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Information specific to the following careers is compiled and maintained by Dr. Charles Ferguson as a resource to UC Denver students

Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)

Pre-Medical Information

The pre-medical program prepares a student to apply for admission to a medical school. Medical schools require that you have a B.A or B.S. degree in some academic area. The medical school program lasts four years, culminating in the awarding of an M.D. degree and is followed by several years of residency in the specialty of your choice.

Competition for admission to medical school is keen. The overall G.P.A. for students entering the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Medical School has averaged around 3.65 for the past several years. Although students with G.P.A.'s lower than this are often accepted, the probability of acceptance does generally decrease as your G.P.A. decreases.

Medical schools accept students with a wide range of majors, not just science. You should major in the academic area of your interest. All other factors being the same, G.P.A., performance in required courses (see below), outside activities, MCAT scores, and work within the medical community, you have an equal chance no matter what your major. You will do better academically if you major in an area which interests you. The odds of being accepted without a degree, or at least 120 hour of college work, are very low.

Your academic program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements: (1) those set by the college, (2) those set by the department in which you are majoring, and (3) those set by the medical schools. This document deals with the latter requirements. You must meet the requirements in effect when you enter medical school. For the other requirements, you need to consult the appropriate documents for your institution and department.

Mimimum Course Requirements

The following is a list of the minimum course requirements for admission to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Most other medical schools have the same requirements. You should, however, consult the Medical School Admissions Requirements published each May by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Their address is 2450 N street, NW, Washington DC, 20037. Their phone number is (202) 828-0400. Their fax number is (202) 828-1125.

    General Chemistry (Chem 2031 and 2038 as well as Chem 2061 and 2068)

    Organic Chemistry (Chem 3411 and 3418 as well as Chem 3421 and 3428)

    General Biology (Biol 2051 and 2071 as well as Biol 2061 and 2081)

    College Physics (Phys 2010 and 2030 as well as Phys 2020 and 2040)

    Mathematics at least through Trigonometry

    English Composition (One semester)

    English Literature (Two semesters - UCD College CORE will fulfill this requirement)

You should meet these requirements as you meet the college and the major requirements. You are encouraged to explore the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to broaden your education experience. Once in medical school you will not have the time to do much exploring. Since medicine is a mixture of science and contact with people, experiences in social and behavioral sciences, the arts, and the humanities will be of great value to you. You must demonstrate competence in the required science courses.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):

The MCAT is administered in April and August of each year. You should plan on taking it the spring of your junior year (a year in advance of the fall in which you expect to matriculate in a medical school). The test is described in The MCAT Student Manual which is often available in the book store or can be ordered from the AAMC. In 1991, the MCAT was revised. It is now composed of four sections: Biological Sciences: Physical Sciences: Verbal reasoning: and a writing sample. If you have taken the MCAT prior to 1991, these scores are not longer valid for admission to any Unites States Medical School.  If your most recent scores are more than five years old, they are no longer valid at any school.  In many cases, if your scores are more than three years old, they are no longer valid.

The Application Process

The University of Colorado School of Medicine as well as most other schools in the United States participate in the centralized American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The deadline for application through AMCAS for CU is November 1. Some schools are earlier and you should check with those schools where appropriate. Applications should be filed as soon after June 15th as possible.

Letters of Evaluation

All medical schools require letters of evaluation from faculty members. This means you should make certain that the faculty members of your institution get to know you. If they do not know you, the will not be able to write a good letter. Many, if not most schools prefer a committee letter over individual letters. The University of Colorado at Denver Health Careers Committee will write a committee letter of recommendation. Please see Dr. Charles A. Ferguson in NC 3014B to obtain the application and instructions for this letter or see the section on "Committee Letters" below.

Experience

Medical schools expect that you will have had some experience in working with sick people. This experience can be either paid or volunteer; most medical schools do not care which. What IS important is that this experience be in a setting that stretches your "comfort zone" somewhat. Many medical schools are not necessarily looking at how much time you have spent in a health-related setting, but rather the breadth of your experience. Many Pre-med students volunteer in hospital emergency rooms, or outpatient clinics. In addition, you may be able to earn academic credit while you are gaining this experience. for further information check with the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education at 556-2250.

The following links may provided information for those individuals seeking general information about Medical programs.

Chiropractic (D.C.)

Pre-Chiropractic Information

The following links may provide assistance for those individuals seeking general information about Chiropractic programs.

U.S. and Canadian Chiropractic School Links and Phone Numbers by Alphabetical Order

Questions? Please email me

Dentistry (D.D.S.)

Pre-Dental Program (Dentistry Careers)

The UC Denver Pre-dental program helps a student prepare to apply for admission to dental school. Dental schools require three or four years of undergraduate work. The dental school usually lasts four years and results in a DDS degree. Each class at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry is limited to 34-36 students, with a preference given to Colorado residents.

General Academic Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours (with at least 30 semester hours of upper division work) before the time you enter the CU school of Dentistry. The following courses are required by CU. You should plan on completing the biology and chemistry courses by the end of your junior year so you will be prepared to take the DAT (Dental Admission Test) at that time. For the courses required by the other dental schools, consult the Admission Requirements of the U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools published each year by the American Association of Dental Schools.

    General Chemistry (Chem. 2031 and 2038, Chem. 2061 and 2068)

    Organic Chemistry (Chem. 3411 and 3418, Chem 3421 and 3428)

    General Biology (Biol. 2051 and 2071, Biol. 2061 and 2081)

    College Physics (Phys. 2010 and 2030, Phys. 2020 and 2040). Physics has a prerequisite of Math 1120, Trigonometry.

    Literature or Humanities. These should be courses involving reading and discussion, oral and written, of literature in English. these can include courses in English, Philosophy, History, etc.

    English Composition: One semester of English Composition is required.

The chances of being accepted without four years of undergraduate work, or a degree are low. Thus you should plan your academic program so that you can earn a BA degree. Your program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements: (1) those set by the college, (2) those set by the department in which you are majoring, and (3) those set by the dental schools. This advising information deals with these latter requirements. You must meet the requirements in effect when you ENTER dental school. For the other requirements, consult the schedule of courses and your major department.

The class at CU which started the fall of 1996 had an average overall GPA of 3.37 and a science GPA of 3.30. The average DAT score was 17.5. The average ages was 25. For Colorado residents the acceptance rate was 1 out of 4 applicants. For all applicants it was 1 out of 26.

Applying to Dental School(s)

Application: the University of Colorado and most other schools of dentistry participate in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). AADSAS application packets are available in April or May on the web.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT): the DAT is administered at any time during the year via computer testing.  You must register for this exam on the web and then you will take it locally at your discretion. 

Letters of Recommendation: All schools require letters of recommendation from faculty members. This means that you should make certain that the faculty members get to know you. If they do not know you, they will not be able to write a useful letter. Many, if not most schools prefer a committee letter over individual letters. the UCD Health Careers Committee will write a committee letter of recommendation/evaluation. For this letter, you will need to obtain recommendations from 3 faculty members you have had for classes at UCD. For details about the process, obtain an information packet in NC3014.

Experience: you should try to gain some experience in the field of dentistry. While it is often difficult to gain hands on experience, you should spend some time in the offices of two or three dentists to see what it is that they actually do with their time. You may be able to earn academic credit while gaining this experience; check with the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education at 556-2250.

U.S. Dental Schools:

Alabama

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

 

Dental Hygiene (B.S.)

Dental Hygiene Careers

CU Health Sciences Center Degree Program

The program in dental hygiene requires four years and leads to a B.S. degree. Each professional class at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry is limited to 20 students.

A minimum of 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is to be completed prior to final acceptance to the program. This is followed by two years of academic and clinical work at the C.U. School of Dentistry. The program at the C.U. School of Dentistry begins in the fall and goes year round for the two years.

Required Pre-Requisite Undergraduate Courses

  • English Composition - 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Psychology - 3 semester hours
  • Public Speaking - 3 semester hours
  • Sociology - 3 semester hours
  • General Chemistry for majors with lab - 2 semesters (10 credit hours)
  • General Biology for majors with lab - 2 semesters (8 credit hours)

Recommended Electives

Human Anatomy and Physiology, microbiology, humanities, behavioral sciences and business courses are recommended as electives.

