Pre-Professional Programs

Address: 105 Foust Building
Phone: 336.334.5241

Details on Pre-Professional Programs

Programs:

  • Pre-Dentistry U209
  • Pre-Engineering U205
  • Pre-Law U207
  • Pre-Medicine U201
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy U206
  • Pre-Pharmacy U211
  • Pre-Physical Therapy U203
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine U213

Pre-Professional Programs are selected as a second major to accompany any primary academic major you choose. Your selection of this second major allows you to access Pre-Professional advising and resources specific to the needs of students preparing for competitive applications into one of these programs following completion of your Bachelor's degree. Note that, due to the fluid nature of requirements of the many professional schools to which students apply, your advisor will help you choose the actual courses you will need to complete your preparation. If you select one of the pre-professional programs, you should also indicate a major; for example, a student who selects the premedicine pre-professional program might choose to major in biology or chemistry.


Pre-Professional Program in Dentistry

The Pre-Dentistry program consists of a core of academic work that must be completed prior to admission to dental school. Your interest in preparing for a career in dentistry should be indicated by your choice of the Pre-Dentistry program of study at UNCG. The required courses can be incorporated into almost any major at UNCG. Your choice of major does not significantly affect your probability of admission, so you should consider any major which you find interesting and in which you feel you can do well academically. You will take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) the summer of the year before you plan to enter dental school, typically after your junior year at UNCG.

Contact: Robin Maxwell
Chair of the Health Careers Advisory Committee and Professor of Biology
Phone: 336.256.0066

Suggested 1st Major

Students completing the Pre-Dentistry program typically find the following majors most compatible with the required coursework:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

Special Application Procedures

You should contact a member of the UNCG Health Careers Advisory Committee during your freshman year. The members will recommend appropriate course selections and later will advise you on the application process for dental school. To have a competitive application, students should have experiences shadowing dentists, volunteering or working in a dental or service setting, and extracurricular activities that show a history of service.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

A dental club has recently been started at UNCG by interested undergraduates and may be accessed through the Pre-Professional Programs Organization page on Blackboard. Most pre-dental students also are members of departmental honor societies, which they qualify for through academic excellence. One example is Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society.

Graduates/Careers

Dental schools:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • East Carolina University
  • Howard University
  • New York University
  • Medical College of Virginia
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Kentucky

Careers:

  • Dentist, state of North Carolina
  • Endodontist, Beavers and Keating
  • Dentist, private practice

The American Dental Education Association website (www.adea.org) offers current and useful resources.


Pre-professional program in engineering

UNCG offers an outstanding sequence of courses in the pre-engineering program taught in small classes in a supportive environment. Typically, students in the program will complete course sequences in calculus, calculus-based introductory physics and chemistry in addition to a course in computer science and a large proportion of the general education requirements for engineering while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students will then transfer to an engineering program for the last two years of undergraduate studies. Students may complete their engineering degree at North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, N.C. A&T State University, or other engineering programs.

Contact: Dr. Promod Pratap
322 Petty Science Building
Phone 336.334.5844

Suggested 1st Major

Students have a choice of their first major. While completing the Pre-Engineering concentration, students typically find the following majors most compatible with the required coursework:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

Special application procedures

You should contact Dr. Pratap prior to registering for your first semester on campus. Current advice from the faculty will be important as you apply to engineering schools.

Graduates/Careers

UNCG's program prepares students to attend any accredited any engineering school in the nation. Some recent graduates have gone on to careers such as:

  • Engineer, Allied Signal Inc.
  • Applications software engineer, McDonnell Douglas Corp.
  • Branch chief, NASA
  • President and CEO, IPC Information Systems
  • Senior design engineer, EMC Corp.
  • Senior Environmental Specialist, state of New Jersey
  • Vice president, Oscom Communications
  • Senior quality engineer, Analog Devices Inc.

Pre-Professional Program in Law

There is no pre-law major at UNCG. However, UNCG provides access to a pre-law advisory committee that can help you design a comprehensive plan of study that will help you maximize your chances of gaining admission to any law school in the country. Law school admission committees do not require or suggest certain majors; however, regardless of your choice of major, they recommend that you choose a plan of study that helps you develop your abilities in three primary areas:

  • Effective writing and speaking skills
  • Logical and analytical thinking skills
  • Understanding of American institutions and values

We encourage you to choose a major that you will enjoy and one that helps you develop these skills. You will do better in classes that you enjoy, and your overall grade point average will increase. A high GPA, along with strong scores on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), will help you be admitted to the law school of your choice.

