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DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: PRE-PROFESSIONAL HEALTH 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 Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Physical Therapy, and 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 have achieved a minimal composite ACT score of 23 for direct admission into any health sciences pre-professional category. Students entering the university who have not obtained this minimum ACT score may still be admitted into the Biology major (or Chemistry or Physics 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 prerequisite coursework 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 these 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, which is the usual major chosen (see Biology major requirements), or take degrees in Chemistry or Physics (other possible gateways to professional schools) with a minor in Biology or equivalent courses to maximize his/her potential for success as well as give the student the greatest latitude in career options. Students who are designated as pre-professional majors by virtue of their ACT score as first-year students will be assigned a Pre-Professional Advisor in their respective departments and will receive additional help from the Health Professions Director.