Curriculum

The academic year is divided into trimesters. Although typically an academic year begins in September, a student may start the program at the beginning of any trimester. The trimester periods are:

September through December;
January through April;
May through August.

The Curriculum is designed for 2 years of course work and one year for dissertation. A distance learning program, particularly at the doctoral level, requires commitment and discipline on the part of the student. Commitment to work hard and complete the program. Discipline to plan and maintain study times for yourself.  Self-learning can be difficult at times because you are alone with your decision to proceed and cannot enjoy the camaraderie of fellow students attending an on-campus class.

Our program is designed for and is best suited for working adults, lab technicians,  medical technicians,  science educators, and anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of this exciting field of stem cell biology.  Consequently, the program is structured for part-time study over 3 years.

Throughout the program, you will have an academic advisor who will help you through the educational program. You will have someone to take problems to. We want all students to succeed, and to complete the program so you can further your career, and make important future contributions that will reflect well on the College.

The current Curriculum is as follows:

Year #

Trimester Number

Course #

Course Title

Credits

1

1

611

Introduction to Cancer Biology

3

612

Human Embryology/ Developmental Biology

3

614

Enzymology

3

2

616

Virology

3

618

Molecular Biology

3

621

Blood-Components, Separation, Labelling, Typing

3

3

622

Physiology and Human Anatomy

3

624

Immunology

3

626

Hormonal Rejuvenation

3

2

1

630

Fundamentals of Stem Cell Biology

3

632

Stem Cells (Embryonic)

3

634

Stem Cells (Adult and Fetal)

3

2

636

Stem Cell Laboratory Protocols

3

638

Human Regenerative Biology

3

640

History of Medicine

3

3

642

Disease Treatment with Autologous Stem Cells

3

644

Fetal and Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment

3

646

Growth Media, Growth Factors

3

3

1

681

Commercial Sources Supporting Stem Cell Science

3

683

Research Methodology and Writing/Select Thesis Topic and Outline

3

684

Dissertation Preparation I

3

2

686

Dissertation Preparation II

3

3

700

Dissertation Completion

6

A description of the courses can be found in our Course Handbook 2017

The program concludes with the completion of the Dissertation (Click on Dissertation section of Academic Program in above navigation bar).

New Lab Based Research Option Available
The Panama College of Cell Science now offers an exciting laboratory-based option to students who prefer to complete a dissertation based on actual stem cell research. Up to now, our graduate students have done elegant “reviews” to meet their dissertation requirement. These review papers have been published in peer reviewed journals as well as through other outlets such as Amazon. In a “review”, the student selects a very current topic within the stem cell field and proceeds to summarize the most prominent and latest articles, not only establishing the current consensus but more importantly describing where that aspect of the field is now and synthesizing where it is likely to be proceeding. New hypotheses and ideas for future experiments are presented. The purpose of the dissertation—to demonstrate a command of stem cell science and ability to think independently—is thus accomplished.

Review papers are still of course permitted, but now, through the generosity of US Stem Cell Inc., one of the premier regenerative medicine companies in the US, a lab based research option is available, that would allow some graduate students to perform actual stem cell research in connection with their dissertation requirement. Lab based research is not required, however. You can read more about this program in our announcement: Lab Based Dissertation Option 

In addition, students are encouraged to seek out training sessions, and various stem cell lab projects which occur from time to time in their home countries. Such hands-on lab training is certainly beneficial, and if completed during the student’s study with the College, is added to the official academic record of the student. Lastly, although we have no laboratory, we do train students in laboratory procedures.Here is a Sample Assignment Concerning Growth Media of one of our students discussing the procedures and equipment for expanding adult stem cells ex vivo. We are confident that our graduates can be comfortable and capable of discussing stem cell issues in any environment.