Pre-Professional Programs

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For some, a Defiance College education paves the way to educational success in graduate professional schools.

Professional schools in law, the medical professions, and theology rarely specify the undergraduate major, but they do recommend certain courses of study. Defiance College provides faculty advisors in each of these fields to help students prepare wisely.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take entrance exams and apply to most graduate professional schools in these areas. The pre-professional program offers the classes required for acceptance into most professional and graduate schools, and Defiance College students have had great success getting into these programs because of their depth of knowledge.

Preparing for a professional career? Take the first step at Defiance College.

 

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Pre-Medical Studies

Defiance College offers programs in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary science pre-chiropractic, and pre-optometry. A student in any of these fields is urged to use a Summer Term for field experiences in hospitals and clinics to gain first hand experience with practicing professionals.

Pre-Dentistry
The pre-dentistry student should major in Molecular Biology. The major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry) biology (general, genetics, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology), a year of physics, and electives as recommended by the preferred dental schools. An applicant to dental school must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). This test is usually taken in the fall or spring of the year before expected enrollment in dental school.

Pre-Medicine
The pre-medical student should major in Molecular Biology. The major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry) biology (general, genetics, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology), a year of physics, and electives as recommended by the preferred medical schools. However, many medical schools are seeking a variety of backgrounds in their students and the pre-medical student is encouraged to develop verbal skills by electing several speech and literature courses. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required and should be taken in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year. Defiance College offers the required programs for admission to medical colleges, osteopathic medical colleges, and chiropractic medical colleges.

Pre-Optometry
The pre-optometry student should major in Molecular Biology. This major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry), biology (general, genetics, microbiology, human anatomy, and physiology), a year of physics, and selected mathematics courses. The optometry admissions test should be taken in the fall of the senior year.

Pre-Veterinary Science
The pre-veterinary science student should major in Molecular Biology. The major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry), biology (general, genetics, microbiology, comparative vertibrate anatomy, and vertibrate physiology), a year of physics, and electives as recommended by preferred veterinary schools. Farm experience with livestock is desirable, as is work in animal clinics or veterinary hospitals.

 

Faculty Contact

Nathan Griggs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
419-783-2592 | ngriggs@defiance.edu

 

 



Pre-Ministry Studies

Pre-Ministry
To become an ordained minister in major Christian denominations often requires a master’s degree. Students who eventually seek to enter a master’s program at a theological seminary may pursue an undergraduate major, but they should have a broad educational background in arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Select courses in Biblical studies, theology, world religions, and Christian Education are especially recommended. Some courses in business, communication, and education also may provide practical knowledge that is useful for ministry. We encourage significant experience providing service to others. Mastery of a foreign language is often recommended or required by seminaries, as is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Because admission requirements vary, students should contact schools of interest early in their undergraduate program. They also should consult with a faculty member in religious studies and the Campus Minister, as well as the Office of Career and Student Assistance.

 

Faculty Contact

Marian R. Plant, Ed.D., Professor of Religious and Ministry Studies, Schauffler Chair of Christian Education
419-783-2338 | mplant@defiance.edu

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