Mount Vernon Nazarene University

2011-2012 Catalog

Allied Health Professions Programs

In this section

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dentistry Programs

Pre-Pharmacy Program

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dentistry Programs

Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers educational programs designed to prepare the student for admission to a variety of health professional schools. The term medical is used to include all the clinical professions in which doctoral degrees are awarded; most comments about medical school also apply to schools of dentistry, optometry, podiatry, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, and chiropractic medicine.

Medical schools recognize the value of a liberal arts education. They seek students with diverse interests and backgrounds. While no single pattern is required, a strong foundation in natural sciences, broad exposure to humanities, and well-developed communication skills are essential. Although the minimum college requirement for most medical schools is three years, nearly all prefer a four-year program. Standard medical school entrance requirements include:

English/Communication

Freshman Expository Writing and Research Writing are required. Communication courses are strongly recommended.

Biology

General Zoology and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy are required. Genetics, Invertebrate Zoology, and Vertebrate Physiology are recommended.

Chemistry

General Chemistry I and II with their laboratories, and Organic Chemistry I and II are required. Quantitative Chemistry and Biochemistry are recommended.

Mathematics

Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry are prerequisites for required laboratory science courses. Precalculus, Statistics and Calculus I are recommended.

Physics

General Physics I and II are required.

Although it is possible to complete these minimum entrance requirements while majoring in any academic discipline, most successful medical school applicants choose a major in science. The University offers degree programs in biology and chemistry that meet all medical school entrance requirements.

Many factors besides formal course work are essential for successful entrance to medical school. Mount Vernon Nazarene University has a Pre-Medical Committee consisting of six faculty members who advise and assist students to plan clinical experiences, prepare for entrance examinations, secure medical school application materials, and obtain a committee recommendation letter.

Pre-Pharmacy Program

A two-year program is offered, after which the student transfers to a school of pharmacy to complete a selected program. Requirements vary from school to school; the student should obtain the school’s catalog to which transfer is intended, and plan accordingly. The typical program includes:

English/Communication

Freshman Expository Writing and Research Writing are required. Communication courses are strongly recommended.

Biology

A minimum of four courses is recommended. General Zoology is required. Additional courses may be selected from General Botany, Genetics, Invertebrate Zoology, and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy.

Chemistry

General Chemistry I and II, and Organic Chemistry I and II are required. Quantitative Chemistry is recommended.

Mathematics

Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry are prerequisites for required laboratory science courses. Most pharmacy schools require Precalculus and Calculus I, II, and III.

Physics

General Physics I and II are required.

Psychology

PSY1013G General Psychology is recommended.

Business

Most schools of pharmacy require accounting or economics.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Because most states require a master’s degree to become licensed, Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers a four-year program designed to prepare the student for master’s degree programs in physical therapy. (Please consult the biology section of this catalog for details).

Since specific entry requirements vary slightly from school to school, the student is encouraged to obtain catalogs from physical therapy programs of interest as early as possible and then plan accordingly with the academic advisor. A typical transfer program includes:

English/Communication

Freshman Expository Writing and Research Writing are required. Communication courses are strongly recommended.

Biology

General Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy are usually required.

Chemistry

General Chemistry I and II are required.

Mathematics

Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry are prerequisites for required laboratory courses. Introduction to Statistics is required.

Physics

General Physics I and II are required.

Social Sciences

General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, and Introduction to Sociology are required. Additional courses in psychology are often required.

Humanities

Courses in fine arts, history and literature are usually required.