Students are responsible for having current knowledge of all prerequisites.

Selection Process

The Dental Hygiene program will evaluate all applicants on the basis of:

  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Science grade point average
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Applicants personal statement
  • Interview scores
  • Full-time student for one semester (minimum)
  • Previous dental experience

Application Process

  • Applications may be filed after July 1 of the year preceding admission and must be filed by January 1 of the year you wish to enter the program. It is strongly recommended that your application and all supporting documentation be submitted prior to December
  • There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee (subject to change at any time without notice)
  • Official transcripts of all college work completed must be sent directly from each college or university you have attended.
  • Official High school transcripts are required
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One from instructors who have taught a science course and one from an instructor who has taught a non-science course at the undergraduate level.
  • A recent photograph, signed
  • Verification of Colorado Residency Form
  • Regents Questionnaire

Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene Programs in Colorado

  • Colorado Northwestern Community College Dental Hygiene Program; 601 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colorado, 81625; 1-800-562-1105
  • Community College of Denver Dental Hygiene Program; PO Box 173365, Denver, Colorado, 80217; 1-303-365-7771 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)
  • Front Range Community College Dental Assistant Program; 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, Colorado, 80031; 303-404-5550
  • Pikes Peak Community College Dental Assistant Program; 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906; 1-800-456-6847
  • Pueblo Community College Dental Assistant Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200
  • Pueblo Community College Dental Hygiene Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200
  • University of Colorado Dental Hygiene Program; 4200 E. 9th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80262; 1-303-315-8893

U.S. Schools Offering a Graduate Degree in Dental Hygiene

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

Dental Hygiene Careers

CU Health Sciences Center Degree Program

The program in dental hygiene requires four years and leads to a B.S. degree. Each professional class at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry is limited to 20 students.

A minimum of 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is to be completed prior to final acceptance to the program. This is followed by two years of academic and clinical work at the C.U. School of Dentistry. The program at the C.U. School of Dentistry begins in the fall and goes year round for the two years.

Required Pre-Requisite Undergraduate Courses

  • English Composition - 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Psychology - 3 semester hours
  • Public Speaking - 3 semester hours
  • Sociology - 3 semester hours
  • General Chemistry for majors with lab - 2 semesters (10 credit hours)
  • General Biology for majors with lab - 2 semesters (8 credit hours)

Recommended Electives

Human Anatomy and Physiology, microbiology, humanities, behavioral sciences and business courses are recommended as electives.

Students are responsible for having current knowledge of all prerequisites.

Selection Process

The Dental Hygiene program will evaluate all applicants on the basis of:

  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Science grade point average
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Applicants personal statement
  • Interview scores
  • Full-time student for one semester (minimum)
  • Previous dental experience

Application Process

  • Applications may be filed after July 1 of the year preceding admission and must be filed by January 1 of the year you wish to enter the program. It is strongly recommended that your application and all supporting documentation be submitted prior to December
  • There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee (subject to change at any time without notice)
  • Official transcripts of all college work completed must be sent directly from each college or university you have attended.
  • Official High school transcripts are required
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One from instructors who have taught a science course and one from an instructor who has taught a non-science course at the undergraduate level.
  • A recent photograph, signed
  • Verification of Colorado Residency Form
  • Regents Questionnaire

Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene Programs in Colorado

  • Colorado Northwestern Community College Dental Hygiene Program; 601 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colorado, 81625; 1-800-562-1105
  • Community College of Denver Dental Hygiene Program; PO Box 173365, Denver, Colorado, 80217; 1-303-365-7771 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)
  • Front Range Community College Dental Assistant Program; 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, Colorado, 80031; 303-404-5550
  • Pikes Peak Community College Dental Assistant Program; 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906; 1-800-456-6847
  • Pueblo Community College Dental Assistant Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200
  • Pueblo Community College Dental Hygiene Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200
  • University of Colorado Dental Hygiene Program; 4200 E. 9th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80262; 1-303-315-8893

U.S. Schools Offering a Graduate Degree in Dental Hygiene

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

 

Emergency Medical Technician Programs

Emergency Medical Technician Programs

  • Aims Community College Certificate in EMT Basic and EMT-I; P.O. Box 69, Greeley, Colorado; 1-970-330-8008
  • Arapahoe Community College EMT Certificate Program: 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., P.O. Box 9002 Littleton, Colorado, 80160-9002; 1-303-797-4222
  • Colorado Mountain College System EMT Certificate Program; 831 Grand Ave. PO Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81602; 1-800-621-8559
  • Front Range Community College EMT Certificate Program; 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, Colorado, 80031; 303-404-5550
  • Pueblo Community College EMT Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200
  • Red Rocks Community College EMT certification Program; 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228-1255; 1-303-988-6160 This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)

Forensic Science Careers

The following is a list of graduate schools that offer a degree in Forensic Science.  For now, here are the schools, and their phone numbers.  I will be adding home pages links as time allows.

  • California State University, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, California; 1-323-343-3901
  • Fitchburg State College; Fitchburg, MA; 1-987-345-2151
  • Florida International University; Miami, Florida; 1-305-348-6211
  • George Washington University; Washington, D.C.; 1-202-994-6211
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice; New York, New York; 1-212-237-8422
  • Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1-225-388-1641
  • Marshall University; Huntington, West Virginia; 1-304-696-7326
  • Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan; 1-517-355-2197
  • National University; San Diego, California; 1-619-563-7427
  • Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio; 1-614-292-8084
  • Ohio University; Athens, Ohio; 1-740-593-9830
  • Southeast Missouri State University; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; 1-573-651-2221
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham; Birmingham, Alabama; 1-205-934-8227
  • University of Florida; Gainesville Florida; 1-352-846-1579
  • University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, Illinois; 1-312-996-0888
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore; Baltimore, Maryland; 1-410-706-3473
  • University of New Haven; West Haven, CT; 1-203-932-7133
  • University of Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; 1-423-974-4408
  • Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, Virginia; 1-812-828-6919
  • West Chester University; West Chester, Pennsylvania; 1-610-436-2643

 

 

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

Forensic Science - Criminalistics (M.S.)

The following is a list of graduate schools that offer a degree in Forensic Science.  For now, here are the schools, and their phone numbers.  I will be adding home pages links as time allows.

  • California State University, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, California; 1-323-343-3901
  • Fitchburg State College; Fitchburg, MA; 1-987-345-2151
  • Florida International University; Miami, Florida; 1-305-348-6211
  • George Washington University; Washington, D.C.; 1-202-994-6211
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice; New York, New York; 1-212-237-8422
  • Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1-225-388-1641
  • Marshall University; Huntington, West Virginia; 1-304-696-7326
  • Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan; 1-517-355-2197
  • National University; San Diego, California; 1-619-563-7427
  • Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio; 1-614-292-8084
  • Ohio University; Athens, Ohio; 1-740-593-9830
  • Southeast Missouri State University; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; 1-573-651-2221
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham; Birmingham, Alabama; 1-205-934-8227
  • University of Florida; Gainesville Florida; 1-352-846-1579
  • University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, Illinois; 1-312-996-0888
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore; Baltimore, Maryland; 1-410-706-3473
  • University of New Haven; West Haven, CT; 1-203-932-7133
  • University of Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; 1-423-974-4408
  • Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, Virginia; 1-812-828-6919
  • West Chester University; West Chester, Pennsylvania; 1-610-436-2643

 

 

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

Massage Therapy (C.M.T.)

 

Medical Assistant Programs

Medical Assistant Careers

INFORMATION COMING SOON.

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

Medical Doctor - Alopathic Medicine

Pre-Medical Information

The pre-medical program prepares a student to apply for admission to a medical school. Medical schools require that you have a B.A or B.S. degree in some academic area. The medical school program lasts four years, culminating in the awarding of an M.D. degree and is followed by several years of residency in the specialty of your choice.

Competition for admission to medical school is keen. The overall G.P.A. for students entering the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Medical School has averaged around 3.65 for the past several years. Although students with G.P.A.'s lower than this are often accepted, the probability of acceptance does generally decrease as your G.P.A. decreases.

