The Pre-Health and Allied sciences Program at Presbyterian College
Presbyterian College's Health Science Program is designed to provide its pre-health science students a comprehensive pre-professional academic base and to prepare those students for admission to a variety of health science professional schools through curriculum advising, ability tracking, internships, newsletters, medical school tours, seminars, and entrance test preparation (such as the MCAT and DAT).
Most of PC's pre-health science students are pre-medicine, therefore, heavy concentration is placed on preparation for the MCAT. Many other health science areas interest PC Students and the program is designed to address their respective advising issues. The program is administered by the Health Science Advisory Committee, which is comprised of faculty members from the departments of biology, chemistry, English, physics and computer science.
Health Science Advisory Committee
Dr. John Inman
Health Science Advising Chair
and Advisor for Medicine
Office: 205 Lassiter Hall
Phone: (864) 833-8418
Dr. Troy Nash
Advisor for Veterinary Medicine and Optometry
Office: 105 Lassiter Hall
Phone: (864) 833-8402
Dr. Walter Ott
Advisor for Medicine
Office: 306 Richardson Hall
Phone: (864) 833-8406
Dr. Jim Wetzel
Advisor for Nursing, Physician
Assistant Program, and Physical
and Occupational Therapy
Office: 202 Lassiter Hall
Phone: (864) 833-8416
Dr. Mike Rischbieter
Advisor for pre-Pharmacy
Office: 106 Lassiter Hall
Phone: (864) 833-8403
Dr. John Inman
Advisor for Dentistry
Office: 205 Lassiter Hall
Phone: (864) 833-8401
Dr. Justin Brent
Office: 204 Neville Hall
Phone: (864) 833-8989
What Health Science field is right for you?
The following list gives various professions within the health sciences field, complete with a description of the profession, career options, salary information, and basic undergraduate course requirements.
Why Choose the Presbyterian College Program?
Will I be able to discuss my decisions with a member of the faculty?
Students have access to each of PC?s Health Science advisors. These advisors are eager to assist students in course selection or offer advice about improving the chances for entering a health profession school. This personal attention allows a student to take every advantage in preparing for admission to a health science program.
What is Presbyterian College?s reputation with the regional medical schools?
Presbyterian College is one of the most respected institutions among the regional medical schools. Each year, the College?s name appears beside other nationally-recognized schools. Medical school representatives are constantly praising Presbyterian College alumni for being among the most well-prepared of their medical school students. How do PC graduates fare in medical school?
Presbyterian College students have proven up to the challenge of medical school. Presbyterian College alumni have set one of the best graduation rates at regional medical schools. Medical schools pay close attention to such statistics when making their selection for future classes.
If you have other questions about the program, please contact Dr. John Inman at 1-800-476-7272.
The pre-health science program is designed to provide students with a wide range of opportunities that will help them prepare for a career in health science.
Personal Attention from a Pre-Health Science Advisor
Each specific health science discipline is the responsibility of an informed faculty member of the Health Science Advisory Committee. These faculty member sassist and advise tudents in the areas of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, and other allied health fields. A list of committee members is on the first inside page of this brochure.
The internship program links pre-health science students with professionals in the Laurens County area. Students apply to the program and then are connected with a health professional in the student?s chosen field. Internships are strongly encouraged, especially in the areas of medicine and physical therapy. A limited amount of college credit may be earned for a health science internship.
Tours of Regional Medical Schools
Presbyterian College maintains close contact with regional medical schools. Each year tours of those facilities are arranged. Students can see first-hand the different schools and meet with doctors and administrators from those institutions.
On-Campus Visits by Regional Medical Schools
Presbyterian College is a frequent stop for both faculty and administrators from such regional medical schools as the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and the Medical College of Georgia. These visits provide PC students with an opportunity to learn about the different medical schools and to meet professionals from those schools.
Registration Packages and Application Service Packages
Advisors supply students with the forms necessary to register for such entrance examinations as the MCAT, DAT, and VCAT, as well as to apply to medical and dental schools.
Medical School Acceptance History
Presbyterian College has an excellent acceptance rate for student applications to health science programs. We do not have a "pre-selection" process for determining who will be in any pre-Health program. During the 2001-02 academic year, for example, 11 applications were filed and 7 were accepted to the programs of their choice.
General Program Information
Of the entering class of health science students, 87% are interested in medicine. Although not required to choose any specific area of concentration of study, the majority of health science students major in biology. Other popular majors include chemistry and psychology. Presbyterian College offers opportunities for preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) through highly-rated MCAT preparation software and a mock MCAT given by the Kaplan Educational organization.