Students in the Pre-Med Option begin taking the courses required for admission to medical school while learning about the options they have in preparing for medical school. A bachelor’s degree is usually required for entrance into medical school and Pre-Med Option students may choose to pursue almost any BS program at the University. Through the University’s degree programs in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, humanities and science, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, physics, and psychology, students can prepare themselves for admission to medical school, as well as earn a bachelor of science degree that will serve them well if they alter their career plans. These degree programs have served as a firm foundation for many of our graduates to earn post-baccalaureate degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, and optometry.
Pre-Med Option students take coursework in their first year that provides a basis for entering any of the University’s curricula. Students are required to complete the two-semester orientation course sequence (MI 101 and MI 110), which presents information on health professions, career options, and the majors offered by the University as well as strategies for succeeding in college and for preparing for a health professional program.
Pre-Med Option students typically decide on an academic program to pursue by April 15 of the freshman year. The student then meets with his/her advisor and the chair of the department in the area of interest to determine the student’s eligibility for the academic program of his/her choice. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program.
Pre-Med Option students may remain in the Misher Pre-Professional Studies program for an additional year with the approval of the dean of Misher College (or the dean’s designee). The curriculum of the second year is developed by the student and his/her advisor, utilizing the student’s ultimate career goals as guidelines.
Acceptance into the Misher Pre-Professional Studies Pre-Med Option program does not guarantee admittance into one of the University’s degree-granting programs; rather, the student’s academic performance will determine eligibility for any curricular program. If at the end of the second year the student has not been accepted into a degree-granting program, he/she will be withdrawn from the University.
For more information about Pre-Med, please see its section elsewhere in this catalog.
The Pre-Health Option of Misher Pre-Professional Studies provides students with a strong educational foundation for health professional programs at the University or elsewhere. Such health professional programs may include medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy.
During their first year, Pre-Health Option students take coursework appropriate for entering any of the University’s health professional or other degree programs. Students are required to complete the two-semester orientation course sequence (MI 101 and MI 110), which presents information on health professions, career options, and the majors offered by the University as well as strategies for succeeding in college and for preparing for a health professional program.
By the spring semester of their first year, Pre-Health Option students choose a health profession of interest. In consultation with their academic advisor, they plan their second-year courses to include those needed to pursue their chosen profession.
The Misher Pre-Professional Studies program is designed to prepare students to move to programs that award degrees and does not award degrees itself. No later than the spring of their second year, students choose an educational path to attain their career goals. This path may be to apply to health professional programs immediately, to complete another year of university before applying, or to complete a BS degree before applying to health professional programs. Regardless of the choice, students must apply for admission into one or more degree programs of their choice no later than the spring of their second year. In order to be considered for a degree program at University of the Sciences, students must meet the progression or entrance requirements of the chosen program. Information on the requirements for each degree program is included in the program description elsewhere in this catalog. The application process usually requires submission of documents and an interview. Students also may choose to apply to programs at other universities.
Students in the Misher Pre-Professional Studies Pre-Health Option program are not guaranteed admission into one of the University’s health professional or other degree programs. Acceptance into a degree 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, he/she will be withdrawn from the University. Such students may consider transferring to another institution to earn a degree.