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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.

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.

All courses taken will be assessed at the tuition rate of the student's home program.

More Information

For more information about the CAGS program, please contact Program Director Lori Redmond, PhD at

Course Options

The information listed below is from the current course catalog. Terms, sequences, courses and credit hours are subject to change at any time without notice.

Electives, Choose Four
BIOM 603GConcepts in Pharmacology Toxicology3
BIOM 604GNutritional Biochemistry3
BIOM 610GMedical Immunology3
BIOM 611GMedical Microbiology3
BIOM 613GMolecular Genetics (Required Courses)3
BIOM 614GDevelopmental Neuroscience3
BIOM 615GVascular Control Mechanisms3
BIOM 617GHuman Virology Biology3
BIOM 620GHuman Viruses Vaccines and Infectious Diseases3
BIOM 621GComputational Neuroscience3
BIOM 622GAdvanced Cardio Pulmonary Renal Physiology3
BIOM 624GEmbryological Basis of Disease3
BIOM 625GCurrent Challenges in Infectious Diseases3
Not all courses are offered each term or each year. Courses are either 3 credits or 4 credits. Depending on the combination of four courses completed for the CAGS, the total number of credits will be 12-16 credits. All Biomedical Program and PCOM policies and procedures as presented in the current handbooks apply to students completing a CAGS in General studies.