School of Health Sciences Programs

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MS) - All Campuses

All applicants to the Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation. They must also have completed all undergraduate pre-professional science requirements (eight credit hours each of biology and physics) as well as 16 semester hours of chemistry coursework (including labs), four credits of which must be organic chemistry. Biochemistry is strongly recommended. Successful candidates must also show evidence of commitment to a career in the health professions and/or potential for admission to a professional school.

The graduate programs in biomedical sciences utilize a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment has been achieved. Each campus (Philadelphia, Georgia and South Georgia) has a separate application for the biomedical sciences program. The Faculty Committee on Admissions screens the applications, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students. Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admission Committee’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment. Classes begin in the Fall term.

The online application will be available beginning in the Fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/

Once your application has been downloaded by the PCOM Office of Admissions, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • A general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less).
  • One letter of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity and can comment on one's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence and commitment.

     Admissions prefers letters from the following sources: 
    • A pre-health or academic advisor/committee (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate programs)
    • Undergraduate, graduate or post-baccalaureate faculty (preferably those who delivered a candidate’s completed science coursework), who can attest to academic performance and aptitude. 
    Candidates who may not have the ability to submit a letter from any of the above sources should select letter writers who know them in a professional capacity and can comment on the applicant's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence and commitment to graduate education.
     
    Letters of recommendation can be sent through the PCOM application portal or directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format at recommend@pcom.edu. Recommenders can view our For Recommenders page for guidance.
     
  • Submit official reports of standardized test scores: MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE This requirement will be automatically waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on their bachelor's degree granting transcript.
  • If you plan to submit an MCAT score you will need to forward to PCOM a screenshot of a full copy of your MCAT report as a pdf attachment of your AAMC ID number as well as the verification code which can be obtained from AAMC. Self reported scores are not considered official and will not complete an application. All tests must be taken within four years of the desired date of matriculation. For 2022 enrollment, exams taken before August 2018 will not be accepted to complete an applicant record. Please allow at least 15 business days for us to access the AAMC and attempt to manually retrieve the scores.
  • The PCOM GRE institutional code is 2662. The PCOM Georgia GRE institutional code is 4281.

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to: 

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.

All biomedical sciences graduate program students are accepted as degree candidates and may declare a degree concentration at any time after matriculation.

Master of Science in Forensic Medicine (MS, Pathway) 

All applicants to the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale prior to matriculation.

The Forensic Medicine Admissions Committee will determine the applicant's start date and program level (MS or Pathway) based on submitted application materials and the admissions decision will reflect any change necessary.

Classes begin for each program as follows:

  • Pathway: Summer term only
  • Master of Science in Forensic Medicine: Fall term only

The degree program is a 40-credit program leading to a Master of Science in Forensic Medicine. It provides a solid foundation in the theory, concepts and principles of forensic medicine, the medico-legal and technical aspects of death scene investigations and clinical pathology skills. The emerging demands, roles and responsibilities of medico-legal investigators and clinical forensic specialists are also addressed. Please note that a strong health care and/or law enforcement background is recommended to apply directly to the MS degree program.

Pathway

The Pathway program is designed for those who are interested in forensic medicine and who possess a bachelor’s degree in a forensic-related field (i.e., criminal justice, psychology, sociology or anthropology) but lack coursework in the core sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology). This online course was devised to allow those without a strong science background to receive the necessary information to be successful in the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine.  Candidates requiring the Pathway program will be admitted to the MS degree program contingent upon completion of the Pathway program.

The forensic medicine programs utilize a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment has been achieved. The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

The Faculty Committee on Admissions screens the applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants, and selects the new students. Following completion of the admissions process, applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process.

The Faculty Committee on Admissions for Forensic Medicine uses the following information in making decisions concerning admission:

  • Application, including autobiographical statement and institutional application fee of $50.00.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in the Forensic Medicine program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Writing sample (preferably graded)
  • Resume
  • Current professional, state or federal license, certificates or registration documents, if applicable

All materials must be forwarded to PCOM’s Office of Admissions.

Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

​Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu

Letters of Recommendation can be sent through the evaluator portal on the application or directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. Recommenders can be directed to our “For Recommenders” page for guidance.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - North Georgia Campus

Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is competitive and selective. PCOM seeks well-rounded, achievement-oriented individuals whose maturity and dedication will lead them to a successful career as a physical therapist. Acceptance by the Admissions Committee is based on the applicant’s fulfillment of prerequisite coursework, grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, essay, resume, and a personal interview.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • A completed application and $75 institutional application fee
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (must be completed prior to matriculation)
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE - General Test)

Application Process

All inquiries about admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program should be directed to PCOM’s Office of Admissions. The physical therapy program participates in the centralized online application service for physical therapy (PTCAS). Visit ptcas.org for more information. The Faculty Committee on Admissions utilizes a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment of 40 new students has been achieved. However, those applications completed prior to December 1 will be given priority.

