John McKeegan, Advisor to the President & General Counsel
Melrose 104, 503-883-2202, firstname.lastname@example.org
Although there is no formal pre-law curriculum at Linfield (because this is not recommended by law schools), the college offers rigorous academic preparation for legal education. In addition to offering law-related courses (see below), Linfield offers pre-law students a broad and inclusive liberal arts education. Our graduates who have gone on to law school report that their Linfield experience helped prepare them for law school and that they have a solid basis upon which to undertake the rigorous study of law at the graduate level.
There is no required major for law school.
Law schools accept majors from all departments. Students should find a major they enjoy and do well at it. Overall grade point average (GPA) and academic success are more important parts of the law school application than particular major. Law schools are looking for students who excel in intense undergraduate programs, proving that they can be successful in the rigors of law school.
There is no prerequisite coursework for law school.
Students should plan on taking courses that are challenging and help them to hone writing skills and improve reading comprehension. They need strong analytical reasoning, problem solving abilities, and oral presentation to succeed in law school.
|BUSN 340||Business Law I|
|BUSN 440||Business Law II|
|ECON 210||Principles of Economics|
|ECON 352||Economics of Law|
|MSCM 337/POLS 337||Mass Media Law and Ethics|
|PHIL 360||Philosophy of Law|
|PHIL 365||Social and Political Philosophy Classics|
|POLS 201||American Politics|
|POLS 225||Study of Law|
|POLS/RELS 315||Politics and Religion|
|POLS 320||Law, Rights and Justice|
|POLS 335||Topics in Public Policy|
|TCCA 140||Public Speaking|
|TCCA 147||Debate Practicum|
|TCCA 340||Persuasion and Social Influence|
|TCCA 355||Topics in U.S. Public Address|
Students interested in pursuing law school after graduation from Linfield should visit the Office of Academic Advising (Walker 104), where we maintain information regarding law schools, the application process, and the legal profession. For additional information, see the current U.S. Guide to Law Schools, published annually in October and prepared by the Law School Admission Council and the Association of American Law Schools. This book, available in the Office of Academic Advising, includes material on the law and lawyers, pre-law preparation, application to law schools, and the study of law, along with information on most American law schools.
Anne Kruchten, Biology Faculty
Murdock 212; email@example.com
Linfield, like most institutions, does not offer a "pre-med" major. Students interested in applying to medical school may choose any of the majors offered by the college. The majority of students intending to go to medical school will major in a science, but this is not required by medical schools. However, it is important to keep in mind that the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for entrance to all allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, and high quality performance on this test requires advanced course work in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as well as coursework in Sociology and Psychology. Major changes to the MCAT will affect students who plan to take the test in 2015. It is imperative that students discuss these changes with the Pre-medical Coordinator during their first year on campus.
National requirements for entrance into medical school are changing:
For this reason, it is important to keep in contact with the Pre-Med Coordinator to be informed of updates and receive helpful advice. It is the responsibility of students to investigate the requirements of the specific medical schools to which they intend to apply. These requirements are listed in the latest edition of Medical Schools Admissions Requirements (Nicholson Library Ref. R 745.A8). In general, most schools require the following as a minimum:
Note: All Math and Science courses taken must be ones that apply for majors in that field. Always check with the Registrar before enrolling in courses at other institutions to ensure credits will transfer appropriately.
Admission to medical school is competitive.
In addition to the above listed courses, competitive applicants should:
Dalton Higginbottom, Pre-Nursing Advisor
Walker 124, 503-883-2393, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites must be completed before transferring to the Linfield College Nursing program on the Portland Campus.
BSN students are required to meet LC requirements as any other Linfield student. Pre-nursing students will receive an IS, NW and a QR through their prerequisites. Students can complete the LC requirements once on the Portland campus by taking DCE or courses or transferring credit from other area colleges. Due to the demands of the nursing curriculum, students are encouraged to complete LCs prior to enrolling at the Portland campus.
3 credits required
Contact Dalton Higginbottom (email@example.com) for more information about completing the nursing pre-requisites at Linfield College.
Additional Information about pre-nursing at:
Dr. Janet Peterson, Pre-PT Advisor
Walker 104, 503-883-2255, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-physical therapy is not a major at Linfield. Most Linfield students interested in physical therapy are exercise science, biology or general science majors, but students may pursue any major they wish as long as they complete the requirements for the physical therapy graduate programs to which they will apply. In addition, any faculty member can be their academic advisor during the initial stages of a pre-physical therapy program.
Admissions policies to physical therapy graduate programs are based primarily on coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and psychology. Because of limited space, graduate schools are very selective and take only students with excellent grades in basic science courses. In addition, most programs require students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and require observation hours.
This information affects prospective physical therapy students in two ways: first, they need to do well in basic science classes, and second, there is no single undergraduate departmental major that is appropriate for them in the sense that it provides pre-professional training in a field that is equally interesting to all students. (See also "Guidelines for Students Interested in Physical Therapy Careers" below or check the website for the APTA - www.APTA.org)
Students who intend to apply for admission into physical therapy programs must complete some work-related or internship experience in a physical therapy setting. All physical therapy programs require anywhere from a minimum of 50 to 300+ hours of practical experience, some of which should appear as earned credit on your transcripts. Students need to check with individual schools for each institution's prerequisites.
