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Health Care Professions

Every professional program has a prescribed set of coursework that must be completed prior to entering that program. These prepare the student for the professional program, plus provide a common baseline GPA by which professional schools compare applicants. 

Associate Degree Programs

Pre-Physical Therapy Assistant 

The Pre-Physical Therapy 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, Okla. 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.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant 

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, Okla. 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, Okla. Prerequisite requirements and application information may be obtained from the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Pre-Radiologic Technology 

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.

Bachelor Degree Programs

Pre-Dental Hygiene

The bachelor-level Dental Hygiene program through 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 OUHSC or one of the following Distance Education sites: SCTC/Ardmore, TCTC/Bartlesville, WTC/Weatherford. 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 and a minimum grade of "C" in the required courses, Applicants must investigate dental hygiene as a career prior to application by spending a minimum of 40 hours observing a dental hygienist. Observation of a dentist does NOT meet this requirement. 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-Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences

The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center provides a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear MedicineRadiation TherapyRadiography and Sonography. 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. 

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 Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological 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 of 2.0, but some programs require a GPA 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. 

Master's Degree Program

Pre-Physician Associate 

There are two schools in Oklahoma that offer the Physician Associate Program. University of Oklahoma (OUHSC - OKC) and Oklahoma City University (OCU).

OUHSC

RequirementsHours

Bachelor’s Degree Required

3.0 cumulative GPA 

Introductory Psychology

3 hours

Psychology Elective (NOT Sociology)

3 hours

Human Anatomy

4 hours

Human Physiology

4 hours

Microbiology

5 hours

General Chem I and II with Labs

10 hours

Basic Physics I with Lab

4 hours

Pathogenic Microbiology, Immunology, Virology or Genetics (any one of these)

3-4 hours

Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

OCU

A bachelor’s degree is required. A minimum of five biological science courses of three semester credits is required. The PA program recommends courses in anatomy, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, embryology, immunology and microbiology. Courses with labs are preferred, but not required. While any one biological science course is not specifically required, completing these courses provides a good foundation for the study of medicine. Medical terminology is highly recommended. At least three chemistry courses are required; one of the three must be biochemistry. Two courses in psychology are required. 

Pre-Occupational Therapy

There are two schools in Oklahoma that offer a master’s degree in occupational therapy (MOT): Northeastern Oklahoma State University (NOSU-Muskogee) and the University of Oklahoma at the (OUHSC) campus in Oklahoma City and Tulsa via distance education. The minimum requirements for admission are completion of designated prerequisites with at least a "C" in each course, completion of a minimum of 40 hours of observation in some type of occupational therapy setting and completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

NEOSU

RequirementsHours
Bachelor’s Degree Required

2.75 cumulative GPA

Introductory Psychology

3 hours

Abnormal Psychology

3 hours

Developmental Psychology

3 hours

Human Anatomy

4 hours

Human Physiology

4 hours

Medical Terminology

3 hours

Basic Physics I with Lab

4 hours

Statistics

3 hours

Sociology

3 hours

 OUHSC

RequirementsHours
90 Credit Hours Prior to Application

2.75 cumulative GPA and 2.75 science GPA

Introductory Psychology

3 hours

Psychology of Personality

3 hours

Developmental Psychology

3 hours

Human Anatomy

4 hours

Human Physiology

4 hours

Medical Terminology

3 hours

Basic Physics I with Lab

4 hours

Statistics

3 hours

3 Natural Science Electives

Foreign Language (2 college semesters or 2 high school years of the same language). Waved with a bachelor’s degree

Upper division GE course, Non-Western Culture, if bachelor’s degree is not completed.

A student who plans a career in occupational therapy should see the Pre-Occupational Therapy 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 and learn about any additional recommended coursework. 

Doctorate Degree Programs

Pre-Physical Therapy

There are two schools in Oklahoma that offer a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy (DPT): Langston University and the University of Oklahoma which has two sites that accept applications: (OUHSC-OKC) and (OUHSC-Tulsa). Minimum requirements for admission into these programs are completion of designated prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C" and completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of observation in some type of physical therapy setting and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). 

OUHSC –  GPA - 2.75 in science courses and 2.75 cumulative

RequirementsHours

Principles of Biology I and II

8 hours

Human Anatomy

4 hours

Human Physiology

4 hours

General Chemistry I and Lab

5 hours

Basic Physics I and II with Labs

8 hours

Statistics

3 hours

Developmental Psychology

3 hours

LANGSTON – GPA 2.5 in required courses and 3.0 cumulative 

RequirementsHours

Principles of Biology I and II

8 hours

Human Anatomy

4 hours

Human Physiology

4 hours

Medical Terminology

3 hours

General Chemistry I and II with Labs

10 hours

Basic Physics I and II with Labs

8 hours

Statistics

3 hours

Developmental Psychology

3 hours

A student who plans a career in physical therapy should see the Pre-Physical Therapy 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 and learn about any additional recommended coursework.

