Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study 
Biomedical Sciences General Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Biomedical Sciences General Studies is designed for students seeking to advance their scientific background, skills and knowledge in preparation for professional school or a career.

Students who have successfully completed the foundation year of the MS in Biomedical Sciences program and have completed, or are pursuing a concentration other than general studies, may apply to the certificate program if the program requirements are met.

The 12-credit certificate program is offered in a hybrid format and is available to PCOM biomedical sciences students at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.

Program Requirements

In order to be eligible to pursue the CAGS in Biomedical Sciences General Studies, students:

  • must be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or higher is recommended).
  • have successfully completed foundation year courses.
  • have completed or currently be pursuing a MS degree in a concentration other than the General Studies Concentration.
  • must apply and meet with the PCOM Georgia Biomedical Sciences Program Director.
  • if currently pursuing a MS degree, a total course load of 10 credits or less is not recommended.

In order to be awarded the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Biomedical Sciences General Studies, the student must successfully complete four (4) of the eligible courses with a minimum total GPA in the four courses of 2.0 and successfully complete the MS in Biomedical Sciences at PCOM.

Course Options

After successfully completing foundation year coursework, students accepted to the CAGS program may begin certificate program coursework. The CAGS requires 12 credit hours of coursework. Course offerings vary and may include:

BIOM 603G Concepts in Pharmacology and Toxicology
BIOM 604G Nutritional Biochemistry
BIOM 610G Medical Immunology
BIOM 611G Medical Microbiology
BIOM 613G Molecular Genetics
BIOM 614G Developmental Neuroscience
BIOM 615G Vascular Control Mechanisms
BIOM 617G Human Virology Biology
BIOM 620G Human Viruses, Vaccines and Infectious Disease
BIOM 621G Computational Neuroscience
BIOM 622G Advanced Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Physiology
BIOM 624G Embryological Basis of Disease
BIOM 625G Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases: Emergence and Control
BIOM 626G Neurobiology of Disease

Not all courses are offered each term or each year. Courses are either 3 credits or 4 credits. Depending upon the combination of four courses completed for the CAGS, the total number of credits will be 12-16 credits.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

More Information

For more information about the CAGS program, please contact Program Director Lori Redmond, PhD at loriha@pcom.edu.

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