PRE-PROFESSIONAL CURRICULA

Many students who plan to complete professional curricula such as law, medicine, pharmacy, nursing and engineering come to Southwestern Oklahoma State University for one, two, three or four years of Arts and Sciences before the professional training is begun.

Suggestions for pre-professional training are listed below for those who are planning to prepare for specific professions. However, before enrolling, students should consult the requirements of the professional school they wish to enter. Faculty advisors will help plan a course of study to fit any particular need.

PRE-ATHLETIC TRAINING

Any student may declare their major as Athletic Training and enroll in the pre-professional curriculum. This curriculum includes 40 hours of AT pre-professional coursework and courses which meet the general education requirements of the University. When these courses are completed, the student should apply for acceptance to the 5 semester professional AT program. Minimum application requirements include completion of the 40 pre-professional hours, a minimum GPA of 2.5, 50 hours of approved clinical observation, professional rescuer and AED certification, appropriate health and immunization verifications, criminal history record, official transcripts, and a formal interview. Students interested in this career should contact the athletic training faculty within the School of Allied Health Sciences at SWOSU.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS

Pre-Professional Courses in Communication Sciences & Disorders may be obtained at SWOSU. The Communication Sciences & Disorders program includes training in Speech Pathology and Audiology. It prepares the student to assess and treat speech problems and hearing disorders. A minimum of 60 credit hours with a 2.75 grade point average is required for admission to the program at the OUHSC. There are also other Speech Pathology programs available in Oklahoma. See the Department of Biological Sciences or any faculty within the School of Allied Health Sciences for information on the prerequisites and application procedures.

PRE-DENTAL HYGIENE

The Bachelor level Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Oklahoma consists of two years of pre-dental hygiene coursework that may be completed at any accredited college or university and two years of study at the College of Dentistry.

Acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Program is based upon completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of pre-dental hygiene courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) and a minimum grade of "C" in those courses that are required, as well as letters of recommendation and a personal interview. Entering students must also present evidence of current certification in Level C Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Associate degrees of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene are also available. Students interested in a career in this area of oral health should contact the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences or any faculty in the School of Allied Health Sciences.

PRE-DENTISTRY

Although a minimum of three years of college work (90 hours) is generally required for entrance into a dental school, students planning a career in dentistry are strongly encouraged to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Acceptance to the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry is based upon grade point average, Dental Aptitude Test Scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview. The applicant must demonstrate a cumulative grade average of at least a 2.5 (A=4.0) and a minimum grade of "C" in each course listed in the following areas: English, six semester hours; Biology (with lab), eight semester hours; Inorganic Chemistry (with lab), eight semester hours; Organic Chemistry (with lab), eight semester hours; Physics (with lab), eight semester hours. Additional courses in advanced biology, psychology, sociology, and economics are recommended.

In addition, the applicant is interviewed by the University Pre-Medical Advisory Committee composed of members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, and the School of Health Sciences. Applicants should initiate a dialogue with the Chairman of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee as soon as possible following matriculation at SWOSU.

A student who plans a career in dentistry should see the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Physics, or any faculty member in the School of Allied Health Sciences in order to plan a course of study designed to meet these requirements.

PRE-ENGINEERING

Most of the first two years of course work required by engineering schools may be taken at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. This includes the foundation courses in mathematics through calculus, chemistry, physics, engineering mechanics, drafting, computer programming, and general education.

Any mathematics below calculus (MATH 1834) is considered a deficiency by the engineering schools. It is strongly recommended that high school students who are interested in engineering take all available mathematics, a year of physics, and a year of chemistry. 

Students should take full advantage of the credit-by-examination program, which is available at SWOSU.

Interested students should contact the Department of Chemistry and Physics for advisement when registering at SWOSU. It is also advisable to secure an engineering bulletin and catalog from the engineering schools where transfer will be considered.

PRE-HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Any student may declare their major as Health Information Management and enroll in the pre-professional curriculum. This curriculum consists of 68 hours including courses which meet the general education requirements of the University. Students in Health Information Management will complete a minor in Health Care Administration. Many of the courses for this minor are also completed during the pre-professional sequence. When most of these courses are completed, students may apply for admission into the professional Health Information Management Program, which begins each fall. Applications are available in January. Program interviews are held in February. To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must have completed the majority of the pre-professional curriculum and achieved and maintained a GPA of 2.25 in these courses. In addition, the student must complete 2453 Medical Terminology and 3704 Human Anatomy. Students interested in this career should contact the Health Information Management Faculty in the School of Allied Health Sciences. 

PRE-LAW

All accredited schools require a baccalaureate degree as a prerequisite to admission. There are generally no specific requirements as to subjects or majors selected.

Essentially, there are three requirements for admission to law school: (1) a bachelor's degree; (2) a satisfactory score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) administered by Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey; and (3) a satisfactory grade point average. Some schools require one or more letters of recommendation, a short essay on one's objectives in the study of law, or a personal interview. Minimum LSAT scores and GPA vary from school to school and from year to year.

