Pathways to Practice

P2P Curriculum & Medical School Prerequisites (UG & Post-Bacc)

Cleveland State University's Pathways to Practice program provides opportunities for students who are interested in careers in urban care to gain acceptance to, and ultimately excel in, medical school. Students who are admitted to the program complete an undergraduate Urban Health Certificate (minimum of 21 credits including 8 credits of urban health, 10 credits of clinical science and 4 credits of professional development courses) while also completing the science prerequisites needed for medical school.


Students need to have completed the following courses and GPA requirements before the start of the program:

  • at least one semester of general biology (CSU BIO 200/201 or equivalent) w/grade of C or better
  • general chemistry I w/lab (CSU CHM 261/266 or equivalent) w/grade of C or better 
  • general chemistry II  w/lab (CHM 262/267 or equivalent) w/grade of C or better
  • At least 3.0 GPA across these courses as a post-bacc student or 3.4 GPA as an CSU undergrad student
Useful Information:
  • Students who do not meet these prerequisite requirements at the time of application to the program can still be considered, so long as they document how they will meet the requirements by the time the program begins (for example, by taking or retaking courses in spring or summer semesters). If admitted with these courses pending, admission will be contingent on successful completion of the planned coursework.
  • Students with older courses with satisfactory grades may be considered if they can validate their knowledge with contemporary work or educational experiences.
  • In determining eligibility, only the most recent course attempt will be considered.
  • Cumulative GPA: To meet the program mission of preparing diverse students with interests in urban care for entry into medical school, applicants will be evaluated holistically to determine potential for success in the program and potential for admission to medical school after completion of program requirements. While a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended, candidates with a lower cumulative GPA who demonstrate pattern of improvement over time can be considered in our holistic admissions process.


Unless already completed with grades that are competitive for medical school admission and are up to five years old, students must complete the following courses concurrent with Urban Health Certificate courses:

  • Second semester of general biology (BIO 202/203)
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with lab (CHM 331/336 and CHM 332/337)
  • Two semesters of physics with lab (PHY 231/232 preferred or PHY 221/222)
  • One semester of biochemistry (BIO 306/307 or CHM 402/502)

Students will be required to achieve a cumulative GPA in the above mentioned BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math) courses of at least 3.4. 

MCAT Requirements:

Students are required to earn a 500 (or greater) on the MCAT. MCAT scores are achieved prior to start of the program or while participating in the program: 

MCAT Score Deadlines For Early Assurance 2-Year Track:
Track  1st attempt  2nd attempt Final attempt 
Undergrad     April/ May of Year-1  June/July prior to Year-2  September of Year-2 
Post-Bacc   Aug/Sept. of Year-2  January of Year-2  March of Year-2 


MCAT Score Deadlines for Early Assurance 1-Year Track:
Track 1st attempt 2nd attempt  3rd attempt
Undergrad  Score must be achieved prior to February Interviews
Post-Bacc  September of accepted year  January of expected manticulation year March of expected matriculation year


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Very Important Information: 

*For 2025 Matriculation only:

*Effective 2025, students who score a MCAT threshold (498-505) will successfully complete a 1-year Master of Foundation Medicine degree at NEOMED prior to start of MD program. 

*Student that score above the MCAT threshold(506+) may matriculate directly into the M.D. program .


*For 2026 Matriculation only:

*Effective 2026,  All EA students will be required to earn a Masters Degree from NEOMED prior to start of MD program: 

  • Students who earn 498-505 are required to complete The Foundations of Medicine medical school prepatory program
  • Students who earn 506+ can choose from the following master programs:
  1. The Foundations of Medicine medical school preparatory program
  2. The Leadership in Health Systems Science program
  3. The Global Health & Innovation program
  4. The Basic and Translational Biomedicine program: Innovation Track

MCAT scores older than three years at the time of the month of matriculation are NOT accepted. For example, MCAT scores from June 2021 are not acceptable for July 2024 matriculation.  



Professional Development Courses: Participation in a series of two 2-credit MCAT Prep courses that focus on critical analysis and reasoning skills and standardized testing exam preparedness. The final course is only required for students who have not met MCAT guidelines for entry into medical school (typically 498, but may vary based on the medical schools to which the student is applying). The Urban Health Seminar courses are required of all students.

HSC 393 - HSC Special Topics: MCAT Prep (2 credits) (1st year Fall)

HSC 393 - Professional Development II (2 credits) (1st year Spring)

Urban Health Seminar: Completion of an 8-credit, 4-course urban health sequence, which includes a capstone community-based participatory research project developed and implemented in Urban Health III and IV:

  • HSC 434/534 Urban Health I (1 credit) (1st year Fall)
  • HSC 461/561 Urban Health II (1 credit) (1st year Spring)
  • HSC 463/563 Urban Health III (3 credits) (2nd year Fall)
  • HSC 465/565 Urban Health IV (3 credits) (2nd year Spring)

Clinical Science Courses:

  • HSC 422 or 520 Physiology for the Clinical Sciences (4 credits) (2nd year)
  • HSC 475/575 Human Gross Anatomy (3 credits) (2nd year) AND
  • HSC 457/557 Human Gross Anatomy Lab (3 credit dissection lab) 


Statistics and Research Methods: STA 147 or 347; PSY 217 and 317; PSY 312

Upper Division Biology courses: Immunology BIO 412/413 or 512/513; Histology BIO 418/419 or 518/519; Genetics BIO 310/311, Cell Biology BIO 308/309

Upper Division Chemistry courses: Medicinal Chemistry I and II CHM 351/352

Additional clinical science courses: Pathology HSC 381/581; Neuroscience HSC 476/478 or 576/578

Psychology courses: PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology, PSY 345 - Abnormal Psychology, PSY 372 - Memory and Cognition, PSY 481 - Psychopharmacology, PSY 482 - Biological Basis of Behavior

Sociology courses: SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology, SOC 312 - Sociology of Mental Illness, SOC 343 - Medical Sociology

Philosophy courses in health care ethics or bioethics: PHL 240, 440, 441, 442, 443


HSC 450 - Physiology Lab

Note that classes fill quickly and it is your responsibility to enroll in a timely manner. 


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Updated August 24, 2023

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