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Prerequisite Courses

Persons admitted into the professional portion of the program must have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5, both cumulatively and in science and mathematics courses, and completed a minimum of 80 SC*. These credits may be completed at any accredited college or university, but must fulfill all College requirements regarding acceptance of transfer credit. The 47 SC listed below plus 33 SC of electives must be included*. In addition, advanced course work in the sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, and computer science as well as social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, and health education are recommended. Radiologic technologists (radiographers), medical technologists, and nurses will have met most or all of the pre-professional requirements in their professional programs and are encouraged to apply.

Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Semester Credit
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATIONS
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra or higher level Mathematics3
SCIENCE
Biology
Two-semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory**8
Biological Sciences or Microbiology with laboratory, or CHPI 2403 - Biological Sciences for Health Professions*****4
Chemistry
General Chemistry I with laboratory, or CHPI 2401 - Chemistry for the Health Professions*** 4
Physics
General Physics I with laboratory, or CHPI 2402 - Physics for the Health Professions****4
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES
Fine Arts
Art, Music, or Theater3
Humanities
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics6
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Lower Level Electives33
TOTAL80

*Up to 9 SC of course work may be taken as co-requisites. Those applicants who have completed 80 SC or more of the pre-professional curriculum prior to enrollment will have priority in admission decisions.

**Course work must cover all body systems and include laboratory credit

***Course work must include laboratory credit.  Chemistry courses designed specifically for nursing and other allied health technology students may meet this requirement; however, overview or preparatory chemistry courses will not.

****Course work must be algebra-based, at a minimum, and include laboratory section for credit.  Physics courses completed in radiography programs may be considered as substitutes.

*****Biology courses taken as prerequisites to the human anatomy and physiology courses will satisfy this requirement.

Fulfillment of the pre-professional curriculum does not assure admittance into the professional program (please see How to Apply).

Students enrolled in Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs must fulfill state minimum core requirements for graduation in addition to prerequisite and program requirements. In general, the 35 SC state core curriculum is listed in the CHP Catalog under the heading, “State Core Curriculum”.  Programs may have specific course requirements for these core requirements.  Please check the program curriculum for specific courses.  Some of the courses required as part of the core curriculum may also fulfill the prerequisite course requirement.