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Pre-Professional Programs

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS AT YHC

Young Harris College offers programs to prepare students for professional or graduate study in law, medicine and pre-health professions, dentistry, nursing and veterinary medicine. These programs are centered on the College’s liberal arts degree offerings and incorporate appropriate experiences and preparations for further study at the graduate level. Academic advisors guide students in charting degree paths and appropriate experiential components of their pre-professional programs. The Academic Advising Center also assists students in other pre-professional planning, including standardized test preparation, internships, observations and other professional activities.

Pre-Law

Contact: Academic Advising Center
(706) 379-5161
A liberal arts education at Young Harris College provides a strong foundation for students pursuing graduate study in the law. Pre-law students at YHC typically major in English, history, business and public policy or communication studies. While a specific bachelor degree is not required, admission to law school is highly competitive and primarily based on a student’s academic performance. Thus, students should strive to maintain the highest possible grade point average and have strong Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores.

Pre-law students work closely with an academic advisor to chart an educational path that will develop skills in critical thinking, logical reasoning and effective communication–all skills desired by law school admissions committees. During the freshman and sophomore years, students should begin the important preparation for the LSAT, develop connections with faculty mentors and engage in other recommended preparatory activities.

Students should plan to take the LSAT in June of their junior year.  Letters of recommendation should be collected, and law school applications submitted by December of a student’s senior year.

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Health Professions

The curriculum at Young Harris College is excellent preparation for students pursuing medical school or graduate study in a number of health-related fields. Most students at Young Harris College who are pursuing medicine or other health professions major in biology. Although a biology degree is not always required for students who wish to enter medical school, students must complete the appropriate science curriculum. Dedicated faculty and advisors who are knowledgeable in their discipline will guide students through a rigorous course of study to prepare them for further graduate and professional study. Students interested in pre-medicine or pre-health professions should discuss their plans early with their advisors.  This will allow students to progress through the appropriate science sequences in a timely fashion in preparation for graduation and taking graduate entrance exams.

Pre-Medicine

Contact: Academic Advising Center
(706) 379-5161
Students studying pre-medicine at Young Harris College typically pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Pre-medicine students can prepare for professional studies in not only traditional fields, but also chiropractic and osteopathic medical paths. In addition to the foundational liberal arts curriculum, science majors take appropriate courses in biology, physics, general and organic chemistry, calculus and statistics.

Admission to medical school is very competitive. Successful candidates will possess:

  • a high grade point average (GPA)–Admission committees will consider both overall and science/math GPA
  • a high score on the appropriate college entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, GRE, OAT, PCAT, etc.)
  • excellent faculty recommendations
  • strong communication skills demonstrated in the graduate school application and interview process
  • professional experiences and activities outside of the classroom

Students studying pre-medicine should plan to take the Medical School Admission Test (MCAT) at the end of their junior year or the summer before their senior year. Students should submit their application in the early fall of their senior year; most medical school have a late fall application deadline.

Pre-Health Professions

Contact: Academic Advising Center
(706) 379-5161
Some Young Harris College students pursue a career path in pre-health professions. Depending on graduate and professional school requirements, students following these pre-professional paths may complete two, three or four years of study at Young Harris College. Most students pursue bachelor degrees in biology. Academic advisors will guide students in exploring and charting a pre-professional program:

  • Pre-Allied Health
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

Admission to health profession schools is very competitive. Successful candidates will possess:

Many students benefit from completing a practicum experience in a variety of clinical settings. This hands-on experience is a valuable opportunity and is required by most graduate schools. The Academic Advising Center (AAC) and faculty advisors support students in pursuing practicum experiences and preparing for graduate entrance exams, applications and interviews.

  • a high grade point average (GPA)–Admission committees will consider both overall and science/math GPA
  • a high score on the appropriate college entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, GRE, OAT, PCAT, etc.)
  • excellent faculty recommendations
  • strong communication skills demonstrated in the graduate school application and interview process
  • professional experiences and activities outside of the classroom

Pre-Dentistry

Contact: Academic Advising Center
(706) 379-5161
Students studying pre-dentistry at Young Harris College typically pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In addition to the foundational liberal arts curriculum, pre-dentistry students generally take appropriate courses in biology, physics, general and organic chemistry, calculus and mathematics.

Dedicated faculty and advisors guide students through a rigorous course of study to prepare them for further graduate and professional study. Students interested in pre-dentistry should discuss their plans early with their advisors. This will allow students to progress through the appropriate science sequences in a timely fashion in preparation for graduation and taking the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Admission to dental school is very competitive. Successful candidates will possess:

Many students pursue a practicum experience in a variety of clinical settings. This hand-on experience is a valuable opportunity and is expected by most graduate schools. The Academic Advising Center (AAC) and faculty advisors support students in pursuing practicum experiences and preparing for graduate entrance exams, applications and interviews.

  • a high grade point average (GPA)–Admission committees will consider both overall and science/math GPA
  • a high score on the Dental Admission Test (DAT)
  • excellent faculty recommendations
  • strong communication skills demonstrated on the graduate school application and in the interview process
  • professional experiences and activities outside of the classroom

Pre-dentistry students should plan to take the Dental Admission Test (DCAT) at the end of their junior year. Students should submit their application in the early fall of their senior year.

Pre-Nursing

Contact: Academic Advising Center
(706) 379-5161
The pre-nursing program at Young Harris College is designed for students who are preparing for a variety of nursing careers and want to fulfill prerequisite coursework for transfer into nursing school.  Most students in pre-nursing at YHC complete core liberal arts courses and science prerequisites like psychology, human growth and development, microbiology, biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology. After completing this coursework, pre-nursing students often transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing and professional licensure.

Admission to nursing school is highly competitive. Successful candidates will possess a high grade point average (GPA).  Admissions committees will often consider both the overall GPA and the science/math GPA. Many schools require entrance exams, interviews or essays.    

Because nursing programs differ greatly in admission and transfer requirements, students must work closely their academic advisors to chart an appropriate pre-nursing program.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Contact: Academic Advising Center
(706) 379-5161
Most students at Young Harris College who are pursuing graduate study in veterinary medicine complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Although a bachelor’s degree is not necessarily required for entrance into schools of veterinary medicine, students must complete the appropriate science curriculum. Dedicated faculty and advisors who are knowledgeable in their discipline will guide students through a rigorous course of study to prepare them for further graduate and professional study. Students interested in pre-veterinary medicine should discuss their plans early with their advisors. This will allow students to progress through the appropriate science sequences in a timely fashion in preparation for graduation and taking graduate entrance exams.

Admission to medical school is very competitive. Successful candidates will possess:

Many students benefit from completing a practicum experience in a variety of clinical settings. This hand-on experience is a valuable opportunity and is expected by most graduate schools. The Academic Advising Center (AAC) and faculty advisors support students in pursuing practicum experiences and preparing for graduate entrance exams, applications and interviews.

  • a high grade point average (GPA)–Admission committees will consider both overall and science/math GPA
  • a high score on the appropriate college entrance exam (VCAT, MCAT, GRE, etc.)
  • excellent faculty recommendations
  • strong communication skills demonstrated in the graduate school application and interview process
  • professional experiences and activities outside of the classroom

Pre-veterinary students should plan to take the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) and/or GRE at the end of their junior year or the summer before their senior year. Students should submit their application in the early fall of their senior year.