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  Aug 16, 2017
 
 
    
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Pre-professional Programs


Students who have received early admission to graduate or professional schools may petition the College to receive the B.A. degree after the successful completion of one year of graduate or professional study. In order to be awarded the degree, the student must have completed the McDaniel Plan Requirements, have their total program approved by the major department(s), and have completed sufficient hours of course work at the College and in the graduate or professional school to equal the 128 credit hours required for the College’s graduation. The Provost and the chair of the major department(s) will determine whether these requirements have been met. Having met the requirements, the student will receive their degree and may participate in graduation ceremonies.

A broad liberal arts education is an asset for students who wish to pursue a professional education, and entrance examinations and admissions requirements for many professional schools favor individuals who have benefited from an undergraduate liberal arts education. For over a century, McDaniel College has offered pre-professional education, and graduates have proceeded to study and practice the learned professions with distinction.

                                          

Pre-allied health

Contact: Dr. Steve McCole and Dr. Jennifer McKenzie, Exercise Science and Physical Education

Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. For additional information regarding physician assistant programs visit the web pages of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (http://www.aapa.org).  Physician assistant programs are highly selective and an excellent GPA is required for positive admissions consideration.  Students should meet with one of the campus Allied Health Professions advisors, Dr. Steve McCole or Dr. Jennifer McKenzie, early in their academic program.

Recommended Courses:

Because the prerequisites vary for each school, students are encouraged to identify the specific prerequisites for schools that they may apply to during their sophomore and junior years. While each program may have different requirements, a list of commonly required classes is listed below.  Note that most of the science classes listed below also have required lab components.

Common Physician Assistant Prerequisites

Anatomy (BIO 1120 or BIO 3324)
Physiology (BIO 2211 or BIO 3316)
2 semesters of Biology (BIO 1111 and BIO 1117)
Microbiology (BIO 3307)
2 semesters of Chemistry (CHE 1101 or CHE 1103 and CHE 1102 or CHE 1104)

Organic Chemistry (CHE 2217 and 2017)
Psychology (PSY 1106)
Statistics (STA 2215)

Completion of these courses at McDaniel College does not guarantee that the student will meet the prerequisite requirements for physician assistant education programs. Additional courses in Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science & Physical Education, Math, Psychology, and Sociology may also be required.

There is no restriction for a specific major. Common majors include Biology, Exercise Science & Physical Education, Chemistry, and the Chemistry – Exercise Science dual major.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. For additional information regarding physical therapy visit the web pages of the American Physical Therapy Association (http://www.apta.org/ProspectiveStudents).  Physical therapy programs are highly selective and an excellent GPA is required for positive admissions consideration.  Students should meet with one of the campus Allied Health Professions advisors, Dr. Steve McCole or Dr. Jennifer McKenzie, early in their academic program.

Recommended Courses:

Because the prerequisites vary for each school, students are encouraged to identify the specific prerequisites for schools that they may apply to during their sophomore and junior years. While each program may have different requirements, a list of commonly required classes is listed below.  Note that most of the science classes listed below also have required lab components.

Common Physical Therapy Prerequisites

Human Anatomy (BIO 1120)
Human Physiology (BIO 2211)
2 semesters of Biology (BIO 1111 and BIO 1117)
2 semesters of Chemistry (CHE 1101 or CHE 1103 and CHE 1102 or CHE 1104)
2 semesters of Physics (PHY 1101 and PHY 1102)
Psychology (PSY 1106)
Statistics (STA 2215)

Completion of these courses at McDaniel College does not guarantee that the student will meet the prerequisite requirements for Physical Therapy education programs. Additional courses in Biology, Exercise Science & Physical Education, Math, Psychology, and Sociology may also be required.

