Advanced Core Science Studies, Certificate

The CST Postbaccalaureate Program offers a certificate for successfully completing a full-academic-year course load of advanced core science courses that have been customized to help students prepare for the entrance exams and the first year course load for professional schools, including allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric medical schools, dental schools, physician assistant programs, and pharmacy schools. 

Only students who have already earned a bachelor's degree are eligible for acceptance to the Postbaccalaureate Program.

The program offers a supportive academic environment designed to help its students develop academically, professionally, and personally. 

For more information about the program, please visit: https://postbac.cst.temple.edu/

If you have questions for our leadership team, please send them to cst.postbac@temple.edu or call us at 215-204-0621.

Certificate Requirements

To earn a Certificate in Advanced Core Science Studies, students must complete the following courses and additional requirements.

Required Courses

 The Certificate consists of a set of core course requirements and additional courses in one of 3 tracks based on the anticipated career path.

Track 1: For students interested in pursuing a career as an MD, DO, PharmD, DPM, or OD (26 Total Credit Hours)

Track 2: For students interested in pursuing a career as a DMD or DDS (27 Total Credit Hours)

Track 3: For students interested in pursuing a career as a PA (28 Total Credit Hours)

Residency Requirements: All coursework for the certificate must be completed at Temple while enrolled in the 10-month Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program in the College of Science and Technology.

Core Courses
ACMS 4004Fundamentals of Physiology4
BIOL 4201The Practice of Health Care: Competencies and Current Topics1
BIOL 4218Principles of Medical Genetics for Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureates4
BIOL 4233Human Anatomy for Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureates4
BIOL 4275Fundamentals of Medical Biochemistry4
CHEM 1055Introduction to Problem Solving and Logical Thinking for Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureates1
Total Credit Hours18
Track 1: Additional Courses

Students interested in pursuing a career as an MD, DO, PharmD, DPM, or OD should complete the following courses:

ACMS 4006Cellular and Molecular Basis of Immunology and Microbiology4
BIOL 4268Fundamentals of Cell and Cancer Biology for Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureates4
Total Credit Hours8
Track 2: Additional Courses

Students interested in pursuing a career as a DMD or DDS should complete the following courses:

ACMS 4006Cellular and Molecular Basis of Immunology and Microbiology4
BIOL 4268Fundamentals of Cell and Cancer Biology for Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureates4
CHEM 1005Practice and Development of Spatial Visualization Skills1
Total Credit Hours9
Track 3: Additional Courses

Students interested in pursuing a career as a PA should complete the following courses:

ACMS 4005Fundamentals of Physiology Lab1
BIOL 1004Medical Terminology for Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureates1
BIOL 2001Clinical Microbiology4
BIOL 4234Human Anatomy Lab for Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureates1
MATH 1013Elements of Statistics3
Total Credit Hours10

Additional Requirements

  1. Attend the appropriate standardized test preparatory course(s).
  2. Participate in clinical enhancement and/or volunteer opportunities.
  3. Attend mandatory advising sessions.