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HEALTH PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS  

Faculty 

Donald A. Merkle, Ph.D., Program Director for Health Pre-Professionals  

Representatives of our Affiliated Institutions  

C. Barrie Cook, M.D., Medical Director, School of Medical Technology,
 
       The Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church
Janet T. Hiler, MT(ASCP), Program Director, Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke
Amy Shoemaker, M.T. (ASCP) MBA, Program Director, Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church
Samuel F. Vance, M.D., Medical Director, School of Medical Technology,
 
       Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke  

The Department of Natural Sciences is successful in preparing students for careers in medical technology, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and other health related professions. Students spend two-three years at Longwood taking the required coursework for transfer into the professional program at another institution. By working closely with an academic advisor, students can prepare for transfer into programs at any professional institution. Completion of Longwood's pre-professional program, however, does not guarantee admission to the professional program. Admission to these programs is competitive and is based on the student's academic performance during the pre-professional period as well as personal recommendations and related experiences. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is usually required for transfer. Links to professional schools and specific requirements may be found at: http://web.lwc.edu/staff/dmerkle/preprof.htm  

PRE-DENTAL HYGIENE
(VCU-MCV, ODU)  

Requirements:
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits          
BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits  
BIOL 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits
BIOL 304 Microbiology/4 credits    
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits 
ENGL 100 Rhetoric and Research/3 credits  
ENGL 101 Composition and Literary Analysis/3 credits  
MATH 171 Statistical Decision Making/3 credits  
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology /3 credits  
PSYC 251 Introduction to Biological Psychology/3 credits  
SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits  
COMM 101  Oral Communication/3 credits  

Electives/22 credits (MCV)*
TOTAL 60 credits

*For transfer to ODU, these electives must include 6 hours of humanities, 6 hours of history, 3 hours of philosophy, 3 hours of computer science, and chemistry 121.  

Pre-Nursing (MCV and UVA)  

Changes in the nursing curricula at both MCV School of Nursing and UVA School of Nursing have changed the programs to 1+3 programs where students should transfer to the professional nursing program after only one year at another college. This has made it very hard for students to transfer, and, therefore, Longwood College no longer recruits Pre-Nursing students. Any student at Longwood that wishes to transfer to any nursing program should contact Dr. Don Merkle for assistance.  

PRE-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (VCU-MCV)  

Please Note that MCV is currently in the process of changing this program to a M.s. level program which would require students to have at least 3, if not 4, years of college before admission.

Requirements:
BIOL121 The Unity of Life/4 credits 
BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits  
BIOL 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits   
ENGL 100 Rhetoric and Research/3 credits
ENGL 101 Composition and Literary Analysis/3 credits  
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology /3 credits  
PSYC 221 Life-Span Developmental Psychology/3 credits   
PSYC 356 Abnormal Psychology/3 credits   
Psychology elective/3 credits
SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits
Sociology elective/3 credits
MATH 171 Statistical Decision Making/3 credits

Computer Science elective/3 credits
*Electives/48 credits
 TOTAL/90 credits

*Students are encouraged to pursue further study in Biology, Psychology, and Sociology.
Applicants to MCV should have many hours of work-related experience.
 

BIOLOGY MAJOR, B.S. DEGREE
Medical Technology Concentration
(Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Fairfax Hospital)  

A.   General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
        See General Education Requirements   

B.    B. S. Degree Additional Degree Requirements (beyond science courses).
        Mathematics/3 credits
   
   Social Science/3 credits  

C. Major Requirements. 47 credits.
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits  
BIOL 122  The Diversity of Life/4 credits  
BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits  
BIOL 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits  
BIOL 304  Microbiology/4 credits  
Biology elective (300-400 level)/4 credits
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II/4 credits 
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I/4 credits  
CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II/4 credits  
PHYS 102 General Physics/4 credits  

Electives/3 credits

Major Requirements (affiliated schools)
Fairfax Hospital/36 credits
Roanoke Memorial Hospital/42.5 credits

D.   Total Credits Required for B.S. in Biology with
Medical Technology Concentration affiliated with Fairfax Hospital   - 122
Total Credits Required for B.S. in Biology with
Medical Technology Concentration affiliated with
Roanoke Memorial Hospital   -  128.5
Students should take the biology assessment test in their junior year unless they plan to take their senior year at Longwood.  Information concerning curriculum at the hospitals, expenses, financial aid, etc. is available.

BIOLOGY MAJOR, B.S. DEGREE
Concentration in Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medical, Pre-Occupational Therapy,
Pre-Physical Therapy, or Pre-Veterinary Medicine
 

This option allows a student who gets accepted into a professional program after three years to count their  first year of professional school as their senior year as a Biology major. All students in these majors shouldfollow this program if their second choice for a major would be Biology. See sections relating to thesemajors that follows for additional information.  

A.  General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements   

B.   B. S. Degree Additional Degree Requirements (beyond science courses).
Mathematics 171 or 261/3-5 credits
Social Science/3 credits.