Medical schools accept students with a wide range of majors, not just science. You should major in the academic area of your interest. All other factors being the same, G.P.A., performance in required courses (see below), outside activities, MCAT scores, and work within the medical community, you have an equal chance no matter what your major. You will do better academically if you major in an area which interests you. The odds of being accepted without a degree, or at least 120 hour of college work, are very low.

Your academic program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements: (1) those set by the college, (2) those set by the department in which you are majoring, and (3) those set by the medical schools. This document deals with the latter requirements. You must meet the requirements in effect when you enter medical school. For the other requirements, you need to consult the appropriate documents for your institution and department.

Mimimum Course Requirements

The following is a list of the minimum course requirements for admission to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Most other medical schools have the same requirements. You should, however, consult the Medical School Admissions Requirements published each May by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Their address is 2450 N street, NW, Washington DC, 20037. Their phone number is (202) 828-0400. Their fax number is (202) 828-1125.

    General Chemistry (Chem 2031 and 2038 as well as Chem 2061 and 2068)

    Organic Chemistry (Chem 3411 and 3418 as well as Chem 3421 and 3428)

    General Biology (Biol 2051 and 2071 as well as Biol 2061 and 2081)

    College Physics (Phys 2010 and 2030 as well as Phys 2020 and 2040)

    Mathematics at least through Trigonometry

    English Composition (One semester)

    English Literature (Two semesters - UCD College CORE will fulfill this requirement)

You should meet these requirements as you meet the college and the major requirements. You are encouraged to explore the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to broaden your education experience. Once in medical school you will not have the time to do much exploring. Since medicine is a mixture of science and contact with people, experiences in social and behavioral sciences, the arts, and the humanities will be of great value to you. You must demonstrate competence in the required science courses.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):

The MCAT is administered in April and August of each year. You should plan on taking it the spring of your junior year (a year in advance of the fall in which you expect to matriculate in a medical school). The test is described in The MCAT Student Manual which is often available in the book store or can be ordered from the AAMC. In 1991, the MCAT was revised. It is now composed of four sections: Biological Sciences: Physical Sciences: Verbal reasoning: and a writing sample. If you have taken the MCAT prior to 1991, these scores are not longer valid for admission to any Unites States Medical School.  If your most recent scores are more than five years old, they are no longer valid at any school.  In many cases, if your scores are more than three years old, they are no longer valid.

The Application Process

The University of Colorado School of Medicine as well as most other schools in the United States participate in the centralized American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The deadline for application through AMCAS for CU is November 1. Some schools are earlier and you should check with those schools where appropriate. Applications should be filed as soon after June 15th as possible.

Letters of Evaluation

All medical schools require letters of evaluation from faculty members. This means you should make certain that the faculty members of your institution get to know you. If they do not know you, the will not be able to write a good letter. Many, if not most schools prefer a committee letter over individual letters. The University of Colorado at Denver Health Careers Committee will write a committee letter of recommendation. Please see Dr. Charles A. Ferguson in NC 3014B to obtain the application and instructions for this letter or see the section on "Committee Letters" below.

Experience

Medical schools expect that you will have had some experience in working with sick people. This experience can be either paid or volunteer; most medical schools do not care which. What IS important is that this experience be in a setting that stretches your "comfort zone" somewhat. Many medical schools are not necessarily looking at how much time you have spent in a health-related setting, but rather the breadth of your experience. Many Pre-med students volunteer in hospital emergency rooms, or outpatient clinics. In addition, you may be able to earn academic credit while you are gaining this experience. for further information check with the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education at 556-2250.

The following links may provided information for those individuals seeking general information about Medical programs.

Medical Doctor - Osteopathic Medicine

Pre-Osteopathic Information

The Pre-Osteopathic medicine program helps prepare you to apply for admission to a college of osteopathic medicine. The osteopathic training requires four years and results in a D.O. degree. Osteopathic medicine is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human illnesses, disease, and injury. The Doctor of Osteopathy, D.O., is a fully trained physician who prescribes drugs, performs surgery, and uses all scientifically accepted methods of keeping people healthy and making sick people well. Osteopathic medicine places an emphasis on consideration of the whole person in providing medical treatment. Although the majority of D.O.'s practice family medicine, D.O.'s are members of every specialty of medical practice along with M.D.'s.

A minimum of three years of undergraduate work is required; most successful applicants have a B.A. or B.S. degree. Most students major in the sciences, but many successful applicants have majored in non-science disciplines. There are no colleges of osteopathic medicine in Colorado, although there are colleges in other states.

Your academic program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements:

  1. those set by the college,
  2. those set by the department in which you are majoring, and
  3. those set by the individual medical schools.

This advising page deals with these latter requirements. You must meet the requirements in effect when you enter medical school. For the other requirements, consult the schedule of courses and your major department.

Pre-requisite Courses

The following lists the minimum science requirements for most Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. However, you need to consult with the individual schools of your choice to obtain information regarding additional admission requirements. A good source for this is The Education of the Osteopathic Physician which can be obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, 6110 Executive Blvd., suite 405, Rockville MD 20852.

General Biology (Biol. 2051, 2061, 2071, and 2081)

1 Year

General Chemistry (Chem. 2031, 2038, 2061, and 2068)

1 Year

Organic Chemistry (Chem. 3411, 3418, 3421, and 3428)

1 Year

College Physics (Phys 2010, 2020, 2030, and 2040)

1 Year

English Composition

1 Year

Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, or Cultural Anthropology)

1 Year

You should meet these requirements as you meet the college and the major requirements. You are encouraged to explore the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to broaden your educational experience; once you are in medical school you will not have the time to do such exploring. Since medicine is a mixture of science and contact with people, experiences in social and behavioral sciences, the arts, and the humanities will be of great value to you. you must, of course demonstrate competence in the required science courses.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST (MCAT)

The MCAT is administered in April and August of each year. You should plan on taking it the spring of your junior year (a year in advance of the fall in which you expect to matriculate in a medical school); some colleges will accept the April administration of the year in which you expect to enter. The test is described in The MCAT Student Manual which is available in the bookstore or can be ordered from the American Association of Medical Schools. The MCAT is composed of four sections: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Writing Sample.

APPLICATION

Most of the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine participate in AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service). The application deadline for most schools is February 1 of the year you expect to matriculate.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

All medical schools require letters of recommendation from faculty members. This means that you should make certain that the faculty members get to know you. If they do not know you, they will not be able to write a letter that will be helpful. Many, if not most, schools prefer a committee letter over individual letters. The University of Colorado at Denver Health Careers Committee will write this letter of recommendation if you prefer. For this letter, you will need to obtain an application from Dr. Charles A. Ferguson in NC 3014B,

EXPERIENCE

Medical schools expect that you will have had some clinical experience. This experience can be either volunteer or paid; the medical schools do not care which. Many premed students volunteer, for a minimum of three hours per week in hospital emergency rooms, or outlying clinics. At least some of your time should be spent with an osteopathic physician. you may be able to get academic credit while you are gaining this experience; check with the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education at 556-2892.

Schools of Osteopathic Medicine

Here is as comprehensive a list of Osteopathic schools as possible as of the time this page was revised. I have included addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses where possible.

Medical Technology

Medical Technology Information

In Colorado, HealthOne offers an educational program in Clinical Laboratory Science. You'll find well-detailed prerequisites listed on their Web site.

HEALTH ONE SCHOOL OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

 

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

Naturopathic Medicine

The following links may provide information for those individuals seeking general information about Naturopathic, Holistic, or Oriental Medicine programs.

Further information about the pre-requisites and general information about Naturopathic, Holistic, or Oriental Medicine as a profession can be found below in the list of schools.

Graduate Programs in Oriental Medicine and Related Areas in the Eastern United States

Graduate Programs in Oriental Medicine and Related Areas in the Western United States

Because of the variable nature of the programs listed above, it is not possible to list or discuss "general" pre-requisites or other aspects of this branch of medicine. It is STRONGLY recommended that you contact each school individually to ascertain the specific requirements for admission.

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

Nursing Careers

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The baccalaureate curriculum of the School of Nursing is designed to prepare candidates for practice as professional nurses in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program can expect a challenging career in leadership and service as a registered nurse. Baccalaureate education is the initial step toward nursing careers for which graduate level education is required.

