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 Recommendations of Course Load for Pre-Professional Programs

PRE-DENTAL students at Winthrop University select a major in one of the academic departments.  Becasue of the large number of undergraduate biology and chemistry courses required by dental schools, most students choose to major in Biology or Chemistry.  Students should maintain a grade-point average above 3.5 (out of 4.0), and take a sequence of courses designed to prepare them to take the DAT in the spring of their junior year.  Because S.C. has one state-supported dental school, all S.C. resident students should apply to the College of Dental Medicine at M.U.S.C., whether or not they plan to apply to out -of-state public or private schools.  The requirements vary slightly from school to school.

PRE-MEDICAL students at Winthrop University select a major in one of the academic departments.  Because of the large number of undergraduate biology and chemistry courses required by medical schools, most students choose to major in Biology or Chemistry.  However, talented students with strong science backgrounds whose primary interests lie in another academic area are encouraged to major in the at area, provided that they can still take the requisite science courses.  Students should maintain a grade-point average above 3.5 (out of 4.0), and take a sequence of courses designed to prepare them to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the spring of their junior year.

BS in BIOLOGY with CONCENTRATION in MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY students desiring national certification as a Medical Technologist should consult with the department's Med-Tech advisor for specific details about this program.  Satisfactory completion of an approved university-based or hospital-based School fo Medical Technology program will complete the certification requirements.  Students must apply and can be accepted into any NAACLS-accredited hospital-based program or at an university-based school of medical technology.

PRE-PHARMACY students at Winthrop University select a major in one of the academic departments.  Because of the large number of undergraduate biology and chemistry courses required by pharmacy schools, most students choose to major in Biology or Chemistry.  However, talented students with strong science backgrounds whose primary interests lie in another academic area are encouraged to major in the at area, provided that they can still take the requisite science courses.  Students should maintain a grade-point average above 3.5 (out of 4.0), and take a sequence of courses designed to prepare them to take the Pharmacy College Test (PCAT).  The PCAT is given in January, April, and October.

PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY is usually offered as a graduate degree program.  Students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy many major in any area but should ensure that they complete the pre-requisites.  In addition, admission to physical therapy programs is highly competitive so students will need to maintain a strong GPA.  Most programs also require students to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  Students must also complete a minimum of 100 hours of direct patient contact in a clinical setting.

SECONDARY CERTIFICATION in BIOLOGY at Winthrop University students majoring in biology and minoring in secondary education follow a far more restrictive program of studies than those simply majoring in biology.  Thsi ensures that pre-service biology teachers are knowledgeable in all areas of life and physical sciences and are able to pass teh Praxis II Specialty Area Test.

PRE-VETERINARY students at Winthrop University select a major in one of the academic departments.  Because of the large number of undergraduate biology and chemistry courses required by veterinary schools, most students choose to major in Biology or Chemistry.  Students should maintain a grade-point average above 3.5 (out of 4.0), and take a sequence of courses designed to prepare them to take the Gradaute Record Exam (GRE) in the spring of their junior year.  Some veterinary medical schools still require the VCAT.  Because S.C. does not have its own school of veterinary medicine, three out-of-state schools admit a fixed number of S.C. residents as "in-state" students.