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You’ll major in your chosen field (e.g., biology, chemistry, psychology) and we’ll work with you every step of the way to plan a course of study that fulfills your program's prerequisite coursework. We'll also discuss available internships, shadowing experiences, and service and research opportunities.

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Dentists are highly sophisticated health care professionals who provide a wide range of oral health services that contribute to the general health and quality of their patients’ lives. The realization that oral health can have a serious impact on a person's overall health drives the expansion of this field each year.

The prerequisites for applying to a typical dentistry program include coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry (including general chemistry, organic chemistry and often biochemistry), math (including statistics) and physics. Applicants to dental school must also take the Dental School Admissions Test with a target score of 20-21.

Physicians diagnose illness, administer treatment, and advise patients on how to prevent and manage diseases. Doctors play a vital role in improving patient care through the services and information they provide.

Traditional pre-med students apply to medical school after their third year of college. Most successful applicants will also have completed a significant number of hours of clinical internships and shadowing experiences in diverse medical settings. Ideally, you will also have engaged in a significant amount of volunteer work and participated in related extracurricular activities.

The minimum prerequisites for applying to a typical medical program include coursework in biology, chemistry (including general chemistry, organic chemistry and often biochemistry), math (including statistics) and physics. Applicants must also take the the Medical College Admissions Test.

Occupational therapy is a rehabilitation profession. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent lives due to physical, developmental, social or emotional issues. They help patients learn how to fully engage in their lives, from their work and recreation to daily activities like bathing, getting dressed and eating.

The prerequisites for applying to a typical physical therapy program include coursework in anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination.

Optometrists conduct comprehensive eye examinations to detect and treat the diseases of the eye. They also identify any systemic conditions that may affect the eye and its associated structures.

The general admission requirements for schools of optometry include at least one year of biology, microbiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, English and college math (including statistics and calculus). Applicants to optometry school must take the Optometry Admissions Test.

Pharmacists work to safeguard their patients' health in matters related to drug use and disease management. Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care by focusing on safe and effective medication use.

The prerequisites for applying to a typical pharmacy program include coursework in biology, chemistry, communication, math and physics. Applicants to pharmacy school must take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test.

Physical therapy is a branch of medicine that uses physical methods (e.g., manipulation, traction, exercise, massage, hot/cold therapy) to assess, diagnose, and treat injuries, disabilities or disease. Therapists work with patients of all ages to help them recover from and manage a wide variety of physical challenges.

Christopher Newport has formed a partnership with Old Dominion University’s School of Physical Therapy. Applicants who meet certain criteria are guaranteed admission to ODU’s doctoral program in physical therapy.

The prerequisites for applying to a typical physical therapy program include coursework in anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, statistics and physics. Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination.

Physician assistants (PAs) provide health care services under the supervision of a licensed physician. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health care services, as delegated by a doctor. They record patient information, examine and counsel patients, prescribe medications, and order or carry out treatments. They also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting and casting. PAs may be the primary care provider in rural or inner city clinics where a physician is not always present.

Christopher Newport has formed a partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Applicants who meet certain criteria are guaranteed admission to EVMS' Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.

A typical graduate PA program lasts approximately 30 months and leads to a master of science in physician assistant studies. The prerequisites for applying to a typical program include coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry, math and psychology. Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination.

Veterinarians play a major role in the health care of pets, livestock, zoo, sporting and laboratory animals. However, they do a lot more to contribute to the field of health care as a whole. For example, an increasing number of links are being found between human and animal diseases, such as SARS, mad cow disease and avian flu. Thus, a degree in veterinary medicine can also prepare you for a career in public health, research and epidemiology.

Students must complete pre-requisite coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry and physics. Applicants to veterinary programs must also take the Graduate Record Examination.

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