The Academic Office will direct students who plan careers in teaching, law, ministry, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and allied health professional fields to the appropriate pre- professional advisers. These advisers will help students plan the most beneficial courses of study to prepare for professional school. Erskine graduates have excellent records of acceptance in professional and graduate schools.
Pre-Medical, -Dental, -Veterinary, -Pharmacy
The Pre-Medical Committee at Erskine consists of the Dean of the College and the Chairpersons and other faculty representatives from the departments of biology, chemistry, and physics. The committee meets with pre-medical students to discuss recommended course schedules and application to medical schools. Medical and dental school requirements encourage most students entering these areas to major in biology or chemistry.
Students considering these health-related fields must meet with the appropriate advisor early and plan the entire four-year program to minimize schedule conflicts. To develop the needed knowledge and skills and to demonstrate the motivation and ability for advanced study, the student should schedule a demanding course load, normally at least two science and/or mathematics courses during each long term for the first three years. And pre-medical students are advised to take a pre-professional externship during one of their Winter Terms.
As a general guideline, nearly every medical or dental school requires a candidate for admission to have the following: two terms each of mathematics, biology, and physics; and four terms of chemistry, including general and organic chemistry. Beyond these minimal credits, different schools require various courses in the sciences and humanities.
Students seeking a career as medical technologists may earn the Bachelor of Arts degree after a three-year curriculum of prerequisites at Erskine, followed by a one-year clinical program at any hospital listed in the Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Students may complete their clinical year in a South Carolina facility or any other accredited hospital in the United States.
Erskine students wishing to receive a degree in nursing are able to complete all of the prerequisite courses during two or three years of study at Erskine, after which they may transfer to any accredited school of nursing to complete their degree. Students are urged to make early contact with their academic advisor and the dean of the appropriate nursing school to ascertain that admissions requirements will be met.
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. Students in this program typically complete three years at Erskine and two to three years at Clemson, earning a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Clemson and a bachelor of arts degree in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics from Erskine.