Neither the nation's law schools nor the American Bar Association requires or suggests any particular undergraduate course of study for admission to law school. However, the program chosen should have substantial academic content and should provide a broad cultural background, habits of thoroughness, intellectual curiosity, scholarship, and the ability to organize materials and to communicate in both oral and written forms. Courses taken should present a variety of reading assignments from well-written sources, well-directed class discussion, and ample opportunities for the preparation and criticism of written and oral reports, independent search, and essay examinations. Any major which meets these standards is recommended for a pre-legal education.

Some of the more common choices made by pre-law students are in the social sciences, such as Political Science and History; in Business, such as Accounting, Business Administration and Economics; or in the liberal arts, such as English and Speech. 

Regardless of major, courses in judicial process, constitutional law, business law, accounting, sociology, and English are recommended.

Both Political Science and Business provide special advisors and services for pre-law students. It is suggested that interested students contact the pre-law advisors in these fields. The Department of Social Sciences offers a social science (pre-law) minor described elsewhere in this catalog.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIATION SCIENCES

Students that are interested in Radiology have two options at Southwestern. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology at SWOSU-Sayre can be completed in two to three years. Application needs to be made before the end of April.

Second, there is a Pre-Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences program that provides a Bachelor of Science degree in one of four areas. The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center provides training in Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, and Sonography (Ultrasound). The prerequisites for each of these programs are the same but a student must apply to one of the specific programs. The prerequisite part of the program requires a minimum of 64 credit hours with a 2.5 minimum grade point average. Specific courses and application information may be obtained from the Department of Biological Sciences or any faculty within the School of Allied Health Sciences for either of these programs.

PRE-MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE

Pre-Medical Laboratory Science students must fulfill the general education and the Pre-Medical Laboratory Sciences program requirements and have a minimum of 90 college hours (3 + 1 program). Students may also elect to complete a B.S. degree in Health Sciences (120 hours, 4 + 1 program). Students do not have to be admitted to the University-based Pre-Medical Laboratory Science program but should seek advisement from the Medical Laboratory Science faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.

The clinical training portion of the Medical Laboratory Science program, which involves 30 credit hours, can only be achieved at an accredited hospital in affiliation with Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Acceptance of the student for the hospital-based clinical training program is the option of the hospital program. Student applications are required and must follow specified guidelines. Minimum requirements for application require an overall grade point average (OGPA) of 2.0, but some programs require an OGPA of 2.5. The students must have a personal interview with hospital program officials. After all applications and interviews have been completed, the students will be "matched" to a training hospital for their professional clinical training.

The Professional Medical Training program at the hospital is 12 months. The students will enroll in clinical courses each semester of the year - 12 hours in the fall and spring semesters and six hours for the summer semester. Final letter grades for all 30 hours will not be posted until the total clinical program has been completed.

Interested students should contact the Director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program in the Department of Biological Sciences.

PRE-MEDICINE

The requirements to enter the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine include a minimum of 90 semester hours (exclusive of physical education and military science) in an accredited college or university. Of the 90 semester hours, a minimum of 43 hours shall be taken in prescribed courses (see medical college catalog). An applicant must present a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (A=4.00) both in the prescribed course work and in general or total college work, or an average score of 8.0 on the MCAT. The applicant must have an average of at least 2.00 in each of the prescribed prerequisite courses. The applicant is also required to take the Medical College Admission Test. This test must be taken in April of the applicant's junior year and before initiating formal application procedures for admission. Each applicant must meet the above scholastic requirements, file a written application, and have a personal interview as directed by the Board of Admissions.

All applicants must meet the following requirements for entrance into the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery: 90 semester hours at an accredited college or university including 36 semester hours of prescribed course work, with at least a 2.00 (A=4.00) in each of the prescribed courses, a science grade point average of at least 2.50 and an overall grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale. The applicant must submit scores from the Medical College Admission Test and participate in an on-campus interview with the Student Selection Committee.

In addition, the applicant is interviewed by the University Pre-Medical Advisory Committee composed of members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, and the School of Health Sciences. Applicants should initiate a dialogue with the Chairman of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee as soon as possible following matriculation at SWOSU.

OSU 3+1 RURAL MEDICALEARLY ADMISSION PROGRAM

The Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry/Physics as well as the School of Allied Health Science has entered into an agreement with the OSU School of Osteopathic Medicine to participate in their 3 + 1 Rural Medicine Early Admission Programs. SWOSU students have the opportunity to gain early admittance to the College of Osteopathic Medicine and complete their pre-doctoral medical training in seven years.

Interested students should contact a Pre-Medical advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Physics, or any faculty member in the School of Allied Health Sciences.

PRE-NURSING

The Pre-Nursing curriculum consists of 67 hours including a two-hour course, "Introduction to Professional Nursing", which is specifically required for admission to the nursing program at SWOSU and must be completed at SWOSU.

