Pre-Professional Course Recommendations

Pre-Medical  ♦  Pre-Pharmacy  ♦  Pre-Physical Therapy  ♦  Pre-Veterinary  ♦  Pre-Dentistry  ♦  Pre-Optometry  ♦  Pre-Physician Assistant


Pre-Medicine

Medical School Prerequisite Courses

  • Introductory Biology: BIO 111/111L and BIO 112/112L
  • Introductory Chemistry: CHE 111/111L and CHE 112/112L
  • Organic Chemistry: CHE 361/361L and CHE 362/362L
  • Introductory Physics: PHY 131 and PHY 132 or PHY 201 and PHY 202
  • Six Credit Hours of English: ENG 101 or ENG 105 and ENG 102 or ENG301
  • Statistics: STA 215 or STA 270 and/or MAT 234 are required by some medical schools

Recommended Courses

  • Cell Biology: BIO 331
  • Vertebrate Physiology: BIO 348
  • Biochemistry: CHE 430 and 431
  • Psycology: PSY 200, 280, 300, and/or 308
  • Sociology: 131, 235, and/or 232
  • Medical Anthropology: ANT 377
  • Health and Biomedical Ethics: PHI 383

Recommended Activities

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Job Shadowing/Co-op/Internship in Medical Setting
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership Positions/Offices
  • Extra-curricular Activities

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

https://www.aamc.org/students/

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS)

http://aacomas.aacom.org/

Individual medical schools may require additional application materials, so it is important to research each school to ensure that your application is complete.


Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacy School Prerequisite Courses:

The courses required for admission into pharmacy school differ for each school, so it is important to research the requirements for all schools you may be interested in attending.

The following courses are common prerequisites for pharmacy schools:

  • Communication:  ENG 101, ENG 102, and CMS 100
  • Biology:  BIO 111/111L
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology:  BIO 171 and BIO 301
  • Microbiology:  BIO 320 or BIO 273
  • Introductory Chemistry:  CHE 111/111L and CHE 112/112L
  • Organic Chemistry:  CHE 361/361L and CHE 362/362L
  • Introductory Physics:  PHY 131 and PHY 132 OR PHY 201 and PHY 202
  • Calculus:  MAT 124
  • Statistics:  STA 215 or STA 270
  • Microeconomics:  ECO 230

Recommended Courses:

  • Introductory Psychology or Sociology:  PSY 200 OR SOC 131
  • History or Political Science: HIS or POL
  • Biochemistry: CHE 430/432L and CHE 431
  • Genetics: BIO 315

Recommended Activities:

  • Job Shadowing/Co-op/Internship in a Pharmacy
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Leadership Positions

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

http://www.pcatweb.info/

Pharmacy School Application (PharmCAS)

http://www.pharmcas.org/

Individual pharmacy schools may require additional application materials, so it is also important to research each school to ensure that your application is complete.


Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy School Prerequisite Courses

Although there are some courses in common, the prerequisites for Physical Therapy (PT) programs vary a significant degree from school to school. It is important that you check the prerequisites of the specific programs to which you plan on applying.

Courses in biology, human anatomy, and human physiology will be required, but different PT programs require different specific classes. Check with the PT programs you are interested in to determine which courses satisfy these requirements.

The courses below are required by most PT programs:

  • Introductory Chemistry: CHE 111/CHE 111L and CHE 112/CHE 112L
  • Introductory Physics: PHY 131 and PHY 132
  • Introductory Psychology: PSY 200
  • Social Sciences: PSY 280 and possibly an additional hour in psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, or ethics
  • Medical Terminology: HAS 200
  • Public Speaking: CMS 210

Volunteer Requirements

Most programs require that applicants have a minimum of 50 volunteer or work hours in a physical-therapy setting. Typically applicants have around 100 hours of volunteer or work experience.

Some schools require that the volunteer work hours meet specific requirements. It is essential that you check with the PT programs you are interested in to understand their requirements.

Recommended Courses

  • Human Anatomy: BIO 171
  • Human Physiology: BIO 301 or BIO 348
  • Physiology of Activity: PHE 325
  • Advanced Physics Laboratory: PHY 406/406W

Recommended Activities

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Leadership Positions/Offices
  • Extracurricular Activities

Useful Links


Pre-Veterinary

Students at EKU generally choose to pursue the Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum either through the Agriculture or Biology Departments.  Although Kentucky does not have a school of veterinary medicine, the state has contract seat agreements with Auburn University (34 seats) and Tuskegee University (2 seats) Veterinary Medicine Schools.

