Anderson University offers pre-health professional programs for students desiring careers in medicine, physical and occupational therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, chiropractic, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. Individualized programs are developed for students wishing to enter other health professions not listed above.
Although most pre-health profession students major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, in most cases any major may be chosen as long as particular health-program and course requirements are met. The length and specific course work for each program is variable depending on the field and the individual professional school selected. Each pre-professional program is designed to give the student a broad, Christian, liberal arts preparation for service in the health field of choice.
Students interested in a particular pre-health professional program should contact the director of pre-health professional programs for more information and/or referral to the appropriate advisor in that profession.
Pre-Med (Allopathic & Osteopathic)
The pre-med program is a four-year program terminating in a bachelor's degree. Course preparation must include a year of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and general physics. Students are advised to take more than the minimum amount of biology and chemistry to be competitive on the qualifying MCAT and to make the first year of medical school more manageable. Courses in mathematics, communication skills, and various arts and humanities will be required by certain medical schools.
Graduate work: Allopathic and osteopathic medical schools provide a four-year curriculum conferring the degree Doctor of Medicine, M.D. and D.O. respectively. The graduate can then expand to spend two to eight years in residency depending on the area of specialization.
Success & Placement
The success of Anderson University’s pre-health profession programs can be measured in a variety of ways. The university has an excellent placement record during the past 15 years, with approximately 85 to 90 percent of the students who applied to professional programs having been accepted. Of those students who have received strong committee recommendations, essentially 100 percent have been accepted. Many of our students during the past 15 years have been in the upper 10 percent of their professional school classes upon graduation from their respective schools.
Facilities Hartung Hall, which houses the science departments, received a $5 million, 30,000 square-foot expansion and renovation to become a state-of-the-art science facility. New classrooms and quality instrumentation make Anderson University one of the best study opportunities available for the student searching for a quality education in an intimate setting. AU science students are given many opportunities for hands-on operation of the kinds of instrumentation that are typically found in the large research centers of the world.
Many students participate in summer internship programs sponsored by various universities, industries, and government agencies. These provide excellent opportunities for students to be exposed to the environment that they hope to enter in a few years. Some students participate in mission programs of varying length that allow for the exploration of service projects related to their field of interest. Faculty and other university staff work with students on an individual basis in order to facilitate intern experiences.
Almost all students who are applying to professional schools to pursue careers in health science and who are maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or better, are accepted. The overall acceptance rate of AU students is approximately 85 percent.
Tri-S (Study, Serve, Share) is a university-sponsored program that sends students around the world in service and learning experiences. School sponsorship reduces the price of each trip to a fraction of the usual cost. Given the diversity of the program, a student could be on a different continent each year. Recent trips have included traveling to Hong Kong to work at a hospital for the mentally ill, delivering health care in Africa and South America, working at a church camp in Jamaica, teaching Bible school in England, touring Australia, and serving the dying and destitute in Kolkata, India.
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