Premedical Concepts Institute (PCI) is a ten week (divided into two 5 week sessions) summer program for freshmen that are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, physical therapy, or the biomedical sciences. Students can earn 10 semester hours of credit in the first two general biology courses that are required perquisites for entry into the doctorial programs listed above and for the biology degree. Participants are academically accelerated because they spend 150% more time per course with academic support than they can receive in either the fall or spring semesters. PCI participants receive more premedical advisement and counseling because there are no student activities and other distractions occurring during the summer. PCI students also make the best adjustment to college life during the summer rather than in the fall because ten times more students compete for faculty time and courses. Successful PCI students can enroll in required sophomore biology courses for the fall and spring semesters. It will enable them to complete their degree in less than four years. Most PCI completers will participate in a medical school summer program during the 2012 summer at one of the 12 medical/ dental schools offering SMDEP. They also are able to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at the end of their second year at PVAMU because they would have completed a year of general chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, and a year of physics by the end of their sophomore year. The Undergraduate Medical Academy pays for MCAT preparation courses ($3,000), the MCAT fee ($350), medical school application fees ($3,000 or more), and travel to medical schools for interviews ($4,000 to outer state schools).
PCI has been conducted since the summer of 1977 and has produced over a thousand qualified academic competitive participants that have been accepted directly to the doctoral programs listed above. Over 90 % of our successful matriculating graduates to these doctoral programs entered Prairie View through PCI.
For More Information on the Biology Departments Summer Programs, contact the program Director:
Pre-Medical Concepts Institute Program
Dr. George E. Brown, Director
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