A student can complete the first two years of most pre-health profession programs (including premedicine, pre-physical therapy, and pre-dental hygiene) at FVCC. Since the study plan and application deadline is different for each, the student is strongly encouraged to contact his/her advisor early and often about the appropriate course of study.
Pre-medical studies include dentistry, medicine (medical, naturopathic, osteopathic), optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. In addition to the prerequisites listed below, a student must choose a major and receive their bachelor degree from a four year college or university. The suggested course of study for pre-medicine is the coursework generally required for entrance to medical schools and to be properly prepared to take the entrance exam. Students should work closely with their advisor to make sure requirements for a major as well as for specific medical schools are met. The grade point average required for entrance to medical schools varies depending on the program chosen.
Montana does not have a medical school, thus Montana residents are served by the WWAMI program. WWAMI is a partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and Montana. The tuition paid by Montana students is the same as that paid by Washington state residents. Those who enter as residents of Montana are accepted conditional upon agreement to spend their first year at the Montana State University – Bozeman WWAMI site. Students may wish to obtain additional information on the WWAMI Web site http://www.montana.edu/wwwwami/.
Pre-chiropractic students may also follow the suggested course of study for pre-medicine. However, additional humanities, social sciences, and fine arts courses are typically required for entrance to a chiropractic school. Pre-chiropractic students should also work closely with their advisor to ensure all entrance requirements are met.
Pre-physician students applying to Rocky Mountain College’s PA program should be aware that students must complete one year minimum full-time hands-on health care experience with direct patient contact prior to applying for admission into the program.
Dr. Janice Alexander