Many allied health programs are changing to graduate programs and require a baccalaureate degree for admission into the programs. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to complete a B.S. in Biology (or another appropriate discipline) before applying to an allied health professions program.  The Division offers coursework that prepares students for admission to upper-level courses at a university with an accredited program toward an undergraduate degree in an allied health field.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

Medicine

The Division offers attractive programs for students interested in entering medical school. To enter this professional school, students must complete at least one year of biology with laboratory, one year of general chemistry with laboratory, one year of organic chemistry with laboratory, one year of physics with laboratory, one year of college mathematics or one semester of calculus, one year of English, and other courses that will help assure success, such as those in advanced communication skills, logic, or computer science, and psychology.  In addition, pre-medicine students are advised to take Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Statistics, Psychology, and Sociology.  Content from these additional courses will appear on the entry exam for medical school (MCAT – Medical College Admission Test) starting in 2015.

Pre-Health Professional academic advisors at Kentucky State University work closely with pre-medical students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements for admission to professional schools in a timely manner.  Shadowing physicians, volunteer work and summer research work are highly valued for admission.  Students will apply through a special website, AMCAS (American Medical College Admission Service) and/or AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service), one year before they desire admission. Students who need more information about these programs should consult the Chairperson of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences or the Pre-Health Professions advisors, as early in their academic careers as possible.

Dentistry

To apply to dental school, students must complete at least two years of biology with laboratory, one year of general chemistry with laboratory, one year of organic chemistry with laboratory, one year of physics with laboratory, one year of college mathematics or one semester of calculus, one year of English, and other courses that will help assure success, such as those in advanced communication skills, logic, or computer science, and psychology

Pre-Health Professional academic advisors at Kentucky State University work closely with pre-dental students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements for admission to professional schools in a timely manner.  Shadowing dentists, volunteer work and summer research work are highly valued for admission.  Students will apply through a special website, ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), one year before they desire admission. Students who need more information about these programs should consult the Chairperson of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences or the Pre-Health Professions advisors as early in their academic careers as possible.

Optometry

Optometry is the profession of examining the eyes for defects and faults of refraction, and prescribing corrective lenses or exercises.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky sponsors a program that enables 15 qualified pre-optometry students who are Kentucky residents to gain admission each year to the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, and the optometry schools of Indiana University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Eight entering spaces are reserved at Southern, four at Indiana University, and three at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Students must complete one year of biology with labs, one year of advanced biology (Human Anatomy and Human Physiology are suggested), Microbiology with lab, one year of general chemistry, one or two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab (varies by school), Biochemistry, Calculus I, one year of physics with lab, psychology, and statistics.  Biochemistry is recommended but not required.

Each applicant is required to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), which is designed to measure general academic ability and scientific knowledge of pre-requisite courses. Many schools also require a minimum number of hours in observation of a practicing optometrist.  Students will apply through a special website, OptomCAS (Optometry College Application Service), one year before they desire admission.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy is the profession of providing direct input into overall patient drug management. The pharmacist reviews updated patient medication profiles on a daily basis, makes rounds with teams, provides drug information, assists during emergency situations, and instructs pharmacy residents in direct provision of clinical services.  The in-patient pharmacy employs a computerized unit dose drug distribution system, a hospital-wide intravenous admixture program, and satellite pharmacies in intensive care units and hematology-oncology units.  Pre-pharmacy courses include: two years of biology (general biology, human anatomy, physiology and microbiology), one year of general chemistry with labs, one year of organic chemistry with labs, calculus I (some schools require calculus II as well), statistics, one year of physics with labs, and medical terminology.  Economics (most prefer microeconomics), psychology and/or sociology are also required.  Biochemistry, cell biology, genetics are recommended as additional courses of value.

Each applicant is required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), which is designed to measure general academic ability and scientific knowledge of pre-requisite courses. Many schools also require observation of a practicing pharmacist.  Students will apply through a special website, PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service), one year before they desire admission.  Interested students should maintain close contact with the Division’s Pre-Health Professions advisors or the chairperson of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a profession dealing with the development and administration of programs of care to restore motor function, relieve pain, and prevent disability in individuals whose abilities are threatened by disease, injury, loss of a body part, or conditions existing at birth.  Evaluation includes performing and evaluating tests to determine the extent of injury, the cause of dysfunction, and the selection of appropriate therapeutic procedures.

A licensed physical therapist requires a doctoral degree (DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy).  In order to be admitted to the doctoral program, student should complete the following pre-requisites:  one year of general chemistry with labs, one year of physics with labs, one year of general biology (can include zoology), human anatomy, physiology, pre-calculus (or higher math), one year of psychology (general + advanced course – some schools are specific about the second PSY course) and statistics.  Additional suggested courses of value include:  sociology, exercise physiology, biochemistry, medical terminology, and management courses.  In addition, interested students must document 50-100 clock hours of work or volunteer experience directly related to physical therapy.  Specific requirements vary by institution, so students should consult the websites of schools that are of interest.

Many schools require that students take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) as part of the admission process. Students may also be asked to apply through a special website, PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service), one year before they desire admission.  Interested students should maintain close contact with the Division’s Pre-Health Professions advisors or the chairperson of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences.

Veterinary Medicine

No colleges or universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky offer training in veterinary medicine. However, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education administers a Southern Regional Education Board Program in Kentucky through which qualified Kentucky resident students may be accepted to the veterinary medicine schools of Auburn University and Tuskegee University.   (At the time of publication of this Bulletin, the Council had contracted for 36 entering spaces annually:  34 at Auburn and two at Tuskegee.)

Students  accepted  under  the  regional  plan  are relieved of the obligation of paying out-of-state fees, and their expenses are identical to those of in-state students.   Formal applications must be filed through the Council on Postsecondary Education, which reviews these applications and submits those selected to Auburn or Tuskegee for admission approval.  Any student interested in veterinary medicine should have completed  80  semester  credit  hours  of  pre- professional training with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5; however, preference is given to those students who have satisfied the requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

Interested  students  should  consult  the Chairperson of the Division of Mathematics and Sciences or the Pre-Veterinary Professions Advisor for further details and requirements.

 

 

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