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With an increasing number of students attending graduate school, admission to various graduate programs have become increasingly competitive. The following information has been designed to help you plan, prepare, and develop a program of undergraduate study that would significantly enhance the probability of admission to graduate or professional schools. Although you are ultimately responsible for your own academic planning, faculty and staff at High Point University are eager to assist you in selecting electives that will enhance your probability of admission. The following individuals and offices can serve as excellent resources:

  • Your Academic Advisor. Your academic advisor should be a faculty member in your major area of study. While most faculty are more than eager to do more than is mandated, as a student it is your responsibility to contact the advisor, seek assistance, and make a special effort to build a relationship with your advisor. You must assume the initiative. Your advisor will help plan and guide your undergraduate studies program and provide tips and ideas that will further help prepare you for graduate study. The two of you should form a “team” working collectively towards your academic success.
  • Pre-Professional Program Special Advisor. Schedule an appointment with the appropriate pre-professional programs special advisor. See the appropriate section below for the pre-professional contact on campus.
  • Career Development Center. The Career Center assists students seeking admission to graduate and professional schools and coordinates the distribution of information about requisite admission tests. Contact Mr. Eric Melniczek.
  • Office of Graduate Studies. While this office handles admission to High Point University’s graduate programs, they can provide additional ideas and suggestions as you apply to other schools. In the process you may become interested in continuing your graduate study at High Point. Contact Ms. Tracy Collum, Associate Dean, Norcross Graduate School.
  • Office of Academic Development. The office coordinates all academic advising including changing of majors and assignment of advisors. It can provide specific information and/or direct you to appropriate individuals or offices. Contact Dr. D. Allen Goedeke, Associate Dean for Academic Development, 401 Smith Library, or Ms. Karen Naylon, coordinator for Academic Advising, 411 Smith Library.

 

Dentistry   (Advisor: Dr. Kelli K. Sapp, Department of Biology)

 

Application to dental schools can be made after satisfactory completion of a minimum of three years of undergraduate

study (90-96 credits). Some dental schools will accept applications after two years of pre-professional study, although the preference is for 3-4 years of pre-dental study. The majority of students accepted for dental study have already earned a bachelor’s degree. Any area of concentration may be chosen as a major, provided the requisite foundation in natural sciences and mathematics has been obtained.

Required Courses (for admission to schools of dentistry)             

English Composition and Literature

CHM 1010-1020. General Chemistry

CHM 2510-2520. Organic Chemistry

BCH 3220. Biochemistry

BIO 1399. Introduction to Biological Principles and Literature

BIO 2120. General Zoology

PHY 1510-1520. General Physics or PHY 2010-2020. Fundamentals of Physics

It is essential that each student planning to seek admission to a school of dentistry be aware of the specific admission

requirements for that particular dental school. Requirements vary. Full information is available in the annual publication

of the American Association of Dental Schools, Admission Requirements of American Dental Schools.

 

Medicine   (Advisor: Dr. Kelli K. Sapp, Department of Biology)

 

Application to medical schools can be made after satisfactory completion of a minimum of three years of undergraduate study (90-96 credits). However, the majority of students accepted for medical study have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

 

Any area of concentration may be chosen as a major, provided the requisite foundation in natural sciences and mathematics has been obtained. Additional upper level biology courses are recommended for non-science majors.

Required Courses (for admission to schools of medicine)        

CHM 1010-1020. General Chemistry

CHM 2510-2520. Organic Chemistry

BCH 3220. Biochemistry

BIO 1399. Introduction to Biological Principles & Literature

BIO 2120. General Zoology

PHY 1510-1520. General Physics or PHY 2010-2020. Fundamentals of Physics

ENG 1103. College Writing and Public Life

MTH 1210. Pre-Calculus

ENG (a literature course)

It is essential that each student planning to seek admission to a school of medicine be aware of the specific admission

requirements for that particular medical school. Requirements vary. Additional courses in biology, mathematics and statistics may be required. Full information is available in the annual publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Medical School Admission Requirements. Students seeking admission to an osteopathic medical program need to be aware of the specific admission requirements for the particular program.

 

Ministry       (Advisor: Dr. Christopher A. Franks, Department of Religion and Philosophy)

 

Students discerning a call to ministry may pursue any major of their choice, provided the courses taken offer a strong

background in the liberal arts. Seminaries look for students who show developing gifts and skills for ministry, with

significant exposure to English language and literature, history, philosophy, psychology, religion, social science, and foreign language. Students considering some form of ministry will also want to choose curricular and extra-curricular involvements that will help to clarify their vocational commitments. High Point University has a number of scholarships designated for pre-ministry students. To inquire, contact the pre-ministry advisor. 

 

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy,      (Advisors: Dr. Tony Kemerly & Dr. Kimberly Reich, Department of Exercise Science)

 

Students wishing to apply to Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy schools will need to consult the specific prerequisites of the schools to which applications are made. While the amount may vary, Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy schools require hands-on experience within the field as part of the application requirements. Most Physical Therapy programs are Doctoral level programs, while most Occupational Therapy programs are at the Masters level. Applicants should expect to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission to either type of program.

Prerequisites for these programs typically include:

Human Physiology

Human Anatomy

Biology

General Chemistry

General Physics

Psychology

Statistics

Kinesiology/Biomechanics

Exercise Physiology

 

Physician Assistant   (Advisors: Dr. Kelli K. Sapp, Department of Biology, Dr. Tony Kemerly, Department of Exercise Science)

 

Students wishing to apply to Physician Assistant Schools will need to consult the specific prerequisites of the schools to

which applications are made. All PA schools will require that applicants have first hand experience in patient care. This requirement may be satisfied by obtaining CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) or EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)credentials and working as a Nursing Assistant or Emergency Technician. The amount of experience required varies from 150 to 2000 hours. Most PA programs are Masters level programs. Applicants should expect to take the Graduate Record Examination and to hold the Bachelor degree in order to apply to Masters programs. Application may be made to a minority of schools after completion of 60 to 90 credits of course work. All prerequisites must have been completed and each school must be carefully consulted.

