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Pre-Professional

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A PHYSICIAN, VETERINARIAN, PHYSICAL THERAPIST, DENTIST OR OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL? START PREPARING NOW FOR YOUR ADVANCED DEGREE. OUR PRE-PROFESSIONAL OPTION PUTS YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK WITH PERSONAL ADVISING AND A SOLID CURRICULUM. WE HELP YOU NOT ONLY GET ACCEPTED INTO THE SCHOOL OF YOUR CHOICE, BUT ALSO BECOME A STAR STUDENT ONCE YOU’RE THERE.

PREPARE FOR THE MED SCIENCE TRACK

Your pre-professional option can be declared along with your undergraduate major. You can choose from the following: pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant or pre-veterinary medicine. You’ll then be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you from day one until you graduate. Your advisor will help you design a program of study that will prepare you for the rigors of graduate school, medical school or veterinary school. 

Expect a mix of challenging classes with a strong emphasis on biology, chemistry and mathematics. Your academic progress will be closely monitored to make sure your GPA remains solid. Our professors go above and beyond to provide extra help and tutoring if needed. You’ll also have access to study sessions and other assistance in preparation for entrance examinations like the MCAT.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. You’ll spend a lot of time in the lab, designing and conducting experiments. You’ll even get to dissect a human cadaver – a rare opportunity for an undergraduate student. Mostly likely, you’ll assist a professor with grant-funded research, co-author a paper, or present at regional or national scientific conferences. These impressive accomplishments will stand out on your admissions applications.

Here, you won’t be a number. You’ll be part of a family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Your professors will be able to write heartfelt letters of recommendation because they will truly know you and your abilities.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to make a difference in the medical science field – wherever your path leads!

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

GET INVOLVED

Join a professional organization and you’ll learn about opportunities in your field and meet new people. Students in professional organizations plan social gatherings, sponsor guest speakers and attend career fairs. There are dozens of student organizations and honorary societies – geared toward many different interests – active on campus. You’re sure to find one or two student organizations – or several – that fit you.

SCIENTISTS IN THE HOUSE

Every year, we bring renowned life-science scholars to campus to share their discoveries – and their journeys – with students. Recent speakers for the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences have included Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer and explorer, and Dr. Sharon Norton, director of development for the Mathile Institute for Advancement of Human Nutrition.



Eric Karr

THINK SUCCESS

ERIC KARR BS WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY ’14

“ONU provided me with the tools to be successful in not only medical school, but also the Air Force. Day one when I entered medical school, I was a step ahead of my classmates because of the rigorous curriculum ONU provided. The best part of medicine is how frequently it changes. Each day, there are medical breakthroughs that better people’s lives, and you can never stop learning in this career field.” 

Eric Karr chose medicine because it offers stable employment and the chance to help people. At ONU, he majored in biology, minored in chemistry and chose the pre-medical option. He was involved in ONU’s work study program all four years. He worked in the financial aid and advancement offices, where he established many lasting relationships with ONU staff. Today, he’s a medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was accepted into the Health Professions Scholarship Program through the U.S. Air Force. By the time he finishes his residency, he will have earned the rank of captain. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

Pre-Med:

  • Over the past 2 years, 94% of our graduates found full-time employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Pre PT/OT:

  • Over the past 2 years, 96% of our graduates found full-time employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

 - For the past 19 years, 100 percent of our PT graduates have found full–time employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

- For the past 15 years, 90 percent of our OT graduates have found full–time employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

COURSES

Here are some courses you’ll take as a pre-professional major:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology 
  • Psychology
  • Medical Humanities

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Veterinarian 
  • Optometrist           
  • Dentist
  • Physician
  • Surgeon 

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent pre-professional option students have ended up after they completed their advanced education: The Ohio State University, The University of Pittsburgh, Ohio University, The University of Cincinnati, Gannon University, Slippery Rock University, and Central Michigan University.

Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences

Jane Brown

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j-brown@onu.edu
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Ada, Ohio 45810
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Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed