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2013–2014 Undergraduate Catalog

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Pre-Health Advising, Pre-professional Program  

Viterbo University offers a pre-health advising program for dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. All of the pre-professional programs help students meet the science requirements of the graduate programs. Listed below are the science courses required for admittance to each type of science-oriented professional school. There is some variation in the course requirements at different schools, particularly in the specific biology and math courses required. Therefore, the specific requirements of the individual professional school of interest should be examined. For more information on the pre-health advising program, see the pre-professional handbook.

In addition to completing the required sciences courses, a student should work toward a bachelor’s degree, even though only two or three years of pre-health training are planned. Although each student is free to choose from any Viterbo University major, Viterbo University has identified majors in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and natural sciences that satisfy the pre-professional admission requirements of most schools in a four year major sequence. See a pre-professional advisor for program details.

Pre-Chiropractic

A minimum of three years (90 credits) is required for admittance to most chiropractic schools. Science courses required by most chiropractic schools:

  • BIOL 160, 161, CHEM 120, 121, 240, 340, PHYS 250/270 and 251/271, or 260 and 261, PSYC 171

Pre-Dentistry

Although the minimum requirement for entrance to a dental school is three academic years of pre-professional education, most students now being admitted to dental schools have a bachelor’s degree. Science courses required by most dental schools:

  • BIOL 160, 161, 370/371, CHEM 120, 121, 240, 340, MATH 112, 113, PHYS 250/270 and 251/271, or 260 and 261

The Dental Admission Testing Program (DAT) is required of students before acceptance to a dental school and is usually taken in the junior year.

Pre-Medicine

Although the minimum requirements for admission to most medical schools is still three years of undergraduate work, few students now being admitted to medical schools have had less than four years of university preparation. Science courses required by most medical schools:

  • BIOL 160, 161, CHEM 120, 121, 240, 340, MATH 230 (220 highly recommended), PHYS 250/270 and 251/271, or 260 and 261

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prepared by the Association of American Medical Colleges is required of students before acceptance to a school of medicine and is usually taken in the junior year.

Pre-Optometry

A minimum of two years (60 credits) is required for admittance to optometry schools. Most students now being admitted to optometry schools have a bachelor’s degree. Science courses required by most optometry schools:

  • BIOL 160, 161, 296, 370/371, CHEM 120, 121, 240, MATH 112, 113, 220, 230, PHYS 250/270 and 251/271, or 260 and 261, PSYC 171

The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) may be required before acceptance by some optometry schools.

Pre-Pharmacy

A minimum of two years (60 credits) is required for admittance to pharmacy school. Science and non-science courses required by most pharmacy schools:

  • BIOL 160, 161, 347, 370/371, 482, CHEM 120, 121, 240, 340, COMM 150, ECON 102, ENGL 104, MATH 220, 230, PHYS 250/270 and 251/271, or 260 and 261, PSYC 171

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) may be required of students before acceptance to a school of pharmacy.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Admission into DPT programs is very competitive and requirements vary. Most physical therapy programs require the following science courses:

  • BIOL 160, 161, 250, 338, PHYS 250, 251, 270, 271, SPSL 331, eight credits of CHEM.

Pre-physical therapy students should keep up to date on school specific prerequisite requirements.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

All veterinary schools require a minimum of two years of pre-veterinary college study for entrance. One-third of the successful applicants have acquired academic degrees prior to entering veterinary school. Science courses required by most veterinary schools –

  • BIOL 160, 161, 370/371, 376, 430, CHEM 120, 121, 240, 340, MATH 112, 113, 220, PHYS 250/270 and 251/271, or 260 and 261

The Veterinary Aptitude Test (VAT) and/or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required before acceptance by some veterinary schools.