This is a one-year post-baccalaureate certificate program that consists of 22 credits. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a program certificate of Professional Studies in Health Sciences.


  • Introduction to Professional Studies in Health Sciences (Pathway Scholars Program):
    • ​Introduces students to the academic program, campus resources and support and program and coursework policies. 
  • Leadership and Learning in Medicine:
    • Combines leadership and teamwork in mastering curriculum and includes the Pathway Scholarly Project and Pre-Doctoring, as well as Clinical Application, Medical Ethics and Clinical Anatomy sessions.
    Fundamentals in Molecular Basis of Life and Disease:
    • Fundamental concepts of all basic science disciplines.
  • BioMed Career Exposure:
    • 2 semester course which provides students with exposure to clinical experience, working with physicians, patients and other health professions.
  • Fundamentals in Cardiovascular Hematology:
    • Cardiovascular, lymphatic, circulatory and hematologic systems.
  • MCAT Preparation:
    • Structured and customized preparation for the MCAT Exam. Students sit for the MCAT in early spring.

Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to work with medical students, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty and partners of the UA. Upon successful completion, students will have the opportunity to earn acceptance into the MD program if they meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Achieve a 3.0 or higher in Fundamentals of Molecular Basis of Life and Disease.
  • Achieve a 3.0 or higher in Fundamentals of Cardiovascular Hematology.
  • Sit for the MCAT after completing preparation curriculum.
  • Demonstrate professional preparedness as evaluated by competencies and milestones within the curriculum.

The Pathway Scholars Program Advisory Committee will recommend students for matriculation to the College of Medicine - Phoenix.