How to improve your chances of getting into nursing school

Admission

All applicants are considered competitively. Several factors are considered in selecting applicants, including academic achievement, motivation for nursing as a career, experiences with people from diverse groups and life experiences. Class size limitations and the competitive nature of the program make it impossible for the School of Nursing to offer admission to all applications who meet admission requirements. The following must be completed to be considered for admission.

  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of prerequisite course work. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 overall gpa for all course work completed at the college level.
  • Applicants may have no more than 5 prerequisite courses outstanding by the beginning of the spring semester prior to summer or fall admission. All prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of that spring semester.
  • Applicants must complete the essay questions on the application
  • A personal interview may be required.

Please note that the entering gpa for applicants who have had a 5 year or more break in their undergraduate education may be computed using only the recent course grades provided that a minimum of 24 semester hours has been completed since the break in education. If any courses taken before the break are used to fulfill prerequisites, the grades for these courses will also be calculated as part of the entering gpa.

Prerequisite Course Work

All applicants are required to complete the prerequisite courses listed below BEFORE matriculation. These courses are not available at the Health Sciences Center, but can be taken at any regional institution. Applicants cannot have more than 5 outstanding prerequisite courses to complete at the time of application, and must complete them prior to admission.  Keep in mind that although the nursing programs may not require other courses, various academic programs may have additional pre-requisite courses you will need to take to take the courses listed below.  An example would be general chemistry which is not specifically required for nursing, but is required before taking physiology or microbiology.

  • Microbiology with lab
  • Anatomy with lab (Kinesiology nor general biology are acceptable substitutes)
  • Physiology with lab (general biology not an acceptable substitute)
  • Two additional science courses in any of the following: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, zoology, or astronomy. One course must include a laboratory experience.
  • College Algebra
  • Statistics
  • General Sociology
  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • One course in either Cultural Anthropology or Multicultural Studies
  • College Level English Composition
  • Philosophy
  • Creative Arts
  • Nutrition
  • One course in any of the following: political science, history, or macroeconomics

Additional Information

Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification is required by the beginning of the first semester. A course covering child and adult CPR is required.

The Hepatitis B vaccination series must be completed prior to your first clinical experience.

For further information contact the Univ. of Colo. School of Nursing at 303-315-5592.

Nurse Practitioner Programs

The following schools offer graduate programs in both nurse practitioner and graduate programs in nursing. This list does not include the hundreds of certificate and bachelor's level programs around the country. The following link will take you to a Yahoo web page that has links to the various RN programs around the country, as well as many other useful links for general nursing information.

Graduate Programs Leading to a Nurse Practitioners Degree

Master of Science in Nursing

The following schools offer graduate programs in nursing. This list does not include the hundreds of certificate and bachelor's level programs around the country. The following link will take you to a Yahoo web page that has links to the various RN programs around the country, as well as many other useful links for general nursing information.

Master of Science and Master of Arts in Nursing

Nursing Assistant Programs

  • Aims Community College Nursing Assistant Program; P.O. Box 69, Greeley, Colorado; 1-970-330-8008
  • Arapahoe Community College Nursing Assistant Program: 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., P.O. Box 9002 Littleton, Colorado, 80160-9002; 1-303-797-4222
  • Colorado Mountain College System Nursing Assistant Program; 831 Grand Ave. PO Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81602; 1-800-621-8559
  • Community College of Denver Nursing Assistant Program  ; PO Box 173365, Denver, Colorado, 80217; 1-303-365-7771 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)
  • Red Rocks Community College Nursing Assistant certification Program; 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228-1255; 1-303-988-6160 This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)

Other Colorado Nursing Programs

  • Arapahoe Community College AAS Program in Nursing : 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., P.O. Box 9002 Littleton, Colorado, 80160-9002; 1-303-797-4222
  • Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science; 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colo. Springs, Colo.; 1-719-262-4430
  • Colorado Mountain College System Nursing; 831 Grand Ave. PO Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81602; 1-800-621-8559
  • Community College of Denver Nursing Program; PO Box 173365, Denver, Colorado, 80217; 1-303-365-7771 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)
  • Front Range Community College Nursing Program; 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, Colorado, 80031; 303-404-5550
  • Pikes Peak Community College Nursing Program; 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906; 1-800-456-6847
  • Pueblo Community College Nursing Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200
  • Red Rocks Community College Nursing certification Program; 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228-1255; 1-303-988-6160 This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)
  • Regis University School of Nursing; 3333 Regis Blvd. Denver, Colorado, 80221; 1-303-458-4344.
  • University of Colorado School of Nursing; 4200 E. 9th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80262; 1-303-315-5592

Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

Nursing (BSN and RN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing The baccalaureate curriculum of the School of Nursing is designed to prepare candidates for practice as professional nurses in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program can expect a challenging career in leadership and service as a registered nurse. Baccalaureate education is the initial step toward nursing careers for which graduate level education is required. How to improve your chances of getting into nursing school Admission All applicants are considered competitively. Several factors are considered in selecting applicants, including academic achievement, motivation for nursing as a career, experiences with people from diverse groups and life experiences. Class size limitations and the competitive nature of the program make it impossible for the School of Nursing to offer admission to all applications who meet admission requirements. The following must be completed to be considered for admission. Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of prerequisite course work. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 overall gpa for all course work completed at the college level. Applicants may have no more than 5 prerequisite courses outstanding by the beginning of the spring semester prior to summer or fall admission. All prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of that spring semester. Applicants must complete the essay questions on the application A personal interview may be required. Please note that the entering gpa for applicants who have had a 5 year or more break in their undergraduate education may be computed using only the recent course grades provided that a minimum of 24 semester hours has been completed since the break in education. If any courses taken before the break are used to fulfill prerequisites, the grades for these courses will also be calculated as part of the entering gpa. Prerequisite Course Work All applicants are required to complete the prerequisite courses listed below BEFORE matriculation. These courses are not available at the Health Sciences Center, but can be taken at any regional institution. Applicants cannot have more than 5 outstanding prerequisite courses to complete at the time of application, and must complete them prior to admission. Keep in mind that although the nursing programs may not require other courses, various academic programs may have additional pre-requisite courses you will need to take to take the courses listed below. An example would be general chemistry which is not specifically required for nursing, but is required before taking physiology or microbiology. Microbiology with lab Anatomy with lab (Kinesiology nor general biology are acceptable substitutes) Physiology with lab (general biology not an acceptable substitute) Two additional science courses in any of the following: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, zoology, or astronomy. One course must include a laboratory experience. College Algebra Statistics General Sociology General Psychology Developmental Psychology One course in either Cultural Anthropology or Multicultural Studies College Level English Composition Philosophy Creative Arts Nutrition One course in any of the following: political science, history, or macroeconomics Additional Information Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification is required by the beginning of the first semester. A course covering child and adult CPR is required. The Hepatitis B vaccination series must be completed prior to your first clinical experience. For further information contact the Univ. of Colo. School of Nursing at 303-315-5592. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nurse Practitioner Programs The following schools offer graduate programs in both nurse practitioner and graduate programs in nursing. This list does not include the hundreds of certificate and bachelor's level programs around the country. The following link will take you to a Yahoo web page that has links to the various RN programs around the country, as well as many other useful links for general nursing information. Graduate Programs Leading to a Nurse Practitioners Degree Allen College; Waterloo, Iowa; 1-319-235-3649 Arizona School of Health Sciences; Phoenix, Arizona; 1-602-841-4077 Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah; 1-801-378-4142 Clark College; Dubuque, Iowa; 1-800-383-2345 Clarkson College; Omaha, Nebraska; 1-402-552-3100 College of Saint Catherine; St. Paul, Minnesota; 1-800-945-4599 College of Saint Scholastica; Duluth, Minnesota; 1-800-447-5444 Creighton University; Omaha, Nebraska; 1-402-280-2870 Drake University; Des Moines, Iowa; 1-515-271-2830 Fort Hays State University; hays, Kansas; 1-785-628-4236 Mount Marty College; Yankton, South Dakota; 1-800-658-4552 Newman University; Wichita, Kansas; 1-316-942-4291 Northern Arizona University; Flagstaff, Arizona; 1-520-523-4348 Pittsburg State University; Pittsburg, Kansas; 1-316-235-4223 St. Mary's University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; 1-800-328-4827 South Dakota State University; Brookings, South Dakota; 1-605-688-4181 University of Arizona; Tuscon, Arizona; 1-520-626-6154 University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Denver, Colorado; 1-303-315-7928 University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; 1-319-335-7018 University of Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; 1-913-588-1619 University of Mary; Bismark, North Dakota; 1-701-255-7500 University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; 1-612-624-4454 University of Nebraska Medical Center; Omaha, Nebraska; 1-800-626-8431 University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, North Dakota; 1-701-777-4552 University of Northern Colorado; Greeley, Colorado; 1-970-351-2831 University of Wyoming; Laramie, Wyoming; 1-307-766-4291 Westminster College of Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah; 1-801-488-4200 W Wichita State University; Wichita, Kansas; 1-316-978-3095 Winona State University; Rochester, Minnesota; 1-507-285-7473 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Master of Science in Nursing The following schools offer graduate programs in nursing. This list does not include the hundreds of certificate and bachelor's level programs around the country. The following link will take you to a Yahoo web page that has links to the various RN programs around the country, as well as many other useful links for general nursing information. General Nursing Programs - RN Master of Science and Master of Arts in Nursing Arizona State University; Tempe, Arizona; 1-602-965-6113 Augustana College; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 1-605-336-4126 Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science; Colorado Springs, Colorado; 1-719-262-4430 Bethel College; St. Paul, Minnesota; 1-651-635-8000 College of Saint Scholastica; Duluth, Minnesota; 1-800-447-5444 Creighton University; Omaha, Nebraska; 1-402-280-2870 Drake University; Des Moines, Iowa; 1-515-271-2830 Fort Hays State University; Hays, Kansas; 1-785-628-4236 Idaho State University; Pocatello, Idaho; 1-208-236-2185 Metropolitan State University; St. Paul, Minnesota; 1-612-772-7600 Minnesota State University at Mankato; Mankato, Minnesota; 1-800-722-0544 Montana State University at Bozeman; Bozeman, Montana; 1-406-994-3500 New Mexico State University; Las Cruces, New Mexico; 1-505-646-3812 Pittsburg State University; Pittsburg, Kansas; 1-316-235-4223 Regis University; Denver, Colorado; 1-303-458-4344 South Dakota State University; Brookings, South Dakota; 1-605-688-4181 University of Arizona; Tuscon, Arizona; 1-520-626-6154 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Colo. Springs, Colo.; 1-719-262-4424 University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Denver, Colorado; 1-303-315-7928 University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; 1-319-335-7018 University of Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; 1-913-588-1619 University of Mary; Bismark, North Dakota; 1-701-255-7500 University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; 1-612-624-4454 University of Nebraska Medical Center; Omaha, Nebraska; 1-800-626-8431 University of Nevada at Las Vegas; Las Vegas, Nevada; 1-702-895-3360 University of Nevada at Reno; Reno; Nevada; 1-775-784-6869 University of New Mexico; Albuquerque, New Mexico; 1-505-272-4223 University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, North Dakota; 1-701-777-4552 University of Northern Colorado; Greeley, Colorado; 1-970-351-2831 University of Phoenix; Phoenix, Arizona; 1-602-966-9577 University of Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; 1-801-581-8480 University of Wyoming; Laramie, Wyoming; 1-307-766-4291 Wichita State University; Wichita, Kansas; 1-316-978-3095 Winona State University; Rochester, Minnesota; 1-507-285-7473 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nursing Assistant Programs Aims Community College Nursing Assistant Program; P.O. Box 69, Greeley, Colorado; 1-970-330-8008 Arapahoe Community College Nursing Assistant Program: 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., P.O. Box 9002 Littleton, Colorado, 80160-9002; 1-303-797-4222 Colorado Mountain College System Nursing Assistant Program; 831 Grand Ave. PO Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81602; 1-800-621-8559 Community College of Denver Nursing Assistant Program ; PO Box 173365, Denver, Colorado, 80217; 1-303-365-7771 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline) Red Rocks Community College Nursing Assistant certification Program; 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228-1255; 1-303-988-6160 This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline) Other Colorado Nursing Programs Arapahoe Community College AAS Program in Nursing : 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., P.O. Box 9002 Littleton, Colorado, 80160-9002; 1-303-797-4222 Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science; 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colo. Springs, Colo.; 1-719-262-4430 Colorado Mountain College System Nursing; 831 Grand Ave. PO Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81602; 1-800-621-8559 Community College of Denver Nursing Program; PO Box 173365, Denver, Colorado, 80217; 1-303-365-7771 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline) Front Range Community College Nursing Program; 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, Colorado, 80031; 303-404-5550 Pikes Peak Community College Nursing Program; 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906; 1-800-456-6847 Pueblo Community College Nursing Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200 Red Rocks Community College Nursing certification Program; 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228-1255; 1-303-988-6160 This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline) Regis University School of Nursing; 3333 Regis Blvd. Denver, Colorado, 80221; 1-303-458-4344. University of Colorado School of Nursing; 4200 E. 9th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80262; 1-303-315-5592 Questions? Please email Dr. Charles Ferguson

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Occupational Therapy (O.T.)

Occupational Therapy

The following links may provided information for those individuals seeking general information about Occupational Therapy programs.

Further information about the pre-requisites and general information about occupational therapy as a profession can be found below in the list of schools.

Because there are so many occupational therapy programs in the United States, it is not feasible to list them all here. However there is a link that lists them by geographical region within the United States: Graduate School Programs in Occupational Therapy.

The one program within the State of Colorado is listed below.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs

Physical Therapy

The following links may provided information for those individuals seeking general information about Physical Therapy programs.

Further information about the pre-requisites and general information about physical therapy as a profession can be found below following the list of schools.

Because there are so many physical therapy programs in the United States, it is not feasible to list them all here. However there is a link that lists them by geographical region within the United States. Please Click Here to reach this page.

The two programs within the State of Colorado are listed below.

General Information about Physical Therapy Pre-requisites, Application Process etc.

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center will award the M.S. in Physical Therapy to all students who complete the program. This means for admission, you must have a B.A. or B.S. degree in any field other than physical therapy prior to matriculation. The Physical Therapy program begins each June and lasts 2 1/2 years. Each class is limited to 60 persons.

Required Courses

While earning your B.A. or B.S. degree, you must complete the courses listed below. You must have a letter grade in all pre-requisite courses (pass/fail not accepted) and you must receive a C (2.0) or better in all required courses.

Pre-Requisite Coursework with a Seven (7) Year Limit Defined as 7 years from your MATRICULATION date NOT APPLICATION date.

  • One year of General Biology with Lab - Minimum of 8 semester hours
  • One year of General Chemistry with Lab - Minimum of 10 semester hours
  • One Semester of Anatomy with lab - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Physiology with lab - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Exercise Physiology - 3 semester hours
  • One year of College Physics with lab - 10 semester hours
  • One semester of Statistics - 3 semester hours

Pre-Requisite Coursework with No Time Limit

  • One Semester of English Composition - 3 semester hours
  • One Semester of Trigonometry - 3-4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Developmental Psychology - 3 semester hours
  • One Semester of Abnormal Psychology - 3 semester hours

Strongly Recommended Pre-Requisite Courses

  • One Semester of Microbiology - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Kinesiology or Biomechanics - 3-4 semester hours

Some Important Restrictions

  • Courses should be taken at the upper division level where possible
  • CLEP, Advanced Placement, and Pass/Fail courses will NOT fulfill pre-requisites
  • All course work must be completed by June 1 of the year of matriculation into the Physical Therapy Program
  • Correspondence courses will NOT fulfill pre-requisite requirements.

Students are responsible for having current knowledge of all pre-requisites, and for knowing any specific pre-requisites not listed here for a specific school.

Application Process

Because of the large of applicants to the Physical Therapy Program, you should plan on applying to other programs and you should have alternate career plans. A listing of Accredited Schools of Physical Therapy can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting the American Physical Therapy Association.

