Preprofessional advising is for students who are interested in pursuing a degree at a professional school after the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
Preprofessional is not a degree program at TMCC, but preprofessional advising provides students with an educational path to explore including preparing for the application process and understanding requirements necessary to enter a professional degree program at a university.
What is included in Preprofessional?
Preprofessional is divided into two categories: pre-law and pre-health.
- Pre-law students are those who intend to complete law school and most often become lawyers.
- Pre-health students are those seeking professional degrees and careers in health-related professions, including medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, physician assistant and dentistry
Why is Preprofessional Advising Important?
Most professional schools (e.g., medical or law school) have specific minimum requirements and prerequisites needed for admissions. Though these requirements vary depending on the school, they often include:
- Specialized testing such as the MCAT or LSAT
- A high college grade point average
- Prerequisite coursework
- Community service hours
- Shadowing or internship hours
- Letters of recommendation
Students may meet with an academic advisor to help determine the best route to follow at TMCC and for tips on exploring professional schools and admissions requirements.
Students may contact us to be added to our preprofessional student list, in order to be notified about upcoming events related to preprofessional programs including conferences, workshops, and special scholarship opportunities.
The Academic Advisement and Transfer Center is proud to host preprofessional workshops each semester, since the path to a preprofessional career starts at TMCC.
These workshops are designed to support students’ goals of entering Professional School through completing prerequisite courses, participating in appropriate extracurricular activities, understanding the application process, and much more.