Academic enhancement

Students who are below the national average grade point average for admitted students need to consider additional sciences for academic enhancement. This can be done in one of three ways: unstructured coursework, a certificate program, or a master's degree. The choice is up to each individual student. It is possible to become competitive through any of these pathways. 

Unstructured Post-Bac Coursework 

Many people choose to attend Wayne State University and take unstructured courses. These courses are planned in partnership with a PMHSC to ensure that all minimum requirements are met, and that there is a new body of work with 24+ credits at 3.75+ grade point average. This option offers maximum flexibility and works well for students who need to take a couple of the recommended prereqs along with new upper division courses. 

Structured Programs 

Other students choose to complete a structured program like a certificate or master's degree. Some of these programs recruit specific populations while others are open to all candidates. For example, the Wayne State University School of Medicine has a post-bachelors, non-degree program in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for qualified, low-income students seeking admissions to medical school while Albion College has a certificate program open to any student that integrates hands on work with science curriculum and MCAT preparation.  

Students who showed strong improvement over time in their bachelor's degree but are still below the target grade point average are encouraged to consider a master's degree. The degree must be in a science field in order to improve the student record. Students are encouraged to research all programs that might be of interest. Some local options are listed below. 

Wayne State University Master of Science in Basic Medical Sciences 

Wayne State University Master of Science in Physiology (Plan C) 

University of Michigan Master of Science in Molecular and Integrative Physiology 

Oakland University Master of Arts in Biology