Entrance into professional study requires significant preparation in science and mathematics. Professional schools are not usually interested in the particular major a student has obtained, but they are extremely interested in the individual coursework a student has completed. All professional schools have specific course prerequisites for admission. The various tracks contained within the biology , chemistry , and exercise science majors, as well as the biochemistry major, have been designed to prepare students in such a way that they will have met these curricular prerequisites for the vast majority of professional schools. The tracks have been named accordingly. Nevertheless, professional schools periodically adjust their course prerequisites and a specific professional school might therefore require a course that has not been included in the relevant track described in this catalog. A student planning to complete entrance requirements for professional study should therefore confer with the pre-professional committee for the most up-to-date curricular requirements of particular programs.
Entrance into professional study is also extremely competitive. In most cases, a student’s cumulative GPA must be very high (3.5-4.0) to be considered for acceptance into a professional school. Most professional schools also require that each applicant take a standardized exam such as the MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, or PCAT. Competitive scores on these standardized tests are required for admission into these professional schools. While Malone students have historically performed very well on these tests and Malone graduates have a proven record of acceptance into professional schools, a degree from Malone does not guarantee acceptance into one of these programs. However, students that meet certain criteria are guaranteed interviews with the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED in Rootstown, Ohio.