All materials must be forwarded to PCOM’s Office of Admissions.
Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Georgia Office of Admissions
625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

Baccalaureate Degree Requirement

For matriculation into this program, an applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prior to matriculation, an applicant must have successfully completed the following:

  • General/Introductory Biology: two-course sequence for science majors (8 semester-hours credit), must include labs; or two-course sequence in Anatomy & Physiology (8 semester-hours credit), must include labs;
  • If the two-course sequence in Biology for science majors is chosen, one additional upper division Biology course with a lab must be completed.
  • If the two-course sequence in Anatomy and Physiology is chosen, on additional course in Biology for science majors must be completed.
  • General/Introductory Physics: two-course sequence for science majors (8 semester-hours credit), must include labs (sequence should include content related to mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and light);
  • General/Introductory Chemistry: two-course sequence for science majors (8 semester-hours credit), must include labs;
  • Social or behavioral sciences: two courses (6 semester-credit hours); Acceptable courses include psychology (any), sociology, anthropology and world religions.

Grades of D or F are not accepted. If courses are repeated, PCOM will take the highest grade, not an average of all attempts. Prerequisite courses cannot be older than 7 years.

At the time of application, candidates must have the prerequisite coursework completed or be able to provide a plan in writing that demonstrates the completion of the prerequisites prior to enrollment in the program (this can be achieved by completing the “Planned or In Progress Coursework” section of PTCAS). Note that the requirements for the baccalaureate and all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. At least six of the ten required prerequisite courses must be completed before an application will be considered.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a licensed physical therapist. The two remaining letters are preferred to be from any of the following sources:

  • College professor
  • Employer/Supervisor
  • Pre-health professions advisor
  • Other healthcare professional

To the extent appropriate, each letter should address the applicant’s character, leadership abilities, commitment to service, ability to be self-directed, communication skills, and ability to work as a member of a team.

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.

Standardized Test Scores

Along with a completed application, letters of recommendation and transcripts, candidates to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must submit an official score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE - General Test) to be considered for admission. The PCOM Georgia PTCAS code for the GRE is 2849.

The minimum GRE scores required are as follows: GRE-V, 146; GRE-Q, 144; and GRE-W, 3.5. PCOM will take the highest score of multiple attempts. A combined score of 290 or above for verbal and quantitative are accepted. 

Healthcare Experience Requirements

There are no specific requirements for health care experiences to be eligible for enrollment. Applicants should, however, be able to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge about the practice of physical therapy through meaningful exposures as demonstrated through a completed application for admission. Any volunteer work or paid work in a clinical setting wherein candidates are either providing hands-on care or witnessing care first hand is valued. Health care shadowing experiences are also highly recommended.

Assessing Applicants for Interview Consideration

On receipt of a completed application, each applicant will be screened to determine if they are to be invited for an on-campus interview. The following will be considered during the screening process:

  • Academic ability based on GPA (overall and prerequisite) and GRE scores. Admission to PCOM’s PT program is very competitive and selective. Higher GPAs and GRE scores will enhance your chances of being selected for an interview. The average undergraduate GPA for applicants accepted to physical therapy programs nationally during the 2018-19 admissions cycle was 3.57/4.00. The average unofficial GRE percentile scores for the same admissions cycle ranged from 44% on the Quantitative scale to 61% on the Analytical scale.
  • Major and minor areas of undergraduate study
  • Observation/experience in physical therapy (quantity and variety)
  • Leadership
  • Interest in underserved populations
  • Personal interests

All applicants selected for an interview will be contacted in writing, via e-mail, with a proposed date, time and location of the interview. Please note, although all applicants who are eventually accepted must be interviewed, the granting of an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. On the day of the interview, applicants may have an opportunity to meet with a student ambassador, sit in on classes and tour the campus. The interviews are conducted by a panel consisting of one or more of the physical therapy program faculty members and/or a local clinician. Current students may also be involved.

Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admission Committee’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to enrollment in the program.

Enrollment Requirements

Accepted applicants are asked to send a $500 non-refundable deposit by January 15. An additional deposit of $500 is required by April 15 from all confirmed students. This fee is non-refundable and, along with the initial deposit, will be credited to the student’s tuition account.

