Pathways to Practice

Pathways to Practice Curriculum

Cleveland State University's Pathways to Practice program provides opportunities for students who are underrepresented in medicine and who are interested in careers in urban primary care to gain acceptance to, and ultimately excel in, medical school. Students who are admitted to the program complete an undergraduate Urban Health Certificate (minimum of 19 credits including 8 credits of urban health, 8 credits of clinical science, and 3 credits of professional development courses) while also completing the science prerequisites needed for medical 


Pathways to Practice Prerequisite course work (completed prior to  start of the Program)

Students need to have completed the following courses and GPA requirements before the start of the program:

  • at least one semester of general biology (CSU BIO 200/201 or equivalent) w/ grade of C or better
  • general chemistry I w/ lab (CSU CHM 261/266 or equivalent) w/ grade of C or better 
  • general chemistry II  w/ lab (CHM 262/267 or equivalent) w/ grade of C or better
  • At least 3.0 GPA across these courses as a post bacc student or 3.2 GPA as an CSU undergrad student
 
Useful Information:
  • Students who do not meet these prerequisite requirements at the time of application to the program can still be considered, so long as they document how they will meet the requirements by the time the program begins (for example, by taking or retaking courses in spring or summer semesters). If admitted with these courses pending, admission will be contingent on successful completion of the planned coursework.
  • Students with older courses with satisfactory grades may be considered if they can validate their knowledge with contemporary work or educational experiences.
  • In determining eligibility, only the most recent course attempt will be considered.
  • Cumulative GPA: To meet the program mission of preparing diverse students with interests in urban primary care for entry into medical school, applicants will be evaluated holistically to determine potential for success in the program and potential for admission to medical school after completion of program requirements. While a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended, candidates with lower cumulative GPA who demonstrate pattern of improvement over time can be considered in our holistic admissions process.

Medical School Prerequisites

Unless already completed with grades that are competitive for medical school admission and are up to 5 years old, students must complete the following courses concurrent with Urban Health Certificate courses:

Students will be required to achieve an accumulative GPA in the above mentioned BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math) courses of at least 3.4. 

Urban Health Certificate Curriculum (additional required courses)

 

RECOMMENDED COURSES (OUTSIDE OF THE URBAN HEALTH CERTIFICATE) TO ENHANCE PREPARATION FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSES (19-22 CREDITS)

OPTIONAL COURSE (1 CREDIT)

Note that classes fill quickly and it is your responsibility to enroll in a timely manner. Check the latest Catalog of Classes for more course information. 

 

Contact the Pathways to Practice Department  for more details at 4urbanhealth@csuohio.edu

Updated September 4, 2019

CSU Partnerships for Urban Health