The following requirements are currently specific to the Physical Therapy program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

  • You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed a B.S. or B.A. at the time you enter the Physical Therapy Program
  • Proof of CPR certification.
  • You must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by December of the year before you expect to be accepted into the program. A minimum score to be considered for admission is a total of 1600 on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions, with no single section score less than 500. Scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. Again, this is from the date of matriculation, not application. Applicants should request that scores be sent directly to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you be computer literate.
  • A very important factor in the selection is your knowledge and understanding of the field of physical therapy and the current trends. You are expected to be able to demonstrate that you have had a minimum of 200 hours of paid and/or volunteer experience in Physical Therapy. Many applicants far exceed this time. Cooperative Education/Internship credit can be obtained for this. Your volunteer experience should be in more than one setting; these settings can include private practice, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.
  • Application materials may be obtained after August 1 each year and must be received or postmarked by November 1 for consideration for admission the following June. December 15 is the deadline for submitting credential documents such as transcripts and official GRE scores.
  • Application materials may be obtained by contacting the program directly. Their address is University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Box C-244, 4200 E. 9th Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80262

Selection Process

The admissions commitee will evalute ALL applicants on the following:

  • Scholastic achievement in the required courses completed at the time of application
  • GRE scores
  • Experience in a physical therapy setting, either volunteer OR paided
  • References - four references are required

Applicants who appear to be best qualified may be invited for a personal interview. Final selection will be made from the group of candidate interviewed. All applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they have been accepted.


Occupational Therapy Information

The following links may provided information for those individuals seeking general information about Occupational Therapy programs.

Further information about the pre-requisites and general information about occupational therapy as a profession can be found below in the list of schools.

Because there are so many occupational therapy programs in the United States, it is not feasible to list them all here. However there is a link that lists them by geographical region within the United States. Please Click Here to reach this page.

The one program within the State of Colorado is listed below.

Questions? Please email me

Optometry (O.D.)

U.S. Schools of Optometry

Further information about the pre-requisites and general information about optometry as a profession can be found below this list of schools.

Pre-Optometry Information

The pre-optometry program prepares you to apply for admission to one of the colleges of optometry. The optometric professional program lasts four years and culminates in the awarding of the O.D. degree.

A Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), or optometrist, is a state-licensed primary care health professional who is specifically educated and clinically trained to examine eyes and vision systems, diagnose vision problems or impairments, and prescribe and provide treatment. Among the types of treatment optometrists use are: prescription glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision aids, and in many states, pharmaceutical agents for therapeutic purposes.

Most schools and colleges of optometry accept students with a wide range of majors. You should major in the academic area of your interest; you will do better in such an area. Some schools will accept you with only 90 semester hours of work. While you might be accepted without a degree, there is a better chance of being accepted if you have earned a degree.

Pre-requisites for Admission to Most Schools of Optometry

Your academic program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements:

  1. those set by your college;
  2. those set by the department in which you are majoring;
  3. those set by the optometry schools.

You must meet the school requirements in effect when you enter optometry school. This page deals with the optometry school requirements. Consult your schedule of courses and School Catalog for other requirements.

All optometry schools require the following courses; most schools have additional requirements. You must have a C or better in these courses. Average GPA's for those admitted range from 3.2 - 3.6.

  • Calculus (Math 1401) - One Semester
  • General Biology (Biol. 2051, 2061, 2071, and 2081) - Two Semesters of Lecture and Lab
  • Microbiology (Biol. 3654) - One Semester Lecture and Lab; NOTE: General Biology is a pre-requisite for this course
  • General Chemistry (Chem 2031, 2038, 2061, and 2068) - Two Semesters of Lecture and Lab
  • Organic Chemistry (Chem 3411, and 3418) - One Semester of Lecture and Lab
  • Physics (Phys 2010, 2020, 2030, and 2040) - Two Semesters of Lecture and Lab
  • Statistics (Psy 2090 or Math 2830) - One Semester
  • General Psychology (Psy 1000) - One Semester
  • English Composition (Engl 1020) - One Semester

Again, it is important to note that several schools have specific additional requirements that you will need to complete prior to applying to those schools. These courses include things such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, an additional semester of English composition, English literature, an additional semester of psychology, cell biology, and genetics.

Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

This test is given twice annually, in February and October. It is based on the knowledge you gained in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.

The WICHE Program

There are no optometry schools in Colorado. The state participates in the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program. This program allows you to pay a reduced tuition at the following schools: Southern California College of Optometry, Pacific University, and the University of California at Berkeley. You must apply for certification by October 15th. Since there are a limited number of seats available, you must apply early. Apply to: Certifying Officer, WICHE Student Exchange Program, Colorado Commission on Higher Education, 1300 Broadway, Denver, Colorado, 80203.

Letters of Recommendation

All optometry schools require letters of recommend from faculty members. This means that you should make an effort to become known by several faculty members as you take classes. Many schools also strongly recommend/require a letter from an optometrist.

Experience

All schools look for evidence of experience, volunteer or paid, under the supervision of one or more professionals in the field of optometry. You need to be able to show admissions committees that you know what you are getting into profesionally. You may be able to gain academic credit for this. Check with Cherrie Grove in the Career Center.

Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)*

The Pre-Osteopathic medicine program helps prepare you to apply for admission to a college of osteopathic medicine. The osteopathic training requires four years and results in a D.O. degree. Osteopathic medicine is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human illnesses, disease, and injury. The Doctor of Osteopathy, D.O., is a fully trained physician who prescribes drugs, performs surgery, and uses all scientifically accepted methods of keeping people healthy and making sick people well. Osteopathic medicine places an emphasis on consideration of the whole person in providing medical treatment. Although the majority of D.O.'s practice family medicine, D.O.'s are members of every specialty of medical practice along with M.D.'s.

A minimum of three years of undergraduate work is required; most successful applicants have a B.A. or B.S. degree. Most students major in the sciences, but many successful applicants have majored in non-science disciplines. There are no colleges of osteopathic medicine in Colorado, although there are colleges in other states.

Your academic program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements:

  1. those set by the college,
  2. those set by the department in which you are majoring, and
  3. those set by the individual medical schools.

This advising page deals with these latter requirements. You must meet the requirements in effect when you enter medical school. For the other requirements, consult the schedule of courses and your major department.

Pre-requisite Courses

The following lists the minimum science requirements for most Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. However, you need to consult with the individual schools of your choice to obtain information regarding additional admission requirements. A good source for this is The Education of the Osteopathic Physician which can be obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, 6110 Executive Blvd., suite 405, Rockville MD 20852.

General Biology (Biol. 2051, 2061, 2071, and 2081)

1 Year

General Chemistry (Chem. 2031, 2038, 2061, and 2068)

1 Year

Organic Chemistry (Chem. 3411, 3418, 3421, and 3428)

1 Year

College Physics (Phys 2010, 2020, 2030, and 2040)

1 Year

English Composition

1 Year

Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, or Cultural Anthropology)

1 Year

You should meet these requirements as you meet the college and the major requirements. You are encouraged to explore the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to broaden your educational experience; once you are in medical school you will not have the time to do such exploring. Since medicine is a mixture of science and contact with people, experiences in social and behavioral sciences, the arts, and the humanities will be of great value to you. you must, of course demonstrate competence in the required science courses.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST (MCAT)

The MCAT is administered in April and August of each year. You should plan on taking it the spring of your junior year (a year in advance of the fall in which you expect to matriculate in a medical school); some colleges will accept the April administration of the year in which you expect to enter. The test is described in The MCAT Student Manual which is available in the bookstore or can be ordered from the American Association of Medical Schools. The MCAT is composed of four sections: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Writing Sample.

APPLICATION

Most of the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine participate in AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service). The application deadline for most schools is February 1 of the year you expect to matriculate.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

All medical schools require letters of recommendation from faculty members. This means that you should make certain that the faculty members get to know you. If they do not know you, they will not be able to write a letter that will be helpful. Many, if not most, schools prefer a committee letter over individual letters. The University of Colorado at Denver Health Careers Committee will write this letter of recommendation if you prefer. For this letter, you will need to obtain an application from Dr. Charles A. Ferguson in NC 3014B,

EXPERIENCE

Medical schools expect that you will have had some clinical experience. This experience can be either volunteer or paid; the medical schools do not care which. Many premed students volunteer, for a minimum of three hours per week in hospital emergency rooms, or outlying clinics. At least some of your time should be spent with an osteopathic physician. you may be able to get academic credit while you are gaining this experience; check with the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education at 556-2892.

