Programs

Tue, 2012-04-24 00:12 -- science

Pre-Health Professional Programs

Programs

Pre-Med (Allopathic & Osteopathic)

The pre-med program is a four-year program terminating in a bachelor's degree. Course preparation must include a year of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and general physics. Students are advised to take more than the minimum amount of biology and chemistry to be competitive on the qualifying MCAT and to make the first year of medical school more manageable. Courses in mathematics, communication skills, and various arts and humanities will be required by certain medical schools.
Graduate work: Allopathic and osteopathic medical schools provide a four-year curriculum conferring the degree Doctor of Medicine, M.D. and D.O. respectively. The graduate can then expand to spend two to eight years in residency depending on the area of specialization.

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Physician Assistant

Students complete two to four years of undergraduate work before attending a physician's assistant program. The minimum course load requires a volunteer clinical experience, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
Graduate work: Physician's assistant programs typically last for two years. Students must obtain a catalog from the specific school offering physician's assistant programs he/she plans to attend as course requirements may vary.

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Pre-Physical Therapy

The pre-physical therapy program culminates with a bachelor's degree and is designed to prepare students for a D.P.T. program in physical therapy. The minimum load requires general biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, behavioral sciences, and statistics.
Graduate work: Doctorate and master's degree programs are available for physical therapy assistants. Students must obtain a catalog from the specific school of physical therapy he/she plans to attend as course requirements may vary.

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Pre-Occupational Therapy

The pre-occupational therapy program culminates with a bachelor's degree and is designed to prepare students for a master's degree or Ph.D. program in occupational therapy. Joint bachelor's/master's programs are available. The minimum load requires a volunteer clinical experience as an occupational therapy aide, general biology, anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, statistics, calculus, and psychology.
Graduate work: Students must obtain a catalog from the specific schools of occupational therapy he/she plans to attend as course requirements may vary.

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Pre-Pharmacy

The pre-pharmacy program is developed to gain admittance to a pharmacy school. Course preparation includes general and organic chemistry, general biology, physics and other math, biology, and humanities courses, depending on the pharmacy school.
Graduate work: The colleges of pharmacy often confer a bachelor's degree to students transferring into their program upon completion of the college's undergraduate course work. A doctorate of pharmacy, Pharm. D., is awarded after completion of professional program's four-year curriculum.

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Pre-Dentistry

Pre-dentistry is a four-year program terminating in a bachelor's degree. Course preparation must include a year of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and a manual dexterity skills course.
Graduate work: Dental schools provide a four-year curriculum and confer a Doctorate of Dentistry degree upon graduation.

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Pre-Veterinary

Pre-veterinary is a four-year program, though course requirements may vary depending on the graduate school. Courses include English composition, public speaking, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative analysis, physics, mathematics, statistics, genetics, macroeconomics, animal nutrition, humanities, and electives. Animal experience is of high importance. This experience could consist of volunteer work at an animal shelter or paid positions in a veterinary clinic. A major in biology is strongly recommended.
Graduate work: Colleges of veterinary medicine execute a four-year curriculum which confers the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Generally, graduates serve a residency in a specialty area before beginning independent practice.

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Pre-Chiropractic

The pre-chiropractic program is developed to gain admittance to a school of chiropractics. Course preparation includes general and organic chemistry, two courses in biology, physics, and psychology.
Graduate work: The colleges of chiropractic generally confer simultaneously their own bachelor's degree upon completion of 120 semester hours (counting those earned at Anderson University) and the Doctor of Chiropractic after completion of the four-year curriculum.

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Pre-Optometry

Pre-optometry is a four-year program leading to application to one of 14 schools and colleges of optometry in the United States and Puerto Rica. Optometrists examine, diagnose, and treat eye diseases as well as prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. Undergraduate coursework includes general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, microbiology, and biochemistry. Additional courses in the basic sciences are highly recommended. Because many optometrists are in private practice, a strong background in business is encouraged. Students take the OAT exam following their junior year and apply for admission during their senior year.
Graduate work: Optometry schools offer a four-year curriculum leading to the degree Doctor of Optometry. Most new O.D.s begin practicing immediately after graduation, although there are one-year residency programs for specialization.

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Pre-Podiatry

Pre-podiatry is a four-year program leading to application to one of eight colleges of podiatric medicine in the United States. Podiatrists examine, diagnose, and treat medical conditions of the foot and ankle. Coursework should include general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, microbiology, and biochemistry. Additional basic science courses are strongly recommended for successful preparation to podiatry school. Students take the MCAT, DAT, or GRE exam following their junior year and apply for admission during their senior year.
Graduate work: Podiatry colleges offer a four-year curriculum leading to the degree Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. New D.P.M.s spend one to three years in a residency program gaining additional training and experience.

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