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Special Courses & Programs for Pre-Med Students

  • The Health Careers Opportunity Program

    HCOP is a student support program within the College of Health and Human Services and in collaboration with the College of Science and Mathematics. The HCOP office, located in the Science 1 building, room 136, offers an array of services to pre-health professional students which include the following for all pre-medical students: Medical School Resource Center, information on pre-health and research summer programs, Academic Excellence workshops in chemistry, physics, biology and calculus, general pre-med advising and information of interest to premedical students.

    MCAT preparation study groups and application workshops are also offered from time to time. For information, call the HCOP office at 278-4150.
  • Art and Practice of Medicine course: NSCI 1

    This one-unit course is for pre-health care students. Concepts of health care and health care delivery are discussed, with the aid of community physicians and specialists.
  • Academic Research Associates Course: Practicum in Medicine (NSCI 110)

    This two-unit course is offered every semester at the Community Regional Trauma and Burn Center in Fresno, which is part of the UCSF School of Medicine. Students must have at least sophomore standing with at least a 3.5 GPA. 

    Students become acquainted with on-going research projects at the medical center and help identify patients who could be enrolled in the various projects. Students get clinical observational experience and interact with physicians at the medical center. Dr. Brian Chinnock is the faculty member in charge of the course. 

    Applications are available at the end of each semester for the following semester. Contact Ms. Hall in the Health Careers Information Center, Science 1 - 136, or Jannet Castaneda ( with any questions. 

    For more information, visit the Academic Research Associate Website.
  • Scribe Program I: St. Agnes

    The Scribe Program is a paid, 16 to 18 hours per week medical experience with a two-year commitment. Nearly thirty pre-med and medical students currently work side-by-side with physicians as scribes at Saint Agnes Medical Center Emergency Department. After receiving a crash course on anatomy, medical charting, and medications, they assist with patient charting, ordering diagnostic tests, and ordering medications for emergency physicians. This program not only provides better patient care, but also gives actual clinical experience for the dedicated pre-medical student.

    Presentations about the program are given every fall and spring semesters.. Watch for flyers on the bulletin boards in the Science I building.

    Qualifications for a Scribe Position
    • Pre-med student for two years
    • Mature, Responsible & Proactive
    • Legible handwriting
    • Available every day except for school hours
    • Available for weekend overnight shifts and holidays.
    • Capable of providing two shifts/week
    • 16-18 hours/wk
  • Scribe Program II: Other Valley hospitals
    Three other scribe programs run by CEP America are at local Valley
    hospitals: Community hospital, Clovis hospital, and Madera hospital.
    Click here for the CEP America link to submit your resume. (For the
    program at Community, please email Dr. Frank at