The University of Guam offers all courses that are required to attend post-graduate medical, optometry, and dental schools, and these courses are as rigorous as courses in other accredited institutions. However, the University of Guam does not offer a “premedical major,” etc., sequence of courses because most medical, optometry, and dental schools prefer to consider candidates who have completed a subject area major. Therefore, those who plan to continue their studies in medical, optometry, or dental school should choose a subject area major; in addition, they should schedule mathematics through calculus, one year of college or university physics, one year of general biology, and two years of chemistry (through organic chemistry).
Courses such as quantitative analysis, biochemistry, cell physiology, genetics, and comparative anatomy are often recommended if scheduling permits. Often, premedical, preoptometry, and predental students will choose to major in math or the sciences, but this is not necessary so long as the required courses are taken.
Prospective premedical, preoptometry, and predental stu- dents should realize that national examinations (the Med- ical College Aptitude Test, MCAT; the Optometry College Admission Test, OCAT; and the Dental Aptitude Test, DAT) are to be taken in the junior year of college; required courses should be completed or in progress before these exams are scheduled in order to assure adequate scores. Information on MCAT, OCAT and DAT can be obtained from the Office of Counseling and Career Planning; Guam is an officially designated test site for these exams.
The University of Guam presently participates in a special “Underserved in Sight” program with the Pacific University College of Optometry and a special program for Pacific Island students is available.
The University offers a prepharmacy program that leads directly to entrance into the School of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii – Hilo. For more information, contact the CNAS academic advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who are interested in veterinary medicine can complete basic science requirements at the University of Guam. However, there are very few schools of veterinary medicine and they are extremely selective. They usually require basic science in addition to agriculture courses in animal husbandry, animal nutrition, etc., and all have specific state residency requirements, which being a resident of Guam does not fulfill. Pre-veterinary students are encouraged to attend the University of Guam for two years, during which time basic science courses can be taken and appropriate catalogs studied.
For advisement for these pre-professional programs, see the CNAS academic advisor. All students who plan to go to medical, optometry, dental, and veterinary schools are encouraged to seek this advisement, regardless of their subject area. Inquiries from high school students and other Guam residents are welcomed.