Pre-professional programs help students prepare for entrance into professional degree programs. Many professional degree programs are offered only at the post-baccalaureate level, so an undergraduate degree is needed before enrolling in them. UW-Eau Claire offers a variety of academic majors that provide excellent preparation for applying to such professional programs. Students interested in these programs should select an academic major that will prepare them to compete for such programs (many are highly selective) as well as provide career alternatives. For other professional degree programs, students transfer to another higher education institution to complete the appropriate professional degree.
Pre-professional programs are not academic degree programs (that is, they are not academic majors or minors). Instead, pre-professional programs provide an organized approach to academic advising for students intending to apply to a professional degree program. To enhance academic planning and preparation while enrolled at UW-Eau Claire, a student interested in obtaining a professional degree should:
· Work with a pre-professional adviser who can help plan an appropriate curriculum in the field of interest.
· Obtain information from other colleges/universities regarding specific academic requirements for the professional degree program of interest.
· Declare an academic major that is logically connected to the professional field, and work with an adviser in the academic major.
If you are interested in one of these programs, consult the Undergraduate Catalogs for further details including typical courses taken and the names of advisers. Because the specific requirements for professional schools can vary widely, it is a good idea to obtain current catalogues from the schools to which you are considering transfer and plan carefully with an adviser.
Pre-Chiropractic: Most professional schools require a baccalaureate degree.
Pre-Dentistry: Students should plan to spend at least three years in pre-professional work. Many pre-dentistry students complete a B.S. in biology or chemistry.
Pre-Engineering: Transfer to a professional engineering school is after two years unless pursuing the Physical/Engineering Dual Degree Emphasis in the Physics Major or the Geologic Engineering Dual Degree Emphasis in the Geology Major. Many engineering schools require a gradepoint of 2.5 or higher for admission.
Pre-Law: Plan to complete a baccalaureate degree before applying to law school. Major and minor fields should be chosen according to alternative career plans.
Pre-Medicine: The majority of students should plan on earning a baccalaureate degree. Admission to medical schools is competitive - major and minor fields should be chosen according to alternative career plans.
Pre-Occupational Therapy: Most programs are now at the graduate level (M.S.) - students should plan on completing a baccalaureate degree before applying.
Pre-Optometry: Students should plan to spend at least two years in undergraduate study; the majority of successful applicants have three or four years of college work.
Pre-Pharmacy: Most students now admitted to pharmacy schools enter with a bachelor's degree - students should plan to choose a major to be more competitive. The grade point average for students admitted to pharmacy school is typically above 3.5.
Pre-Physical Therapy: Most programs are now at the graduate level (M.S.) - students should plan on completing a baccalaureate degree before applying.
Pre-Physician Assistant: Most programs are now at the graduate level (M.S.) - students should plan on completing a baccalaureate degree before applying.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine: Students should plan to spend at least three years in pre-professional work. Many students complete a B.S. degree. Most schools of veterinary medicine require experience with animals and admissions tests. Because of competition, programs should be planned with alternative careers in mind.