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Pre-Professional Healthcare Programs
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Pre-Dental Specialization

Students in the Pre-Dental program complete a B.S. in Biology within the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences. The curriculum is a mixture of Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Non-science courses which fulfills the academic requirements of dental schools in Texas and prepares students to be competitive candidates when taking the DAT and applying to dental school. Students completing the program are also provided a liberal education that provides a maximum of alternatives.

A cooperative agreement with UT Health Sciences at San Antonio Dental School allows the student to opt for a four-year degree program at WTAMU culminating with the B.S. OR a three-year program in which the B.S. degree is awarded upon completion of the first year of dental school courses. (See a more complete description in linked document below.)

This is a basic three- to four-year program of 94 minimum hours for admission to professional schools. Student should consult advisers for proper course selection. Professional school admissions officers make final decisions regarding entrance requirements to their respective schools.

Biology Core Requirements  
Required Courses from Other Departments  
Pre-Dental Program Advisor  

Pre-Medical Specialization

The Pre-Medical specialization (PMED specialization) is a track within the Biology curriculum for students who will apply to medical school. It consists of science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) and non-science courses that together satisfy the admission requirements for medical schools in Texas. Although the Pre-Medical specialization alone will meet admission requirements, students are strongly encouraged to consider completing a B.S. in Biology through the Pre-Medical specialization. Obtaining a B.S. in Biology will will prepare you for the rigors of a professional medical program, provide advanced-level knowledge, and give you a liberal, well-balanced education.

Note: Regardless of your academic major, if you plan to become a physician, be sure to designate Pre-Professional Specialization PMED on your Degree Information Form to ensure your Degree Plan includes the courses required by medical schools.

This is a basic three- to four-year program of 94 minimum hours for admission to professional schools. Student should consult advisers for proper course selection. Professional school admissions officers make final decisions regarding entrance requirements to their respective schools.

Biology Core Requirements  
Required Courses from Other Departments  
Pre-Medical Program Advisors  

Pre-Occupational Therapy (OT) Specialization

Most OT programs require qualified applicants to possess a bachelor’s degree in addition to completing pre-requisite courses in subjects such as in biology, physics, social sciences, math, statistics or language. Specific requirements vary from one institution to another, so prospective applicants should carefully peruse the requirements for each individual program of interest while developing their undergraduate degree plan.

Pre-OT Program Advisors  

Pre-Pharmacy Specialization

Students making application to pharmacy schools should have completed at least two full academic years of pre-pharmacy education, with the majority of students having completed 3 or more years of undergraduate college experience prior to entering the Pharm D. programs. Prerequisite courses will vary somewhat, based on the curriculum offered at the various schools.

Preprofessional requirements vary widely between pharmacy schools. Students considering this major should consult with the pre-pharmacy adviser for information regarding various schools and their particular requirements.

Pre-Pharmacy Program Advisor  

Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) Specialization

Most PT programs require qualified applicants to possess a baccalaureate degree in addition to completing prerequisite courses in subjects such as in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and math or statistics. Specific requirements vary from one institution to another, so prospective applicants should carefully peruse the requirements for each individual program of interest while developing their undergraduate degree plan. 

Pre-PT Program Advisors  
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program
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Students may complete a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science, which includes pre-veterinary medicine requirements. Students do not have to complete the Bachelor of Science degree to apply for admission to a veterinary college. Once students have completed the preprofessional requirements, they may apply. Completion of the preprofessional requirements can be done in as little as two years but usually takes three or four years of undergraduate study.

Preprofessional requirements of the 30 schools and colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States vary. Students interested in applying to a school or college of veterinary medicine outside Texas should contact the school or college to obtain information on preprofessional requirements.

Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine Prerequesites  
Pre-Veterinary Program Advisors