Students interested in the UNO Pre-Professional Programs should follow the guidelines and procedures listed below. Please note that course recommendations are for particular programs nearby, and these may change. Students are reminded to check with the particular websites for the professional schools to which they intend to apply regularly to verify their requirements. Application forms and information sheets can be obtained from the Department of Biological Sciences office located on the second floor of the Computer Center in Room 200. Application forms should be completed and returned to the Biological Sciences Office.
Pre-Medical Advisor: Dr. John Horne
Room 211 Biology Building
Pre-Veterinary Advisor: Dr. Wendy Schluchter
Room 232 Biology Building
Students Interested in Professional Programs
(e.g. Medical, Dental, Optometry or Veterinary Schools)
STEP 1. Select an Appropriate Curriculum
Students interested in medicine, optometry, or dentistry as a profession should elect a four-year degree program that adequately prepares them for entry into the appropriate professional school. Most students choose biology or chemistry as a major. Students may, however, major in any subject, but should make sure that the selected major offers sufficient free electives so that all the courses required by the professional schools can be taken. Course requirements vary widely from one school to the next, and students should consult the application web sites for a detailed list of requirements for each school. We have listed these websites on the handouts for each pre-professional program. Contact the school or college of your choice to confirm. Please note there can be considerable variation especially with regard to the organic chemistry and biochemistry requirements
STEP 2. Admission Testing
Registration for the appropriate exam can be done through the website home page (e.g. http://www.aamc.org/. for medical school; please refer to handouts for each website).
STEP 3. Application
Students should refer to the appropriate web site for detailed information on prerequisites and application procedures.
STEP 4. UNO Committee on Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental Studies
(pre-Optometry students apply directly to http://www.opted.org/; Pre-Vet students apply directly to the Vet school of their choice)
This committee consists of faculty members from the College of Sciences. The committee reviews your overall academic record and your personally solicited individual faculty evaluations. A committee evaluation, along with copies of the faculty evaluations and a Dean's Report on your standing in the College of Sciences, is sent to the optometry schools you have listed on the committee application form (see above).
Students near the end of the junior year or early in the senior year should submit materials to the UNO Committee on Pre-medical and Pre-dental Studies for evaluation and distribution to medical schools of their choice. This also applies to post-baccalaureate students who have taken at least 30 semester hours of course work at UNO. Qualified students should initiate this process by obtaining an application form at the Department of Biological Sciences Office (CRC 200) or from the links provided at the top of this page. When the application form has been completed, return it to the Biological Sciences Office. At that time you will be given three or four recommendation forms which should be hand delivered to professors who have agreed to serve as references. Recommendations should be solicited from faculty who have had adequate opportunity to evaluate your potential as a doctor or dentist. It is the responsibility of the student to periodically check at the Biological Sciences Office to be sure the recommendations have been returned in a timely fashion.
UNO Student Organization - Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)
Dr. Michael Doosey
Pre-Physical Therapy Advisor
Room 230 Biological Sciences Building
UNO offers the prerequisite courses designed to prepare the student for admission into the Doctoral program offered by the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, LSU Medical Center. To be eligible for admission, the student must have completed a bachelor's degree (i.e. any field) and must have met the specific prerequisites listed below. In addition, the program at LSUHSC requires 60 hours of shadowing a physical therapist prior to application. Admission into the program is on a competitive basis. A grade of C or better is required in each prerequisite course. Completion of the GRE exam is required. The PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org is used for applications.
For additional information please contact:
Department of Physical Therapy
LSUMC School of Allied Health Professions
1900 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70112 504-568-4288
Dr. John Horne
Pre-Physician Assistant Advisor
Room 211 Biology Building
This program is designed to prepare the student for entry into the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program offered through the LSU Health Sciences Center on either the New Orleans or Shreveport campus. To be eligible for admission, the student must have earned a Bachelor's Degree (in any field) and must have completed the prerequisites for the program specified by the LSUHSC School of Allied Health Professions.