Prerequisite courses commonly required include:      

BIO 1399. Introduction to Biological Principles and Literature

BIO 2060. Human Physiology

BIO 2070. Human Anatomy

BIO 3040. Microbiology

CHM 1010-1020. General Chemistry

CHM 2510. Organic Chemistry or BCH 3220. Biochemistry*

PSY 2000. Introduction to Psychology

PSY 2300. Lifespan Development*

PSY 2250. Abnormal Psychology*

STS 2020. Introduction to Statistics

ATR 1300. Medical Terminology*

*Recommended or required by some programs.

Any area of concentration may be chosen as a major, provided the courses required by the PA School are taken. Additional upper level courses in the biological sciences may be required depending upon the program, e.g. Cell Biology,

Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology.

 

Engineering     (Advisor: Dr. Martin DeWitt, Department of Chemistry and Physics)

 

The pre-engineering curriculum at High Point University offers the courses that are generally prerequisite for transfer to a school of engineering. During the one or two years of study at High Point University, the student should complete the

following courses:                                                                          

CHM 1010-1020. General Chemistry

English Composition and Literature

MTH 1410, 1420, 2410. Calculus I, II, III

MTH 3410. Differential Equations

PHY 2010-2020. Fundamentals of Physics

Humanities and Social Sciences*

Physical Education activity courses

ECO 2030-2050. Principles of Economics

Students intending to major in chemical engineering should elect CHM 2510-2520 in their second year. *Comparative religion, comparative literature, music, philosophy (especially philosophy of science), political science, sociology.

 

Law     (Advisor: Mr. Scott Ingram, Department of Criminal Justice)

 

The pre-law program is designed to help students effectively navigate through the complicated process of applying to law school. Students interested in law school should meet with the pre-law advisor early in their academic career for assistance with developing an academic program that satisfies both the student’s interests and the intellectual rigor that law schools expect to see in the transcripts of their applicants. Law schools accept applicants from a wide variety of majors, but they closely examine transcripts for evidence that the applicant has taken challenging classes across multiple disciplines. Extracurricular activities such as pre-law club and internships or work experience in law-related fields can also help to strengthen applications. Students should take the LSAT between June and December of their senior year; June is generally considered the optimal time to take the test. Students should meet with the pre-law advisor during their junior year to design a plan for preparing for this test.

 

Pharmacy     (Advisor: Dr. Eric Lewis, Department of Chemistry and Physics)

 

Application to pharmacy school can be made after a satisfactory completion of a minimum of two years of undergraduate study. Because of the variation in requirements for different schools, it is essential for students to consult closely and early with the Pharmacy Advisor, Dr. Eric Lewis.

Prerequisites for these programs typically include:

CHM 1010-1020. General Chemistry

CHM 2510-2520 Organic Chemistry

BIO 1399. Intro to Bio Principles and Lit

BIO 2060-2070. Human Anatomy/Physiology

BIO 3040. Microbiology

PHY 15010-1520 General Physics or PHY 2010-2020 Fundamentals of Physics

MTH 1410 Calculus I

STS 2020 or 3200 Statistics

Labs are required for all science courses. Non-science requirements vary between schools but typically include English Composition (4-8 cr.), Economics (4 cr.), Social Sciences (8-12 cr.), Humanities (8-12 cr.), and Communications (4 cr.) Other courses required or recommended by multiple schools are Biochemistry (4 cr.), Quantitative and Analytical

Chemistry (4 cr.) and Bioethics (4 cr.). Any area of concentration may be chosen as a major, provided the requisite foundation in natural sciences and mathematics is met. Applicants should expect to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and have multiple hours of research, clinical, retail and/or service experience. It is essential that

each student be aware of specific requirements for a particular pharmacy school as the requirements do vary. Full information is available through individual school websites as well as The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

 

Veterinary      (Advisor: Dr. Kelli K. Sapp, Department of Biology)

 

Application to veterinary school can be made after satisfactory completion of a minimum of two years of undergraduate study (45-50 credits depending upon the program). Most veterinary schools specify their own minimum academic standards when it comes to cumulative and required course GPA. The majority of students accepted for veterinary study have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses (for admission to schools of veterinary medicine)

Composition & Writing, Public Speaking, Communications

MTH 1410. Calculus I

STS 2020 or STS 3200. Statistics

PHY 1510-1520. General Physics or PHY 2010-2020 Fundamentals of Physics

CHM 1010-1020. General Chemistry

CHM 2510-2520. Organic Chemistry

BIO 1399. Introduction to Biological Principles and Literature

BIO 3040. Microbiology

BIO 3050. Genetics

BCH 3220. Biochemistry

Humanities/Social Sciences

Business/Finance

*A course in Animal Nutrition is strongly recommended by most veterinary schools. Most schools, including High Point

University, do not offer an animal nutrition course. Students can take this course via distance learning by an accredited college or university, e.g. North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University. It is essential that each student planning to seek admission to a school of veterinary medicine be aware of the specific admission requirements for that particular school. Requirements vary. In addition to the required courses, students must take either the GRE or VCAT and have a variety of supervised experiences (in some cases the school may specify a number of hours) in the veterinary medical profession (i.e. working with small and large animals in a veterinary practice, zoological medicine) and other animal experiences (i.e. research, volunteer at animal shelter, working at an aquarium, equestrian activities).

 

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