Admission to the School of Nursing is determined by objective criteria such as quality and consistency of academic performance. Pre-professional requirements, GPA, and character references are among the factors considered.

Each applicant must have a minimum grade average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in the required pre-professional courses. A minimum grade of "C" is required in specified prerequisite courses.

Applications to the School of Nursing are available in December, with the deadline for applications due the first Monday in February for generic or traditional students. The procedure and deadline for R.N. to B.S.N. students is available from the School of Nursing.

A student who plans to enter the nursing program should seek advisement in the School of Nursing as early as possible. Transfer students to other schools of nursing are also urged to seek early advisement for specific requirements of other schools.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES/CLINICAL DIETETICS

Students interested in being a Registered Dietician may consider the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences at the OUHSC. The prerequisites require 60 credit hours of college work with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. If you are interested in a future in Clinical Dietetics, see the Department of Biological Sciences or any faculty within the School of Allied Health Sciences for more information on required courses and application information.

PRE-OPTOMETRY

Admission requirements for entrance into Northeastern Oklahoma State University College of Optometry include completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours or pre-professional coursework with at least a 2.7 cumulative grade point average (A=4.0), a satisfactory score on the Optometry Admission Test, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

The following areas must be completed as part of the pre-professional work: College Algebra & Trigonometry, six hours; General Biology or Zoology, three hours; Microbiology (advanced level), three hours; General Inorganic Chemistry I & II (with lab), 8-10 hours; Organic Chemistry I (with lab), four hours; Biochemistry, three hours; Physics I & II (with lab), 8-10 hours; Statistics, three hours; General Psychology, three hours; English Comp I & II (grammar & composition), six hours.

Study in the areas of experimental psychology, social science, humanities, computer science, public speaking, analytic geometry, and accounting is strongly recommended.

In addition, the applicant is interviewed by the University Pre-Medical Advisory Committee composed of members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, and the School of Health Sciences. Applicants should initiate a dialogue with the Chairman of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee as soon as possible following matriculation at SWOSU.

Students interested in a career in optometry should see the Pre-Optometry Advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry, or any faculty in the School of Allied Health Sciences.

PRE-PHARMACY

Students entering Southwestern Oklahoma State University directly from high school to study pharmacy will ordinarily spend two academic years as Pre-Pharmacy students pursuing the prescribed pre-professional curriculum. Transfer students with less than 60 semester hours completed from the courses available for and required of Pre-Pharmacy students must transfer to SWOSU in a Pre-Pharmacy status.

PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT & PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY

Students entering Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an interest in Physical Therapy have the option of Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant and Pre-Physical Therapy.

The Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant Program is an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. This program is offered at SWOSU and the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center at Fort Cobb, OK. The program is a two to three year program, which requires 36 prerequisite credit hours at SWOSU and 29 professional clinical hours at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. Prerequisite requirements and application information may be obtained from the School of Allied Health Sciences.

The Pre-Physical Therapy Program leads to a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center or the Physical Therapy School of the student’s choice. The minimum requirements for admission is a B.S. and designated prerequisites, an overall grade point average of 2.75, and a 2.75 grade point average in 29 hours of natural science completed prior to making application. All application requirements must be completed and applications submitted by February 1 for the next year’s class. Students are also required to complete 40 hours of Physical Therapy observation and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) available at the BioSylvan testing center. The professional Physical Therapy Doctorate level program consists of 80 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. The didactic work is taken at the OUHSC in OKC or Tulsa.  

It is suggested that the students seeking the Doctorate level program in Physical Therapy select a major and develop a bachelor’s degree plan while completing the Pre-Physical Therapy prerequisites. 

Complete course prerequisites and other information may be obtained from the Pre-Physical Therapy advisors in the Department of Biological Sciences or any faculty within the School of Allied Health Sciences.

PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE

The PA program is intended to train individuals to provide primary patient care under the supervision, direction, and responsibility of physicians. Therefore, each individual should carefully consider his/her career objectives and the goal of this program before applying for admission. A Master of Health Sciences will be awarded after successful completion of the thirty (30) month program. 

Admission into the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center requires the following:

  1. Completion of a B.S. degree from an accredited university.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of the general test component of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  All GRE scores must be received by PA Program by the October 1 deadline – NO Exceptions.
  4. Three letters of reference – one or more should be from a physician.
  5. One page typewritten statement on “Why I Wish to Become a Physician Associate.”

Additional information concerning this program may be obtained from the Department of Biological Sciences or any faculty within the School of Allied Health Sciences.

PRE-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT & PRE-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Students entering Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an interest in Occupational Therapy have the option of Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant and Pre-Occupational Therapy.

The Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant program results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. This program is offered at SWOSU and the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center at Fort Cobb, OK. The program is a two to three year program which requires 34 prerequisite credit hours at SWOSU and 42 professional and clinical hours at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, Fort Cobb, OK. Prerequisite requirements and application information may be obtained from the School of Allied Health Sciences.