Schools of Osteopathic Medicine

Here is as comprehensive a list of Osteopathic schools as possible as of the time this page was revised. I have included addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses where possible.

Paramedic Programs

pahoe Community College Paramedic Program 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., P.O. Box 9002 Littleton, Colorado, 80160-9002; 1-303-797-4222 Colorado Mountain College System Paramedic Program 831 Grand Ave. PO Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81602; 1-800-621-8559 Pueblo Community College Paramedic Program 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200 Red Rocks Community College Paramedic certification Program 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228-1255; 1-303-988-6160 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)

Pharmaceutical Careers:

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Physical Therapy (P.T.)

Because there are so many physical therapy programs in the United States, it is not feasible to list them all here. However there is a link that lists them by geographical region within the United States. Please see Physical Therapy, GradSchools.com.

The two programs within the State of Colorado are:

General Information and Pre-requisites

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center will award the M.S. in Physical Therapy to all students who complete the program. This means for admission, you must have a B.A. or B.S. degree in any field other than physical therapy prior to matriculation. The Physical Therapy program begins each June and lasts 2 1/2 years. Each class is limited to 60 persons.

Required Courses

While earning your B.A. or B.S. degree, you must complete the courses listed below. You must have a letter grade in all pre-requisite courses (pass/fail not accepted) and you must receive a C (2.0) or better in all required courses.

Pre-Requisite Coursework with a Seven (7) Year Limit Defined as 7 years from your MATRICULATION date NOT APPLICATION date.

  • One year of General Biology with Lab - Minimum of 8 semester hours
  • One year of General Chemistry with Lab - Minimum of 10 semester hours
  • One Semester of Anatomy with lab - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Physiology with lab - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Exercise Physiology - 3 semester hours
  • One year of College Physics with lab - 10 semester hours
  • One semester of Statistics - 3 semester hours

Pre-Requisite Coursework with No Time Limit

  • One Semester of English Composition - 3 semester hours
  • One Semester of Trigonometry - 3-4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Developmental Psychology - 3 semester hours
  • One Semester of Abnormal Psychology - 3 semester hours

Strongly Recommended Pre-Requisite Courses

  • One Semester of Microbiology - 4 semester hours
  • One Semester of Kinesiology or Biomechanics - 3-4 semester hours

Some Important Restrictions

  • Courses should be taken at the upper division level where possible
  • CLEP, Advanced Placement, and Pass/Fail courses will NOT fulfill pre-requisites
  • All course work must be completed by June 1 of the year of matriculation into the Physical Therapy Program
  • Correspondence courses will NOT fulfill pre-requisite requirements.

Students are responsible for having current knowledge of all pre-requisites, and for knowing any specific pre-requisites not listed here for a specific school.

Application Process

Because of the large of applicants to the Physical Therapy Program, you should plan on applying to other programs and you should have alternate career plans. A listing of Accredited Schools of Physical Therapy can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting the American Physical Therapy Association.

The following requirements are currently specific to the Physical Therapy program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

  • You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed a B.S. or B.A. at the time you enter the Physical Therapy Program
  • Proof of CPR certification.
  • You must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by December of the year before you expect to be accepted into the program. A minimum score to be considered for admission is a total of 1600 on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions, with no single section score less than 500. Scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. Again, this is from the date of matriculation, not application. Applicants should request that scores be sent directly to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you be computer literate.
  • A very important factor in the selection is your knowledge and understanding of the field of physical therapy and the current trends. You are expected to be able to demonstrate that you have had a minimum of 200 hours of paid and/or volunteer experience in Physical Therapy. Many applicants far exceed this time. Cooperative Education/Internship credit can be obtained for this. Your volunteer experience should be in more than one setting; these settings can include private practice, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.
  • Application materials may be obtained after August 1 each year and must be received or postmarked by November 1 for consideration for admission the following June. December 15 is the deadline for submitting credential documents such as transcripts and official GRE scores.
  • Application materials may be obtained by contacting the program directly. Their address is University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Box C-244, 4200 E. 9th Ave, Denver, Colorado, 80262

Selection Process

The admissions commitee will evalute ALL applicants on the following:

  • Scholastic achievement in the required courses completed at the time of application
  • GRE scores
  • Experience in a physical therapy setting, either volunteer OR paid
  • References - four references are required

Applicants who appear to be best qualified may be invited for a personal interview. Final selection will be made from the group of candidate interviewed. All applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they have been accepted.

Physician Assistant (P.A.)

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General Prerequisites for Applying to Most PA Programs

The following information pertains primarily to the PA program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. However, many other programs around the country have similar requirements (see links below this information). You should consult each individual program to be sure you have met their pre-requisites. The Pre-Child Health Associated program at the Univ. of Colo. Health Sciences Center prepares students to apply for admission to the CHAPS program. Each class is limited to 36 students.

Satisfactory completion of the following pre-requisites from an accredited college or university is required for admission.

  • You must have completed a bachelor's degree. Starting with the matriculating class of 2001, no student will be admitted who has not completed a bachelor's degree prior to starting.
  • You must have a total overall gpa of 2.8 or better
  • You must take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and this exam must have been taken within 5 years of the application date. Scores must be reported by October 31st.

The following course requirements must be completed before applying (this applies primarily to UCHSC)

  • General Chemistry with lab - 2 semesters of each
  • General Biology with lab - 2 semesters of each
  • Upper Division Science - 6 semester hours which MUST INCLUDE AN UPPER DIVISION PHYSIOLOGY ONLY COURSE. A combined anatomy/physiology course, whether at the upper division or not, will not count. You must take a physiology only course.
    • Human Physiology -REQUIRED
    • Human Anatomy
    • Microbiology
    • Biochemistry
    • General Biochemistry I
    • General Biochemistry II

The following course requirements must be completed by the time you matriculate into the program;

  • General Genetics - 3 semester hours
  • Statistics - 3 semester hours
  • Psychology - 6 semester hours
  • Humanities - minimum of 12 semester hours

Those applicants who have not had a science course within 5 years of the Fall quarter of application must take 6 semester hours of upper division in anatomy, biochemistry, or physiology to fulfill this requirement.

CLEP exams and Pass/Fail courses are not acceptable for pre-requisites.

Students are responsible for having current knowledge of all pre-requisites. Questions about transferability of pre-requisites from another institution besides UCD must be directed to the CHAP program at the Health Sciences Center.

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Application Process

The class accepted begins in June of each year. Applications are available from June 1st to September 15th of the preceding year and are due by October 15th of each year. The following are required as part of the application;

  • Completed application form as received from the CHAPprogram
  • Personal Essay
  • An official transcript sent directly to the school from each college you attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation/evaluation from professors, supervisors, or teachers.
  • Application fee

Selection Process

The following are considered in the application process;

  • Overall gpa
  • Science gpa
  • Applicants life experiences and goals
  • Understanding of the role of the Physician Assistant (CRITICAL!!!!)
  • Work experience
  • Interview
  • GRE scores

Colorado Physician Assistant Programs

Univ. of Colorado PA Program

Red Rocks CC PA Program

Pre-requisite Summary and Checklist Specific to the Univ. of Colorado PA program

Email the UCD PA Program

Pre-requisite Summary and Checklist Specific to the Red Rocks Community Colllege PA Program

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Other Physician Assistant Programs in the US

Physician Assistant Programs in the Eastern United States

Physician Assistant Programs in the Western United States

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Podiatry (D.P.M.)

Schools of Podiatric Medicine found in the United States

General Information and Prerequisites for Pre-Podiatry Students

The pre-podiatry program prepares you for application for admission to a college of podiatric medicine (CPM). The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) or podiatrist, shares with the doctors of medicine, osteopathic medicine and dentistry the legal authority to make independent professional judgments and to administer medical and surgical care. Podiatric medicine provides specialized foot care. This care involves minor surgical procedures in the office, major surgical procedures in a hospital, provision of mechanical devices to correct walking patterns, balance, and overall ability to move about more efficiently and comfortably, flexible casting, or immobilization of foot and ankle fractures, sprains and other injuries, and medical treatment to cure and/or control problems of the feet. A large segment of many podiatrists' practice involves sports injuries.

