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Pre-Professional Preparation

Mercy College provides opportunities for students to take first steps toward a professional career. A broad scope of disciplines from the arts, humanities, and sciences offer academic preparation for competitive admissions tests required for law school, medical school, dental school, veterinary school, and other professional training. Students are encouraged to contact the respective dean's office to schedule an appointment with a pre-professional faculty advisor.

Training for dentistry usually involves thee to four years of pre-professional college education and four years of dental school. Pre-dental education should stress courses in the physical and biological sciences, with additional background in the social sciences and humanities. In selecting students, dental schools emphasize high academic standing in college and the scores earned on the nationwide Dental School Admissions Test. Students interested in the pre-dentistry course work should contact:

Dr. Renée Haskew-Layton

premed@mercy.edu

(914) 674-7145

Any student preparing for medical school should register with a Pre-Professional Advisor within the Department of Natural Sciences. Pre-medicine students are advised to elect a B.S. curriculum with a concentration in Biology. As many basic sciences and liberal arts courses as possible should be completed by the end of the junior year, since the MCAT exam is given at this time. The basic courses required by most schools include one year of General Chemistry, one year of Organic Chemistry, one year of General Biology, and one year of Physics. Advanced courses in these areas are recommended. Pre-medicine students should meet with a Pre-Professional advisor and should work with the advisor in the formation of their Pre-Professional Committee which should include science professors, outside medical preceptors and research mentors. Members of the committee will provide feedback that will assist the Pre-Professional advisor in writing a committee letter that supports the academic, professional and MCAT performance of the applicant.

Students interested in areas such as Medicine, please contact:

Dr. Renée Haskew-Layton

premed@mercy.edu

(914) 674-7145

The majority of veterinary medical schools do not require students to obtain a specific degree; however, they require students complete specific pre-requisites to apply for admission.  At Mercy College, students have at least two degree options to pursue in preparation for application to veterinary medical school: Biology or Veterinary Technology.

Biology Major Option: Most veterinary medical schools require several biology courses including microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry.  Veterinary medical schools prefer courses that are taken at four-year institutions with rigorous science programs. Those students who pursue the Biology major may be able to take a few veterinary technology courses as electives to fulfill their Biology degree and strengthen their veterinary medical school application if they meet Veterinary Technology Program criteria to take courses.

Veterinary Technology Option:  Students may also choose to major in Veterinary Technology, and in addition, complete the Veterinary Medical School prerequisite courses.  The Veterinary Technology degree includes courses in humanities and social sciences as well as biology and animal sciences.  Graduates of the Veterinary Technology Program earn a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology and are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) for licensure as a Veterinary Technologist. In addition to having the option of working in the veterinary medical field as a Licensed Veterinary Technologist (LVT) after graduation, graduates may be able to work as a veterinary technologist while enrolled in Veterinary Medical School.  

Review the attached document for additional details about these options.

For further information about applying to veterinary medical school please contact:

Lisa E. Schenkel, DVM, CCRT, CVMA
Associate Professor and Program Director
vtprogram@mercy.edu
(914) 674-7530

For students interested in attending law school, a Pre-Law Advising Committee has been established at Mercy College to assist those students. The Committee consists of faculty from several departments and is under the direction of the Program Director for Legal Studies. Any student preparing for law school should register with the Program Director for Legal Studies. The Committee assists students in curriculum planning and makes information available about options and opportunities in the field of law. 

For further information, contact the Program Director for Legal Studies at (914) 674-7546.

General Information about Law School:

To become a lawyer, a student must complete four years of college and three years of law school. Law schools seldom specify college subjects that must be included in the student’s pre-legal education. However, a solid liberal arts background, with English, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Logic, Mathematics, Oral Communication Skills and Economics is important for the prospective lawyer. Students interested in a particular aspect of the law may find it helpful to take related courses in that field. Admission to law school is based on the results of the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) and your undergraduate grade point average (GPA).

Training for pre-osteopathic students is very similar to that of the pre-medicine student. Pre-osteopathic students are advised to elect a B.A. curriculum with a concentration in Biology. As many basic science and liberal arts course as possible should be completed by the end of the junior year, since the MCAT exam is given at this time. The basic courses required by most schools include one year of general Chemistry, one year of Organic Chemistry, one year of biological science and one year of Physics. Advanced courses in these areas are recommended. Pre-medicine students must formally request a review by the Pre-Professional Advising Committee by April 15 of the junior year in order to be eligible for an evaluation, recommendation or high recommendation. A grade point average of "B" or higher is general required for a recommendation. 

Students interested in pre-osteopathic courses should contact:

Dr. Renée Haskew-Layton

 

premed@mercy.edu

(914) 674-7145