Undergraduate Course Catalog 2004-2005
DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
A pre-professional program is a cooperative educational program, usually with another university, by which students complete part of their work at Lewis University before moving on to a second institution to further their education. Lewis University offers numerous pre-professional programs including
1) Health Sciences Pre-Professional Programs and
2) Non-Health Sciences Pre-Professional Programs
In most cases in the health sciences, students will earn two degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lewis and the professional degree, such as the M.D. or D.D.S., from the professional school.
HEALTH SCIENCES Pre-Professional Programs:
• Pre-Physical Therapy
• Pre-Physician’s Assistant
• Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Currently, entrance into professional programs in the health sciences is highly competitive. An enormous emphasis is placed upon student scores on standardized tests for admission to professional programs. Often, students are excluded from admission to health sciences professional schools based solely on poor/average test performance. In light of this, students at Lewis University must achieve a minimum 23 ACT composite for direct admission into any health sciences pre-professional category. Students entering the university that have not obtained this minimum ACT score may still be admitted into the Biology major in order to establish a competitive record for the pre-professional arena. If the student performs well in his/her foundation course work, admission to the pre-professional program may be granted.
Published pre-requisite course work at some professional schools is less than the total course work required for the Bachelor of Science in Biology. However, it is our experience that meeting theses minimum requirements alone does not make the student as competitive as possible within the professional school applicant pool. Additional classes as well as clinical/volunteer experience are crucial for the successful applicant. Therefore, we strongly suggest the student obtain a B.S. degree in Biology (see Biology major requirements) to maximize his/her potential for success as well as give the student the greatest latitude in career options. (All students in a Pre-Professional Program in Health Science must see the Pre-Professional Advisor in the Biology Department for scheduling and counseling.)