Pre-Health Programs

Northwest Nazarene University offers, as a course of study connected to a Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and biology, programs in Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Dental Hygiene, and Pre-Pharmacy.

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physician Assistant, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The student is advised to prepare by taking at least two high school courses in laboratory science and three years of high school mathematics.

In planning a college program, students should follow the requirements and recommendations of the particular professional schools to which applications for admission are planned. All demand a high grade point average and other evidences of superior scholarship.

The students need not major in the sciences, provided they assure themselves, in consultation with the pre-professional advisor, that admission requirements are met.

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Pre-Dental Hygiene

Students interested in a career in the profession of dental hygiene can pursue the following curriculum at NNU for two years and then apply to a college or university that offers a Baccalaureate degree in Dental Hygiene. The following suggested schedule is designed for those students planning on enrolling as juniors at Idaho State University (ISU) in its dental hygiene program. Students wishing to transfer to another dental hygiene school should pattern their curriculum to the prerequisites of that specific school. However, the admission requirements for most dental hygiene schools are similar to those of ISU. An Introduction to Dental Hygiene course is required by ISU and can be taken as a correspondence course.

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Students interested in a career in pharmacy can pursue their career by completing the following program recommended by Idaho State University (ISU) and then applying to their Doctor of Pharmacy (commonly called Pharm. D.) program. The complete program requires six years.

Students wishing to consider other pharmacy programs should request pre-pharmacy program requirements from the school of interest and design their academic program to meet those specific requirements. However, admission requirements for most pharmacy programs are similar.

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