The accepted candidate is also asked to review and acknowledge PCOM’s Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation by sending the completed/signed forms to TechStandards@pcom.edu.

In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.

Policy on Transfer of Credits

The Department of Physical Therapy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on the availability of places within the class. In order to be considered, a prospective student must provide documentation of the circumstances necessitating the transfer and must be in good standing in a CAPTE-accredited program of physical therapy. The applicant must be able to demonstrate equivalency of courses undertaken with courses within the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. Credit will only be granted for courses that “match” courses within the DPT curriculum and for which a grade of B or higher was achieved. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM for a student to be eligible to receive the DPT degree.

Questions

Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at gaadmissions@pcom.edu.

Master of Science in Health Science, Physician Assistant Studies - Philadelphia and Georgia Campuses

PCOM’s Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program is designed to prepare the student for comprehensive practice in a variety of clinical settings following completion of the second year of the program. The goals and objectives of the program are guided by the criteria set forth by the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Education Program for the Physician Assistant. The program has received full accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and graduates are eligible to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination for national certification and regional, local and national licensure.

CASPA

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). You may obtain additional information about CASPA and apply online at caspa.liaisoncas.com. CASPA applications become available for 2021-2022 enrollments in April 2021. All applications must be e-submitted, completed, and verified by CASPA no later than December 1, 2021, for both Philadelphia and PCOM Georgia (separate application per campus). When applying to PCOM through CASPA, you will be required to complete PCOM specific questions before submitting.

All required application materials, including the $75 PCOM institutional application fee (one fee per campus) must be received the Office of Admissions no later than December 15, 2021, for Philadelphia and PCOM Georgia in order to be considered for admission for the Summer 2022 term. Note that the fee can only be paid online through the link sent via email at receipt of a verified and completed CASPA application.

The Faculty Committee on Admissions recommends you submit a completed and verified CASPA application, which includes a PCOM specific question series, as soon as possible as we operate using a rolling admissions process.

Assessing Applicants for Interview Consideration

Completed and verified CASPA applications and supporting documents will be reviewed and individuals will be selected for an on-campus interview by the Faculty Committee on Admissions. Interviews will be offered to those who qualify compared against the applicant pool and successful completion of the following factors:

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Standardized test score (TOEFL)
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Grade point averages (GPAs)
  • Healthcare experience
  • Other considerations

An interview is required for admissions to the program and is typically conducted from September through February although interviews may be conducted before or after this timeframe. A candidate can be selected for an interview at any time throughout the review process as deemed competitive by the Faculty Committee on Admissions.

Selection for the PA program at PCOM is very competitive. The following requirements represent the minimum criteria for consideration for admission. Successful applicants will generally exceed the minimum criteria.

Baccalaureate Degree

All applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree, preferably in science or a health-related field, from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom prior to matriculation. Applicants must send official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended directly to CASPA. Once enrolled at PCOM, candidates must submit official copies of all college transcripts directly to the PCOM Office of Admissions.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation directly to CASPA. Others may be sent as a PDF document to PCOM’s Office of Admissions at recommend@pcom.edu. One recommendation must be from a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner in order to be considered for admission.

Prerequisite Coursework

It is the responsibility of each applicant to meet the following minimum requirements:

General Biology I 14
General Biology II 14
Other Biology Coursework3
(Examples: Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, etc.)
Anatomy and Physiology8
(Can be taken as separate courses or combined as Anatomy and Physiology I & II.)
General Chemistry I 14
General Chemistry II 14
Other Chemistry Coursework3
(Examples: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc.)
Health-related Science Course or Physics3
(Examples: Physics, Nutrition, Immunology, Virology, Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, etc.)
Social Sciences9
(Examples: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, History, etc.)
Math6
(Statistics is considered an acceptable Math course)
  • All prerequisite coursework listed above must be completed prior to enrollment with a grade of at least a “C” or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • All science and math prerequisites must be completed within 10 years prior to June enrollment. (e.g., June 2012 or later)
  • Applicants must obtain an undergraduate science and cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by CASPA).
  • One course cannot be used to satisfy multiple prerequisite courses.
  • AP coursework will be accepted provided the course and credits appear on your college transcript.
  • All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution. The Program will accept credits completed at a community college. The Program will accept courses completed online or on campus.
  • The Program will not accept prerequisite coursework completed as an audit or graded pass/fail with the exception of coursework completed during the spring and summer 2020 terms which may be listed as Pass in a pass/fail grading scale.
  • The Program will not accept credits completed as CLEP courses.
  • At the time of application, candidates must have the prerequisite coursework completed or be able to provide a plan in writing that demonstrates the completion of the prerequisites prior to enrollment in the program (this can be achieved by completing the “Planned or In Progress Coursework” section of CASPA). Two science/math prerequisite courses may be “Planned or In Progress”  at the time of application.

