Allied Health Science
(Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Optometry)

Area of Scientific Learning

Updated Fall 2013

The allied health science major supports the following goals of Milligan College:

Graduates with a major in allied health science are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in a broad spectrum of life science and physical science disciplines;
  2. Be capable of critical thinking;
  3. Demonstrate skills in laboratory practice; and
  4. Demonstrate skill in clearly communicating scientific information in the following: verbal format, written format, and computer-based technology.

Graduates with a major in allied health science are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in a broad spectrum of life science and physical science disciplines
  2. Be capable of critical thinking
  3. Demonstrate skills in laboratory practice
  4. Demonstrate skill in clearly communicating scientific information in the following: verbal format, written format, and computer-based technology

The allied health science curriculum is designed for the student planning to pursue a career in pharmacy or optometry. The allied health science degree is only awarded to those students who complete 100 hours in the major and then transfer back 28 hours of pharmacy or optometry school course work.

Allied Health Science major - B.S.

Required courses in the major:

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 51

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

A total of 100 hours of undergraduate coursework and 28 hours of pharmacy or optometry college coursework completes the allied health science major degree. Only the credit hours from the pharmacy or optometry college are posted to the student’s transcript as no grades are recorded for transfer credit (i.e. the hours are recorded as Pass/Fail on the transcript).

Senior Major Exam

A senior major exam is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students’ achievement of learning outcomes in their major fields of study. Students pursuing double majors must complete a major’s exam in each major. The senior major exam for allied health science majors is the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) or the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).  Students must submit their PCAT or OAT score(s) to the pre-pharmacy adviser or pre-optometry adviser to fulfill this graduation requirement.

Pre-Pharmacy

The Pre-Pharmacy adviser has a list of United States pharmacy programs and information regarding the application process. Each pharmacy school has its own prerequisite courses and undergraduate hour requirements so it is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate information for the pharmacy schools of interest early in your pre-pharmacy program at Milligan College so that the prerequisites are fulfilled and admission requirements can be met. For admission, some schools require only 60 hours of prerequisite coursework, some 90 hours, and some require a bachelor’s degree. A competitive GPA (3.4 or higher) and solid PCAT score along with some shadowing experience with a pharmacist or job experience as a pharmacy technician will position you well to secure an interview for pharmacy school admission. To be a competitive applicant, a student should have significant (100 – 125 hours) exposure to the practice of pharmacy; the goal is to explore pharmacy and be able to effectively support your desire to become a pharmacist. The PCAT should be taken by August of the year prior to one’s anticipated entrance into pharmacy school.

Milligan College has formalized affiliation agreements with Gatton College of Pharmacy (GCOP), Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MUCOPHS), and Union University School of Pharmacy(UUSOP). These affiliation agreements outline the terms and conditions under which a student will be eligible for an interview at these pharmacy schools. Copies of the affiliation agreements are available from the Pre-Pharmacy adviser.

The application process for pharmacy schools begins the summer prior to the year the student will apply for admission (for most students, the summer following sophomore year). PharmCAS (pharmacy college application service – www.pharmcas.org) is used by the majority of pharmacy schools and one can apply to several schools together. If a pharmacy school does not use PharmCAS, then their application documents will be found on their website. When a student takes the PCAT, which schools are to receive a report of the scores are identified (i.e. PharmCAS and any other non-PharmCAS schools one is applying to). It is very important that a student watches for application deadlines (which vary from school to school) and that all required documents are submitted well before the posted deadlines. It is highly advised that the application be finished by September prior to the anticipated admission the following August.

Milligan College will accept the following three-year program coupled with one year of successful work in pharmacy school in satisfaction of the course requirements for the B.S. degree in Allied Health Science. Students expecting to complete this degree must file a pre-pharmacy declaration form with the Pre-Pharmacy adviser before beginning their junior year courses. Students must complete at least 100 semester hours of undergraduate course work, of which at least 45 hours must be completed at Milligan College. 28 hours of pharmacy school course work will be transferred back to Milligan College to complete the 128 hours required for graduation. Students who are admitted to pharmacy school after 3 years at Milligan, will have their spiritual formation program hours prorated to a total of 115 hours (instead of the required 150 hours).

To fulfill the allied health science degree requirements and most pharmacy schools’ prerequisites (including Gatton College of Pharmacy, Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Union University School of Pharmacy), the following course sequence is recommended. 

Freshman Hours

HUMN 101 & 102

8

BIBL 123 & 124

6

MLGN 100

1/2

CHEM 170 & 171

8

MATH 211

4

COMP 111

3

COMM 102

3
Sophomore Hours

HUMN 201 & 202

8

BIOL 111 & 112

8

CHEM 301 & 302

8

ECON 201 OR 202

3

MATH 213

3

COMP 211

3

MLGN 200

1/2
Junior Hours

BIOL 250 &251*

8

PHYS 203 & 204

8

BIOL 380

4

Ethnic Studies

3

BIBL 471

3

HPXS 101

1

General Electives**

7

* For GCOP, upper level biology course substitutions may be allowed for the BIOL 250 and 251 sequence; students must submit a written request stating which biology courses they would like to substitute and the Pre-Pharmacy adviser will give written notification of acceptance or denial of requested substitutions.

