July 14-15, 2005

ITEM 128-2003-R0705  Approval to Establish a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical Certificate Program; Montana State University-Bozeman

THAT:  The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Montana State University-Bozeman to offer a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical Certificate Program

EXPLANATION:  Montana State University- Bozeman seeks approval from the Montana Board of Regents to offer a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program.

The proposed program of courses has been designed a.) to fulfill the science requirements of all 126 medical schools, (b) to offer an efficient timetable toward completion of the courses while preparing the post-baccalaureate candidate for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT), and (c) to present a pedagogical logic in its sequence. Post-baccalaureate students completing 36 of the 45 credits available will be awarded the Certificate at the completion of their studies.

The proposed curriculum provides cohesion to the collection of courses required for medical school and lends itself well to describing this option both to candidates and the professional schools. The courses and intensive pre-med advising for students in this certificate program would be the same as currently offered to students in our undergraduate curricula for students preparing to enter the medical professions.