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.
In order to be eligible to pursue the CAGS in Biomedical Sciences General Studies,
- 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
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.
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:
||Concepts in Pharmacology and Toxicology
||Vascular Control Mechanisms
||Human Virology Biology
||Human Viruses, Vaccines and Infectious Disease
||Advanced Cardiovascular, Pulmonary & Renal Physiology
||Embryological Basis of Disease
||Current Challenges in Infectious Diseases: Emergence and Control
||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
For more information about the CAGS program, please contact Program Director Lori
Redmond, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org.