Nov 16, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog

Health Sciences Pre-Professional Studies


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Mission

Prepares students for entry into professional programs in many of the health sciences. Students will develop skills, gain knowledge and complete pre-requisite coursework for admission into a professional program of their choosing. Students may also use these courses toward the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. All pre-professional health science students are assigned to specific advisers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop deductive reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills related to their professional goals.
  2. Learn broad concepts from many different disciplines for entry into their profession of choice.
  3. Acquire a liberal arts education while pursuing a professional education.

WOU currently offers health sciences pre-professional studies in the following areas:

One- to Two-Year Programs

Pre-nursing
Pre-dental hygiene

Admission to nursing and pre-dental hygiene programs is highly competitive. In general, admission depends on grades, a written personal statement, professional experience and the completion of specific coursework and/or proficiency exams. Although specific admissions requirements vary somewhat from program to program, all minimally require biology (including a year of human anatomy and physiology), psychology, sociology, writing and math. More information about preparatory material is available from the following program advisers:

Pre-nursing: Student Success and Advising
advising@wou.edu, 503-838-8428

Pre-dental hygiene: Sarah Boomer
boomers@wou.edu, 503-838-8209

Three- to Four-Year Programs

Pre-dentistry
Pre-medicine (allopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, podiatric, optometric)
Pre-clinical lab science
Pre-occupational therapy
Pre-pharmacy
Pre-physician assistant
Pre-physical therapy
Pre-veterinary medicine

Admission to the above programs is highly competitive. In general, admission depends on grades, a written personal statement, professional experience, the completion of specific coursework and/or proficiency exams (e.g., DAT, MCAT) and interpersonal/interviewing skills.

Although specific admissions requirements vary somewhat from program to program, all require extensive coursework in biology, chemistry and physics. Consequently, a biology degree with a pre-professional concentration or a chemistry degree with a medicinal chemistry and pharmacology concentration facilitates well the admission requirements for most programs.

Additional coursework is required to complete a bachelor’s degree at WOU, all of which are required or strongly recommended for admission to a majority of these programs. More information about preparatory materials is available from the following program advisers:

Pre-dentistry: Sarah Boomer
boomers@wou.edu, 503-838-8209

Pre-medicine: Michael Baltzley
baltzlem@wou.edu, 503-838-8832

Bryan Dutton, duttonb@wou.edu, 503-838-8452
Patricia Flatt, flattp@wou.edu, 503-838-8644

Pre-clinical lab science: Karen Haberman,
habermk@wou.edu, 503-838-8478

Pre-occupational therapy: Chehalis Strapp
strappc@wou.edu, 503-838-8316

Pre-pharmacy: Kristin Latham
lathamk@wou.edu, 503-838-8868

Patricia Flatt, flattp@wou.edu, 503-838-8644

Pre-physician assistant: Ava Howard
howarda@wou.edu, 503-838-8452

Pre-physical therapy: Brian Caster
casterb@wou.edu, 503-838-8364

Pre-veterinary medicine: Karen Haberman
habermk@wou.edu, 503-838-8478

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