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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Professional Studies, A.S.

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 Students enrolling in the Pre-Professional degree program are those who plan to continue their education at other institutions in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, or other medical fields. The program prepares students for admission to professional programs by helping them earn a large part of the general education requirements for those programs.


To be accepted into the Pre-Professional degree program, students must meet the general requirements for admission to Adventist University of Health Sciences (see General Studies Admission  in the Admission Information  section), and:

  1. Submit the Pre-Professional Studies Program Application once admitted to the University. The application can be accessed at http://my.adu.edu.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative high school unweighted GPA of 2.70 or have taken 12 college credits at a regionally accredited college with a minimum GPA of 2.70. GPAs presented to the admissions committee for each applicant will be a cumulative record of all college-level work.
  3. Have a minimum ACT composite score of 19 or a minimum combined score of 910 on the SAT (rSAT: 990). Applicants having 24 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college are exempt from this requirement.


Students may progress in the Pre-Professional degree program when they:

  1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50.
  2. Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) on all math and science requirements.
        2a. Successfully repeat courses in which a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) was not achieved.


Adventist University of Health Sciences will consider students for graduation and conferral of an Associate of Science degree in Pre-Professional Studies when they have met the general University requirements for graduation (see Graduation in the Academic Information  section), and have:

  1. Completed the prescribed course of study.
  2. Completed a minimum of 64 hours of credit, 50 of which must be earned at Adventist University of Health Sciences.
  3. Achieved a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on all math and science requirements.
  4. Complete the service-learning requirement.
  5. Completed competency assessment requirements.


The courses required for all students enrolled in the Associate of Science degree program include General Psychology; Introduction to Microcomputers; English Composition I and II; World Civilization I or II; Introduction to Public Speaking; Health and Wellbeing; and six hours of religion courses.

Total General Requirements: 26

Science (16 credits required)

Science and math requirements will vary, depending upon the student’s educational track. For example, students preparing to transfer into dental hygiene, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, or occupational therapy programs will typically be required to take eight hours of Anatomy and Physiology. However, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary medicine, and preoptometry programs require eight hours of General Biology. Students will be offered the opportunity to take the courses appropriate for their career path from the following:

Total Science and Math Requirements: 19


The elective component of the graduation requirement is comprised of those courses beyond the core curriculum that may be needed for entry into a professional program at a four-year institution. These courses will be chosen by the student with the approval of an advisor.

Elective Requirement: 18


HTSC 250  Seminar in Pre-Professional Studies (1 credit) is a graduation requirement.

Capstone Requirement: 1

Suggested Course of Study

The following is an example of a suggested course of study which would prepare a student for entry into the Andrews University Physical Therapy Program.

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