Pre-professional Programs for Careers in Healthcare
Muskingum University has a long history of preparing students for the health professions, providing excellent preparation for students seeking to enter professional schools in such areas as medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, and physical therapy. At Muskingum, preparation for careers in healthcare is an integral part of an education that encourages intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical development in all students.
Students planning to pursue healthcare careers will:
- complete requirements of an appropriate degree program such as biology, chemistry, molecular biology, or neuroscience.
- complete requirements of the Liberal Arts Essentials curriculum.
- complete the prerequisite course work for the appropriate graduate or professional school.
*Sample schedules for students pursuing Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, or Pre-Vet studies.
Most pre-health professions students major in chemistry, biology, molecular biology and/or neuroscience, though students can also major in any area of study, while making sure all the required courses for gaining admission to the health professional school are completed. The minimum required courses for all health science programs are basic chemistry, biology, physics and math courses. Additional upper-level biology and chemistry courses are desirable, as they will help to prepare students for some of the standardized exams (ex: MCAT for medical school, DAT for dentistry) which are part of the admissions requirements into the health professions schools. It is desirable to have this coursework completed at the end of the junior year because the standardized exams are generally taken during the summer between the junior and senior years.
Pre-health students are also encouraged to participate in related internships to gain clinical experience and/or research experience. Muskingum University provides internship opportunities through the Institution’s Muskie Fellows Program; additionally, the College maintains a database of internship activities of current and past students. This information can serve as a guide for interested students. Such activities demonstrate scholarly, in-depth and lifelong learning skills, which are valued by admissions committees of health professional schools. Clinical experience through volunteer work is also highly recommended.
At Muskingum, faculty advisors work closely with students interested in the health professions, providing guidance and mentoring by:
- Suggesting guidelines and timetables for students to successfully complete prerequisite coursework and other requirements relating to individual fields.
- Advising students about extracurricular activities desirable for admission to health professions schools such as community service, shadowing experience, research internships and leadership roles.
- Sponsoring guest speakers such as medical alumni, and research scientists
- Assisting students with preparation of their professional school application materials, and advising them about personal essays and interviews.
Application for admission into health professional programs is made independently by each student, usually early in the fall semester of the senior year. The student consults with faculty members on the Pre-Health Committee at Muskingum about his/her intention to apply, and the committee evaluates the credentials of each student, formulates an overall letter of recommendation, and serves as a point of contact between applicants and admissions offices at the professional schools.
For further information, contact the coordinator of pre-professional healthcare studies:
Dr. Deepa Perera, Dept. of Chemistry
163 Stormont St.
New Concord, OH 43762
Other pre-professional healthcare faculty advisors are:
Dr. Brian Bergstrom, Dept. of Biology
Dr. Larry Normansell, Dept. of Psychology