Veterinary Medicine School Pre-Requisite Courses:

  • Introductory Biology: BIO 111/111L and BIO 112/112L
  • General Zoology:  BIO 319
  • Introductory Chemistry: CHE 111/111L and CHE 112/112L
  • Organic Chemistry: CHE 361/361L and CHE 362/362L
  • Biochemistry: CHE 430 or CHE 431
  • Introductory Physics: PHY 131 and PHY 132 or PHY 201 and PHY 202
  • Introductory Biochemistry: CHE 430
  • Statistics: STA 215 or STA 270
  • Feeds & Feeding:  AGR 321
  • Animal Nutrition:  AGR 421
  • Introductory Psychology: PSY 200
  • Introductory Sociology: SOC 131

Recommended Courses (Choose 2 courses):

  • Comparative Anatomy:  BIO 342
  • Genetics: BIO 315
  • Microbiology: BIO 320
  • Cell Biology:  BIO 331
  • Animal Physiology:  BIO 348
  • Histology:  BIO 546

Extracurricular Experiences

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Job Shadowing/Co-op/Internship in Medical Setting
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership Positions/Offices
  • Extra-curricular Activities

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

http://www.ets.org/gre

Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)

http://www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm


Pre-Dentistry

Dental School Prerequisite Courses

  • English: ENG 101 and ENG 102
  • Introductory Biology: BIO 111/111L and BIO 112/112L
  • Introductory Chemistry: CHE 111/111L and CHE 112/112L
  • Organic Chemistry: CHE 361/361L and CHE 362/362L
  • Introductory Physics: PHY 131 and 132 or PHY 201 and 202
  • Introductory Biochemistry: CHE 430
  • Microbiology: BIO 320

Recommended Courses

  • Human Anatomy: BIO 171
  • Human or Animal Physiology: BIO 301 or BIO 348
  • Physical Anthropology: ANT 201, 377, and/or 385
  • Psychology or Sociology: PSY 200 or SOC 131

Recommended Extracurricular Experiences

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Job Shadowing/Co-op/Internship in a Dental Setting
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership Positions/Offices
  • Other Extracurricular Activities

Dental Admission Test (DAT)

http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx

Dental School Application (AADSAS)

http://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/aadsas/Pages/default.aspx

Individual dental schools may require additional application materials, so it is important to research each school to ensure that your application is complete.


Pre-Optometry

Optometry School Prerequisite Courses:

  • English:  ENG 101 and ENG 102
  • Psychology:  PSY 200
  • Social Science (2 courses):  HIS, SOC, POL, ECO, ANT, PSY
  • Statistics:  STA 215 or STA 270
  • Calculus:  MAT 124
  • General Biology:  BIO 111/111L and BIO 112/112L
  • Microbiology:  BIO 320
  • General Physics:  PHY 131 and PHY 132 or PHY 201 and PHY 202
  • General Chemistry:  CHE 111/111L and CHE 112/112L
  • Organic Chemistry:  CHE 361/361L
  • Biochemistry:  CHE 430

Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

http://www.ada.org/en/oat

Optometry School Application (OptomCAS)

http://www.optomcas.org/

Individual optometry schools may require additional application materials, so it is important to research each school to ensure that your application is complete.


Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Program Prerequisite Courses

  • Cell & Molecular Biology:  BIO 111
  • General Chemistry I:  CHE 111/111L
  • General Chemistry II:  CHE 112/112L
  • Organic Chemistry I:  CHE 361/361L
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: BIO 342
  • Comparative Vertebrate Physiology & Lab:  BIO 348
  • Microbiology:  BIO 320
  • Statistics:  STA 270 or STA 215
  • Psychology:  PSY 200
  • Developmental Psychology:  PSY 280
  • Sociology:  SOC 131
  • Medical Terminology:  HSA 200

Recommended Courses

  • General Zoology:  BIO 319
  • Genetics:  BIO 315
  • Cell Biology:  BIO 331
  • Immunology:  BIO 527
  • Histology:  BIO 546

Extracurricular Experiences

Many physician assistant programs recommend or require previous experience shadowing a physician assistant, along with direct patient contact in a medical discipline.

It is vital to research all programs of interest to ensure that all prerequisite courses and experience requirements are met before applying.

For example, UK requires the following:

  • Experience working with direct patient contact. Direct patient contact may be in a medical discipline such as CNA, EMT, CRNA, CMA, Medical Tech, hospice volunteer, etc.
  •  You must have a minimum of 50 hours of shadowing a clinical Physician Assistant.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

http://www.ets.org/gre/

Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

https://portal.caspaonline.org/

Supplemental school applications may be required.