Medical sciences program helps build bridge for career-changers

August 06, 2009

The transition from high school to college can be tough, but what about the jump from a good job in the "real world" to college life as an adult in need of more credits? These days, career-changers and those who want to move up in their line of work are asking that same question. Brian Fletcher, a 2002 Penn State graduate, took the plunge and found it was worth every challenge.

After pursuing a career in athletic training, Fletcher decided he wanted to be a physician assistant, but needed the prerequisites required for medical school. Thanks to his successful completion of Penn State Brandywine’s Accelerated Post-baccalaureate Medical Sciences Certificate Program, Fletcher is on his way there. He will begin the Hahnemann physician assistant master’s program within Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions this fall.

The Postbaccalaureate Medical Sciences Certificate program is a fast-track, one-year program specifically designed to help college graduates prepare for admission to allied health, dentistry, optometry or other medically-related schools.

Information sessions about the program are held periodically on campus offering an overview of the program and a chance to meet some of the Penn State faculty who teach the courses and interact with other potential participants in the program. The next session is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in the campus’ commons / athletic center.

"If you want to get to where you want to go, this program will take you there," Fletcher said. "This program helped me get into physician assistant school and that was my goal."

For more information about the post-baccalaureate program, registration, or the application process, contact Sue Currie at (610) 892-1310 or or Linda Flick at

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Last Updated August 10, 2009