Lock Haven University began offering a new biomedical sciences track to current students who were already enrolled at LHU in fall 2016 and to new freshman starting in the fall 2017 semester. The fall 2018 semester saw its second class of incoming freshmen.
The track is intended for those students who plan to attend medical, dental, optometry or podiatry school and also for students who wish to pursue a master’s or doctorate degree in biomedical science. All courses that are required to attend these schools are offered through the new track.
“You can get into medical school with practically any major, but only if you haven’t missed any of the courses you need to prepare for the MCAT. There’s also a long list of courses that you have to take before medical schools will even read your application,” said Dr. Carina Howell, professor and chair of the Biological Sciences Department at LHU. “The biomedical sciences track takes the guesswork out of preparing for medical school. You don’t have to worry that you’re missing anything. Students who perform strongly in this track show medical school admissions committees their proven ability to succeed in demanding science coursework.”
The required science courses provided through the track were specifically chosen using the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) science subject guide as a template, according to Dr. Ted Nuttall, LHU biology professor. They also cover the information that is necessary for doing well on other exams including the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Optometry Admission Test (OAT), and Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).
Both Howell and Nuttall were involved in the process of creating the new track at LHU.
“The biomedical science track at LHU was designed from the ground up to be a one-stop, preparatory track for the medical professions,” Nuttall said. “If you want to be a doctor of medicine, podiatry, dentistry, or optometry, this is the way to get there.”
Students within the track also are provided with other opportunities to enhance their education and probability of acceptance into medical and graduate schools by conducing independent research with a professor or by gaining practical laboratory experiences in genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, physiology and chemistry.
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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.
LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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