Pre-Med

Preparation for advanced study of Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy

Ottawa University’s liberal arts education is an excellent choice for those dedicating their lives to careers in medicine; medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy schools value applicants with wide-ranging academic experiences, excellent skills in speaking and writing, and the ability to analyze and synthesize information and ideas. OU’s biology programs are particularly applicable, with the option of a more specialized BS or a more wide-ranging BA, with broadly based strong core offerings with electives that can be tailored to specific career choices.

While most alumni of OU who went on to study and practice medicine have majored in biology [link], some have double-majored or minored in psychology, human services, English, business administration, and other disciplines. Whatever major or minor they choose, students pursuing medical fields must complete prerequisite courses and admissions tests that document strong knowledge of the natural sciences. To prepare for professional studies in medicine, students choose a relevant and challenging major, and hone their capacities through the liberal arts and breadth areas, complete course work in science and English [link to courses tab]. They also work with advisors on medical school applications [link to advising tab] and prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), or Optometry Admission Test (OAT) [link to resources tab], as appropriate.

Students who complete OU’s BA or BS in Biology can apply to accelerated nursing programs to earn the BSN. Students who enter OU with a clinical RN degree in hand may also be interested in OU’s RN-to-BSN program.