Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medicine (M.D. and D.O.) and other health-related professions (e.g., chiropractic, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, podiatry or veterinary medicine) gain a strong background in the sciences and liberal arts at the University of Mary. Students are provided opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to participate in experiences that will enhance their pre-professional preparation. Examples include participation in the many leadership, learning, and service activities available through membership in the Math/Science Association and other service organizations.
Research seminars, panel discussions, and practice interviews are made available to students. In addition, some upper level courses require independent research projects and students may pursue independent study research projects in conjunction with area research institutions. The University also assists students in preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the pre-professional exams in other health care fields. Because professional schools' entrance requirements vary widely, students are urged to contact the professional school they wish to attend to assure that they have taken all of the prerequisite classes to meet program requirements.
When the following courses have been completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, the student will receive a notation of the appropriate pre-health care concentration on his/her transcript (options include Pre-Med, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Vet).
Concentration in Pre-Health Care Areas: BIO 103, 106, 311; CHE 111, 112, 217, 318; MAT 103 (or higher); PHY 203, 304. These courses are strongly recommended: BIO 207, 208; CHE 310; ENG 302.