Pre-professional Health Programs


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 prerequisites for admission to graduate-level professional programs.


Schools of professional health are most concerned with the overall scope and quality of a student's 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.


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 American Medical Student Association, Pre-Dental Society, Pre-Medical Association, Pre-Occupational Therapy Association, Pre-Optometry Club, Pre-Pharmacy Society, Pre-Physical Therapy Society, Pre-Physician Assistant Club or the Pre-Veterinary Society.


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


Pre-dentistry 1
Phone: (540) 568-6652

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms 4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II (including laboratories 131L-132L) 8
CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry I-II (including laboratory 242L) 8
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I 3
PHYS 140-150. College Physics I-II (including laboratories 140L-150L) 8
Mathematics (calculus and statistics) 6 -7
English (ENG, GENG, GHUM 200, or GWRTC) 6

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional course work in psychology, anatomy (BIO 290 or 320), physiology (BIO 370) and microbiology (BIO 380). NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual dental schools.

 

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Pre-forensic Studies 1
Coordinators: Dr. Leslie Harlacker and Dr. Donna Amenta
Phone: (540) 568-2629 / (540) 568-7384

 

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 three common areas of graduate study in forensic studies.


Forensic Biology
A biology or chemistry major is recommended with the following:

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms 4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 224. Genetics and Development 4
BIO 324. Human Genetics 3
BIO 343. Immunology 3
BIO/CHEM 361. Biochemistry 3
CRJU 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

 

Forensic Chemistry
A biology or chemistry major is recommended with the following:

 

Courses Credit Hours
CHEM 375/PHYS 275/MATS 275. Introduction to Materials Science 3
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry 3
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM/BIO 361. Biochemistry 3
CRJU 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

 

Forensic Anthropology
An anthropology (biological anthropology concentration) or biology major is recommended with the following:

 

Courses 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. Topics in Biology (when topic is Forensic Anatomy) 4
Choose two of the following:  
MATH 321. ANOVA and Experimental Design 3
MATH 324. Applied Nonparametric Statistics 3
MATH 421. Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis 3

 

Students are encouraged to take additional course work in anatomy such as BIO 410. Advanced Anatomy.

 

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Pre-medicine 1


Coordinator: Dr. Sharon Babcock
Phone: (540) 568-6652


Special Admission Requirements
The pre-medicine program at JMU is a pre-professional advisory program that outlines a set of courses, activities and attributes that serve as pre-requisites for admission to doctoral-level programs in medicine (M.D. and D.O.). Strong candidates for medical school must demonstrate excellence in academic preparation, development of personal attributes that are expected of a physician, and involvement in meaningful extracurricular activities related to medicine.


For pre-medicine students, excellence in academic preparation encompasses completion of requirements for a selected major field of study, a strong foundation in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) and mathematics, as well as success in advanced course work. Students from any major, as long as they have the basic science preparation, are equally prepared for acceptance to medical school. Access to timely information and appropriate guidance is an increasingly important element of a pre-med student's academic preparation and development.


Declaring Pre-Medicine
Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students can declare pre-medicine without verification from the Pre-Professional Health advising office. Students will have completed fewer than 13 credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics and math at JMU.


Currently enrolled JMU students who have completed fewer than 13 credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics and math at JMU will need to submit a declaration of major form requesting permission to declare the pre-medicine program and submit it to the Pre-Professional Health Advising Office in the Health and Human Services Building, room 2154. Once the office verifies the student has taken fewer than 13 credit hours of biology, chemistry, physics and math at JMU, the student's request will be approved.


Current JMU students who have completed 13 or more credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics, and math at JMU will need to submit a major declaration form requesting permission to declare a pre-medicine and submit it to the Pre-Professional Health Advising Office in the Health and Human Services Building room 2154. If the overall GPA and the GPA in biology, chemistry, physics and math courses (BCPM GPA) are both > 3.00 the declaration request will be approved. A declaration request will not be approved if overall GPA and/or BCPM GPA are < 3.00.


Access to Pre-Medicine Advising
Declared pre-medicine students who progress successfully will have sequential access to three levels of pre-medicine advising: entry, benchmark and applicant. These three levels of advising are developmental (rather than chronological) in nature and students can enter (declare) the advisory program at any point in their academic career if they meet the admissions standards.


Declared pre-medicine students who have completed fewer than 13 credit hours of biology, chemistry, physics, and/or math course work at JMU will have access to entry level (Level 1) advising.


Once pre-medicine students complete 13 or more credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics and/or math course work at JMU, they will be subject to performance queries twice a year. Performance queries will be conducted after summer grades and fall semester grades are posted. Students who achieve and/or maintain an overall 3.00 GPA and a GPA > 3.00 in biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM GPA) will have access to targeted advising events that emphasize excellence in academic preparation (including planning for advanced coursework), as well as continued development of personal attributes, and participation in meaningful activities.


Students whose performance queries reveal an overall GPA < 3.00 and/or a BCPM GPA < 3.00 are at very high risk and are non-competitive applicants for a medical school. Targeted advising will focus on developing academic skills and career exploration. Once pre-medicine students have participated in targeted advising (Level 2), those who are unable to attain or maintain an overall GPA and a BCPM GPA > 3.00 will have the pre-medicine declaration administratively dropped. Since the pre-medicine advisory program is not a major, minor, or concentration, this action (drop declaration) will have no impact on students' degree program(s).


