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Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-professional Programs

If you are considering advanced studies in teaching, law, ministry, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or allied health professions, Erskine’s pre-professional programs will prepare you for success. Our Academic Office will direct you to the appropriate pre-professional advisor, who will help you plan the most beneficial course of study to prepare you for professional school. Erskine graduates have excellent records of acceptance into professional and graduate schools.

Pre-Medical, -Dental, -Veterinary Medical, -Health Career Preparation

We understand your determination and drive to enter the medical profession. That’s why our faculty members meet regularly and work closely with our students to help them succeed. Members of our faculty include one with a medical degree and another who works in the field of MCAT preparation; they have firsthand experience to assist you in all phases of the medical school planning and application process. You will also receive support from your advisor, who will help you plan your four-year program at Erskine. Planning ahead will help you minimize scheduling conflicts, enabling you to reach your goals.

Most medical and dental school students major in Biology or Chemistry because many of the prerequisite courses are built into the programs; however, this is not a requirement. Students with any major may be considered if they have demonstrated a good background in the sciences and a strong academic record. To develop the knowledge and skills you need, and to demonstrate your ability for advanced study, we recommend a rigorous course load with at least two science and/or mathematics courses during each semester for the first three years.

Most medical or dental schools require a candidate for admission to have the following: one term of calculus or statistics; two terms each of biology and physics; and four terms of chemistry, including general and organic chemistry. Beyond these credits, different schools require various courses in the sciences and humanities. Keep in mind these programs are interested in well-rounded students, so courses in the humanities are also important and should demonstrate a wide range of study. The Erskine liberal arts curriculum provides this important diversity in courses.

Nursing

Erskine prepares you with the knowledge and intellectual habits you need to enter nursing programs. You can complete your first two to three years of study at Erskine, earning prerequisite credits. After this, you may transfer to any accredited school of nursing to complete your degree. Many of our students choose to complete their undergraduate degree at Erskine, and then earn an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing at another school. Be sure to make early contact with your academic advisor and the dean of the appropriate nursing school to ensure that you meet all admissions requirements for the nursing program you choose.

Engineering

Erskine College maintains an engineering dual degree program with Clemson University. This program offers a robust Christian liberal arts foundation coupled with a significant level of technical specialization.

In the dual degree program, you will typically complete three years at Erskine and two to three years at Clemson. This allows you to earn a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Clemson and a bachelor of arts degree in biology, chemistry, or mathematics from Erskine.

You can choose to focus your studies in any of the following areas of Engineering: Bioengineering, Biosystems, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, or Materials Science and Engineering.

Pre-Professional Externships

Pre-professional externships help you gain practical experience in your area of interest. Externships are offered in several areas, including health-related fields (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.), business, engineering, journalism, law and government, library science, ministry, social services, and veterinary medicine. Externships require an on-campus faculty sponsor and an off-campus professional sponsor.

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