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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 (starting in May and ending the following summer) 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 (with a minimum 3.0 GPA), 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 on the P-MAP website:

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Cellular & Molecular Medicine -

The Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine is one of the five basic science departments of the University of Arizona College of Medicine located on the Northeast side of the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, AZ.  The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisplinary environment through research activities to advance knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism.

CMM 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 program 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
Mona Lopez
Graduate Program Coordinator
Mona Lopez
Director of Graduate Studies
Lonnie P Lybarger
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Basic Eligibility Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants who, among other criteria:

  • 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 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate OR graduate coursework
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in the required science coursework
  • Have completed all of the the medical school core academic prerequisite coursework required for medical school admission
  • Have completed a Bachelor's degree by start of the program
  • MCAT score of 498 or higher
    • Applicants must have taken the MCAT within 3 years of matriculation for medical school (i.e., students starting P-MAP in 2020 will start medical school in 2021; they must have taken the MCAT in July 2018 or later)
Standardized Tests

Recommended tests: The MCAT is mandatory to apply to P-MAP

Required tests for non-native English speakers:
Please note that the Graduate College accepts a number of English Proficiency tests.  More information can be found at:

Financial Aid

The CMM Masters Program does not provide financial aid, however students may contact the Office of Financial Aid 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.

Contact Us

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

Admissions Deadlines

Key Dates:

Application Deadline:  September 1st
Program Start Date:  Summer term following September 1st application

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

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30

Core Required Coursework:

CMM 501 Human Gross Anatomy (Summer)
CMM 504 Cell Biology of Disease (Summer)
CMM 510 Human Histology: An Introduction to Pathology (Summer Pre-session)
PHCL 504 Human Neurosciences (Summer)
MED 500 Medical Biochemistry (Fall)
CMM 579 The Art of Scientific Discovery (Fall)
CMM 696C E=MC2 Seminar (Fall & Spring; 2 total units)
CMM 505 Critical Connections Between Basic Science & Medicine (Spring)
CMM 603 The Art of Scientific Communication (Spring)
CMM 605 Medical Immunology and Infectious Disease (Fall)
PATH 515 Mechanisms of Human Disease (Spring)
CMM 910 Thesis (Fall, Spring, and Summer; 5 total units)
P-MAP Societies (all semesters; not for credit)
P-MAP Clinical Correlations (Sumer, Fall; not for credit)

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

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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Last revised 09 Apr 2019