C.  Major Requirements. 51 credits.
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits  
BIOL 122 The Diversity of Life/4 credits  
BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits  
BIOL 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits  
BIOL 304  Microbiology/4 credits
BIOL 324 Genetics/4 credits  
Biology elective at 300-400 level/4 credits
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits  
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II/4 credits 
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I/4 credits  
CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II/4 credits  
PHYS 102  General Physics/4 credits  
Elective/3 credits  

Major Requirements from Professional Schools

30 semester hours credit of 300-400 level courses taken at the professional school  (with grades of C or better) will be accepted as transfer credit by Longwood.

Note:   120 hours are required for graduation from Longwood College with a cumulative average of 2.0, a 2.0 average in all major courses, and no grade below C- in biology courses required for the major. Candidates for this degree must also arrange to take the departmental comprehensive achievement test for assessment purposes. This test is given only in the spring. Students should plan to take this test their junior year unless they will be at Longwood their senior year.

PRE-PHARMACY (VCU-MCV)  

Other Schools of Pharmacy (including Campbell University, Mercer University and Shenandoah University) have similar prerequisites. Students applying to these and other pharmacy schools must consult with their advisor to be sure prerequisites are met.

Requirements:
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits  
BIOL 122 The Diversity of Life/4 credits
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits  
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II/4 credits
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I/4 credits
CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II/4 credits  
ENGL 100 Rhetoric and Research/3 credits  
ENGL 101  Composition and Literary Analysis/3 credits
MATH 171 Statistical Decision Making/3 credits
MATH 267 Applications of Calculus/4 credits 
PHYS 101 General Physics/4 credits  
PHYS 102  General Physics/4 credits  
COMM 101 Oral Communication/3 credits  

*Electives/18 credits
TOTAL 66 credits

*Elective credits must be balanced between the liberal arts, social sciences and fine arts and humanities. Credits in science, mathematics, business, physical education, performing and studio arts, are not acceptable.  

Students interested in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at VCU should contact Dr. Barber (804) 395-2573.  

PRE-MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY (VCU-MCV)  

Requirements:
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits
BIOL 122 The Diversity of Life/4 credits
BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits  
BIOL 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits  
CHEM 112   Fundamentals of Chemistry  II/4 credits 
CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I/4 credits   
CHEM 400 Physical Chemistry/4 credits 
or CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II/4 credits
ENGL 100 Rhetoric and Research/3 credits
ENGL 101 Composition and Literary Analysis/3 credits  
MATH 121  Functions and Graphs/3 credits  
or MATH 171 Statistical Decision Making/3 credits  
 *Electives/18 credits
TOTAL 60 credits  

*Select from humanities and social sciences. Mathematics 171 and Physics 101 and 102 are strongly recommended.  

PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY (VCU-MCV)  

These requirements meet the minimum required by the Physical Therapy Program at VCU-MCV. All students should be working towards a four-year B.S. Degree in case they do not get accepted into a professional PT program after three years. If the student chooses to major in Biology, they should meet the requirements for the B.S. Degree in Biology with a Physical Therapy Concentration. They would be then able to count their first year of PT school as the senior year of Biology electives.

Requirements:
BIOL 121 The Unity of Life/4 credits        
BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits
BIOL 207  Human Anatomy and Physiology/4 credits 
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I/4 credits
CHEM 112  Fundamentals of Chemistry II/4 credits
ENGL 100 Rhetoric and Research/3 credits  
ENGL 101 Composition and Literary Analysis/3 credits

Humanities elective/3 credits 
Literature/3 credits

MATH 171  Statistical Decision Making/3 credits 

Mathematics elective/3 credits 
Social Science electives/6 credits*

PHYS 101 General Physics/4 credits  
PHYS 102  General Physics/4 credits
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology/3 credits  
PSYC 251 Introduction to Biological Psychology/3 credits
Electives/32 credits** 

TOTAL 90 credits

*Select from Anthropology, Economics, History, Psychology or Sociology.

**Recommended electives:  PHED 386 (required by ODU); MATH 171, or any Computer Science course; Calculus; Modern Languages.  

The Physical Therapy program at Old Dominion University requires a B.S. degree for admission.   ODU requires the same prerequisite courses for MCV with the addition of PHED 386 and a Computer Science course.  The Physical Therapy program at Shenandoah University requires CHEM 305.    

PRE-MEDICAL CURRICULUM (VCU-MCV, UVA, Eastern Virginia Medical School)  

Pre-medical students usually major in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Since requirements of medical schools may vary considerably, students should communicate with the pre-medical curriculum advisor.  

PRE-DENTISTRY (VCU-MCV)  

Pre-dental students usually major in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. The entrance requirements at MCV should be followed closely by pre-dentistry students.  

PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE (VPI&SU)

Pre-veterinary medicine students usually major in Biology. Exceptional students are sometimes accepted by Veterinary Medicine School after 3 years of coursework.

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