The standard Biology Major can be tailored to meet the needs of students planning to pursue careers in healthcare

The Pre-Health Program tailors the standard biology major to meet the course requirements to apply to professional programs in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and other allied health professions. Students interested in going to professional schools will complete the same curriculum as a biology major earning a bachelor of science degree. The only difference will be a little less flexibility in the choices of elective courses. People interested in nursing should complete the pre-nursing requirements instead.

The information given below is general in nature, and students must identify the specific professional schools to which they will apply. Ideally this should be done by the end of the sophomore year. Every professional school has its own course requirements and students need to be aware of these as they register for upper-level courses.

Pre-Medical Program

Co-coordinators: Dr. Vernon Bauer & Dr. Erin Eaton

Applicants to medical school are usually expected to have taken at least 90 hours of undergraduate work, though preference is given to those who have completed a bachelor’s degree. In addition to the items listed below, successful applicants usually have extensive clinical shadowing, volunteer, and leadership experience. Final transcripts must be submitted and the admission process usually involves an on-site interview.

  • Required coursework: Medical schools don’t usually have specific requirements, but the  following courses are highly recommended: general biology, anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and general physics.
  • GPA requirement: Most medical schools do not have a specific GPA requirement, but the average needed to get in is around a 3.7.
  • Entrance exam: Medical schools require the AAMC Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • Application service: Most medical schools use the AAMC American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) for the original application. Some may request a supplemental application after you have applied.
  • Letters of recommendation: At least 3 are required.

Pre-Dental Program

Coordinator: Dr. Shayna Wrighten

Applicants to Dental School are usually expected to have taken at least 90 hours of undergraduate work, though preference is given to those who have completed a bachelor’s degree. In addition to the items listed below, successful applicants usually have extensive shadowing. Final transcripts must be submitted and the admission process usually involves an on-site interview.

  • Required coursework: general chemistry, organic chemistry, math, general biology, general physics, science electives (like anatomy, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics).
  • GPA requirement: Many dental schools do not have a specific GPA requirement, but the average needed to get in is around a 3.6.
  • Entrance exam: Dental schools require the ADA Dental Admission Test (DAT).
  • Application service: Most dental schools use the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) for the original application. Some may request a supplemental application after you have applied.
  • Letters of recommendation: At least 3 are required.

Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Program

Coordinator: Dr. Lori Turner

Applicants to Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) Programs are generally expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree. In addition to the items listed below, successful applicants usually have extensive shadowing, leadership, and volunteering experience. Final transcripts must be submitted and the admission process usually involves an on-site interview.

  • Required coursework: general chemistry, general physics, general biology, anatomy, physiology, general psychology, abnormal psychology, and statistics).
  • GPA requirement: Most health therapy programs have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0, though the GPA required to get admitted is usually higher.
  • Entrance exam: Both programs require the GRE General Test.
  • Application service: Most PT programs use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for the original application. Some may request a supplemental application after you have applied. OT applications are obtained from an individual program.
  • Letters of recommendation: At least 2 (PT)/3 (OT) letters are required. One must come from a  professional therapist.

Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Co-coordinators: Dr. Vernon Bauer & Dr. Erin Eaton

Applicants to Physician Assistant Programs are expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree. In addition to the items listed below, successful applicants usually have extensive shadowing, leadership, and volunteering experience. Final transcripts must be submitted and the admission process usually involves an on-site interview.

  • Required coursework: general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, medical terminology, and statistics.
  • GPA requirement: Most physician assistants programs have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0, though the GPA required to get admitted is usually higher.
  • Entrance exam: Physician assistants programs require the GRE General Test.
  • Application service: Most physical therapy programs use the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the original application. Some may request a supplemental application after you have applied.
  • Letters of recommendation: At least 3 are required. One should come from a  health provider.