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Pre-professional Health Programs
  • Dr. Sharon Babcock, Coordinator
The Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services offers advising and evaluation services for students pursuing professional health careers. Pre-professional health programs are not majors or minors; they are preparation programs that outline a set of JMU courses and requirements that commonly serve as pre-requisites for admission to graduate-level professional programs. Schools of professional health are most concerned with the overall scope and quality of a studentís undergraduate performance and it is important that students select a major based on their interests and aptitudes. Program Coordinators are available to assist students in making career decisions. Additional information about each pre-professional health program is available on the Web site at www.iihhs.jmu.edu.

Service activity and experience in a health-care setting are highly recommended to students considering a professional health career. Requirements for these types of activities vary among programs; students should inquire with their respective program coordinator for guidance. Student organizations provide multiple venues to participate in community service and to interact with health professionals; thus, students are encouraged to participate in AED (Health Pre-professional Honor Society), Pre-Dental Organization, Pre-Medical Association, Pre-Occupational Therapy Society, Pre-Pharmacy Society, Pre-Physical Therapy Society, or the Pre-Veterinary Society.

The pre-professional programs outlined below are intended as guidelines only and will fulfill the admissions requirements of many, but not all, graduate professional programs. Since different professional schools often have unique requirements, students must inquire with their school(s) of interest for definitive admission policies and requirements.

Back to top of page Pre-dentistry1
Dr. Jeanne Wenos, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology
4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry (including laboratory 131L-132L)
8
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry (including laboratory 346L)
8
PHYS 140-150. General Physics (including laboratory 140L-150L)
8
Mathematics (calculus and statistics)
6
English (composition and literature)
6
Students are encouraged to take additional course work in genetics (BIO 224 or 230), physiology (BIO 270 or 370) and/or biochemistry (CHEM 361).
Back to top of page Pre-forensic Studies1
Dr. Roshna Wunderlich and Dr. Donna Amenta, Coordinators
Forensic studies refer to a wide array of disciplines that apply the knowledge and techniques of science to the investigation of crime and the courts of law. Preparation guidelines are provided below for four common areas of graduate study in forensic studies.
Forensic Biology
A biology or chemistry major is recommended with the following course work:
 
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology
4
BIO 224. Genetics and Development
4
BIO 430. Human Genetics
3
BIO 442. Immunology
3
BIO/CHEM 361. Biochemistry
3
PUAD 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
Forensic Chemistry
A biology or chemistry major is recommended with the following course work:
 
Credit Hours
CHEM/PHYS/MATS 275. Introduction to Materials Science
3
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry
3
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry
4
CHEM/BIO 361. Biochemistry
3
PUAD 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
Forensic Anthropology
An anthropology (biological anthropology concentration) or biology major is recommended with the following course work:
 
Credit Hours
GANTH 196. Biological Anthropology
3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
BIO 270. Human Physiology or BIO 370 Animal Physiology
4
BIO 325/ANTH 395. Forensic Anatomy
4
Choose two of the following:
MATH 321. ANOVA and Exp. Design
3
MATH 324. Applied Nonparametric Statistics
3
MATH 421. Applied Multivariate Statistics
3
Students are encouraged to take additional course work in anatomy such as BIO 410 Advanced Anatomy.
Forensic Psychology
A psychology major is recommended with the following course work:
 
Credit Hours
PSYC 312. Forensic Psychology
3
PSYC/JUST 314. Police Psychology
3
PSYC/JUST 316. Human Development and Crime
3
PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
3
PUAD 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
Back to top of page Pre-medicine1
Dr. Sharon Babcock, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology
4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry (including laboratory 131L-132L)
8
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry (including laboratory 346L)
8
PHYS 140-150. General Physics (including laboratory 140L-150L)
8
Mathematics (calculus and statistics)
6
English (composition and literature)
6
Students are encouraged to take additional course work in genetics (BIO 224 or 230), physiology (BIO 270 or 370) and/or biochemistry (CHEM 361).
Back to top of page Pre-occupational Therapy1
Jeffrey Loveland, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology
4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
CHEM 120 + L. Concepts in Chemistry and lab
4
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics
3
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
PSYC 250. Abnormal Psychology
3
GSOCI 210. Social Issues in a Global Context, or GSOCI 240. Individual in Society
3
NOTE: Students interested in applying to the JMU Occupational Studies concentration (health science concentration that can lead toward the Master of Occupational Therapy degree at JMU) should refer to the Occupational Studies Concentration in Health Sciences.
Back to top of page Pre-optometry1
Dr. Jeffrey Andre, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology
4
BIO 280 or 380. Microbiology
4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry (including laboratory 131L-132L)
8
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry (including laboratory 346L)
8
PHYS 140-150. General Physics (including laboratory 140L-150L)
8
Mathematics (calculus and statistics)
6
English (composition and literature)
6
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
4
Students are encouraged to take additional course work in anatomy (BIO 290 or 320), physiology (BIO 270 or 370), and/or biochemistry (CHEM 361).
NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual optometry schools for additional recommended courses.
Back to top of page Pre-pharmacy1
Dr. Donna Amenta, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology
4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry (including laboratory 131L-132L)
8
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry (including laboratory 346L)
8
GCOM 121. Fundamental Human Communication: Presentations, or GCOM 122. Fundamental Human Communication: Individual Presentations
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics
3
Choose one:
6
MATH 155-MATH 205. College Algebra and Introductory Calculus
MATH 231-232. Calculus with Functions
PHYS 140-150. General Physics (including laboratory 140L-150L)
8
English (composition and literature)
6
Electives1
18
1 Requirements depend on program.
Back to top of page Pre-physical Therapy1
Dr. Jeff Konin, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology
4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry (including laboratory 131L-132L)
8
MATH 205. Introductory Calculus I
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics
3
PHYS 140-150. General Physics (including laboratory 140L-150L)
8
English (literature, composition, or scientific writing)
6
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
3
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
PSYC 250. Abnormal Psychology
3
GSOCI 210. Social Issues in a Global Context
3
HTH 390. Introduction to PT
1
NOTE: Physical therapy schools often have varying prerequisite requirements for admission. Classes listed here may differ slightly from what some PT schools require. Course substitution requests should be made through and approved by the coordinator.
Back to top of page Pre-physician Assistant1
James Hammond, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
4
BIO 124. Ecology and Evolution
4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology
4
BIO 224. Genetics and Development
4
BIO 270. Human Physiology
4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
CHEM 131/132. General Chemistry (including laboratory 131L-132L)
8
CHEM 221 + L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry
4
CHEM 222. Concepts of Biochemistry (CHEM 222L recommended, 1 credit)
3
HTH 300. Medical Terminology
3
MATH 220. Statistics
3
Back to top of page Pre-veterinary Medicine1
Dr. Christopher Rose, Coordinator
 
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology
4
BIO 224. Genetics and Development
4
BIO 370. Animal Physiology
4
BIO 380. General Microbiology
4
CHEM 131/132. General Chemistry (including laboratory 131L-132L)
8
CHEM 221 + L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry
4
CHEM 341/342/346. Organic Chemistry
8
CHEM 361. Biochemistry
3
MATH 220. Statistics
3
MATH 231/232. Calculus with Functions
8
PHYS 140/150. General Physics (including laboratory 140L-150L)
8
1 These pre-professional health programs do not ensure that all requirements at all professional schools, including JMU, are met. Please consult with each professional school of interest to establish a full listing of prerequisites for that program.