Check individual school websites for specific requirements.
|Topic||Linfield Courses||PNW School Required Courses|
|Human Anatomy||BIOL 212||1||1||1||1|
|Human Physiology||BIOL 213||1||1||1||4|
|Biology||BIOL 210 (& 211)||2||2||2||1|
|Upper division human biology/ human and animal physiology||BIOL 270 (genetics), 361 (micro), 390 (vert phys), 420 (Dev), 432 (Immun) HHPA 342 or 440||1 (ex/vert phys) 1 (other)||NA||NA||1 (ex phys)|
|General Chemistry||CHEM 210 & 211||2||2||2||2|
|Physics||PHYS 115 & 116||2||2 (calc not req)||2||2|
|Advanced English comp||Writing Intensive Course HHPA 441(Senior Seminar)||NA||NA||1-2||NA|
|Psyc/Anth/Soc or other humanities||PSYC 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, POLS, SOAN, ECON, ENGL or HIST.||2 (psych/anth or soc)||2 psych/anth or soc)||1 (psyc 101) 1 (psyc) 4 (nonpsyc)||Psyc 181 + 1 (psyc)|
|Perquisite or science GPA||3.0 (prereq)||3.0 & C or better (prereq)||C or better||C or better*|
|GRE Required||Yes (by Dec 31)||Yes||No||Yes|
EW-Eastern Washington; UW- University of Washington; Pac- Pacific University; UPS- University of Puget Sound
*B or better in Anatomy and Physics
The following is a list of recommend steps to take to better prepare students for physical therapy school. Have students review this information and follow-up when necessary. If students would like more information about physical therapy, have them talk with Dr. Janet Peterson or their individual major advisor about the next steps to take.
1. If students have not already done so, try to arrange a visit with a physical therapist in your community.
2. Are you an Oregon resident?
A. Yes, they are an Oregon resident: There is no publicly-supported physical therapy training program in the state of Oregon. There is a private program at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Contact them for the latest information about requirements for entry into their program.
Office of Admissions for Professional Programs http://www.pt.pacificu.edu
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116 Phone: (503) 352-2900 or (800) 933-9308
In addition, be aware that Oregon belongs to an exchange program with 13 other western states that enables students to enroll in out-of-state professional programs when those fields of study are not available at public institutions in their home state. Because of this, Oregon residents are eligible for admission to many other schools of physical therapy (currently 16) in states such as Washington, California, Montana, Utah, Colorado, etc. The exchange program is called the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Write or call WICHE for their latest brochure explaining the program and listing the participating schools:
WICHE Student Exchange Program (website: http://www.wiche.edu)
P.O. Box 9752
Boulder, Colorado 80301-9752 Phone: (303) 541-0214
B. No, they are not an Oregon Resident: Contact the American Physical Therapy Association for a listing of physical therapy programs in your state.
American Physical Therapy Association (website: http://www.APTA.org)
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488 Phone: (703) 684-2782 or (800)999-2782
3. Take the General Chemistry placement test to determine if they are prepared to enroll in General Chemistry. If not qualified, take the steps recommended by the Chemistry department to prepare yourself for General Chemistry.
All physical therapy schools require a year-long General Chemistry course, with lab. Courses designed for non-science majors are not acceptable. The best preparation for college chemistry is a strong background in high school chemistry and mathematics at the College Algebra level. Be realistic about your interests and abilities. Did you earn A's and high B's in math and chemistry in high school? If so, then you should be successful in college chemistry. If you earned low B's or C's you should strengthen your math skills with a college algebra or pre-calculus course taken concurrently with or before enrolling in General Chemistry.
4. In your freshman year sign up for either General Chemistry (if you qualify) or Principles of Biology (if you qualify). Remember, you will need to do well in your sciences to be considered for entry to physical therapy school!
5. Discuss your major options with your faculty advisor and Janet Peterson. Any major will work for physical therapy as long as you meet all of the prerequisites to get into the program of your choice. The exercise science major at Linfield is an increasingly popular choice for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in physical therapy. Pre-physical therapy students also find several of the courses in the athletic training curriculum very helpful. A few pre-physical therapy students select athletic training as a major, though it is important to note that this program is restricted in the number of students it accepts. (See guidelines for athletic training majors.).
Walker 104, 503-883-2255, email@example.com
Physician Assistants (PAs) are trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative healthcare measures under the direction of a physician. They are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PA's deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PA's conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications. They should not be confused with medical assistants, who perform routine clinical and clerical tasks. PA's work in almost all settings that physicians practice in - family practice, surgical, emergency medicine, etc.
For more information visit: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/19/Physician_Assistant
1. Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
Web-based application service that will allow students to apply to any number of participating PA educational programs across the country by completing a single application.
2. American Academy of Physician Assistants
An On-line PA Programs Directory, published by the PAEA, lists contact information, admission deadlines, entrance requirements, tuition fees, financial aid, clinical affiliations, and other information for every member program. In General, a good place for PA education information.
3. Allied Health Professions Admission Test (AHPAT).
Information on the entrance exam often required by PA programs.
Students considering a career in physician assistant studies must complete a significant amount of prerequisite coursework and may also need to sit for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Prerequisite coursework differs throughout the accredited physician assistant schools within the United States. Please review detailed information for each school prior to applying to ensure you have completed the appropriate courses.
For information on registering, preparing and sitting for the GRE visit: http://www.ets.org/gre/
|Oregon Health and Science University
Physician Assistant Program
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, GH219
Portland, OR 97239
Credentials Awarded: M CASPA Participating Program
Physician Assistant Program School of Physician Assistant Studies
222 SE 8th Avenue, Suite 551
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Credentials Awarded: M CASPA Participating Program