Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Veterinary Programs
Because most professional schools now require four years of pre-professional work, the University strongly recommends that a student contemplating the study of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine choose a major and work toward a baccalaureate degree.
A student may do major work in any department of the University as long as the student completes the basic science courses required by all of the professional schools: a year of biology or zoology, a year of organic chemistry and a year of physics. Most students interested in this program, however, pursue a Bachelor of Science degree by majoring in either biology or chemistry.
Sometimes admission to a school of dentistry, a school of medicine, or a school of veterinary medicine is gained without completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements. A student in good standing who is admitted to a professional school after three years at Waynesburg University, during which time the student has completed all basic and core requirements, is considered a senior in absentia. Upon the successful completion of one year in a dental, veterinary or medical school, the student is graduated with the Bachelor of Science Degree.
Because professional schools vary somewhat in admissions requirements, a student should become acquainted with the specific requirements of the school of his/her choice and must complete any special courses required in addition to the basic admission requirements.
Prior to making application to any medical school, a student is required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This test should be taken during the student’s junior year. Information about the MCAT is available through the American Association of Medical Colleges website at: www.aamc.org.
Most dental schools require that students take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Information about the DAT is available through the American Dental Association website at: www.ada.org.
Applicants to schools of Veterinary medicine should check each individual institution’s admissions requirements to determine which exam is required (VCAT, MCAT or GRE).
The pre-medical and pre-dental programs are under the direction of a Faculty Pre-Health Professions Committee, composed of one faculty member each from biology, chemistry, and physics. The committee makes recommendations for admission to dental and medical schools.
Any student interested in a heath professions career should register with the Faculty Pre-Health Professions Committee sometime within the first semester of his or her freshman year. Students deciding on such careers after their freshman year should register with the committee as soon as possible.
Pre-Law (3/3) Program
Students who plan to become attorneys must overcome a series of challenges. They need to excel in college and score high on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). They need to gain admittance to law school and master their legal studies. Finally, they need to pass the bar examination.
Law schools seek able, motivated students regardless of their undergraduate major. Students have graduated in a wide variety of majors from Waynesburg and have gone on to law school. What matters most in a student’s undergraduate studies is enrolling in challenging courses to develop intellectual skills. Students should learn to read carefully and precisely, to reason logically, and to write and speak clearly.
To aid the student the University provides a Pre-Law Advisor. The Pre-Law Advisor does not substitute for the major advisor but aims to complement the work of the major advisor. The Pre-Law Advisor advises students regarding course selection with an eye to developing the skills law schools seek. She helps the student prepare for the LSAT and guides the student through the process of deciding which law schools to apply to for admission, and which, once admitted would be best to attend.
Students considering attending law school should register with the Pre-Law Advisor as early in their college careers as possible. The Pre-Law Major follows the recommendation of the American Bar Association in developing a wide range of skills that have been recognized as necessary for the successful completion of law school and a career in the law.
Pre-Physical Therapy Program
Physical Therapy is a fast-growing and highly-competitive field. The pre-physical therapy option of the Biology major is tailored to serve the pre-professional needs of students looking toward specialization in physical therapy, and is designed to fulfill the prerequisites needed for admission into a master’s degree program in Physical Therapy. The curriculum provides a strong general liberal arts education with a sound foundation in biological, chemical, physical, and social sciences. In addition, 200 hours of practical experience through internship in a variety of clinical settings are required prior to graduation.