Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Nursing are all offered within the Biology Department at the University of Providence. Click here for additional department information.
Today’s health care professions demand more than just achievement in the life sciences. Maturity, leadership, commitment, integrity, communication skills, and knowledge of health care policy are essential for the health care professional. At the University, the choice of a major field of study is left open to the student; however, the majority of pre-health students choose to major in biology, chemistry, or forensics, since these majors include many of the courses required for admission.
Some students choose majors in other sciences (computer science or mathematics) or humanities and social science (art, communication, English, history, business, psychology, theology and ministry, sociology — just about anything.) The quality and scope of your academic accomplishments counts far more than the field in which you major. Nevertheless, your performance in science and mathematics courses is weighted heavily in the admissions process. If you decide not to major in science, then be sure to take more than the bare minimum of science courses required by professional schools, and in particular take several upper-division biology or biochemistry courses that have laboratories.
The University’s undergraduate curriculum provides a strong foundation for students with both the breadth and depth necessary to excel. Under the University’s curricular plan, each student integrates 4 main elements into their four-year experience: a broad knowledge base, critical-thinking and communication skills, a Study in Depth (a disciplinary major), and multicultural literacy to succeed in today’s ever changing world. Our Biology, Chemistry, and Forensic Programs at University of Providence have several distinguishing features. First, both our introductory and upper-division courses are small in size. Introductory courses range from 20 to 30 students. It is not uncommon to have upper-division classes with less than 15 students. Second, in the vast majority of our laboratory classes, faculty members teach the laboratory sections of the course. Third, students receive a large amount of individualized attention from their professors. Students in our programs develop strong relationships with their professors. Finally, our programs emphasize out-of-class experiences. Our students complete an internship or a student research project. Students also participate in a Senior Thesis course where a short thesis is written based on either laboratory-based or library-based research. As part of this course the student will prepare a poster summarizing the research that will then be presented at a professional public event during the senior year.
Although we have students applying to a variety of health professions, the largest groups of students apply to allopathic and osteopathic programs. These schools require: one year of introductory biology with laboratory, general and organic chemistry with laboratory, one year of physics with laboratory, one year of mathematics, biochemistry, and one year of English writing or literature (in addition to Core). Pre-health students should also take one year of social science, ethics, and statistics. Most physical therapy programs require anatomy and physiology, nutrition, calculus, physics, statistics and psychology courses. BSN and MSN nursing programs require: microbiology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, developmental psychology, sociology and statistics.