Healthcare Experience

To be considered for an interview for the Physician Assistant Studies program, applicants must have a minimum of 200 hours of direct patient contact experience in volunteerism or employment in the healthcare industry, as documented through CASPA at the time of application. Candidates complete the requirement in a variety of ways, some of which include: working as a certified nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist, LPN, EMT, paramedic, scribe, medical translator, physical therapy aide, patient navigator, mental health aide, etc. Veterinary medicine hours will not be accepted towards the requirement.

Many Physician Assistant Studies program candidates have experienced medicine overseas as volunteers in clinics. Any volunteer work or paid work in a clinical setting wherein candidates are either providing hands-on care or witnessing care first hand can be acceptable, depending on the nature of the role. In-person health care shadowing experiences are counted and highly recommended.

Other Considerations

Applicants with graduate degrees and/or five years of healthcare experience and/or other unique circumstances or qualifications may be considered, on an individual basis, for waiver of selected published prerequisite coursework. However, all candidates must have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment, excluding dual-degree candidates. Waiving of any criteria can only be assessed during the formal application review by the Faculty Committee on Admissions. Staff members of the Office of Admissions may not waive application requirements.

Applications are not accepted from individuals ineligible to be licensed as a physician assistant under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Georgia.

To ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships during their second year of study, and thus ensure them the opportunity to successfully complete their MS degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year PA students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM chosen vendor. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation. Students will not be permitted to start classes without a criminal background check received and approved by the Office of Admissions.

Application Decisions

Candidates interviewed are evaluated based on multiple factors including:

  • Academic ability
  • Scholarly accomplishments
  • Problem solving ability
  • Decision making skills
  • Maturity
  • Potential for professional  comportment
  • Level of commitment to profession
  • Personal preparedness
  • Congruence with program philosophy and mission

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to accept or reject applications to the chosen program based on merit.

Notification of Acceptance or Alternate Status

Following completion of the admissions process, applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment. Once admitted, candidates who wish to enroll are asked to review and acknowledge PCOM’s Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation and submit a $500 non-refundable tuition prepayment online. The acceptance packet will contain all materials required for enrollment.

Applicants may be placed on the wait list after completion of the interview process. The wait list is not ranked or ordered. Typically, candidates are selected as seats become available from February until classes begin in June. After all expected candidates arrive for orientation in June, those not selected will be sent a final decision letter by mail.

Policy on Advanced Standing, Transfer of Credits and Experiential Learning and Graduates of Medical Schools

The Physician Assistant Studies program does not offer advanced placement based upon transfer of credits for academic work completed at other institutions of higher learning or upon credit from experiential learning. Applications are not accepted from graduates of medical schools.

The Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science program, offered at PCOM Georgia, is designed to prepare program graduates for an exciting career in the field of laboratory medicine.

Admission Requirements

Completed and verified applications and supporting documents will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Faculty Committee on Admissions beginning in May. Applicants will be assessed on the following factors:

  • Baccalaureate degree in biologic science/chemistry
  • Prerequisite coursework: General Biology I/II (no non-major biology credits are accepted), Anatomy & Physiology I/II, General Chemistry I/II, Organic Chemistry or Survey of Organic Chemistry, Algebra or higher-level math
  • Essay written on career goals and how this degree will help attain those career goals. Applicants that do not meet the GPA requirement/lapses in consistent enrollment are encouraged to explain any occurrences in the essay.
  • Essential Functions form completed
  • Interview process

Is there a baccalaureate degree requirement for the Medical Laboratory Science program?

All applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. It is preferred that the candidate have a conferred degree in biology or chemistry; however, degree concentrations with all science and math conditions satisfied will be considered.

What are the coursework prerequisites for PCOM’s Medical Laboratory Science program?

Courses Required               Credit Hours          Notes

General Biology I/II                  8                           Lab Required
Anatomy & Physiology I/II       8                           Lab Required
General Chemistry I/II             8                           Lab Required
Organic Chemistry I*               4                           Lab Required
Algebra or higher level math   3

*Survey of Organic Chemistry is acceptable

"General" coursework denotes the first two courses in the subject sequence for science majors.

AP coursework will be accepted provided the course and credits appear on your official college transcript.

