The Health Professions Advisory Committee and faculty advisors assist students in their career development. Various science curricula offer a four-year program of
study designed to meet the requirements of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Association for admission to accredited medical,
dental, pediatric, and optometry schools and other professional associations in the health field. These programs offer specialized pre-professional courses in science
and, at the same time, provide a broad liberal education and training. The College has cooperative programs with New York University College of Dentistry, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and the State University College of Optometry.
In view of the limited number of students accepted by professional schools and their high standards of admission, pre-professional students are expected to maintain an
average of at least “B” in their courses. To qualify for medical or dental recommendation, a student should have received credit for Biology 111-112, 113-114, Chemistry 101-102, 319-320, 323-324, and Physics 107-108.
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM WITH NEW YORK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
The College of Mount Saint Vincent and the New York University College of Dentistry sponsor a joint articulation program in dental education. Interested students must apply early in the fall semester of junior year. An index of at least 3.0 or higher for all science courses and an acceptable score on the DAT are required. The curriculum of the combined B.S./D.D.S. program requires completion of at least 98 credits at Mount Saint Vincent. Upon successful completion of the first year of study at the College of Dentistry, the B.S. degree will be awarded by Mount Saint Vincent. The D.D.S. degree will be awarded upon completion of the seventh year of study by New York University College of Dentistry. Final admission to the program resides with the Office of Enrollment Services of the College of Dentistry.
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM WITH THE NEW YORK COLLEGE OF PODIATRIC MEDICINE
The College of Mount Saint Vincent and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCOPM) sponsor a joint articulation program in podiatric education. Interested
students must apply early in the fall semester of junior year and must take the MCAT in April of their junior year. An index of 3.2 at Mount Saint Vincent and an acceptable
MCAT score are required. The curriculum of the combined B.S./D.P.M. program requires the completion of at least 98 credits at Mount Saint Vincent. Upon successful
completion of the first two years of study at NYCOPM, the B.S. degree will be awarded by Mount Saint Vincent. The D.P.M. degree will be awarded upon completion of the seventh year of study at NYCOPM. The final decision regarding admission to the program resides with the Admissions Office of the NYCOPM.
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM WITH THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY) STATE COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
The College of Mount Saint Vincent and the SUNY State College of Optometry sponsor both a Joint Degree Affiliation Agreement and an Early Assurance Program Agreement for students interested in pursuing the field of optometry.
Students interested in the Joint Degree Affiliation Program must apply early in the fall semester of their junior year and must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) in the spring of junior year. An index of 3.2 at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an acceptable OAT score are required. The Curriculum of the combined B.S./O.D. program requires the completion of at least 98 credits at the College of Mount Saint Vincent with no science or math grade below a “C”. Upon successful completion of the first year at SUNY State College of Optometry, the B.S. degree will be awarded by the College of Mount Saint Vincent. The O.D. degree will be awarded upon completion of the seventh year of study at SUNY State College of Optometry. Final admission to the program resides with the Office of Student Affairs at the SUNY State College of Optometry. Students interested in the Early Assurance Program apply by the end of their sophomore year with a minimum of 60 college credits, and must have completed at least 70% of the prerequisite science and math courses. Following submission of all appropriate application materials, interviews will be conducted by SUNY State College of Optometry and candidates will be notified in writing of their status by August 31. If accepted, in the student’s final two years at Mount Saint Vincent, a minimum 3.2 overall GPA and a minimum 3.2 in science and math must be maintained. In addition, by February of senior year, the OAT must be taken and a minimum science score of 320 must be attained.
PREPARATION FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY
Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in physical therapy are urged to major in biology, or physical education. Since different schools may require or recommend specific courses, a student who wishes to pursue physical therapy must plan his/her proposed course sequence in close consultation with his/her faculty advisor and with the department’s chairperson. After having satisfactorily completed the general biology prerequisite, students are urged to take biology electives from the following list: Biology 306, 309, 319, 441, 443, 445, and 475. The College has a cooperative 3-3 arrangement with New York Medical College, which enables College of Mount Saint Vincent students to earn their baccalaureate degree plus a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy after six years of study. Students who meet the New York Medical College criteria for admission to this physical therapy program will spend the first three years of study at the College and the final three years at New York Medical College at Valhalla, NY. Students should request additional information from the Biology Chair. Final admission to the program resides with the Admissions Office of New York Medical College.
PREPARATION FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
The College has a cooperative 3-2 arrangement with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons which enables Mount students to earn a B.S. degree in biology, psychology, or health education and an M.S. degree in occupational therapy after five years of study. Students who meets the Columbia University criteria for admission to the occupational therapy program will spend the first three years of study at the College and the final two years at the University. For additional information students should request the Occupational Therapy brochure from the Admission Office.
Students who plan to apply to law school are advised to take courses that develop their oral and written expression, ability to think analytically and critically, and comprehension of human institutions and values. While no specific major is prescribed, students are encouraged to develop a strong well-balanced foundation in the liberal arts. The pre-law advisor helps students plan an appropriate curriculum and informs students of requirements for admission to law schools, availability of scholarships and career opportunities within the legal profession.
Since there is no formal pre-law major, the list of courses below is recommended for all students matriculated in a traditional major who plan to study law after graduation.
Many of the courses listed are part of the required Core at The College of Mount Saint Vincent; others are electives given at the Mount and/or Manhattan College (through the Cooperative Program). Most of these courses can be accommodated in any one of the traditional liberal arts majors.
Department Courses Credits
English Advanced writing 3
Mathematics Statistics 3
Calculus (level dependent on background) 3
Foreign Language through the Intermediate level * 6 or 12
History U.S. History
(incl. in the History major or minor) 6
Dynamics of U.S. Politics 3
Constitutional Law 3
Comparative Politics 3
Accounting Elem. Accounting I & II 6
Economics Core: Economics 3
Philosophy Logic 3
Communication Speech 3
*Included in Core
Note: Students who wish to gain entrance to Law School should have good academic grades, a broad background of extracurricular activities and relatively high LSAT scores.