For Oklahoma schools of medicine, dentistry and optometry, the following pre-requisite courses are required (SWOSU prefixes are provided):

  • BIO 1054/1054L Principles of Biology I
  • CHEM 1203/1252 General Chemistry I & lab
  • CHEM 1303/1352 General Chemistry II & lab
  • CHEM 3013 Organic Chemistry I & lab
  • CHEM 4133 Organic Chemistry II & lab
  • ENG 1113 English Composition I
  • ENG 1213 English Composition II
  • PHY 1044 Basic Physics I & lab
  • PHY 1054 Basic Physics II & lab
  • 3 semesters of Humanities
  • 1 semester of Cellular Biology, Embryology, Genetics or Histology
  • There may be additional requirements for the specific program and school you are applying to. Be sure to check with the professional school and your advisor to verify requirements for the school you are applying to, as well as to determine what other courses are strongly recommended.

GPA

While professional schools publish minimum undergraduate GPA requirements (i.e., 2.5), the average GPA of an entering class is often much higher (i.e., 3.5).

Committee Letter of Recommendation

In addition, applicants to MedicalDentalOptometry and PA schools should be interviewed by the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee composed of members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, the School of Allied Health Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy to obtain a letter of recommendation to their chosen program. Applicants should initiate a dialogue with the chairperson of the pre-medical advisory committee as soon as possible following matriculation at SWOSU. 

Pre-Optometry

Admission requirements for entrance into Northeastern Oklahoma State University College (NEOSU) 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 satisfactory score on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

In addition to what is listed in the top paragraph of this section, the following are required: college algebra and trigonometry, six hours; microbiology (advanced level), three hours; biochemistry, three hours; statistics, three hours; general psychology, three hours. *note - only organic chemistry I (with lab) is required by NEOSU, but organic II and organic chemistry II are prerequisites for biochemistry at SWOSU.

A student who plans a career in optometry should see the pre-optometry 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 and learn about any additional recommended coursework. 

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 (DAT) Scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview. The applicant must demonstrate a cumulative grade average of at least a 2.5 and a minimum grade of "C" in each pre-requisite course: In addition to what is listed in the top paragraph of this section, the following are required - biology (with lab): 16 semester hours, biochemistry: three semester hours. Additional courses in advanced biology, psychology, sociology, and economics are recommended. The applicant should also have a minimum of 100 hours observation/experience.

A student who plans a career in dentistry should see the 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 and learn about any additional recommended coursework.

Pre-Medicine

Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This test should be taken in the spring semester of the applicant's junior year. The test score must be submitted with the application.

The requirements to enter the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine include a minimum of 90 semester hours in an accredited college or university. Of the 90 semester hours, a minimum of 43 hours need to be taken in prescribed courses (see prescribed coursework that is listed in the top paragraph of this section and check with your academic advisor). An applicant must present with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in both their prescribed and cumulative coursework. A minimum grade of "C" is required in each prerequisite course.

The requirements to enter the Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine include 90 semester hours at an accredited college or university. Of the 90 semester hours, a minimum of 36 hours need to be taken in prescribed courses (see prescribed coursework that is listed in the top paragraph of this section and check with your academic advisor). An applicant must present with a minimum of 2.5 in both science and cumulative grade point averages (GPA) and a minimum grade of "C" in the required courses.

A student who plans a career in medicine should see the 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 in order to plan a course of study designed to meet these requirements and learn about any additional recommended coursework.

OSU 3 + 1 Rural Medical Early Admission Program

The Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry/Physics as well as the School of Allied Health Sciences have entered into an agreement with the OSU School of Osteopathic Medicine to participate in their 3 + 1 Rural Medicine Early Admission Program. SWOSU students have the opportunity to gain early admittance to the Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine and complete their 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, School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, or a member of the Pre-Medical Professions Advisory Committee during their freshman year since there is a prescribed order of classwork and internships to complete. The student must be very interested in rural medicine and be recommended by the Pre-Medical Professions Advisory Committee to be considered for this program.

Guaranteed Interview Program

The Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry/Physics as well as the School of Allied Health Sciences have entered into an agreement with the OSU School of Osteopathic Medicine to participate in their Guaranteed Interview Program. The GI Program guarantees Southwestern Oklahoma State University students who meet the criteria specified in this Agreement that they will receive an interview for admission to the OSU-CHS College of Osteopathic Medicine. OSU-CHS will interview and assess the GI applicants on their personal characteristics, academic preparedness, commitment to rural and underserved populations, and other factors based on the same standards as traditional applicants.

To qualify for the GI Program, a student must:

  1. Be a permanent resident of the United States
  2. Have maintained full-time enrollment since matriculation at SWOSU
  3. Maintain an overall 3.5 grade point average (GPA) and 3.5 GPA in all science coursework
  4. Score a minimum of 498 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  5. Participate in a SWOSU Pre-Medical Advisory Professions Committee Interview process
  6. Submit an American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) application by February 28
  7. Submit a supplemental application by March 30
  8. Submit at least three (3) letters of recommendation as part of the application process, including a letter from the SWOSU Pre-Medical Advisory Professions Committee, one letter from a SWOSU biology, chemistry or health science faculty and one letter from an osteopathic physician.
  9. Meet specified academic requirements.

Interested students should contact a pre-medical advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Physics, School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, or a member of the Pre-Medical Professions Advisory Committee to discuss the academic requirements.

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