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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Professional Health Sciences AS, Pre-Dentistry / Pre-Medicine / Pre-Optometry Option

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Program Description

Are you ready for a competitive, challenging, yet rewarding career helping others as a physician, surgeon, dentist, or optometrist? Is attending medical, dental, or optometry school after earning your Bachelor’s degree your goal? If so, TCC is an excellent place to start.

In this program, you’ll receive expert instruction in scientific subjects that are emphasized by medical, dental, and optometry schools such as biology, chemistry, physics, and math as well as English, humanities and the social sciences. When you graduate, you’ll be well-prepared to transfer to a four-year university and pursue your Bachelor’s degree while you finish your prerequisite coursework and begin the process of applying for admission to professional schools.

For More Information Contact: School of Science and Mathematics
Metro Campus: (918) 595-7334 ♦ Northeast Campus: (918) 595-7542
Southeast Campus: (918) 595-7742 ♦ West Campus: (918) 595-8193

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Apply core concepts of biology to biological processes.
  • Apply the scientific method.
  • Illustrate scientific data.
  • Integrate concepts from several disciplines around a clinical theme.
  • Communicate biological information through oral, written, or digital presentation techniques.
  • Discuss issues involving biology in society.
  • Use proper laboratory techniques.
  • Evaluate scientific literature.
  • Explain human pathological conditions in biological terms.


Search careers in Dentistry, Medicine, and Optometry at TCC Career Explorer and visit TCC Career Services to learn more about our free career planning and job preparation services.

Student Organizations

Great opportunities for networking, professional development, community service, resume-building and just having fun with other like-minded students are available through the Club of Medical and Natural Sciences at the southeast campus and the Sci-π Club at the west campus. For more information, contact the Science and Mathematics or Student Life office on campus.

Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study and information on transferring this degree to other colleges and universities on the Pre-Dentistry/Pre-Medicine/Pre-Optometry Degree Map.  

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 24

(Additional General Education requirements are satisfied through Specialized Courses.)

Humanities 6 Hours

See the General Education Requirements  for the course list.

General Education Required Electives 3 hours

Select three (3) credit hours from courses in Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre), Foreign Language, Psychology, or Social Sciences.

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 39

Total Credit Hours: 63

To receive an A.A. or A.S. degree, students must demonstrate computer proficiency.

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