**For MUCOPHS & UUSOP, the general elective in the junior year must include a psychology or sociology elective.  MUCOPHS also requires CHEM 310 Biochemistry prior to admission.

The limits on class size in most of the pharmacy programs may prevent acceptance of some qualified applicants.  In the event a first application is unsuccessful, the program may be easily changed to a Chemistry or Biology major leading to a B.S. degree, and then application may be made a second time.  To complete the biology degree (B.S.), students must take BIOL 130, 131, 360 or 210, BIOL 310 or 450, a 4-hour BIOL elective, and 16 hours of general electives for a total of 28 hours along with the additional Spiritual Formation Program hours.  To complete the chemistry degree (B.S.), students must take CHEM 202 and 12 hours of chemistry electives along with 12 hours of general electives for a total of 28 hours along with the additional Spiritual Formation Program hours.

Pre-Optometry

The Pre-Optometry adviser has a list of United States optometry programs and information regarding the application process. Each optometry school has its own prerequisite courses and undergraduate hour requirements so it is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate information for the optometry schools of interest early in your pre-optometry program at Milligan College so that the prerequisites are fulfilled and admission requirements can be met. For admission, some schools require only 60 hours of prerequisite coursework, some 90 hours, and some require a bachelor’s degree. A competitive GPA (3.4 or higher) and solid Optometry Admission Test (OAT) score along with some shadowing experience with an optometrist will position you well to secure an interview for optometry school admission. To be a competitive applicant, a student should have significant (100 – 125 hours) exposure to the practice of optometry; the goal is to explore the actual practice of an optometrist and be able to effectively support your desire to become an optometrist. The OAT should be taken by early in the fall semester of the year prior to one’s anticipated entrance into optometry school.

Milligan College has a formalized affiliation agreements with Southern College of Optometry located in Memphis, TN. This affiliation agreement outlines the terms and conditions under which a student will be eligible for an interview at Southern College of Optometry. A copy of the affiliation agreement is available from the adviser for Pre-Optometry students.

The application process for optometry schools begins the summer prior to the year the student will apply for admission (for most students, the summer following sophomore year). OptomCAS (optometry college application service – www.optomcas.org) is used by the majority of optometry schools and one can apply to several schools together. If an optometry school does not use OptomCAS, then application documents will be found on the school’s website. When a student takes the OAT, the student identifies which schools are to receive a report of the scores (i.e. OptomCAS and any other non-OptomCAS schools one is applying to). It is very important that a student watches for application deadlines (which vary from school to school) and that all required documents are submitted well before the posted deadlines. It is highly advised that the application be finished by September prior to the anticipated admission the following August.

Milligan College will accept the following three-year program coupled with one year of successful work in optometry school in satisfaction of the course requirements for the B.S. degree in Allied Health Science. Students expecting to complete this degree must file a pre-optometry declaration form with the Pre-Optometry adviser before beginning their junior year courses. Students must complete at least 100 semester hours of undergraduate course work, of which at least 45 hours must be completed at Milligan College. 28 hours of optometry school course work will be transferred back to Milligan College to complete the 128 hours required for graduation. Students who are admitted to optometry school after 3 years at Milligan, will have their spiritual formation program hours prorated to a total of 115 hours (instead of the required 150 hours).

To fulfill the allied health science degree requirements and most optometry schools’ prerequisites (including Southern College of Optometry), the following course sequence is recommended.

Freshman Hours

HUMN 101 & 102

8

BIBL 123 & 124

6

MLGN 100

1/2

HPXS 101

1

CHEM 170 & 171

8

MATH 211

4

COMP 111

3

COMM 103

2
Sophomore Hours

HUMN 201 & 202

8

BIOL 111 & 112

8

CHEM 301 & 302

8

MATH 213

3

COMP 211

3

MLGN 200

1/2
Junior Hours

BIOL 250 & 251*

8

PHYS 203 & 204

8

BIOL 380

4

Ethnic Studies

3

BIBL 471

3

CHEM 310

5

General Elective

4

*Upper level biology course substitutions may be allowed for the BIOL 250 and 251 sequence; students must submit a written request stating which biology courses they would like to substitute and the Pre- Optometry adviser will give written notification of acceptance or denial of requested substitutions.

The limits on class size in most of the optometry programs may prevent acceptance of some qualified applicants. In the event a first application is unsuccessful, the program may be easily changed to a Chemistry or Biology major leading to a B.S. degree, and then application may be made a second time. To complete the biology degree (B.S.), students must take BIOL 130, 131, 360 or 210, BIOL 310 or 450, a 4-hour BIOL elective, and 16 hours of general electives for a total of 28 hours along with the additional Spiritual Formation Program hours. To complete the chemistry degree (B.S.), students must take CHEM 202 and 12 hours of chemistry electives along with 12 hours of general electives for a total of 28 hours along with the additional Spiritual Formation Program hours.