Pre-Professional Curriculum

Pre-professional curricula at Midway College are not major degree programs; students are advised to select a major program to complete while satisfying the requirements to gain admission into a professional school. Each school has its own set of requirements for admission and the prospective student needs to become very familiar with those entrance requirements.

Most professional schools will select students from a variety of undergraduate studies; they are seeking students that are well balanced in their formal academic training as well in work and life experiences. Students are advised to select a major in which they have an interest and is rigorous enough to show that they can perform at the professional level. Although a Baccalaureate degree is not required for most programs it does show admission committees that the student can stay committed to a program and accomplish the task at hand.

Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Podiatric Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy
These programs have very similar requirements and students need to stay in very close communication with the respective school which they wish to apply. Requirements can change and adjustments will need to be made. Requirements may differ but nearly all will include:

Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry Curriculum
General Requirements Midway College Undergraduate Course Equivalent
General Chemistry I/II and Labs CHEM 170, 171, 175, and 176
Organic Chemistry I/II and Labs CHEM 330, 331, 335, and 336
General Biology I/II and Labs BIO 103, 104, 105, and 106
Physics I/II and Labs PSC 240, 241, 245, and 246
English I and II ENG 101 and 102
Speech COM 205
   

Some schools require biochemistry, statistics, economics, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, calculus and similar courses.

Most of these schools encourage the prospective students to shadow physicians or other health professionals during their undergraduate years. A strong background of volunteering in the community is highly encouraged.

Pre-Law
There is no specific curriculum for entry into law school; however a broad liberal arts education prepares students to enter programs. Students should select a major that they have interests and skills being certain to include courses in critical thinking, reasoning, communication and social diversity.

It is suggested for students to contact law schools and verify the course requirements and any entrance exams to be taken. Students will be advised by appropriate faculty while working toward a degree.

Pre-Pharmacy
In general, there are two years of liberal arts and basic sciences courses required in a pre-pharmacy curriculum in order to apply for admission to pharmacy school. These courses prepare students for the course load of pharmacy school and serve as prerequisites for many courses in the pharmacy school. Pharmacy schools requirements may differ slightly and students are advised to check with those schools for their specific requirements.

General Pre-Pharmacy Requirements Midway College Undergraduate Course Equivalent
General Chemistry I/II and Labs CHEM 170, 171, 175, and 176
Organic Chemistry I/II and Labs CHEM 330, 331, 335, and 336
General Biology I/II and Labs BIO 103, 104, 105, and 106
Microbiology and Lab BIO 225 and 226
Anatomy and Physiology I/II and Labs BIO 190, 191, 198, and 199
English I and II ENG 101 and 102
Calculus I and Trigonometry MA 220
Statistics MA 245
Intro to Psychology/Sociology PSY 180 or SOC 120
Speech COM 205
Introduction to Economics BA 220 or 221
Philosophy PHIL 301
Elective Any 3 credit hour course
 

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Students can satisfy requirements to apply to veterinary school using different degree tracks. Biology and Equine Studies have majors and minors that work well to allow the student to prepare for admission to various schools. Obtaining a Baccalaureate degree allows the student the opportunity to broaden their educational background and allows time for work and volunteer experiences. The more experience the student gains working with large and small animals, and the more varied experiences obtained the greater the qualifications for being accepted into a veterinary program. The student must verify with each school the requirements for that school.

Kentucky residents have the option to go to Auburn (34 students) or Tuskegee (2 students) and not have to pay out of state tuition. Students from states other than Kentucky need to check with their home state to see if there are similar reciprocal agreements.

Auburn University requires the following courses if a student is applying with a BS or BA degree, if applying with no degree there are additional requirements. These requirements are listed on the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine website (www.vetmed.auburn.edu) in addition to these requirements.

Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine Midway College Undergraduate Course Equivalent
General Chemistry I/II and Labs CHEM 170, 171, 175, and 176
Organic Chemistry I/II and Labs CHEM 330, 331, 335, and 336
General Biology I/II and Labs BIO 103, 104, 105, and 106
Physics I/II and Labs PSC 240, 241, 245, and 246
Biochemistry CHEM 420
Animal Nutrition EQS 351
Science Electives (6 hours) Select any two from the following list: Cell Biology, General Zoology, Microbiology, Vertebrate Embryology, Histology, Immunology, Genetics, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology
   

While students are working on their academic degrees, it is recommended they work in the various veterinary practices, horse farms, humane shelters and other opportunities that abound. The work and volunteer experiences of students are heavily weighted in the application process. Practical applied experiences are invaluable. Check with individual schools for a compete list of courses, entrance exams, interviews, and other materials required for application for entrance.