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Cellular & Molecular Medicine (MS) - Medical Track 
Program Description

The Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) Program is coordinated through the UA College of Medicine-Tucson Offices of Admissions and Diversity and Inclusion.  P-MAP is an intensive full-time, 12-month program (May 2015-May 2016) designed to help students who have experienced greater than average challenges in preparing to become competitive medical school applicants and succeed in medical school.  The program involves admission to the UA Graduate College and the Master of Science program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM), in addition to participation in seminars and activities.  Upon successful completion of all program components (i.e. 3.0 GPA or above and an MCAT score of at least 22), students will be admitted to the UA College of Medicine-Tucson campus.

The P-MAP program provides an individualized approach through personalized plans focusing on three main areas:

1.  Educational Enrichment: Consisting of a combination of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework, learning assistance and MCAT preparation.

2.  Professional Socialization: Development of professional skills that are expected of a physician, including mentorship, clinical experience, opportunities to give professional presentations and clinical medicine professional etiquette.

3.  Life Management: Training and coaching in financial and stress management, goal setting, and access to confidential counseling services.


The goal of the P-MAP curriculum is to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills that are needed for students to be successful in medical school and to eventually become providers of high-quality healthcare for our communities.


Learn more at the Information Session!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 4:00 - 5:00pm
College of Medicine, Room 3117
(1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ)

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Cellular & Molecular Medicine -

Welcome to the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona. Department faculty pursue excellence through teaching in  the medical curriculum and graduate and undergraduate courses, through the pursuit of leading edge biomedical research, and through service to the University, local community and the nation.

Department faculty run active research programs in modern molecular and cellular biology which include areas of developmental biology, neuroscience, parasitology, immunology, cancer biology, and cellular structure and function. Our graduate programs attracts outstanding students from all parts of the US and the world. Graduate students from the interdisciplinary programs of Cancer Biology, Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Physiological Sciences also receive training in CMM faculty laboratories.

CMM Mailing address:

PO Box 245044, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 

Life Sciences North, Room 450, Tucson, AZ  85724-5044

College of Medicine, Tucson  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Janae E Gregston
Graduate Program Coordinator
Janae E Gregston
Director of Graduate Studies
David A Elliott
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Basic Eligibility Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants who among other things:

  • Are Arizona Residents
  • Have faced socioeconomic disadvantages, are first generation college attendees, grew up in either a rural or US/Mexico border region, OR are enrolled members in federally recognized American Indian tribes
  • Demonstrate principles of cultural competence in healthcare
  • Demonstrate attributes such as altruism and social accountability
  • Are fluent in English and conversant in languages commonly spoken in Arizona (i.e., Spanish, Navajo)


Academic Requirements

All applicants must meet all academic requirements listed below:

  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in undergraduate OR graduate coursework
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in the required science coursework
  • Have completed all OR have no more than 9 credits remaining to fulfill the medical school core academic prerequisite coursework required for medical school admission
  • Have no more than 9 credits remaining for the completion of a bachelor’s degree (which must be completed by the first day of summer pre-session)
  • MCAT score of 22 or higher preferred but not required
Standardized Tests

Recommended tests:


Required tests for non-native English speakers:
Minimum TOEFL: 600
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

The CMM Masters Program does not provide financial aid, however students may contact the Financial Aid office for assistance ( 

Students who are admitted to the P-MAP program are responsible for paying the academic and living expenses.  Financial aid is available to those who qualify based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Graduate students may be eligible to receive aid from the following federal student aid programs:  Direct Loan Program, Federal Perkins Loan Program, and Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program. The Federal Direct Loan Program offers the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans. All P-MAP matriculates will be placed on the Perkins Loan waitlist to be reviewed for eligibility independently of the Federal Direct Loans. You will be notified if you are awarded Perkins as funds are limited and are based on high financial-need. Federal Work-Study is available to graduate students based on financial need and available funds. The P-MAP curriculum is rigorous and the program requirements do not generally allow for employment. If interested in FWS, please discuss with the P-MAP advisory group and the College of Medicine Financial Aid Office.

For internal and external scholarship opportunities, please visit The University of Arizona’s (UA) Scholarship Universe (SU). Scholarship Universe is a scholarship matching portal that determines eligibility for all available scholarships based on the student profile question responses. A UA NetID is required to log into SU.  If a student has not yet been admitted to the UA, a guest ID can be created. It is encouraged that P-MAP students apply for all available scholarships that are designated within the SU portal and research other scholarships available through public and private organizations. 


Contact Us

For questions or more information, contact the Office of Admissions (520.626.6214) or email admissions@medicine.arizona

Admissions Deadlines

Key Dates:

Application Period:  September 2 - November 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (late applications will not be accepted)
Interviewing Period:  January 2015
Program Admission Notification:  March 2, 2015
Program Orientation: April 23-25, 2015 (tentative dates)
Program Start Date:  May 18, 2015

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: School Code: 4832; Dept. Code 0203

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30

Core Required Coursework:

CMM 501 Human Gross Anatomy (Summer; 4 units)
CMM 504 Cell Biology of Disease (Summer; 4 units)
CMM 510 Human Histology: An Introduction to Pathology (Pre-Summer; 3 units)
CMM 565A Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging  (Spring; 3 units)
CMM 604 Current Topics in Translational Medicine (Fall; 2 units)

CMM 605 Medical Immunology and Infectious Disease (Fall; 4 units)
PATH 515, Mechanisms of Human Disease (Spring; 4 units)
CMM 910, Thesis (any semester; 5 units)

The student will be required to complete at least six additional units.

The following courses are recommended:
CMM 595H, Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases (Spring; 2 units)
EPID 576A, Biostatistics in Public Health (Fall; 3 units)
CMM 695D, Human Genetic Disease Colloquium (Fall; 3 units)
The courses listed above are suggestions. The choice of elective courses will be agreed upon by the student and the student's advisor.

Other courses in the biomedical sciences and medicine may be appropriate and will be considered. The student will be required to receive approval from his or her advisory committee for his/her final selection of courses.

Language requirements: n/a

Other requirements: Every student will be required to complete the courses with a grade of C or better. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

Every student is required to complete a substantial research project and to submit a written thesis that documents that research. Both laboratory and non-laboratory projects will be considered. The student's research project will be agreed upon by the student and the student's advisory committee (to be made up of at least three faculty members, at least one of whom must be a member of the Masters Advisory Committee). As a guideline, laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a publishable manuscript for an appropriate journal and non-laboratory based thesis should be in the format of a New England Journal of Medicine review article and be 10,000-20,000 words (not including references).

The CMM Master’s Program will consider allowing previous coursework to count toward the degree requirements, up to the extent permitted by the Graduate College. The final decision about transfer credits will be made by the student's advisory committee.

Minor Requirements
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