The Law School Admission Council Web site located at www.lsac.org provides useful information about law schools, the LSAT, and the admissions process.

Contact Information

Graduates/Careers

Law schools attended by UNCG alumni:        

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Elon University
  • Duke University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Catholic University of America
  • University of South Carolina
  • Syracuse University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Suffolk University
  • Washington and Lee

UNCG graduate are currently working in local, state, and national government in careers such as the following:

  • Attorney, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Attorney, city of Baltimore, Md.
  • District court judge, State of North Carolina
  • Counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Brooksville, Md.
  • Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Roanoke, Va.
  • Attorney/prosecutor, Nassau County, Fla.
  • Criminal Investigation Division (chief), U.S. Department of the Treasury, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Criminal magistrate, Guilford County (N.C.) Schools

Pre-Professional Program in Medicine

"Pre-Med" is a curriculum composed of a core of academic courses that must be completed prior to admission to medical school. Your interest in medicine should be indicated by your choice of the Pre-Medicine program of study at UNCG. The required courses can be incorporated into almost any major at UNCG, and your choice of major does not significantly affect your probability of admission. You should consider any major that you find interesting and in which you feel you can do well academically. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is generally taken during the spring or summer prior to submission of your application to medical school, usually at the end of the junior year.

Contact: Robin Maxwell
Chair of the Health Careers Advisory Committee and Professor of Biology
Phone: 336.256.0066

Suggested 1st Major

Students completing the Pre-Medicine program typically find the following majors most compatible with the required coursework:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

Special Application Procedures

UNCG has experienced academic advisers who can help you plan your academic program and answer your questions about the various aspects of applying to medical school. When you have enrolled in the Pre-Medicine program of study, you will be assigned a member of the UNCG Health Careers Advisory Committee as a secondary adviser, in addition to your academic adviser, whom you should seek out and meet with frequently. UNCG’s Health Careers Advisory Committee for pre-professional programs in medicine is comprised of faculty from the biology, chemistry and biochemistry, psychology, physics, and nutrition departments, the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center, and the School of Health and Human Sciences.

To have a competitive application, students should have experience shadowing physicians, volunteering or working in a medical or service setting, and extracurricular activities that show a history of service and leadership.

Graduates/Careers

Schools of Medicine in North Carolina:

  • Duke University
  • Wake Forest University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

UNCG graduates have gone on to practice medicine in careers such as the following:

  • General/vascular surgeon, Forsyth Memorial Homecare
  • Gynecologic oncologist, Southwest Regional Cancer Center
  • Neuroradiologist, Bowman Gray School of Medicine
  • Medical director of primary care, Loyola University Medical Center
  • OB/GYN, ECU Women's Physicians
  • Pediatrician, Riverside Pediatric Center
  • Optometrist, Memphis Optical

Several Web sites offer current resources that you might find useful:


Pre-Professional Program in Occupational Therapy

UNCG offers an opportunity to complete a series of pre-requisite courses that are required for most occupational therapy master's programs through its pre-occupational therapy focus.

Suggested 1st Major

Students interested in completing the Pre-Occupational Therapy focus at UNCG can major in Community and Therapeutic Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation (TR). The Therapeutic Recreation concentration advisors will help guide students interested in positioning themselves for acceptance into a MS degree in OT.

The curriculum in the Therapeutic Recreation concentration requires many courses that are prerequisite for entry into a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. The prerequisite courses include human anatomy with lab, human physiology with lab, statistics, human development across the lifespan, abnormal psychology, medical terminology, biomechanics, as well as the general education requirements for occupational therapy (such as general psychology, general biology, business ethics, sociology or anthropology).

Upon completion of a degree in recreation and parks management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation, students will not only be eligible for credentials in therapeutic recreation, but may also apply to a graduate degree program in occupational therapy.

Four occupational therapy (OT) programs are currently available in North Carolina: East Carolina University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Winston-Salem State University offer a Master of Science (M.S.) in Occupational Therapy. East Carolina University also offers an accelerated program for highly qualified undergraduate students enrolled in the health services management program with the intention of preparing for a professional master's (entry-level) degree program in OT.

Recent accreditation changes in occupational therapy now require that all students completing a degree in occupational therapy must obtain the master's degree in order to practice as an occupational therapist.

Contact Information

For more information, contact one of the following faculty members in the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation:

Phone: 336.334.5327
www.uncg.edu/ctr

Special Application Procedures

Contact Dr. Bedini or Dr. Kinney prior to registering for your first semester on campus. Current advice from the faculty will be important as you apply to graduate programs in occupational therapy.

