University Bulletin 2017-2018

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Program for Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, And Pre-Optometry

This program is designed to prepare students for the rigorous demands of dental, medical, and optometry schools. The program is demanding and requires high scholastic competence and performance. Students must maintain a better than "B" record to be competitive when applying to professional schools.

Most dental, medical and optometry schools require that a bachelor degree be earned for admission. However, a few schools may accept outstanding students prior to graduation.

Students should complete the appropriate admissions test (DAT – dental, MCAT – medicine, and OAT – optometry) by the end of their junior year (or at least one year before expected matriculation into the professional school). Students should complete the application process for admission to the professional schools about a year in advance of the expected date of matriculation (usually the summer between the junior and senior year).

For information on requirements for admissions to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, visit the web site at