Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation 139 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 24-credit-hour degree program incorporates technology and supplemental resources designed to enhance synchronous and asynchronous learning to maximize the student experiences in each course and the ability to master the material. 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 goal of the program is to enroll 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 • Develop academic proficiency in a variety of basic science subjects, including biochemistry, genetics, physiology, anatomy, immunology, and microbiology. • Engage in 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. • E ngage with an osteopathic medical education via KPCOM’s programs, students, and staff members to ease the transition into medical school. • Demonstrate knowledge and skills as an articulate, culturally competent health professional able to work with individuals throughout the life span 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 applicant 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. MCATs can not be older than three years from the date of expected matriculation into the CHPP program. 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.