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Medical School

Suggested courses to take at the undergraduate level:

  • Biology - 1-2 years with Labs
  • Chemistry - 1 year of General and 1 year of Organic with Labs
  • Math - 1 year of Calculus
  • Physics - 1 year with Lab
  • English - 1 year

*Note: There is a great deal of variety in the academic requirements for the different universities. If you know which schools you would like to attend, it would be very worthwhile to contact those schools to find out their exact requirements

Please refer to the Health Professions Committee website and Dr. Carole Gibson (gibsoncl@wfu.edu) for further information.

Educational requirements for MD:
4-yr program following bachelor’s degree plus Residency in specialty of choice

Standardized Test:
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)- Will be implemented as a computer based testing in January, 2007. The exam will be offered up to 19 times during the year at sites throughout the country. Read their website for specific details on registering for the exam (http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/).


Nursing

Suggested courses to take at the undergraduate level:

  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Cultural Diversity

*Note: There is a great deal of variety in the academic requirements for the different programs. If you know which schools you would like to attend, it would be very worthwhile to view the websites for those schools to find out their exact requirements.

Educational requirements for Nursing:
Following an undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, you may become a Registered Nurse (RN) by attending an accelerated (12-18 months) program or by obtaining a second B.S. degree in Nursing. You may then enter a graduate degree program in nursing after becoming an R.N.

Professional Organization Website:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/)


Physician Assistants

Suggested courses to take at the undergraduate level:
  • Psychology - 1 year
  • Biology - 1 year with labs
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry - up to 4 semesters, including biochemistry
  • Math
  • English
  • Humanities / Social Sciences
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

*Note: There is a great deal of variety in the academic requirements for the different universities. If you know which schools you would like to attend, it would be very worthwhile to contact those schools to find out their exact requirements.

Volunteer Hours:
Many schools require that you have completed a requisite number of volunteer hours in the health care profession. Frequently the required number of hours is 500, but sometimes it is as high as 2000.

Standardized Test:
Most programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), however some require the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).

Educational requirements for PA:
2-yr program following bachelor’s degree or a 4-yr. bachelor’s degree in P.A.Professional

Organization Website:
American Academy of Physician Assistants (http://www.aapa.org)


Physical Therapy

Suggested courses to take at the undergraduate level:

  • Biology - 1 year with Labs
  • Chemistry - 1 year of General and 1 year of Organic with Labs
  • Math - 1 year of Basic Calculus
  • Physics - 1 year with Labs
  • English - 1 year
  • Psychology - 2 semesters (Exercise & Health Psychology is NOT acceptable) ( Suggest: 1 Introductory Psychology and 1 Developmental or Abnormal)
  • Anatomy - 1 semester with Lab
  • Human Physiology - 1 semester
  • Statistics - 1 semester
  • Humanities - satisfied by divisional requirements

*Note: There is a great deal of variety in the academic requirements for the different universities. If you know which schools you would like to attend, it would be very worthwhile to contact those schools to find out their exact requirements.

Educational requirements for PT degree:
Most programs have or will be converting from an M.S. degree to a clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). Following a bachelor’s degree, students will attend a Physical Therapy program for 3-4 years.

Standardized Test:
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Nearly all programs require this test.

Internship Requirements:
All programs require approximately 200 hours (the variety of experiences is important).

Letters of Recommendation:
All programs require 3 letters, one of which is from a PT with whom you have worked.

Professional Organization Website:
American Physical Therapy Association (http://www.apta.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home)


Occupational Therapy

Suggested courses to take at the undergraduate level:
  • Human Anatomy (with lab)
  • Introductory Human Physiology (with lab)
  • Psychology - 2 courses (Developmental Psychology and Abnormal Psychology)
  • Sociology - 2 courses
  • Statistics

*Note: There is a great deal of variety in the academic requirements for the different universities. If you know which schools you would like to attend, it would be very worthwhile to view the websites for those schools to find out their exact requirements.

Educational requirements for OT degree:
A Master’s degree in OT (some bachelor’s programs may exist, but most programs are moving towards a post-baccalaureate degree) and state licensing after school work.

Standardized Test:
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Internship Requirements: Most programs require approximately 30 hours with an OT as supervisor.

Professional Organization Website:
American Occupational Therapy Association (http://www.aota.org/)


Masters Programs in Health and Exercise Science

Many of our undergraduates choose to further their education by pursuing graduate degrees in Health and Exercise Science. After completing either a MA or a MS degree in Exercise Science, students would be qualified to work as exercise clinicians, exercise programmers, exercise technicians and often work in hospitals, sports medicine clinics, fitness centers, etc. Many graduates have become research workers, professionals or teachers in selected areas of human performance or health sciences. Some will be seeking advanced training in research techniques to equip themselves for research or rehabilitation, physiotherapy, prosthetics, occupational therapy and recreation or other fields in which they hold professional qualifications.

For information about job opportunities and graduate programs, contact Dr. Gary Miller (millergd@wfu.edu; 336-758-1901; room 315 Reynolds Gym)


Dietetics/Nutrition

Suggested courses to take at the undergraduate level:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Economics

Educational Requirements for Dietetics/Nutrition:
There is a great deal of variety in the academic requirements for the transfer of programs to an undergraduate or graduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or eligibility to complete a Dietetic Internship Program (DI).  Both of these programs must be approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) before eligibility to order to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians is granted.  For a listing of these programs, contact the American Dietetic Association website at http://www.eatright.org. For more information on a specific program, contact the program director.

Professional Organization Website:
The American Dietetic Association (http://www.eatright.org)

How to become a Nutritionist


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Electronic Medical Records
Medical scribes are in high demand nationally. Any doctor who doesn't make the switch from paper to electronic records by 2015 will face Medicare penalties, and this deadline is fueling the demand.

 

 
 
 

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