and prove invaluable in their program.

Symposium on Issues in Healthcare

The symposium is held in the spring quarter and all students accepted into the program are required to participate. During the winter and spring quarters and in consultation with their advisor, students will explore a healthcare issue of their choosing. Students will then present their findings in poster-presentation format at the symposium to the campus community. Awards will be given for the best presentations. Participation in the symposium activities will provide opportunities for students to network with peers and health careers professionals.

How to Apply

Follow the steps outlined the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate website at



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For More Information Contact:

Elba Munoz, M.A.
Health Professions Advisor
Biological Sciences Building 174
(323) 343-6062
E-mail: emunoz23@calstatela.edu

Alex Martinez, M.A.
Program Coordinator
Biological Sciences Building 170
(323) 343-6063
E-mail: amartinez2@cslanet.calstatela.edu

Note: Direct all advisement questions to the Health Professions Advisor. To schedule an appointment with the Health Professions Advisor, call (323)343-6062 or (323)343-6063.

Note: This is a fulltime program (12 units minimum per quarter) and outside employment is not encouraged.