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Equipping future health professions students for success.

Three HS-MACA sponsored programs in the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Pharmacy and Health Professions run concurrently during the summer before participants matriculate into a health professional program. These programs help ensure even greater preparedness for success in graduate school. These pre-matriculation programs run for 8 weeks and are taught by professional school faculty.

The shared goals for these non-degree programs include:

  • Exposure to relevant graduate program coursework
  • Building content knowledge
  • Introducing students to Creighton University’s unique cura personalis culture
  • Acclimating participants to the support systems available to health professional students

Medical Pre-Matriculation Program

The pre-medical program provides an eight-week program overview for pre-medical students. Content includes a preview of medical school curriculum taught by medical school faculty including: Academic Excellence, Anatomy, Host Defense, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology (Genetics & Biochemistry), Neurosciences, and Pharmacology. These students will just have completed the post-baccalaureate program.

Dental Pre-Matriculation Program

Similarly, the eight-week program for pre-dental students provides a preview of dental school curriculum with instructors from the dental school. Courses offered include: Academic Excellence, Dental Anatomy, Biochemistry, Dental Materials, Gross Anatomy (Lecture/Lab), and Histology and Embryology. These students also will just have completed the post-baccalaureate program.

School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (SPAHP)

SPAHP pre-matriculation students arrive on campus to participate in the summer program and then, upon program completion, matriculate directly into pharmacy, occupational or physical therapy programs in the fall. Students are selected by SPAHP administrators and admission personnel in collaboration with the HS-MACA staff. Coursework in the SPAHP pre-matriculation program focuses on reinforcing basic skills in core subjects like writing as well as providing enrichment/review coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and cultural competence, as appropriate to the professional program of study.