The College of Arts and Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Pre-Health Professions

  • Explore the various health professions careers at http://www.explorehealthcareers.org
  • Start preparing academically. Admission to graduate health professions programs is extremely competitive and good grades are the key to your success
  • Talk to or shadow a professional in the career of your choice
  • When possible seek opportunities to volunteer or shadow health professionals
  • Register for BIOL 1950 Orientation for Medical Sciences
  • Join the AUM chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta or other related health organizations
  • Visit the ITS helpdesk to activate your AUM e-mail address, and contact your health professions advisor to add your e-mail to the pre-health email listing

Your Health Sciences Advisor is your link to information and resources as you prepare for a career in healthcare. Your advisor will:

  • Provide resources such as workshops and seminars, research opportunities and summer camps
  • Help you find opportunities to enhance your awareness of the various health professions and issues in health care.
  • Inform you of school application criteria, prerequisites and deadlines to allow you to set priorities in preparing your credentials for your application to professional school.

General Information

Auburn University at Montgomery offers preparation for careers in Medical Laboratory Science as well as providing undergraduate course offerings designed to prepare students for admission to the following professional programs:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary
  • Dental
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry
  • Chiropractic
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Audiology
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy

Note: The pre-health professions programs at AUM are designed to be pre-professional curricula and not degree programs in themselves. This allows you to graduate from AUM with an academic major that can provide alternative possibilities if career plans change. The most common choices of majors in the past have been Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. However, as long as specific entrance requirements are met, professional schools have no preference for any particular academic major and students can major in any degree program they choose.

For more information on any of these majors or concentrations, visit the Pre-Health Majors webpage, or go directly to the Biology or Chemistry department webpages or contact the AUM health sciences advisor, 244-3694.

Additional Services:

  • Quarterly MCAT Practice Testing (free)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society
  • Biology Departmental Scholarships (awarded annually)
  • Interview/letters of recommendation from the AUM Health Professions Advisory Committee
  • Access to library of brochures & catalogs available for most health professions schools in the U.S.
  • Networking opportunities to gain healthcare experiences and meet admissions officers, military representatives, and alumni health professionals
  • Post-baccalaureate advising and assistance
  • Annual Mock Interviews by admissions representatives from UAB Medical School and the University of South Alabama School of Medicine

Pre-Medical Sciences: Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental and Pre-Optometry

Most professional schools of medicine, dentistry and optometry have similar admission requirements, but each school has its own specific requirements for admission. You should research the specific requirements and prerequisites of any schools you are interested in applying to. In the majority of cases the following suggested courses would be appropriate for studies in any area of premedical sciences:

Freshman Year
Freshmen are advised through the School of Sciences Advising Center and are encouraged to register for the basic courses that will set the foundation for higher level studies.

Important courses during the freshman years are General Chemistry, Pre-Calculus and Principles of Biology and English Composition.

Sophomore Year
Students are encouraged to meet with the AUM health sciences advisor and to discuss pre-health school admissions requirements.

Important courses during sophomore years include Anatomy and Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus.

Junior Year
Juniors continue to be advised by the health sciences advisor, and are encouraged to begin the process of applying to graduate programs of their choosing. Students will also begin admissions testing (MCAT, OAT, DAT, PCAT, etc.) during the junior year.

Important courses during the junior year include core graduation requirements, and upper level biology courses.

Senior Year
Seniors are completing health professions school applications, requesting letters of recommendation, and traveling to schools for interviews.

Course recommendations for senior year should consist of mainly Biology electives, and remaining courses necessary for graduation.

Pre-Veterinary

If you plan to attend veterinary school, you should check with the health sciences advisor. A current listing of courses for both the pre-professional and the professional phase of this program is available.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-physical therapy provides the prerequisite courses needed for admission to professional degree programs in physical therapy. Most physical therapy programs are doctoral degree programs, requiring a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university for admission. The choice of undergraduate major is usually left to the discretion of the applicant but your undergraduate course work must include the prerequisite courses specified by the professional school.

The exact requirements for admission and the prerequisite courses vary from program to program. For information concerning prerequisite courses and application to professional programs in physical therapy, contact Antonio Gardner at 334-244-3694. A list of accredited physical therapy programs is provided by the American Physical Therapy Association at www.APTA.org.

Pre-Pharmacy

The pre-pharmacy curriculum provides two years of basic courses required for admission to a pharmacy school. The following suggested courses are appropriate for most pharmacy schools, but research the specific requirements for the particular school you wish to attend.

Course Hours
General Chemistry I, II 8
Organic Chemistry I, II 8
Biochemistry 3
Mathematics (Statistics, Calculus I) 7
Biology 1010, 2100, 2110, 3303, 4013, 4073 23
Physics I 4
English Composition I, II 6
Literature (two approved courses) 6
History I, II 6
Ethics 3
Social Sciences (two approved sequence courses) 6
Fine Arts (one approved course) 3
Computer Course 3

Important Links

For more information, see the Pre-Health Professions Handbook. For curriculum sheets, visit the department office of your desired major.