The Health Sciences concentration is usually chosen by students who need pre-professional training before entering graduate studies as a doctor, physician assistant, dentist, or physical therapist.
East Central University offers all courses that are required for admission to professional schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, physician’s associate or veterinary medicine. Although the pre-professional sciences student may select any degree major, most successful candidates major in either Biology or Chemistry. Course work must be arranged so as to complete the required work in time for the admission exams and application in your program (usually Spring of junior year). A pre-medicine professional student may earn the bachelor of science degree by completing three years of work in the bachelor of science degree program and one year in an accredited professional school of Medicine (M.D. or D.O.), Dentistry (D.D.S.), Optometry (O.D.), or Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). For more information, contact the Department of Biology. Few applicants are admitted with less than a bachelors degree. You should follow a degree track at the time you are completing the pre-professional requirements. East Central University does offer the Bachelors Combined Degree Program which allows the student who may be admitted to professional medical sciences school at the end of their junior year to receive the bachelors degree after successful completion of the first year in professional school. The requirements for this program are available from the appropriate Pre-Professional Sciences Advisor or the ECU Records Office. Note: There are no separate degree check-sheets or plans currently available for these programs.
A Bachelor of Science in Biology is designed for ECU students who plan to become practicing biologists in industry or government, or plan to pursue a graduate degree in biology.