Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation 129 Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM) Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation (CHPP) is an accredited, graduate-level certificate program designed to prepare pre-health students for direct matriculation into NSU’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program or other health-related professional programs. The programprovides training in the basic sciences foundational to careers in the medical professions and is taught at the graduate level to ensure that students who complete the program are prepared to excel in the medical curriculum that they will encounter inmedical school. Ongoing changes in the American health care system and national demographic changes have led to a national shortage of physicians. NSU’s CHPP program is designed to further the scientific foundation of those who wish to address this societal need and complement their undergraduate academic preparation to foster an ability to excel in the medical curriculum, as well as better engage in cocurricular experiences that lead to a well-rounded medical student experience. This 18-credit-hour degree program incorporates technology and supplemental resources designed to enhance synchronous and asynchronous learning to maximize student retention of material covered in each course. All students are welcomed on campus and are intermixed with the newest class of medical students in activities such as orientation, wellness lunches, and in other student services-sponsored activities. Students in the CHPP program are required to meet twice a week with their instructors on campus and will move through the two- semester program as one cohort. Students who complete the program with no professional or behavioral issues, a cumulative MCAT of 500 or higher, and a GPA of 3.6 or higher are guaranteed acceptance into KPCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program. Students who complete the program with no professional or behavioral issues, a cumulative MCAT of 500 or higher, and a GPA between 3.3 and 3.59 are guaranteed an interview at KPCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program. Program Goals The CHPP program enrolls high-quality students who are committed to providing competent and compassionate care and who fell slightly below the academic level of KPCOM’s admitted candidates during the last admissions cycle. It offers these students the opportunity to demonstrate the academic qualities necessary to be admitted into the KPCOM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program by completing a one-year, full-time academic program that is structured to provide the academic foundation necessary to be successful in the osteopathic medical school curriculum. ProgramObjectives • Assist students in developing academic proficiency in a variety of basic science subjects including biochemistry, genet i c s , phys iology, anatomy, immunology, and microbiology. • Implement a flipped classroom curriculum that offers students the ability to deeply engage with each subject and refine their ability to self-regulate the pace of their learning and study methods prior to matriculating into medical school. • Allow students the opportunity to be taught by basic science faculty members at KPCOM who will facilitate and guide their experiences in the flipped classroom. • Develop opportunities for students to engage with an osteopathic medical education via KPCOM’s programs, students, and staff members to ease the transition into medical school. • Develop students who are articulate and culturally competent health professionals able to work with individuals throughout the life span and from varied backgrounds through coursework, advising, and campus engagement. Admissions Requirements The Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation Program evaluates the overall quality of its applicants, looking at academic achievement, personal motivation, knowledge of health care and osteopathic medicine, profession-related experiences, and recommendations. Specific criteria for admission are as follows: • The appl icant must have a current NSU CHPP (postbaccalaureate) application, must have previously applied to the current cycle of the D.O. program, and must have an American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) application on file from the current D.O. cycle or have completed a PostBac Centralized Application Service (PostBacCAS) application. • The applicant must submit official transcripts of all coursework,including that still in progress (even if applicant has previously submitted a service application). • The applicant must submit official MCAT (medical) scores. The scores cannot be older than three years. Official MCAT scores are acceptable if submitted as part of a service application or through AACOMAS. MCAT scores sent by applicant can be validated with a verification code.