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2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Program Description

If your goal is to become a doctor, dentist, or optometrist, this degree will prepare you for transfer to a four-year institution to continue your education in preparation for admission into a school of  medicine, dentistry or optometry.  While these professional schools may not recommend a particular degree for admission, they do require a strong background in science which this program provides.  You should work closely with an academic advisor each semester to make certain you are enrolled in the correct courses for a seamless transfer process and you are encouraged to begin a dialogue with your intended transfer school as early as possible. Early coordination between TCC academic advisors and advisors from selected four-year institutions can streamline the transfer process. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she understands the program/admission/transfer requirements for the transfer school.

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 when explaining biological processes.
  • Apply scientific method to solve problems.
  • Illustrate scientific data using graphs, tables, or text.
  • Integrate knowledge from several disciplines around a clinical theme.
  • Communicate biological information using oral, written or digital presentation techniques.
  • Identify issues involving biology in society.
  • Use biological instrumentation and proper laboratory techniques.
  • Find and evaluate scientific literature.
  • Explain human pathological conditions in biological terms.


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Student Organizations

Students in this major will benefit from participation in the Club of Medical and Natural Sciences at the southeast campus or the Sci-π Club at the west campus.  For more information speak with any science faculty or inquire at the 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

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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