The Lindenwood University pre-professional studies in the health sciences program includes pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs. Each program is specifically designed for you to meet the course requirements and prepare you to take the mandatory entrance exams for your particular program.
Health professional schools are placing increasing value on personal characteristics, including intellectual curiosity and a sense of altruism in the selection of successful applicants Nevertheless, entrance exam scores, cumulative undergraduate GPA, science and math GPA, along with work-related or voluntary experience in your desired field are still important criteria that schools review before you are admitted into your desired health profession.
Some factors that you should consider before making the decision to enter any of the pre-professional studies programs are personal motivation, realistic assessment of the demands of clinical training and practice, including 7 to 11 years of training after the undergraduate years, and working with people of varying sicknesses. You should also realize that admission into a health professions school is highly competitive.
With regard to your undergraduate courses, specific requirements may vary among universities and professional schools, but all schools realize the value of a broad-based education with demonstrated ability in the sciences, well-developed verbal and written communication skills, and a background in the humanities and social sciences. This may include earning your bachelor’s degree and taking two semesters each in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and English. In addition, you may be required to take an entrance test like the MCAT, GRE, DAT, or OAT. Some schools also require or strongly recommend taking other courses in biochemistry, cell or molecular biology, genetics, statistics, calculus, humanities, and social science.
As soon as you decide to enroll as a pre-professional health science student (which is suggested to be no later than the end of your freshman year), you should contact an advisor for these studies and begin working on this coursework immediately. Both the Biological Sciences and the Chemistry departments in the School of Sciences, as well as the Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Paramedicine, and Public Health departments in the School of Health Sciences at Lindenwood University have pre-professional advisors to help you.
To score above the national exam norms, you should finish certain courses before taking the entrance exam in your chosen profession. You should also check the coursework-related information on specific schools. You should consult with a Lindenwood pre-health sciences advisor for a list of specific schools and their requirements, which can be found in the admissions requirements books or the websites of the professional associations.