Medical, Veterinary, Dental
Medical, dental, and veterinary schools specify courses, not specific majors, that are prerequisites for admission to their programs. For example, Pre-Med students may select any major as long as they take the courses required by the medical school they wish to attend. Regardless of which major you select at Wingate University, most medical and dental schools in the U.S. require one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Some specify calculus. Vet schools may require more: biochemistry, genetics, and microbiology. You should select a major which matches your interests and abilities and one which allows you to complete the necessary biology, chemistry, math, and physics courses. If you choose a major which does not require the essential science and math courses as part of its curriculum, you will need to take them as electives in addition to your major’s required courses.
Admission to health programs on the graduate school level is highly selective. In addition to a solid background in math and science, you’ll need to possess the right academic criteria. You’ll need to demonstrate:
- Ability to think, reason and express ideas clearly
- Appropriate job or volunteer experience in your area of interest
- Demonstrated potential to succeed in graduate school
- Effective communication and interview skills
- Excellent study skills
- High scores on MCAT/DAT/GRE entry exams
- 3.7 GPA or higher
Most of the science courses have prerequisites and some courses are not offered every semester. The courses you take (biology, chemistry, and math), the sequence in which you take them, and your performance in them are critical — failure to complete specific courses at the right time or with satisfactory grades will interfere with your progress towards completing the sequence of science courses needed for professional school. Each student is responsible for selecting the courses that are needed to meet all entrance requirements specified in the bulletin from the school they wish to attend. Pre-Health Professions students should consult the information for the major they plan to pursue for suggested first-semester classes.
Our partnership with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine could be just for you. You’ll need to complete the courses that prepare you for medical school and fulfill VCOM’s admissions requirements. If you do, you could be one of the 15 Wingate students selected for admission each year.