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  • Minimum Requirements: California Northstate University Post Baccalaureate Programs prefers a baccalaureate degree from a U.S.- regionally accredited four-year institution or a non-U.S. equivalent institution. Required minimum coursework is:
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of English
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Biology with laboratory
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Inorganic (General) Chemistry with laboratory
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Physics with laboratory
    • 1 Semester or 2 quarters of Mathematics
  • Other Recommended Courses:
  • Social sciences
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Languages
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • GPA and MCAT Requirements: California Northstate University Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and traditional MCAT score of 24 to be considered for admission. However a GPA of lower than 3.2 or traditional MCAT score lower than 28 is considered unfavorable for admission to the CNU College of Medicine.
  • Technical Standards:
  • The Technical Standards describe the essential abilities required of all candidates.
  • Reasonable accommodation in achievement of the standards is defined under U.S. federal statutes applied to individuals with disabilities. Such accommodations are intended to support the successful completion of all components of the MD degree.
  • Standards in five areas must be met by all candidates: Observation, Communication, Motor Function, Cognitive, and Professional.
    • 1. Observation:
      • Candidates are reasonably expected to:
      • Observe demonstrations and participate in experiments in the basic sciences
      • Observe patients at a distance and close at hand.
      • Demonstrate sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, and smell and the somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination.
      • Integrate findings based on these observations and to develop an appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan.
    • 2. Communication
      • Communicate in verbal and written form with health care professionals and patients, including eliciting a complete medical history and recording information regarding patients’ conditions.
  • Perceive relevant non-verbal communications such as changes in mood, activity, and posture as part of a physical examination of a patient.
  • Establish therapeutic relationships with patients.
      • Demonstrate reading skills at a level sufficient to individually accomplish curricular requirements and provide clinical care for patients using written information
    • 3. Motor Function
    • Perform physical examinations and diagnostic procedures, using such techniques as inspection, percussion, palpation, and auscultation.
    • Complete routine invasive procedures as part of training, under supervision, using universal precautions without substantial risk of infection to patients.
    • Perform basic laboratory tests and evaluate routine diagnostic tools such as EKGs and X-rays.
    • Respond in emergency situations to provide the level of care reasonably required of physicians.
    • Participate effectively in physically taxing duties over long hours and complete timed demonstrations of skills.
    • 4. Cognitive
      • Measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
      • Recognize and draw conclusions about three-dimensional spatial relationships and logical sequential relationships among events.
      • Formulate and test hypotheses that enable effective and timely problem-solving in diagnosis and treatment of patients in a variety of clinical modalities.
      • Understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine.
      • Remain fully alert and attentive at all times in clinical settings.
    • 5. Professionalism
      • Demonstrate the judgment and emotional stability required for full use of their intellectual abilities.
      • Possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate curriculum and prepare to enter the independent practice of medicine.
      • Exercise good judgment in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
      • Complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients within established timelines.
      • Function within both the law and ethical standards of the medical profession.
      • Work effectively and professionally as part of the health care team.
      • Relate to patients, their families, and health care personnel in a sensitive and professional manner.
      • Participate effectively in physically taxing duties over long work hours, function effectively under stress, and display flexibility and adaptability to changing and uncertain environments.
      • Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance for classes and clinical responsibilities.
      • Contribute to collaborative, constructive learning environments, accept constructive feedback from others, and respond with appropriate modification.

We appreciate your interest in our PMPB program and we look forward to helping you reach your goal – admission to healthcare school. Before you apply to our PMPB, please carefully review the following academic requirements that we use evaluate each application. We also suggest you review the frequently asked questions here.

  • A bachelor’s degree in science or health-related discipline. The PMPB requires a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited four-year institution or a non-U.S. equivalent institution (foreign credentials evaluation is required).
  • Minimum Coursework Requirements:
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of English
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Biology with laboratory
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Inorganic (General) Chemistry with laboratory
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
    • 2 Semesters, 3 quarters or 1 Year of Physics with laboratory
    • 1 Semester or 2 quarters of Mathematics
  • Other Recommended Courses: Social sciences - Behavioural sciences – Languages – Anatomy – Physiology – Biochemistry – Microbiology - Immunology

GPA and MCAT Requirements: The PMPB program is recommended for students interested in medical school who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 2.7 or higher in their undergraduate coursework. An MCAT score of 497 or higher is preferred but not required.

GPA and PCAT: Students interested in other professional health fields such as Pharmacy may also benefit from our PMPB. The California Northstate University College of Pharmacy does not require the PCAT and our PMPB does not offer PCAT preparation. Nevertheless, students can still enhance their academic preparation for seeking pharmacy school admission.

In the event that your academic performance does not meet the requirements or you want to improve your science GPA, you may enroll in our undergraduate program as a non-degree seeking student for up to two semesters. If you decide to pursue this route, please contact: admissions.chs@cnsu.edu for detail.

Application Opens - August 1, 2016

Summer MCAT Review (June- August)*: apply by May 1, 2017

Academic Year 2017-2018: apply by June 15, 2017

      Fall semester: 8/28-12/20

      Spring semester: 1/22-5/25

If you miss these deadlines please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on space availability.

*The Admissions Committee will recommend if a summer MCAT review course is suitable for you after evaluation of your application materials.

  1. Our PMPB is highly competitive and has limited seats, so please review the aforementioned academic requirements and decide the best option for you.
  2. If you meet the academic performance requirements, complete an online application form (including a Statement of Purpose) here: APPLY NOW!
  3. Email an updated resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Email your AMCAS report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. If you do not have an AMCAS report, mail copies of all college transcripts to:
    PMPB Admissions
    College of Health Sciences
    California Northstate University
    2910 Prospect Park Drive
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

Communication Ethics Policy for CHS Applicants:

For accurate, up-to-date information regarding academic programs, applications, and admissions, please contact CHS Admissions directly by phone (916.686.7657), or by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We will help guide you through the application and admission processes for our highly sought-after Bachelor of Science, Pre-Medicine to Doctor of Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy to Doctor of Pharmacy, and Pre-Medicine Post-Baccalaureate (PMPB) programs.

To ensure you receive precise information tailored to your specific situation and needs, please contact CHS Admissions directly. Our staff will provide you with the most current and detailed information possible. For all questions, inquiries, and appeals about CHS, contact our office via phone (916.686.7657) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We look forward to working with you and showing you how much CHS has to offer!

Contact

Phone: 916-686-8378
info.chs@cnsu.edu

Address

California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032