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Science Foundations A & B Overview

Science Foundations A & B

Career/Program Overview

The Science Foundations Certificate A provides students currently holding a baccalaureate degree the opportunity to complete science and liberal arts coursework (if required) to apply to a variety of professional programs.  These include medical, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, as well as other professional programs.

Classes chosen for this certificate prepare students to begin work towards the Science Foundations B certificate. There is flexibility in the courses and sequencing which allows for adaptation to match student needs based on their field of study and transfer coursework.  Students must check with their desired professional programs and institutions to ensure this coursework fulfills their prerequisites.  Additional coursework may be required for some programs.

The Science Foundations Certificate B provides students currently holding a baccalaureate degree the opportunity to complete science and liberal arts coursework (if required) to apply to a variety of professional programs.  These include medical, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, as well as other professional programs.

Classes chosen for this certificate will prepare students for pre-professional admissions exams such as the MCAT, PCAT, and DAT as well as fulfill prerequisite requirements for many professional programs.  There is flexibility in the courses and sequencing which allows for adaptation to match student needs based on their field of study and transfer coursework.  Students must check with their desired professional programs and institutions to ensure this coursework fulfills their prerequisites.  Additional coursework may be required for some programs.

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

Primary coursework for Certificate A includes:  Concepts of Biology, Survey of Life Forms, and Chemical Principles I and II.  Elective coursework includes: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Microbiology, Genetics, Calculus I and II, Fundamentals of Statistics, and Ethics.

Primary coursework for Certificate B includes:  Organic Chemistry I and II and Physics I and II.  Elective coursework includes: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Calculus I and II, Fundamentals of Statistics, and Ethics.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a 19 credit Science Foundations A Certificate and a 21 credit Science Foundations B Certificate. 

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester. 

Career Opportunities/Information

These certificates is specifically designed to prepare students for a professional program.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.

Accreditations/Articulations

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/science-foundations
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2016-03-13
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