Pre-Law Education

Students planning to attend law school after graduation should seek a broad liberal arts education. Law schools do not recommend any specific pre-law curriculum and accept students from many majors. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is an essential gateway to legal education, examines students’ abilities in reading comprehension as well as logical and analytical reasoning. Thus, it is most important that students develop their thinking, writing, and speaking skills through a variety of courses and experiences, and gain a critical understanding of human behavior, institutions, and values.

Students should discuss their interest in the law with their academic advisor and the pre-law advisor early in their academic careers to create a program that best fits the student’s interests and helps to prepare the student for admission to and success in law school. The following courses may be especially helpful for students considering careers in the law, though they are not required for admission to law school.

BUS210Financial Accounting4
ECO201Principles of Economics4
ENW205AProse Studio 14
HIS/POS 216LAmerican Constitutional History 13
PHI125MIntroduction to Logic 13
POS100American Politics and Government3
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

Pre-Medicine and Other Healthcare Professional Programs

Many students come to Bethel seeking necessary preparation to pursue graduate programs to become chiropractors, dentists, occupational therapists, optometrists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, veterinarians, and other types of healthcare professionals. The pursuit of these careers requires graduate degrees at the master’s or doctoral level, and Bethel University has a rich history of providing the necessary preparation for students to enter these programs.

As a result of the university’s excellent reputation with many professional schools, a significant number of Bethel graduates are accepted into healthcare programs each year. Professional schools seek well-rounded graduates with a genuine interest in helping people. Students are encouraged to complete a major that best fits their interests, while allowing them to take courses required for the graduate program they desire. While these students are not limited to a specific undergraduate major, they should realize that each professional program expects certain courses to be completed before admission. Students interested in a graduate program in healthcare should meet with one of Bethel’s healthcare professional advisors as early as possible for advice on selecting a major and to plan the best way to complete prerequisite requirements before graduation.

Pre-Medical Track

(Recommended for careers in medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, or chiropractic medicine as well as a career as a physician assistant.)

BIO120
BIO121
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
and Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab
4
BIO122
122D
Introduction to Organismic Biology
and Introduction to Organismic Biology Lab 1
4
CHE113
113D
CHE214
CHE215
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab 1
8
CHE224
CHE225
CHE226
CHE227
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
and Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
8
Choose one of the following sequences:4-8
Essentials of Biochemistry
and Essentials of Biochemistry Lab
CHE388
CHE389
CHE396
CHE397
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
and Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry II Lab
8
Choose one of the following sequences:8
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
and Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab 1
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
and General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Total Credits44-48
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

Additional courses in mathematics, composition, literature, and social and behavioral sciences may be required by specific professional schools.

Nursing

See the Nursing section of this catalog for information about Bethel’s undergraduate nursing program. Bethel University’s College of Adult and Professional Studies offers an R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program and our Graduate School offers an M.S. in Nursing and an M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery.

M.S. in Physician Assistant at Bethel University

An M.S. in Physician Assistant is offered through the Bethel University Graduate School. The College of Arts and Sciences offers all prerequisites as well as recommended courses for this program. Students must earn a grade of B- or higher in all prerequisites. Completion of these prerequisites and recommended courses does not guarantee admission to Bethel’s Physician Assistant program. Consult the Graduate School catalog for further information.

Required Prerequisites Offered in the College of Arts and Sciences
Choose one of the following sequences:4
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
Clinical Anatomy
and Clinical Anatomy Lab
Choose one of the following sequences:4
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
Clinical Physiology
and Clinical Physiology Lab
CHE224
CHE225
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
Choose one of the following sequences:4
Essentials of Biochemistry
and Essentials of Biochemistry Lab
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
Choose one of the following sequences:4
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
Clinical Microbiology
and Clinical Microbiology Lab
PHY202
202D
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab 1
4
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3
Choose one of the following:3-4
Statistical Analysis 1
Introduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design 1
Statistics and Research Methods in Applied Health Sciences 1
Recommended Courses Offered in the College of Arts and Sciences
Contemporary Moral Issues
Choose one of the following sequences:4
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
and Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Lab
Clinical Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
and Clinical Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Lab
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
Total Credits34-35
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Southwest Baptist University

Bethel University has an agreement with Southwest Baptist University (SBU) by which students meeting the requirements listed below will automatically receive preference points and be eligible for the admission process.

  1. Students must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
  2. Students must complete the graduate record exam (GRE).
  3. Students must complete the PT application through PTCAS by the deadline of the intended enrollment date.
  4. Students must document up to 40 hours experience/observation in physical therapy.
  5. International students must meet eligibility requirements as outlined in section on Admission to the University in the Southwest Baptist University catalog.
  6. Students must demonstrate computer literacy.
  7. Students must complete all of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C and a 3.25 prerequisite GPA. Prerequisites should not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisite Equivalency for SBU DPT program

Choose one of the following sequences:4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Any other upper level biology course with a lab
CHE113
113D
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE214
CHE215
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
Choose one of the following sequences:8
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
and Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
General Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
and General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
MAT207MStatistical Analysis3
or PSY230M Introduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design
or HAS250M Statistics and Research Methods in Applied Health Sciences
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3
Choose any other psychology course (except PSY230M)3
Recommendations
BIO105Medical Terminology 12
HAS376Exercise Physiology and Assessment 13
BIO214
BIO215
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
4
BIO216
BIO217
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
BIO244
BIO245
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
and Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Lab
4
BIO409Advanced Human Gross Anatomy4
Total Credits50
1

Highly recommended and will potentially be added as prerequisite courses.

Health Professional Tracks

Many Bethel students pursue careers in other healthcare professions. Most of these are post-graduate degrees beyond college. Specific tracks are available from the health professions advisor for pre-professional programs in the following areas:

  • Nursing (see Department of Nursing)
  • Pre-chiropractic Medicine
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-occupational Therapy
  • Pre-physical Therapy (also see major in biokinetics)
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-osteopathic Medicine
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-physician Assistant
  • Pre-podiatry