At least three years of undergraduate work is required. Approximately 90 percent of those accepted have a B.A. or B.S. degree. Podiatry schools accept students with a wide range of majors, not just a science. You should major in the academic area of your interest. All other factors being the same, G.P.A., performance in required courses, outside activities, MCAT scores, etc. you have an equal chance no matter what your major area is. You will do better academically if you major in an area which interests you. The odds of being accepted without a degree, or at least 120 hours of college course work are very low. There are no colleges of podiatric medicine in Colorado.

Your academic program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements if you do not already have a bachelors degree or higher: (1) those set by the college, (2) those set by the department in which you are majoring, and (3) those set by the podiatry schools. The remainder of this deals with the podiatry requirements. Please refer to the appropriate college or University documents for information regarding their requirements.

You must meet the requirements in effect when you enter podiatry school. The minimum requirements of 90 semester hours must include the following courses:

  • One year of General Chemistry with lab
  • One year of Organic Chemistry with lab
  • One year of General Biology for majors with lab
  • One year of Math which includes at least through Trigonometry
  • One year of College Physics (Trig based) with lab
  • One year of English Composition

In addition to these courses, the California CPM requires another 8 hours of biology and the Scholl CPM requires an additional 4 hours of biology. Both of these schools will permit the substitution of biochemistry for the second semester of organic chemistry. It is strongly recommended that you consult the individual schools in which you are interested to be sure that you are completing the individual requirements for that school. You are encouraged to explore the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to broaden your educational experience; once in medical school you will not have the time to do such exploring. Since medicine is a mixture of science and contact with people, experiences in social and behavioral sciences as well as the arts and humanities will be of great value to you. You must, of course, demonstrate your competence in the required science courses.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is currently administered in April and August of each year, although this will most likely change in the near future. You should plan on taking it the spring of your junior year, or once you have completed all the above pre-requisite courses. The test is described in The MCAT Student Manual which is available in most book stores. The MCAT is composed of four sections: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and a Writing Sample. Applications to take the MCAT are usually available about February 1, and may be picked up from the Health Careers Advisor in NC 3405.

Application

All colleges participate in the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPMAS). Applications may be down-loaded from the web at the following address: AACPM The application deadline for most schools is April 1st of the year you are applying.

Letters of Recommendation

All medical schools require letters of recommendation from faculty members. This means you should make certain that the faculty members get to know you. If they do not know you, they will not be able to write a letter that will be of much use to you. Many, if not most, schools prefer a committee letter over individual letters. The University of Colorado Health Careers Advisory Committee will write a committee letter of recommendation. For this letter, you will need to obtain an application packet from the Health Careers Advisory Committee. For details about ithis process, please contact Dr. Ferguson at 303-556-4350 or in NC 3405 during office hours. Please note that all schools are going to strongly recommend or require a letter from a podiatrist as well.

Experience

Medical schools expect that you will have had some clinical experience. This experience can be either volunteer or paid; the medical schools are not going to care which. You should spend at least part of your experience with a podiatrist. You may be able to get academic credit while you are gaining experience; check with the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education in the Careers Center in the Tivoli Student Union for further information.

Public Health (M.A., M.S.)

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Radiologic Technology Programs

  • Aims Community College A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology; P.O. Box 69, Greeley, Colorado; 1-970-330-8008
  • Community College of Denver Radiologic Technology Program; PO Box 173365, Denver, Colorado, 80217; 1-303-365-7771 (This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)
  • Pueblo Community College Radiologic Technology Program; 900 West Orman Ave., Pueblo, Colorado, 81004-1499; 1-719-549-3200
  • Red Rocks Community College Radiologic Technologist certification Program; 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228-1255; 1-303-988-6160 This is a BIG page with many other disciplines on it - you will have to spend some time hunting for this particular discipline)

Respiratory Therapy Technology
Surgical Technology

Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

General Pre-Requisites for Veterinary Programs

These deal with CSU's program. Most schools have these same requirements. However, there is some variability, and you should probably contact the school(s) you are interested in for further information.

The Veterinary Medicine program leads to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. The training consists of a minimum of 68 semester hours of pre-professional studies followed by four years of professional studies at Colorado State University or some other veterinary medicine school. Each year 60 Colorado residents are accepted to CSU.

The following requirements are established by the CSU School of Veterinary Medicine. A grade of "C" or better is needed in all required courses. If you are interested in applying to any of the other 26 veterinary medical schools, you must contact them directly to find out their specific pre-requisites.

Biology: Genetics (Biol3832-4). Please note this course has General Biology I (Biol. 2051 and Biol. 2071) as well as General Biology II (Biol. 2061 and Biol. 2081) as prerequisite courses. These courses also satisfy the requirement for a laboratory course in Biology.

Chemistry: Biochemistry (Chem. 3810-4). Please note this course has the following pre-requisites: General Chemistry: Chem 2031-4 and 2038-1 and Chem. 2061-4 and 2068-1. Organic Chemistry: Chem 3410-4 or BOTH Chem. 3411-4 and Chem 3421-4. These courses also satisfy the requirement for a laboratory course in Chemistry.

Physics: College Physics (Phys. 2010-4 and 2030-1). This course has as a prerequisite College Trigonometry, Math 1120-3.

Statistics: Intro to Statistics, Psych 2090-4.

English Composition: At least English 1020-3

Arts and Humanities/Behavioral and Social Sciences: At least 12 semester hours in any of the following courses: Art, Dance, English, Foreign Language, Music, Philosophy, Speech, theater, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Not Required, but HIGHLY recommended: Cell Biology (Biol. 3611-3), Human Anatomy (Bio. 3244-4), Microbiology (Biol. 3654-4), Nutrition (Chem 2300-3) and Computer Science (Math 1350-3).

Undergraduate Degree: In 1996, approximately 85 per cent of those accepted had baccalaureate or higher degrees. In addition, only 20 percent of the Colorado resident applications were accepted. You would be wise to plan on earning a degree. Your academic program should satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements: (1) those set by the college, (2) those set by the department in which you are majoring, and (3) those set by the veterinary schools of you choice. This advising material deals with the latter requirements. You must meet the requirements in effect when ENTER veterinary medical school. For the other requirements, consult the schedule of courses and your major department.

Application Procedure

Applications for CSU can be obtained after August 1 from the Office of the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523. Thirteen of the vet med schools participate in the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS), but CSU does not. For information about VMCAS, contact: AAVMC, 1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 710, Washington DC 20005. Telephone (202) 371-9195 or Fax at (202) 842-0773.

The completed application must be returned to CSU by October 1. Qualified applicants should have a "B" average on a minimum of the 45 most recent, consecutive semester hours. In 1996, the average GPA was 3.64. The General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination is required and the results must be received by October 15. The average GRE scores were 526 on the verbal, 617 on the quantitative, and 640 on the analytical section in 1996.

Early Admission

You may request consideration for early admission if you are a Colorado resident and meet the following criteria: GPA of 3.80; minimum of 45 credits completed; GRE score of 1750 or greater. If you are not admitted in the early cycle, you will be considered in the regular admission cycle. WICHE applicants will only be considered in the regular admissions process.

Experience

Veterinary Medicine schools usually take into consideration if you have had some experience working in a veterinary medicine practice. Some schools require that one letter of recommendation come from a veterinarian. you may be able to earn academic credit while you are gaining this experience; check with the Center for Internships and Cooperative Education at (303) 556-2892.

Questions

The Pre-veterinary Advising Office in Fort Collins, is always willing to answer questions. Their phone number is (790) 491-7185. They are open 8:00 to 11:00 AM , from 12:00 to 2:00 PM and from 3:00 to 5:00 PM during class days.

Veterinary Schools around the country

Veterinary Technology/Asst.

Colorado Mountain College System AAS in Veterinary Technology; 831 Grand Ave. PO Box 10001, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81602; 1-800-621-8559 Front Range Community College Veterinary Technology Program; 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, Colorado, 80031; 303-404-5550