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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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**:
Calculus I, II, III
**Specific Pre-Professional requirements will vary depending on the baccalaureate granting institution. future problems.
Looking for more information? Check out these resources.
- WISCareers – “Wisconsin’s career exploration and planning website.” Contact Student Affairs for access to this website.
- Transfer Information System (TIS) – Access a transfer planning guide for specific majors and UW institutions.
- Course Schedule – Search for courses available at UWFox
- Education advisors – An excellent resource for all your academic and career questions.