Prerequisite coursework

All prerequisite (prereq) courses must be completed prior to beginning the program; without exception. Students may apply to the program with some outstanding prerequisites if they have a plan to complete these courses prior to starting classes in the program.  Once completed, applicants must forward an official transcript documenting successful completion of these courses and their degree.  

The program does not have a "statute of limitations" on prerequisite courses.  Applicants will be considered to have met the prerequisites even if they were taken many years ago, however, with the program's academic rigor the applicant's current academic aptitude is considered.  One means to demonstrate current academic aptitude is the applicant's performance in courses taken over the past four years.  Thus, it may be advantageous to have completed some courses, potentially including prerequisites in the past four years. 

Specific courses at a junior/community college may meet the requirements for certain prereq courses.  Biochemistry must be completed at a four year institution.  Also, given the rigor of the program's curriculum and the competitive nature of the admission process, it is to the applicant's advantage to complete many, if not all, prerequisites at a baccalaureate institution rather than a community college.

Human Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) expanding section

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology: 

1 semester of Human Anatomy AND 1 semester of Human Physiology; OR a two semester sequence of combined Human Anatomy & Physiology (A&P I and A&P II).  Courses must be at the 200 (sophomore) level or above.  Human anatomy and physiology courses are strongly preferred. The program will accept mammalian or vertebrate anatomy and physiology when human anatomy and physiology is not available.  It is helpful if there is an emphasis on the human species in the course.  Recognize that the admission process is competitive, and the program's professional curriculum includes human anatomy and physiology taught at the graduate level.
UWL courses:  BIO 312 & 313

Microbiology expanding section

Microbiology: 1 semester of Microbiology at the 200 (sophomore) level or above.  
UWL course:  MIC 230

General Chemistry expanding section

General or Introductory Chemistry - two semester sequence 
UWL courses:  CHM 103 or 104

Organic Chemistry expanding section

Organic Chemistry:  1 semester of Organic Chemistry at the 200 (sophomore) level or above.  A two semester sequence (I & II) or a survey course is preferred over completing Org Chem I alone.
UWL courses:  CHM 300 or CHM 303 or 304

Biochemistry expanding section

1 semester of Biochemistry at the 300 (junior) level or above.  Molecular Biology or Cellular Biology at the 300 level or above are acceptable alternatives.  This course must be completed at a four year institution.  
UWL courses:  CHM 325 or CHM 417 & 418 or BIO 435 or BIO 315

Precalculus expanding section

1 semester of Precalculus or Calculus.  College Algebra AND Trigonometry may serve as an acceptable alternative, however, this often requires two semesters of study rather than one.  
UWL courses:  MTH 151 or MTH 207

Statistics expanding section

1 semester of Statistics.  Biometry/Biostats and Research Methods courses often serve as acceptable substitutes.

Psychology expanding section

A minimum of one semester of General, Introductory, Developmental or Abnormal psychology.  
UWL courses:  PSY 100, 204, 210, 212, 304, 310, 311, or 312

Labs expanding section

At least two of the required Biology courses (A&P and Microbio) must include a lab.

At least two of the required Chemistry courses must include a lab.  Applicants are encouraged to complete at least one Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry lab.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit expanding section

The program accepts Advanced Placement (AP) credit, provided the official transcript from the undergrad institution lists the credits/courses for which AP credit was granted.  For example, if a student received credit for their AP Stats performance their transcript should list a Stats course for which they "tested out"; such as UWL's STAT 145.  An AP exam score alone is insufficient.  The undergrad school must grant credit for an acceptable equivalent college course based on the exam results.  It is these credits listed on the official transcript which we evaluate and apply toward prereq course requirements.