PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION PROGRAMS

The mission of the McMurry University Pre-Professional Program is to provide
the curricular advising and career guidance needed by our students
as they prepare themselves for application to and successful completion
of a professional school program.

Pre-professional programs are those which require additional specialized
academic training unavailable in undergraduate programs at McMurry.
For instance, McMurry does not offer law or medical degrees, but we provide
the foundational course work and preparation for students who plan
on applying to law schools and medical schools. There are no pre-professional
majors. Students of any major may attend a professional school,
provided they take the prescribed required courses beforehand, meet
other admissions requirements, and are selected from the pool of qualifi ed
applicants in a competitive process.

Students are encouraged to contact the advisor for the program of interest
early in their college career and remain in contact regularly thereafter to
receive the advising necessary to prepare the student for professional
school application.

Students who plan to pursue a career in a health profession are strongly
advised to apply to the Pre-Health Professions Program and to take the
two Pre-Health Professions seminar courses (PREP 2105, 2106 see
“course descriptions” later in the catalog) required to receive the offi cial
Pre-Health Professions Committee letter of evaluation during the application
process. For a full description of the benefi ts of membership in the
Pre-Health Professions Program, please contact the Pre-Allied Health
Advisor.


PRE-HEALTH PROGRAMS
Pre-Allied Health

There are many rewarding careers available in the health professions
besides the commonly known dental, medical, physical therapy, veterinary
medicine and other high-profi le health professions. Such important fields
as respiratory therapy, physician’s assistant, optometry, radiological imaging,
and other health fi elds may be of interest to some students. As the
coursework necessary for acceptance into these programs varies greatly,
it is suggested that interested students contact the Pre-Allied Health Advisor
for information and guidance.

Pre-Dentistry

All dental schools in Texas participate in the common application made
through the Texas Medical and Dental Student Application Service in Aust
in. Students apply during the summer before their fi nal year in college,
with competitive applicants receiving invitations for on-campus interviews
at the dental schools in the fall of the senior year. Announcement of admitted
students is made in the spring of the senior year. To apply to dental
programs, a student must complete the following prescribed coursework:
14 semester hours of Biology (2 hours lab), 8 semester hours of General
Chemistry (2 hours lab), 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry (2 hours
lab), 8 semester hours of Physics (2 hours lab), and 6 semester hours
of non-remedial English composition. Some schools require 3 hours of
Biochemistry, which may be used to satisfy part of the Biology require
ment. All prerequisites must be passed with at least a “C” grade. Courses
intended specifi cally for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied
health sciences) are not accepted. Schools vary slightly in requirements,
with specifi cs posted at the TMDSAS web site:
http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas/EssentialsForApplying.
htm#PrescribedCourses
.

At least 90 undergraduate semester hours must be completed before
enrollment into a dental program, but baccalaureate degrees are highly
desirable. See the Pre-Dentistry Advisor for suggested coursework to prepare
students for the Dental Admission Test. Information on the DAT may
be obtained from the American Dental Association web site: http://www.
ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dat/index.asp
.

Similar information is available for students wishing to apply to schools
outside Texas from the American Dental Association (http://www.ada.
org/prof/ed/programs/index.asp
).

Please note that high-performing freshman students may apply for McMurry’s
“3+4 Dental Early Acceptance Program”. This program allows Texas
residents majoring in Biology to apply during their freshman year for early
entry into dental school following their junior year and complete both their
BS in Biology from McMurry and DDS degree from UTHSC-San Antonio
School of Dentistry in a total of seven years. Acceptance decisions are
made typically before the sophomore year. Thereafter, admitted students
must take prescribed courses, maintain a competitive GPA, and achieve at
least an average DAT score. For more information, see the Pre-Dentistry
Advisor.

Pre-Medicine

All medical schools in Texas (except Baylor College of Medicine) participate
in the common application made through the Texas Medical and
Dental Student Application Service in Austin. Students apply during the
summer before their fi nal year in college, with competitive applicants
receiving invitations for on-campus interviews at the medical schools in
the fall of the senior year. To apply, a student must complete the following
prescribed coursework: 14 semester hours of Biology (2 hours lab),
8 semester hours of General Chemistry (2 hours lab), 8 semester hours
of Organic Chemistry (2 hours lab), 8 semester hours of Physics (2 hours
lab), 3 semester hours of Calculus or Statistics, and 6 semester hours
of non-remedial English composition. Some schools require 3 hours of
Biochemistry, which may be used to satisfy part of the Biology requirement.
All prerequisites must be passed with at least a “C” grade. Courses
intended specifi cally for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied
health sciences) are not accepted. Schools vary slightly in requirements,
with specifi cs posted at the TMDSAS web site:
http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas/

At least 90 undergraduate semester hours must be completed before the
anticipated date of enrollment into a medical program, but baccalaureate
degrees are highly desirable. See the Pre-Medicine Advisor for suggested
coursework to prepare students for the Medical College Admission Test.
Information on the MCAT may be obtained from the Association of American
Medical Colleges web site: http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/.
Similar information is available for students wishing to apply to schools
outside Texas from the American Medical College Application Service
(http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm).

