Pre-Health Professions

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This page is meant as an overview of some of the pre-health professions interests you can have at Truman. If you’re still exploring or just want to know more information about the pre-health interest you are pursuing, research the information provided. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Alexandra Savala, Center for Academic Excellence, asavala@truman.edu, (660) 785-7403.

Pre-Health Professions Requirements

Pre-Athletic Training:

  • BIOL 365 – Human Anatomy Credits: 3
  • BIOL 365L – Human Anatomy Lab Credits: 1
  • ES 205 – First Aid and CPR Credits: 1
  • ES 245 – Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sport Credits:3
  • ES 342 – Biomechanics with Lab Credits: 4
  • ES 345 – Exercise Physiology Credits: 3
  • BIOL 325 – Human Physiology Credits: 4
  • PSYC 166 – General Psychology Credits: 3
  • STAT 190 – Basic Statistics

GRE for admission, deadline for application to Truman State University is April 1 (February 15 for priority)

Pre-Chiropractic:

  • BIOL 107 & additional BIOL course (i.e. BIOL 104, 330, 300, etc.)
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • CHEM 329, 330, 331, & 332 (or 333 in place of 330 & 332)
  • PHYS 185
  • PSYC 166

For additional requirements for admission, please check with the chiropractic school you are interested in.

*Note: a bachelor’s degree is not required for many chiropractic programs.

Pre-Dental:

  • BIOL 107 & additional BIOL course (i.e. BIOL 104, 330, 300, etc.)
  • Anatomy & Physiology w/ labs
    • BIOL 214 & 215
    • BIOL 302 or 365/365L and BIOL 315 or 325
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • CHEM 329 & 331, 330/332 or 333
  • CHEM 335
  • PHYS 185 & 186 or 195 & 196
  • ENG 190 and one other course with an ENG prefix

All courses need to be taken before the DAT & applying (take DAT spring/early summer of junior year, apply to dental school summer/early fall after junior year)

Pre-Medical:

  • BIOL 107 & additional BIOL course (i.e. BIOL 104, 330, 300, etc.)
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • CHEM 329 & 331, 330/332 or 333
  • PHYS 185 & 186 or 195 & 196
  • ENG 190 and one other course with an ENG prefix
  • CHEM 335 (strongly suggested)
  • PSYC 166 (strongly suggested)
  • SOAN 190 (strongly suggested)

All courses need to be taken before the MCAT & applying (take MCAT spring/early summer of junior year, apply to med school summer after junior year)

Pre-Optometry:

  • BIOL 107 & additional BIOL course (i.e. BIOL 104, 330, 300, etc.)
  • BIOL 204 or 304
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • [CHEM 329 & 331, 330/332 or 333] or [CHEM 320] — depends on major
  • CHEM 335
  • PHYS 185 & 186 or 195 & 196
  • ENG 190 & JINS
  • PSYC 166

Students should take the OAT in spring/summer of junior year and apply to optometry school in summer after junior year.

*Note: a bachelor’s degree is not required for most programs but is strongly suggested

Pre-Occupational Therapy:

  • BIOL 100 or 107
  • BIOL 214 & 215 or 325 & 365/365L
  • HLTH 200
  • PSYC 166
  • PSYC 366
  • PSYC 377
  • SOAN 190 or 191

GRE to get into OT school, deadline for application determined by school

Pre-Pharmacy:

  • BIOL 107 & additional BIOL course (i.e. BIOL 104, 330, 300, etc.)
  • BIOL 304
  • BIOL 365/365L or BIOL 214 & 215
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • CHEM 329 & 331, 330/332 or 333
  • STAT 190
  • MATH 198
  • PHYS 185 or 195
  • ENG 190
  • COMM 170

Students should take the PCAT in summer before/fall of senior year and apply to pharmacy programs as soon as possible (last deadline is March 1)

*Note: a bachelor’s degree is not required for many pharmacy programs

Pre-Physical Therapy:

  • BIOL 107 & additional BIOL course (i.e. BIOL 104, 330, 300, etc.)
  • 2 semesters of Anatomy & Physiology w/ labs
    • BIOL 214 & 215
    • BIOL 302
    • BIOL 315
    • BIOL 325
    • BIOL 365/365L
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • PHYS 185 & 186 or 195 & 196
  • PSYC 166
  • (some schools) 2nd semester of Psychology

GRE to get into PT school, deadline for application determined by school

Pre-Physician Assistant:

  • BIOL 107 & additional BIOL course (i.e. BIOL 104, 330, 300, etc.)
  • 2 semesters of Anatomy & Physiology w/ labs
    • BIOL 214 & 215
    • BIOL 302
    • BIOL 315
    • BIOL 325
    • BIOL 365/365L
  • BIOL 204 or 304
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • [CHEM 329 & 331, 330/332 or 333] or [CHEM 320] — depends on major
  • CHEM 335
  • PSYC 166
  • (some schools) 2nd semester of Psychology
  • HLTH 200

GRE to get into PA school, deadline for application determined by school

Pre-Veterinary:

  • 10 hours of BIOL, including:
    • BIOL 107 & 104
    • BIOL 200
    • BIOL 300 or 321 (suggested)
    • BIOL 304 (suggested)
    • BIOL 309 (suggested)
    • BIOL 302 or AGSC 320 (suggested)
  • CHEM 130 & 131
  • [CHEM 329 & 331, 330/332 or 333] or [CHEM 320] — depends on major
  • CHEM 335
  • PHYS 185 & 186 or 195 & 196

Students can take either the GRE or the MCAT in spring/summer of junior year and apply to vet school in early fall (September) of senior year

*Note: a bachelor’s degree is not required for many vet programs