Preparation for the Health Professions
Pre-professional programs in pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary medicine are offered at the University of South Alabama. The Pre-professional Advisory Committee guides the students concerning professional school admission requirements in these areas. Students planning to follow pre-professional programs listed above should see the Director of the Health Pre-Professions Program, Dr. T. G. Jackson, Department of Chemistry.
Program in Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, and Pre-Optometry
Most dental, medical and optometry schools prefer that the bachelors degree be earned for admission. However, some outstanding students may gain admission to a professional school prior to graduation.
The Health Pre-professional Advisor will advise the pre-professional students for their first two years of college work. After two years of work the department in which the student wishes to major will guide the student in major and minor work. However, the student should continue to work with the Health Pre-professional Advisor and should obtain information concerning the application procedure for professional schools early in the junior year. Application Forms and instructions are available in the office of the Health Pre-professional Advisor.
The pre-optometry student should write for an official bulletin from the professional schools of interest during the freshman year and discuss with the Health Pre-professional Advisor any special requirements for those schools. The student should make official application for admission to the professional schools about a year in advance of the expected date of matriculation.
The courses listed below are generally required for all professional schools. However, the student should discuss specific requirements with the Health Pre-Professional advisor. The student should prepare to take the appropriate admissions exam, usually during the junior year.
General Chemistry with Lab:
Law schools generally do not prescribe a particular major or course of undergraduate study to qualify for admission. They all stress, however, the importance of excellence in whatever course of study is pursued. Specifically, the Association of American Law Schools emphasizes excellence in attaining the following three objectives in pre-law studies:
1. Comprehension and expression in words.
2. Critical understanding of human institutions and values with which the law deals.
3. Creative power in thinking
"Shortly stated, what the law schools seek in their entering students is not accomplishment in mere memorization but accomplishment in understanding, the capacity to think for themselves, and the ability to express their thoughts with clarity and force" (from Association of American Law Schools, Statement of Policy).
To help the student develop the best possible course of study to prepare for law school in the light of particular needs, the University of South Alabama provides a Pre-Law Advisor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Pre-Law students are urged to consult with the Advisor for detailed information concerning how best to prepare for law school and for information concerning the Law School Admission Test, now required by practically all law schools.