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Pre-Professional Programs

In general, a professional program is the educational path to a career that requires schooling beyond the bachelor’s degree. Most programs will accept students from a
variety of undergraduate majors assuming that they have completed the necessary courses during their undergraduate studies.

Education

Pre-Chiropractic

Chiropractors diagnose and treat health problems through the adjustment and realignment of bones.

Degree Required: Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)

Time to Degree: 8-9 years of full-time study

Skills & Qualities of a Chiropractor:

Desire to help others, manual dexterity, keen observation and the ability to work independently and handle responsibility.

Pre-Dentistry

Dentists diagnose and treat oral problems, as well as provide advice and care to prevent future problems.

Degree Required: Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

Time to Degree: 8 years of full-time study.

Entrance Exam: Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

Skills & Qualities of a Dentist:

Good visual memory, excellent judgment regarding space, shape and color, high degree of manual dexterity and good communication skills.

Pre-Medicine

Physicians diagnose and treat patients suffering from injury or illness.

Degree Required: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Time to Degree: 9-19 years of full-time study depending upon program and speciality.

Entrance Exam: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Skills & Qualities of a Physician:

Desire to serve patients, self-motivated, good bedside manner, emotional stability and ability to work under pressure and make decisions in emergencies.

Pre-Pharmacy

Pharmacists are responsible for dispensing prescription drugs and advising patients on their use.

Degree Required: Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.)

Time to Degree: 6 years of full-time study.

Entrance Exam: Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

Skills & Qualities of a Pharmacist: Good interpersonal skills, desire to help others, conscientious and detail oriented.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians diagnose and treat animals suffering from injury or illness.

Degree Required: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

Time to Degree: 8 years of full-time study

Entrance Exam: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Veterinary College Admission Test (CVAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Skills & Qualities of a Veterinarian: Good manual dexterity, affinity for animals and the ability to get along with their owners.

Core Pre-Professional Major Courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**:

Biology
Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physics
Calculus I, II, III

**Specific Pre-Professional requirements will vary depending on the baccalaureate granting institution. future problems.

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