DO/Business Certificate

The Graduate Business Certificate in Health and Medical Services certificate program allows the first year medical student to obtain business expertise without committing to a fifth (extra) year of study. The certificate program provides students with essential business “building blocks” in accounting, managing human capital and business views of important healthcare topics.

Candidates interested in the certificate program apply to the MBA Program and are held to the same admissions criteria and rigor. Admitted as MBA students are certificate candidates who will have the option to complete the MBA Program in the five-year PCOM program with a decelerated medical curriculum or after they have completed their medical degree but within our six-year guideline as established by Saint Joseph’s University.

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted online through the Saint Joseph's University website. Applications should include:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) from an accredited institution
  • A request for PCOM to send First-year PCOM grade reports and MCAT scores to Christine Hartmann, MBA Director, Saint Joseph’s University.

Applications to the DO/MBA Program should be submitted by March 1 of your first year at PCOM. The joint admissions committee, comprised of PCOM and Saint Joseph's University faculty, reviews all materials and makes final admission decisions.


The Health and Medical Services Certificate Program consists of the following courses: 

  • Accounting Concepts
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Empowering Human Potential at Work
  • Gateway Course: Healthcare: A Global Perspective
  • Coding, Coverage, and Reimbursement

If a student is waived from Accounting Concepts based on an evaluation of the undergraduate transcript, the student then takes ACC 550 Creating and Measuring Shareholder Value Management in the place of Accounting Concepts. If a student is waived from MKT 501 Marketing Concepts based on an evaluation of the undergraduate transcript, the student will take MKT 550 Marketing Strategy in the place of MKT 501 Marketing Concepts.

More Information

For more information, contact Robert Cuzzolino, EdD, Vice President for Graduate Programs and Planning at PCOM at 215-871-6770 or emailing

For questions about the business curriculum, please contact Ms. Christine Hartmann, Director of the MBA Program at Saint Joseph’s University at 610-660-1659.