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January 18, 2008

Farmingdale State College Announces New Post-Baccalaureate Program

New Certificate Program in Sciences for the Health Professions
Offered for Non-Science Graduates

Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State College, announced today that a new post-baccalaureate Certificate in Sciences for the Health Professions was approved by the State University of New York and registered with the New York State Education Department.  Applications are being accepted now for the spring 2008 semester.

The Sciences for Health Professions certificate program was designed and proposed by Dr. Charles Adair, chair of the Department of Biology, for college graduates whose undergraduate background does not meet the requirements for admission to professional training programs in the health sciences (e.g., programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine).  This rigorous program will provide post-baccalaureate students a formal option for gaining both academic instruction in the health sciences as well as the advisement they need for successful entry into professional training. The certificate program will be housed in the biology department.  ; Once admitted to the program, students will receive guidance by Dr. Paul Kramer, coordinator of the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental/ Pre-Allied Health Sciences Advisement Program for the campus.

Designed to meet the needs of students with bachelor's degrees in non-science fields who seek a career change into the health professions but lack the necessary science and mathematic background, the program consists of 34 credits.  Acceptance into this prog ram requires an earned bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0.   The certificate requires completion of typical health profession program prerequisites including: Biological Principles I & II, General Chemistry Principles I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II and Physics I & II (with appropriate Mathematics prerequisites).  The certificate can be earned within four semesters, depending on the timing of prerequisite courses.

Farmingdale Sta te College also offers a certificate in Health Studies.  This program is designed to meet the needs of students who need science courses to qualify for admission to associate or baccalaureate programs such as Nursing, Dental Hygiene or Medical Laboratory Technology.

For information about the Sciences for the Health Professions certificate, contact Dr. Charles Adair, Chairperson, Biology Department, at 631-420-2175 (e-mail charles.adair@farmingdale.edu ) as well as Farmingdale Admissions. For information on the Health Studies certificate, please contact Professor Dolores Bradley via email at dolores.bradley@farmingdale.edu or call at 631-420-2257.