Take the first step toward a professional career at Defiance College.
Pre-professional programs are offered in the areas of:
Professional schools in the medical professions, law, and theology rarely specify the undergraduate major, but they do recommend certain courses of study. Defiance College provides faculty advisors in each of these fields to prepare students for graduate school in their chosen profession.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take entrance exams and apply to most graduate professional schools in these areas. The pre-professional program offers the classes required for acceptance into most professional and graduate schools, and Defiance College students have had great success getting into these programs because of the depth of knowledge learned on campus.
Defiance College offers rigorous training in many pre-professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary science, pre-chiropractic, and pre-optometry. A student in any of these fields is urged to use a summer term for field experiences in hospitals and clinics to gain firsthand experience with practicing professionals.
The pre-medical student should major in molecular biology. The major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry), biology (general, genetics, microbiology, human anatomy, and physiology), a year of physics, and electives, as recommended by the preferred medical schools. However, many medical schools are seeking a variety of backgrounds in their students and the pre-medical student is encouraged to develop verbal skills by electing several speech and literature courses. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required and should be taken in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year. Defiance College offers the required programs for admission to medical colleges, osteopathic medical colleges, and chiropractic medical colleges.
The pre-dentistry student should major in molecular biology. The major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry), biology (general, genetics, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology), a year of physics, and electives, as recommended by the preferred dental schools. An applicant to dental school must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). This test is usually taken in the fall or spring of the year before expected enrollment in dental school.
The pre-optometry student should major in molecular biology. This major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry), biology (general, genetics, microbiology, human anatomy, and physiology), a year of physics, and selected mathematics courses. The optometry admissions test should be taken in the fall of the senior year.
The pre-veterinary science student should major in molecular biology. The major should include chemistry (general, organic, and biochemistry), biology (general, genetics, microbiology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and vertebrate physiology), a year of physics, and electives, as recommended by preferred veterinary schools. Farm experience with livestock is desirable, as is work in animal clinics or veterinary hospitals. At Defiance College, pre-veterinary students benefit from a national advisory board in veterinary science.
"For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a doctor. So when it came time to choose a college, I knew I needed to attend an institution that would prepare me for a future in medicine. From the wide variety of pre-med courses offered and the dedicated professors that teach them to the numerous opportunities to participate in research and field experiences, Defiance College has done just that. I was accepted to my first choice medical school - as a junior! I graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine at the top of my class!"
--Erica (Anspach) Sprague, M.D.
"When selecting an undergraduate institution, you always want to find one that fits
your professional aspirations and academic goals to the fullest. Looking back at Defiance,
it met and exceeded those expectations for me. As I continue my education through
medical school, I know I was appropriately prepared both in the classroom and as an
individual because of my experiences at Defiance College. Few times in your life will
such great opportunities be right there for the taking. Few times in your life will
you have the chance to make a difference in someone’s life that will be remembered
long after your tenure at Defiance College is over. These great experiences and projects
are being done by Defiance students every day."
--Nathan Fitton, M.D.
Nathan Griggs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
To become an ordained minister in major Christian denominations often requires a master’s degree. Students who eventually seek to enter a master’s program at a theological seminary may pursue an undergraduate major, but they should have a broad educational background in arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Select courses in Biblical studies, theology, world religions, and Christian education are especially recommended. Some courses in business, communication, and education also may provide practical knowledge that is useful for ministry. We encourage significant experience providing service to others. Mastery of a foreign language is often recommended or required by seminaries, as is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Because admission requirements vary, students should contact schools of interest early in their undergraduate program. They also should consult with a faculty member in religious studies and the campus chaplain as well as the Office of Career Development.
Marian R. Plant, Ed.D.
Professor of Religious and Ministry Studies
Schauffler Chair of Christian Education