Pre-Health Professions Emphasis (Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine)

A.S. (TTP)

Program Information

Career Community: Healthcare
Degree Type: A.S. (TTP)
Program Location: Main Campus

What is Pre-Health Professions Emphasis?


The Associate of Science in Pre-Health Professions is designed to prepare students for more advanced study in a pathway through which students can pursue professional, doctoral-level healthcare careers (Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine). Depending on the career, this usually occurs after transferring to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree.

What can I do with this degree?

This degree will be part of a pathway leading to a four-year bachelor’s degree, which is usually required in order to apply and gain admission to a professional (Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine), doctoral-level school. The professional degree is usually is a four-year degree.

Pre-Health Prof. Emphasis

Program Outcomes

All students who complete a degree designated as a Tennessee Transfer Pathway will be able to do the following:

  • Communicate effectively through oral and written modes, using conventions appropriate to their audience and purpose, including critical listening, reading, and research skills.
  • Evaluate the significance of humanity’s cultural heritage and diversity and its development in a historical and/or global context through critical and analytical methodologies.
  • Connect knowledge of social and cultural institutions to issues of personal or public importance.
  • Analyze historical and contemporary issues by drawing on historical contexts.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of scientific principles and concepts.
  • Apply relevant mathematical modeling to a variety of applied or theoretical problems.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

Pre-Health Professions Emphasis A.S. (TTP)

  • CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1010: English Composition I (3 credits)
  • GEN 1010: First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following math courses:
    • MATH 1830: Applied Calculus (3 credits)
    • MATH 1910: Calculus I (4 credits)
  • Choose one of the following history courses:
    • HIST 2310: Early World History (3 credits)
    • HIST 2010: Early US History (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1020: English Composition II (3 credits)
  • COMM 2025: Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • PHIL 1040: Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following history courses:
    • HIST 2320: Modern World History (3 credits)
    • HIST 2020: Modern United States History (3 credits)
  • MUS 1030: Introduction to Music (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1110: General Biology I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2010: Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • PSYC 1030: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1120: General Biology II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 2020: Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • SOCI 1010: Introduction to Sociology I (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following English courses:
    • ENGL 2320: Modern World Literature (3 credits)
    • ENGL 2220: Modern British Literature (3 credits)
    • ENGL 2120: Modern American Literature (3 credits)

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