Graduates/Careers

UNCG's program prepares students to attend any accredited master of science in occupational therapy program in the nation. Some recent graduates have gone on to careers such as the following:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Aides

Pre-Professional Program in Pharmacy

UNCG offers a two-year Pre-Pharmacy curriculum that prepares students to transfer to any of the 73 schools of pharmacy in the United States. Students may also choose to pursue a regular academic major while completing the pre-pharmacy requirements.An excellent academic record at UNCG and strong scores on the Pharmacy College Admission Test, usually taken in the sophomore year, are required to be considered for admission to Pharmacy school. Once admitted, an additional three to four years are required to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Contact:

Dr. Robert B. Banks
336.334.4606

Special Application Procedures

Please contact a member of the advisory committee during your freshman year. The members will recommend appropriate course selections and later will advise you on the application process for physical therapy schools.

Student Opportunities

Though there are no formal internships for pre-pharmacy students, there are many opportunities on campus and in the Greensboro area for students to obtain health career experiences and to participate in volunteer activities during the academic year and during the summer.  Since pharmacy schools strongly encourage applicants to gain pharmacy experience, pre-pharmacy students often work in local retail pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, and other clinical settings.

Graduates/Careers

Careers:

  • Pharmacist, Duke University
  • Pharmacy Technologist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Pharmacist Manager, Maple Hill Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Assistant, Lane Drugs
  • Pharmacy Technician, Revco Drug Stores, Inc.

Graduate and Professional Schools:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Campbell University
  • Wingate University

Pre-Professional Program in Physical Therapy

UNCG's program in pre-physical therapy prepares you for admission to programs throughout the United States. A complete listing of accredited programs is available from the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. This American Physical Therapy Association Web site offers helpful resources that you might find useful: www.apta.org.

Contact:
Dr. William Karper
Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Department Contact for Pre-Physical Therapy
Phone: 336.334.3035

Dr. Randy Schmitz
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Phone: (336) 334-3031

Suggested 1st Major

While completing the Pre-Physical Therapy program, students will major in Kinesiology.

Special Application Procedures

Please contact a member of the advisory committee during your freshman year.  The members will recommend appropriate course selections and later will advise you on the application process for physical therapy schools.

Student Opportunities

Though there are no formal internships for pre-physical therapy students, there are many opportunities on campus and in the Greensboro area for you to obtain health career experiences and to volunteer.  You may work or volunteer in the local hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, public and private schools where disabled youngsters are served; older adult care facilities; medical practices; and, private physical therapy practices.

Graduates/Careers

Career examples include:

  • Physical Therapist, American Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapist, NovaCare, Inc.
  • Physical Therapist, Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation

Graduate Schools
The program at UNCG prepares you to go to any accredited physical therapy school in the nation.  Most of our students go to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, East Carolina University, Western Carolina University, Elon University, or Winston-Salem State University.


Pre-Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine

The pre-professional program in Veterinary Medicine consists of a curriculum composed of a core of academic courses that must be completed prior to admission to veterinary medical school. Your interest in veterinary medicine should be indicated by your choice of the Pre-Veterinary Medicine program of study at UNCG. The required courses can be incorporated into almost any major at UNCG. Your choice of a major does not significantly affect your probability of admission. You should consider any major which you find interesting and in which you feel you can do well academically. You will take the GRE exam the year before you plan to enroll in vet school, usually after your junior year at UNCG.

Suggested 1st Major

Students completing the Pre-Medicine program typically find the following majors most compatible with the required coursework:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

Contact: Robin Maxwell
Chair of the Health Careers Advisory Committee and Professor of Biology
Phone: 336.256.0066

Special Application Procedures

You should contact a member of the UNCG Health Careers Advisory Committee during your freshman year. The members will recommend appropriate course selections and later will advise you on the application process for veterinary school.

Career experience through internships

There are no formal internships for pre-veterinary students, although internships at the North Carolina Zoological Park and Greensboro Science Center are common. Additionally, there are many opportunities in the Greensboro area for students to obtain veterinary career experiences required for application to vet schools and to participate in various volunteer activities during the academic year and during the summer. Many pre-veterinary students often work in the local veterinary hospitals and emergency veterinary clinic throughout their college years.

Careers and Graduate Schools

Graduate Schools:

  • College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Tuskegee Institute
  • University of Colorado

Careers:

  • Small and large veterinary practices
  • Specialty practices
  • Pharmaceutical research laboratories
  • Biological research laboratories
  • University research laboratories
  • Military veterinarian

Several Web sites offer current resources that you might find useful:

  • The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges: aavmc.org
  • NC State University Veterinary Medical College: www.cvm.ncsu.edu

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