Pre-Professional Programs

Updated Fall 2013

Pre-Law

Advised by faculty in the Area of Business

Milligan College does not recommend or offer a major in “pre-law” as such. This stand is in keeping with both the broad educational philosophy of Milligan College and the philosophy expressed by the Statement of the Association of American Law Schools on Prelegal Education. American law schools do not encourage the undergraduate student to “learn the law,” but rather stress the necessity of the pre-law student’s acquiring certain comprehensive skills, such as “comprehension and expression in words,” “critical understanding of human institutions and values,” and the development of “creative power of thinking.” While a student planning for a specific phase of the law (e.g., tax law) may find certain undergraduate majors or courses desirable (e.g., business or accounting), any solid academic major is equally acceptable to American law schools and recommended by Milligan College.

Students considering law school who wish to have exposure to foundational legal subjects are encouraged to obtain a minor in Legal Studies. The courses in Milligan’s Legal Studies minor minor are designed to enhance knowledge of the American legal system, the legal profession and foundational legal topics. Embracing a Christian world-view, the Legal Studies minor will help students develop an appreciation for the unique responsibility Christian legal professionals have in society.

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry

Advised by faculty in the Area of Scientific Learning

Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both medical schools and dental schools have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-health adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Seeking admission to either medical school or dental school is a highly competitive process with a wide variety of applicant attributes given consideration such as overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT/DAT score, number of hours worked in a medical setting and types of experiences, strength of recommendation letters, and interview quality. Milligan College graduates have been quite successful in obtaining admission to medical and dental schools throughout the nation. Additional information may be obtained from the pre-medical and pre-dental advisers.

Pre-Optometry

Advised by faculty in the Area of Scientific Learning
(See Allied Health Science Major)

Students interested in becoming an optometrist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to an optometry program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited optometry college, 28 hours of first-year optometry courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-optometry coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

Pre-Pharmacy

Advised by faculty in the Area of Scientific Learning
(See Allied Health Science Major)

Students interested in becoming a pharmacist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to a pharmacy program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited pharmacy college, 28 hours of first-year pharmacy courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-pharmacy coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both physical and occupational therapy graduate programs have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-Physical Therapy adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Paramedical Fields

Advised by faculty in the Area of Scientific Learning

Students may choose to pursue a variety of medicine-related career opportunities such as optometry, physician assistant, podiatry, veterinarian, et al. Each of these programs has its own prescribed set of requirements which students fulfill prior to seeking admission to these programs. Several science area faculty have responsibilities for advising students interested in these careers; students should inquire of the Area Chair of Scientific Learning to be assigned to the appropriate adviser.