Dental, Medical, Veterinary, Pre-Physician’s Assistant Preparatory Programs
No professional school requires a specific major of its applicants. However they recognize the importance of a strong foundation in the natural sciences, which include biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Any student , regardless of major that wishes to enroll in the prep oratory programs can apply to the Biology department for this designation. Upon the successful completion of the requirements below the students will then be assigned the appropriate designation, Prep-Dental, Prep-Medical, Prep-Vet, and Prep-Pre Physician’s Assistants. The students are required to complete Biological Principles I & II, Chemical Principles I & II, and Calculus I & II with the following before applying to the department:
- No grade in the courses above lower than a B
- Overall GPA equal or greater than 3.2
- Combined Math and Science GPA equal or greater than 3.2
- Meeting all of the requirements outlined in the majors handbook
The current “pre-med / pre-professional” curriculum offered at the college follows the course requirements recommended by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is similar to that offered by virtually all schools in the U.S. It includes:
- A year of Freshman Chemistry with laboratory
- A year of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
- A year of Biology with laboratory
- A year of Physics with laboratory
- A year of English
- A year of Calculus or other advanced math classes, including Statistics
Although this course requirement can be met while pursuing any area of study at the college, they are embedded in the biology major. The Division of Natural Sciences is of the opinion that completion of requirements for a BA in biology best prepares the students for further studies in areas of their choosing. This is supported by a recent report “Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians” from the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which recommended that medical and premedical education evolve from a static listing of courses to a dynamic set of competencies. The competencies defined as the knowledge, skill, or attitude that enables an individual to learn and perform in medical practice include:
- Apply quantitative reasoning and appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
- Demonstrate understanding of the process of scientific inquiry, and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic physical principles and their applications to the understanding of living systems.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and some of their applications to the understanding of living systems.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how bio molecules contribute to structure and function.
- Apply an understanding of the principles of how molecular and cell assemblies, organs, and organisms develop structure and carry out function.
- Explain how organisms sense and control their internal environment and how they respond to external change.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the organizing principle of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of life on earth.
All the competencies defined above are addressed in the biology curriculum.
PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION PROGRAMS – ENTRANCE CRITERIA
Any student, regardless of major, that wishes to be part of the prep-medical professional program can apply to the biology department for this designation. Upon successful completion of the requirements below*, the student will then be assigned the appropriate designation, for example prep-medical, prep-dental or prep-veterinary etc. The students are required to complete Biological Principles I and II, Chemical Principles I and II, and Calculus I and II with the following before applying to the department:
*No more than one grade lower than a B-
*Overall GPA equal to or greater than 3.2
*Combined Math and Science GPA equal to or greater than 3.2
*Meet all of the requirements as outlined in the Majors handbook
Please note: The academic requirements listed above are only for acceptance into the program. Application into the program can be done at any time after the students complete the pre-requisites.
- Interested Natural Science students who complete these requirements at the end of the Freshmen year will apply into the program.
- Students who are not done with the pre-requisite courses after their Freshmen year can apply as soon as they are complete. However they will be required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 subsequent to their freshmen year.
- Students who have completed the prerequisite courses in their freshman year but do not have the required minimum grade in all the prerequisite courses, can reapply at a later date but will be required to have a GPA of 3.4 for application.
- Subsequent to acceptance, students will be required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 better and an average of 3.4 or above in other science classes taken at the college, with a minimum grade of a B- in each of the upper level science classes.
- Transfer students bringing in more than 60 credits will be evaluated at the end of their first semester and invited to apply to the program if they meet the entrance requirements. Those bringing in less than 60 credits will be evaluated for entrance after completion of their first year at the college.
Professional Preparatory Programs – Student Responsibilities
Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-requisites students will be invited to apply for entry into the program and be tracked for progress throughout their academic career. The advisory committee will write a joint recommendation letter in support of a student’s candidacy only if student has met the criteria listed below.
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 or better in science classes taken at the college, with a minimum grade of B- in each of the upper level science classes.
- Be an active participant in the “Pre-Professional Club.” This would require an active participation in activities that demonstrate a commitment to leadership, altruism and dutifulness in the community. Students would be required to:
- Develop, organize, and implement community activities such as volunteering, talks, and presentations
- Volunteer in both clinical and non-clinical settings
- Be a mentor
- Attend a minimum of four club meetings per year.
- Maintain a portfolio that documents both academic and non academic activities. Students will be responsible for updating it annually.
- Set up an advisory committee in their junior year.
- Meet with their academic advisor every semester to have a continued dialogue about meeting goals and expectations.
- Attend an orientation seminar during their first year at the College.
- Undertake an independent project / research here at the College or at other institutions (optional but highly recommended).
- Take the appropriate graduate entrance exam, MCAT, DAT, GRE, in the spring of their junior year.
- Complete the appropriate application to the graduate school of choice in the summer of their junior year.
- Initiate an interview with the pre-professional Advisory Committee to discuss the application progress in the fall of their senior year.
- Inform the pre-professional Advisory Committee of the application outcome.