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Texas has fi ve campuses that offer a BS degree and eight that offer a MS
degree in Occupational Therapy. All of these schools offer a BS degree
and at least two have a M.S. program. The undergraduate programs
culminate in a BS in Occupational Therapy and have specifi c prerequisites
for admission to the program. McMurry provides courses and opportunities
to complete the prerequisite course work for these programs. All of
the undergraduate programs require English, history, government,
psychology, and two to three semesters of biology. Students generally are
required to have at least one semester of chemistry, one semester of
physics, one or two semesters of mathematics, and one or two semesters
of sociology, among others. Since the individual professional schools
differ somewhat in their requirements, the student is encouraged to meet
with the occupational therapy advisor for information and guidance in
selecting a plan of study.

Pre-Pharmacy

McMurry provides courses that prepare students to apply to schools
of pharmacy. Most schools of pharmacy offer a Doctor of Pharmacy
“Pharm-D” degree for individuals wishing to become a pharmacist. Some
schools also offer a Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences degree intended
for students wishing to pursue pharmaceutical research as a scientist.
Most schools prefer incoming students to have a Bachelor of Science
degree, although some schools allow the option of early entry. Additional
requirements include successful completion of specific courses, PCAT
score, and a minimum gpa. The following McMurry courses are minimally
typical to prepare the student and satisfy prerequisites for most schools of
pharmacy (this list based on Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy):

Courses
  Cred Hrs
Professional Prep
PREP 2105, 2106
2
General Chemistry
CHEM 1410, 1420
8
Organic Chemistry 
CHEM 3410, 3420
8
General Physics
PHYS 1410
4
General Biology
BIMS 1301,1101
4
  BIOL 3460, or BIOL 1402,
or BIOL 1403 

4
Microbiology
BIMS 3410
4
Human-based Sciences
CHEM 3441, or BIOL 3460,
or BIMS 4320,
(or other)

4
Calculus
MATH 2421
4
Statistics
MATH 3351
3
Speech (public speak) 
COMM 1310 
3
Economics 
ECON 2310,or ECON 2320
4
English Comp 
ENG 1310, 1320
6
English Lit 
ENG 2310, or ENG 2320,
or 2330, (or other) 

3
Humanities / social science many options
15
total
  76

Exact course requirements for program admittance vary, thus students are
advised to check with specific schools of pharmacy. Pre-pharmacy students
at McMurry should consult with the McMurry pre-pharmacy advisor
for individual advising.

Pre-Physical Therapy

There are ten physical therapy programs in Texas, all requiring a BS or BA
degree before admission. Successful completion of these programs results
in a Masters, or Doctororal degree in Physical Therapy. Normally the
prerequisites to the programs are English, history, government, mathematics,
psychology, one year of physics, one year of chemistry, and three to
fi ve semesters of biology. The schools vary in biology courses specifi ed.
More detailed information and guidance can be obtained from the physical
therapy advisor.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

*The minimum preparation for application to the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine is 64 semester hours to include the following:

English 1310, 3385
6 hrs
Literature
3 hrs
Approved Communication course 
3 hrs
Biology 1402,1403, 3410, 3460
16 hrs
Chemistry 1410, 1420, 3410, 3420
16 hrs
Biochemistry 3441, 3442
8 hrs
Physics 1410, 1420
8 hrs
Mathematics 2421 or 3351
3-4 hrs
Animal Nutrition and
General Animal Science 

6 hrs


*The applicant is expected to have both animal and veterinary experience.
The course prerequisites can be incorporated into some majors and minors.
The major should be chosen according to interest of the student and
vocational plans in the event of non-acceptance. Applicants are evaluated
on GPA, academic rigor, semester loads carried, animal and veterinary
experience, leadership, extracurricular activities, evaluation from undergraduate
faculty, and the score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Students are encouraged to consult the College of Veterinary Medicine
web site for the most current information.