All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will accept credits completed at a community college.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will accept courses completed online or on campus.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will not accept prerequisite coursework completed as an audit or graded pass/fail.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will not accept credits completed as CLEP courses.

Are you required to submit standardized test scores for the Medical Laboratory Science program?

No, there are no formal testing requirements for this program.

Is there an essay requirement?

Applicants must write a general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less). Your completed essay should explain career goals, and how, if selected for the program, will the degree enable you to attain those goals. If there are any areas of your previous academic coursework that would reflect negatively on your acceptance to the program, applicants are encouraged to explain those concerns.

The online medical laboratory science post-professional program culminates in a Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree. This full-time, online program focuses on higher level learning in the field coupled with pathophysiology, research trends and advancement in the study of medical laboratory science. The 10-month program requires 30 credit hours for degree completion.

Admission Requirements

Completed and verified applications and supporting documents will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Faculty Committee on Admissions beginning in May. Applicants will be assessed on the following factors:

  • Baccalaureate degree in biologic science/chemistry
  • Prerequisite coursework: General Biology I/II (no non-major biology credits are accepted), Anatomy & Physiology I/II, General Chemistry I/II, Organic Chemistry or Survey of Organic Chemistry, Algebra or higher-level math
  • Essay written on career goals and how this degree will help attain those career goals. Applicants that do not meet the GPA requirement/lapses in consistent enrollment are encouraged to explain any occurrences in the essay.
  • Essential Functions form completed
  • Interview process

Is there a baccalaureate degree requirement for the Medical Laboratory Science program?

All applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. It is preferred that the candidate have a conferred degree in biology or chemistry; however, degree concentrations with all science and math conditions satisfied will be considered.

What are the coursework prerequisites for PCOM’s Medical Laboratory Science program?

Courses Required             Credit Hours              Notes
General Biology I/II                      8                         Lab Required
Anatomy & Physiology I/II            8                        Lab Required
General Chemistry I/II                  8                        Lab Required
Organic Chemistry I*                    4                        Lab Required
Algebra or higher level Math        3

*Survey of Organic Chemistry is acceptable.

"General" coursework denotes the first two courses in the subject sequence for science majors.

AP coursework will be accepted provided the course and credits appear on your official college transcript.

All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will accept credits completed at a community college.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will accept courses completed online or on campus.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will not accept prerequisite coursework completed as an audit or graded pass/fail.

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science program will not accept credits completed as CLEP courses.

Are you required to submit standardized test scores for the Medical Laboratory Science program?

No, there are no formal testing requirements for this program.

Is there an essay requirement?

Applicants must write a general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less). Your completed essay should explain career goals, and how, if selected for the program, will the degree enable you to attain those goals. If there are any areas of your previous academic coursework that would reflect negatively on your acceptance to the program, applicants are encouraged to explain those concerns.

Additional Considerations

In an effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clinical internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first-year pre-professional program students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Office of Admissions will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.

Prior to acceptance in the Medical Laboratory Science program, all candidates are required to complete PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation.

PCOM fully online courses are not open to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

In accordance with the March 2020 guidance, new or Initial F and M students who were not previously enrolled in a program of study on March 9, 2020, will not be able to enter the United States as a nonimmigrant student for the 2021-22 academic year if their course of study is 100 percent online. Consistent with this guidance, PCOM cannot issue a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” for a student in new or Initial status who is outside of the United States for courses operating fully online.

Medical Simulation Certificate (CAGS)

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the Certificate Program in Medical Simulation must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation.

PCOM’s Medical Simulation program is available at our Suwanee, GA (PCOM Georgia), Moultrie, GA (PCOM South Georgia), or Philadelphia, PA (PCOM), locations and can be completed online for those with access to an approved simulation center.

Application Process

The PCOM Medical Simulation Certificate program's online application will be accessible via our website, www.pcom.edu, beginning in fall 2021.

The application process for any PCOM academic program is on a rolling admissions basis as applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Applications can be submitted online by visiting the Apply link at pcom.edu/admissions. The Medical Simulation faculty screens the applications, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students. Following the completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the faculty’s decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment. Classes begin in the Summer term.

The Medical Simulation faculty uses the following information in making decisions concerning admission to the program:

  • Autobiographical/personal statement explaining why you are interested in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (500 words or less)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation with official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from the director of an accredited simulation center; letters also accepted from professors in health-related courses.

Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to PCOM via email or mail.

Letters of Recommendation can be sent to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. Recommenders can be directed to our “For Recommenders” page for guidance.