There is no restriction for a specific major. Common majors include Exercise Science & Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, and the Chemistry – Exercise Science dual major.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They also help them to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills.  For additional information regarding occupational therapy programs visit the web pages of the American Occupational Therapy Association (http://www.aota.org). Occupational therapy programs are highly selective and an excellent GPA is required for positive admissions consideration.  Students should meet with one of the campus Allied Health Professions advisors, Dr. Steve McCole or Dr. Jennifer McKenzie, early in their academic program.

Recommended Courses:

Because the prerequisites vary for each school, students are encouraged to identify the specific prerequisites for schools that they may apply to during their sophomore and junior years. While each program may have different requirements, a list of commonly required classes is listed below.  Note that the Human Anatomy and Human Physiology classes listed below also have required lab components.

Common Occupational Therapy Prerequisites

Human Anatomy (BIO 1120)
Human Physiology (BIO 2211)
Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1106)
Developmental Psychology (PSY 2209)
Abnormal Psychology (PSY 2211)

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1104)

Statistics (STA 2215)

Completion of these courses at McDaniel College does not guarantee that the student will meet the prerequisite requirements for Occupational Therapy education programs. Additional courses in Psychology, Physics, Exercise Science & Physical Education, and Biology may also be required.

There is no restriction for a specific major. Common majors include Exercise Science & Physical Education, Psychology, Biology, and Sociology

Pre-engineering

Contact: Dr. Jeffrey D. Marx, Physics

Students interested in an engineering career, should also consider the advantages of completing a standard four-year physics major program prior to transfer to an engineering school. With two additional years of study at an engineering school, students should complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and may be able to complete a master’s degree in engineering.

NOTE: Modifications of the program can, and often must, be arranged to meet your needs and to satisfy the requirements of the engineering school at which you plan to complete the program.

Pre-law

Contact: Dr. Kate Dobson, English

Law schools give preference to students with high academic achievement and backgrounds of broad cultural and social education. A student may major in any department. The most useful courses are those which offer training in writing and speaking, literature, philosophy, history, economics, and political science. Both the Law School Admission Council and the Council on the Section of Legal Education and Admissions of the American Bar Association advise against taking courses on a credit/fail basis if you intend to go to law school.

Check out our Web page: http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/Poli_Sci/prelaw/prelaw.htm.

Pre-medical and veterinary science

Contact: Dr. Ralene Mitschler, Biology

(Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacology, Podiatry, Veterinary Science)

Since 1874 men and women graduates of the College have gone on to practice medicine and the other health professions. In addition to the science courses required for admission to professional schools, the College recommends a number of courses in other disciplines and an internship experience that allow the student to gain admission and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the study and practice of medicine and the other health professions. Professional schools expect that candidates for admission will achieve well-above-average grades in their undergraduate studies. Requirements of professional schools vary; students should seek advice from the Pre-Health Professions advisor early in their undergraduate career. The following courses are typical of those required for admission by many professional schools and should be taken in addition to courses required for a major:

CHE 1101 Introductory Chemistry I: Structure & Bonding or CHE 1103 General Chemistry I: Structure & Bonding
CHE 1102 Introductory Chemistry II: Chemical Reactivity or CHE 1104 General Chemistry II: Chemical Reactivity
CHE 2217 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 2218 Organic Chemistry II
PHY 1101 General Physics I
PHY 1102 General Physics II
BIO 1111 Principles of Biology I
One BIO 2000-level or above course with laboratory
MAT 1117 Calculus I

*Not all medical schools require a math course; students should check the individual requirements of each professional school.

Veterinary school requirements may include additional courses.

Teacher Certification

Contact: Dr. Margaret C. Trader, Education

McDaniel College has provided programs for teacher preparation and certification for over 100 years. Students who complete the minor in elementary education, secondary education, or Pre-12 art, French, German, Spanish, music, or physical education are eligible for teacher certification in the State of Maryland (and more than 45 states according to the terms of the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement). McDaniel’s teacher education programs are fully approved and accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Note that course requirements for the education minor are subject to changes reflecting Maryland State Department of Education certification regulations. Students interested in the education minor must consult with an adviser in the education department as soon as possible.