The undeclared pre-professional program provides students with a strong educational foundation for professional programs at USP or elsewhere. Such professional program include occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy.
First-year students take coursework appropriate for entering any of the USP’s professional or other degree programs. Students are required to complete the two-semester orientation course sequence (UD 101/102) which presents information on health professions, career option, and the majors offered by USP as well as strategies for succeeding in college and for preparing for a professional program.
During the spring semester of the first year, undeclared students choose a profession of interest. In consultation with the pre-professional advisor, they plan their second-year courses to include those needed to pursue their chosen profession.
In the spring of their second year, students apply for admission into the professional programs of their choice. In order to be considered for our programs, students must meet the progression or baccalaureate requirements of the chosen program. (Information on progression requirements for each program is included in the program description elsewhere in this catalog.) The application process will require submission of documents and an interview. Students also may choose to apply to programs at other universities.
Students in the undeclared pre-professional option program are not guaranteed admittance into one of the University’s professional or other degree programs. Acceptance into a program is contingent upon the availability of space and the student’s academic success in the completion of course requirements, communication skills, and knowledge and motivation for the profession.
If at the end of the second year, a student has not been accepted into a degree program at USP, he/she may be withdrawn from the University. Such students may consider transferring to another institution to earn a degree. The Undeclared Pre-Professional program is designed to prepare students to move to programs that award degrees and does not award degrees itself.