Students with 13 or more credit hours in biology, chemistry, physics and math at JMU who wish to re-enter the pre-medicine advisory program can re-declare if their overall GPA and BCPM GPA are both > 3.00. This standard will apply to students who either requested to drop the pre-medicine program voluntarily or were dropped administratively.

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms 4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II (including laboratories 131L-132L) 8
CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry I-II (including laboratory 242L) 8
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I 3
PHYS 140-150. College Physics (including laboratories 140L-150L) 8
Mathematics (calculus and statistics) 6-7
English (ENG, GENG, GHUM 200 or GWRTC) 6

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional course work in biochemistry (CHEM 361), physiology (BIO 370), genetics (BIO 224), microbiology (BIO 380), psychology (GPSYC or PSYC), critical thinking (GPHIL 120) and sociology (GSOCI or SOCI). NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, naturopathic, and chiropractic schools.

 

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Pre-occupational Therapy 1


Coordinator: Dr. Jeanne Wenos
Phone: (540) 568-2841

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology 4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 120. Concepts in Chemistry 3
HTH 300. Medical Terminology 3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
PHYS 140. College Physics I (including laboratory 140L) 3-4
or HTH 441/KIN 407. Rehabilitative Biomechanics  
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3
PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
GSOCI 110. Social Issues in a Global Context, 3
or GSOCI 140. Microsociology: The Individual in Society  

 

Students are encouraged to take introductory course work in biology (BIO 114), communication (GCOM), ethics (GPHIL 150), and anthropology (GANTH 195).


Students interested in applying to the JMU Occupational Studies concentration (Health Sciences concentration that can lead toward the Master in Occupational Therapy program at JMU) should refer to "Health Sciences." NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual occupational therapy schools.

 

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Pre-optometry 1


Coordinator: Dr. Jeffrey Andre
Phone: (540) 568-1648

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms 4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 280 or 380. Microbiology 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II (including laboratories 131L-132L) 8
CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry I-II (including laboratory 242L) 8
PHYS 140-150. College Physics (including laboratories 140L-150L) 8
Mathematics (calculus and statistics) 6-7
English (ENG, GENG, GHUM 200 or GWRTC) 6
GPSYC 101. General Psychology 3

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional course work in anatomy (BIO 290 or BIO 320) and physiology (BIO 270 or BIO 370). NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual optometry schools.

 

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Pre-pharmacy 1


Coordinator: Dr. Donna Amenta
Phone:(540) 568-7384

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms 4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II (including laboratories 131L-132L) 8
CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry I-II (including laboratory 242L) 8
GCOM 121. Fundamental Human Communication: Presentations, 3
or GCOM 122. Fundamental Human Communication: Individual Presentations  
Mathematics (calculus and statistics) 6-7
PHYS 140. College Physics I (Including laboratory 140L) 4-8
(PHYS 150. College Physics II recommended including 150L)  
English (ENG, GENG, GHUM 200 or GWRTC) 6

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take course work in human anatomy (BIO 290), human physiology (BIO 270), microbiology (BIO 380), biochemistry (CHEM 361), economics (GECON or ECON) and psychology (GPSYC). NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual pharmacy schools.

 

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Pre-physical Therapy 1


Phone: (540) 568-6652

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology 4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy 4
Biology electives 6-8
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II (including laboratories 131L-132L) 8
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
PHYS 140-150. General Physics (including laboratory 140L-150L) 8
English (ENG, GENG, GHUM 200 or GWRTC) 6
GPSYC 101. General Psychology 3
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3
PSYC 250. Abnormal Psychology 3
GSOCI 110. Social Issues in a Global Context 3

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional course work in organic chemistry (CHEM 241), biochemistry (CHEM 260), calculus, and biology (BIO 114, 214). NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual physical therapy schools.

 

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Pre-physician Assistant 1


Coordinator: Pamela Bailey
Phone: (540) 568-2395

 

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms 4
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 224. Genetics and Development 4
BIO 270. Human Physiology 4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy 4
BIO 380. General Microbiology 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II (including laboratories 131L-132L) 8
CHEM 241+241L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 260. Concepts of Biochemistry 3-4
(CHEM 260L recommended, 1 credit)  
HTH 300. Medical Terminology 3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
Choose one of the following: 3
GPSYC 101. General Psychology  
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development  

 

Students are encouraged to take additional course work in psychology and biology.

NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual physician assistant schools.

 

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Pre-veterinary Medicine 1


Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Rose
Phone:(540) 568-6666

 

Courses 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 I-II (including laboratories 131L-132L) 8
CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry I-II (including laboratory 242L) 8
CHEM 361. Biochemistry 3
Mathematics (calculus and statistics) 6-7
PHYS 140/150. College Physics (including laboratories 140L-150L) 8

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional course work in biology, communication (GCOM) and social sciences (GPSYC, GSOCI, GANTH). NOTE: Students should check admission requirements of individual schools of veterinary medicine.

 

1 These pre-professional health advisory programs do not ensure that all requirements at all professional schools, including JMU, are met. Consult with each professional school of interest to establish a full listing of prerequisites for that program.

 

 

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