Nov 30, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Allied and Professional Health Sciences Post Baccalaureate Certificate

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The health field offers job opportunities and rewarding careers. It is one of the fastest growing industries in the US and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected increasing demand and labor shortages for at least the next ten years. The CU Denver Post-Baccalaureate Allied and Professional Health Sciences Certificate was developed as an opportunity for the many students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to shift their career into this large and fast growing industry to improve employment opportunities and potential earnings.  

In order to improve their position among many highly qualified applicants to health professions programs and for health science related jobs, we anticipate that many students will need to continue their higher education. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has developed a certificate that provides a broad foundation in STEM (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and advanced health-oriented coursework that is essential for both graduate and professional programs and the needs of the health industry.

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree but need additional undergraduate pre-requisite courses to apply to health professions programs (including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, lab technicians, health research jobs and more) can benefit from the CU Denver Post Baccalaureate Allied and Professional Health Sciences Certificate. CU Denver is well-known for preparing students for applications to health careers and acceptance to health professions programs. This certificate program offers high quality, rigorous preparatory classes and exceptional health careers advising including assistance with letters of evaluation, seminars on application processes, and assistance finding clinical, research, and community service experiences to enhance applications.

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their program advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them. Exceptions and substitutions must be approved by the Director of the certificate.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Certificate

When applying to CU Denver, students should select the Undergraduate Degree-Seeking option. After indicating that the student has or will have completed a bachelor’s degree, the applicant should be directed to a screen that allows selection into the Allied and Professional Health Sciences Certificate. After admission, students should meet with a Health Professions Advisor (NC 3002) to work collaboratively to develop a course plan that best meets their academic and career goals. 

Contact details

Trishia Vasquez
Health Professions Advising, NC 3002 C

General Requirements

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Certificate Requirements

  1. Students must complete a total of 32 credit hours with a minimum of 15 credit hours from the approved courses below at CU Denver.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 12 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours, from approved coursework.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C(2.0) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  4. The 15 credit hours of course work from the approved list below must be completed at CU Denver. Other coursework (up to 17 credit hours) used as pre-requisites or other courses applicable to the certificate program, may be taken at CU Denver or transferred from another university after evaluation and approval.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations

  1. All upper division level courses used to satisfy the requirements for the Certificate must be completed at CU Denver.
  2. Students may use prior/transfer coursework to fulfill requirements and prerequisites, as long as departmental faculty evaluate the coursework and decide they are directly equivalent to the courses at CU Denver.
  3. All courses used to satisfy the requirements for the Certificate must be completed within a five-year period.
  4. Individual courses used to earn the Certificate may carry other prerequisites that must be met before enrolling.
  5. Students must complete all of the following courses or demonstrate equivalent credit through transfer coursework taken within the last 10 years.
  6. A prerequisite for any course must be transferred or completed at CU Denver before enrolling in that course.
  7. Graduate level courses can substitute for their undergraduate counterparts with approval.
  8. Specific requirements may exist pertaining to financial aid.
  9. Students must already have earned a Bachelor’s degree to enroll for the certificate.
  10. Students currently enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree programs are not eligible for the certificate.
  11. Students who complete the Certificate may not apply the courses used to earn the Certificate toward a second degree, if they choose to return and seek a second degree at CU Denver.

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