Understanding 8 of the Best Pre-Professional Degrees for Exceptional College Students

Published on: Aug 22, 2018 6:51:00 AM

Understanding 8 of the Best Pre-Professional Degrees for Exceptional College Students

Pre-professional degrees in college are designed to prepare college students for a professional degree after the completion of a bachelor's.

Neumann University offers a variety of pre-professional majors for driven college students looking to jumpstart their career post graduation.

Let's take a look at eight pre-professional degrees offered at NU!

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In Neumann's Health Sciences undergraduate program, you can choose from one of these three pre-professional tracks:

1. PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY

Demand for physical therapy services will come from the aging baby boomers who are staying active later in life. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.

Neumann University is excited to offer our Pre-Physical Therapy Program to students who wish to be part of this rapidly growing and rewarding field.

2. PRE-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Neumann University is excited to offer our Pre-Occupational Therapy Program to students who wish to be part of this rapidly growing and rewarding field in health care.

The Pre-Occupational Therapy program at Neumann University is an academically rigorous program. Most master’s programs in Occupational Therapy will require students to have achieved a grade of “B” or better in their prerequisite courses and to maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale throughout their college career.

3. PRE-ATHLETIC TRAINING

To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) you must receive a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university with a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Once the candidate receives their degree they must then pass the national certification examination conducted by the Board of Certification (BOC). 

Neumann University offers at Pre-Athletic Training bachelor's program for driven and energetic students looking to work in a specialized health care sector.

Neumann's Department of Arts and Sciences offers five pre-professional programs:

4. PRE-ENGINEERING

Do you wish to think and problem solve like an engineer? Neumann University has partnered with Drexel University College of Engineering to offer students the ability to obtain a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Engineering in approximately five years. 

This program is highly selective and is only open to those students who have achieved a minimum score of 550 math score on the SAT and a high school GPA of 3.0. Students must maintain a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

5. Pre-Med

Medical schools seek broadly educated applicants who have a solid foundation in the natural sciences, strong communication and analytical skills, and experience in the health professions in the forms of employment, volunteer work, and /or internships.

Neumann offers a Pre-Med academic option for students who are interested in medical careers to meet as a group with the Pre-Medical Advisor during their freshman and sophomore years. Formal professional advising, however, does not begin until the second semester of the sophomore year and only after the student has applied for the advising process and is interviewed and selected by the members of the Pre-Medical and Pre-Professional Advisory Council of the Division of Arts and Sciences. 

6. Pre-Law

Neumann University and Widener University Delaware Law School have created an articulation agreement that will give Neumann first-year students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor degree in just six years.

The Association of American Law Schools recommends that prospective law students have a comprehensive liberal arts background. In accordance with these recommendations, Neumann University has redesigned its curriculum in order to offer a sequence of courses which represents a sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the study of law.

7. Pre-Pharmacy

Neumann University and Duquesne University have developed a cooperative program of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. This six-year doctorate program begins with the Pre-Pharmacy Early-Entry Program at Neumann University.

At Neumann, academically qualified students who have been accepted into this program begin two years of pre-pharmacy course work before transferring to the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy. 

8. Pre-Chiropractic/Pre-Podiatric 

For students considering a career in either chiropractic or podiatric medicine, Neumann University has established educational partnerships with both the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY, and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York, NY. 

Students who have been accepted at Neumann and who have declared their intent to continue their studies at either the New York Chiropractic College or the New York College of Podiatric Medicine take three years of prescribed courses at Neumann which lead to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biological Science. 

career-driven degrees are for mission-driven students.

If you're looking to enroll in an academic program that will prepare you for success after college, you're in luck. Neumann University is dedicated to preparing you for success after college by providing you with academic opportunities that are focused on future career advancement.

If you think you're one of the exceptional and driven students that's cut out for a pre-professional program (and we think you are!), we invite you to request more information today!

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WRITTEN BY:
Edward Wright

 Edward Wright

About The Author: Edward P. Wright is the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Neumann University and joined the community in August 2017. This summer he did a college search similar to the search you are going through and quickly found the caring community of Knights ready to welcome him and his family to their new home. His favorite spot on campus is the newly renovated dining hall.

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