Study Smarter for a Seamless Entry to Medical School

Immerse yourself in all aspects of the medical school experience while building a strong foundation in the basic biomedical sciences with the postbaccalaureate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation (C.H.P.P.) from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. This unique program not only prepares you academically for entry into medical school, it reserves your seat into the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program. If you complete the certificate with at least a 3.6 cumulative GPA and have a cumulative MCAT score of 500 or higher by that time, you will automatically be admitted into the next class of the D.O. degree program.

Learn from Faculty Members Dedicated to Your Growth

Medical school is a big commitment. And no one gets that more than the people who teach it. That’s why the faculty at the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine designed the innovative graduate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation (C.H.P.P.). It’s why you can expect they’re just as confident in your future success as you are.

Quick Facts

Tuition

NSU’s rate is one the most affordable in the country. Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is $23,000 plus fees.

Credits & Requirements

Earn your certificate in one year. The Certificate in Health Professions Preparation requires 18 total credits over two semesters.

Application Deadlines

AACOMAS Application* Due: January 15
PostBacCAS Application Due: May 15

*Required for all C.H.P.P. applicants

Delivery Options

The C.H.P.P. is offered on campus and uses a flipped classroom model with asynchronous delivery platforms such as Canvas, Lecturio, and Complete Anatomy.

NSU students in scrubs

Reserve Your Seat to NSU’s D.O. Program

Designed by the College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members, NSU’s innovative graduate Certificate in Health Professions Preparation is unique in that it offers direct entry into the D.O. program upon completion of the two-semester program with at least a cumulative 3.6 GPA or higher and required MCAT score. Students who graduate with a 3.3 GPA or higher are also guaranteed an interview.

The college does not guarantee interviews or admission for graduates from any other program, so this is a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a competent and compassionate future Shark physician.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Why Prepare for Medical School at NSU?

Direct Entry into D.O.

Admission to NSU’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) program is guaranteed once you complete the certificate with a cumulative 3.6 GPA or higher and required MCAT score.

Medical School Immersion

Learn from the same faculty while studying, and enjoying college activities, alongside medical students on the brand-new Tampa Bay campus.

Faculty Focused on Your Success

Count on faculty members to support you through the entire C.H.P.P. program. That’s because they designed it with one goal in mind: your successful entry into medical school.

Students performing a procedure on medical dummy

Get the NSU Edge

As a student at NSU, you’re not just supported by faculty—you’re propelled forward. It’s part of the NSU Edge and what makes us all Sharks. You’ll benefit from a program that’s designed specifically for you to advance into medical school confident, competent, and ready to be a leader in your class and beyond.

About the NSU Edge

Learn More at a Virtual Open House

Our virtual open houses are your chance to ask specific questions and learn more about the C.H.P.P. program. Hosted on the Zoom platform, all open houses are free and require no reservations.

Upcoming Sessions

April 21, 2022 at 11:30 AM

C.H.P.P. Curriculum

Master the fundamentals of medicine including anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, genetics, and immunology. Two courses focused on academic success will give you strategies for your future in medical school.

Which Path Is Right for Me?

Certificate in Health Professions Preparation

A full-time graduate program of study with 18 total credits over two semesters.

Graduate-level certificate

  • Direct entry into the D.O. program upon completion of the two-semester program with a 3.6 GPA
  • Enhanced prep for the basic biomedical sciences you will encounter during your first two years at any medical school

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

The D.O. track is a professional degree that requires four years of study.

Doctoral program

  • Professional internships
  • Residencies
  • All medical, surgical, and obstetric specialties

Admission Requirements

Ready for the Next Step?

Great! The first step is to complete your application and submit supporting documents. You can choose to do this through one of the two application services: the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) or PostBacCAS.

Option One: The AACOMAS Application

NSU participates in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service, which provides an interactive, web-based application that can be accessed through aacom.org, for the receipt and processing of all applications. AACOMAS takes no part in the selection of students.

Go to the AACOMAS Application

Option Two:
The PostBacCAS Application

While this application option is acceptable for admission into the CHPP program, please note that you will need to fill out an AACOMAS application in order to matriculate into the D.O. program at a later date. PostBacCas takes no part in the selection of NSU students.

Go to the PostBacCAS Application

Complete your application

Choose from the AACOMAS or PostbacCAS application services.

Request your transcripts

Request transcripts be mailed to the AACOMAS or PostbacCAS by the registrars of all colleges and universities attended.

Submit MCAT scores

Scores must be no more than two years from the date your application is submitted.

Preprofessional letters of recommendation

If a preprofessional committee does not exist, three letters of evaluation are necessary (two from science professors and one from a nonscience professor).

All letters should be signed on official letterhead and submitted directly through the application portal you chose.

Letter of recommendation from a physician (D.O. or M.D.)

This letter should be signed on official letterhead and submitted directly through the application portal you chose.

Part Two: NSU Online Secondary Application

Upon receipt of your completed application, NSU will forward to you an online secondary C.H.P.P. application. If you have questions about this or experience a delay in receiving the CHPP application, please contact Melissa Chamberlain (954) 262-1989 or chammeli@nova.edu.

Helping a student with a application

Submitting Your Materials

Please mail all documents to:

Mailing Address (Domestic)

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
College of Osteopathic Medicine
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33314-9905

Mailing Address (International)

For International Students:
Nova Southeastern University
Attn: Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

After Applying, What Happens Next?

If selected, you’ll receive an invitation by the Health Professions Division Admissions Office to schedule an interview. This personal interview is the next step and does not guarantee admission. Acceptance is on a “rolling” or periodic schedule, and you will receive decision notices via email and mail.

Interview Process

If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an email invitation from the Health Professions Division Admissions Office. A confirmation email will provide an agenda and other important information. Applicants may view their status at any time on the NSU Self-Service Banner (WebSTAR).

Interview Day
The candidate experience is a full day and includes:

  • Meeting the College of Osteopathic admissions counselor
  • Information regarding the admissions committee decision process
  • An overview presentation of the curriculum, facilities, and student support
  • A private interview with a small team of faculty members

Still Have Questions? We're Here to Help.

Feel free to reach out to any of our admissions counselors or program directors listed below.

Melissa Chamberlain
Director of Graduate Admissions
chammeli@nova.edu 

Jermila Claxton
Admissions Counselor
jclaxtonco@nova.edu

Christina Brown-Wujick
Assistant Professor and Director of the CHPP Program
cbrownwu@nova.edu 

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