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8/6/2009 —

The transition from high school to college can be tough. But how 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 Undergraduate Postbaccalaureate Medical Sciences Certificate (Postbacc) 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.

(Brian Fletcher, of Coatesville, experiments in the lab at Penn State Brandywine where he earned the credits he needed to enroll in medical school through the campus’ one-year Accelerated Postbaccalaureate Medical Sciences Certificate program.)

The Postbacc 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 for Tuesday, August 18, from 7 to 8 p.m.  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 Postbaccalaureate program, registration, or the application process, contact Sue Currie at 610-892-1310 or SEC7@PSU.EDU or Linda Flick at LCF6@psu.edu.

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