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NWCCD 2017-18 Catalog 
  Jan 23, 2018
NWCCD 2017-18 Catalog

Pre-Professional AS

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The Pre-Professional AS Program is the suggested course of study for individuals who would like to pursue a career in health-care (Physician, Veterinarian, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, etc.) and would like to prepare themselves with a broad scientific background.

The program is designed to provide students with instruction in biological and physical sciences and to prepare students for upper-level courses in the specialty of choice.  Professional programs in these areas usually require a Bachelor’s degree prior to entry.

Requirements of institutions where students pursue advanced studies vary greatly; therefore, students should carefully consult the catalog of the institution to which they intend to develop an appropriate program of study.  Students should also ask their advisors about the contractual agreements between the State of Wyoming and various universities regarding medical school, veterinary school, and physical therapy programs.

Pre-Professional AS Program Outcomes:

  1. Apply foundational concepts in science and math to health-science related problems.
  2. Develop research skills relevant to examining physical and biological phenomena.
  3. Evaluate explanations for physical and biological processes by way of the scientific method, to include making and testing hypotheses.
  4. Make accurate and precise scientific measurements.
  5. Explain physical and biological processes using mathematics and other appropriate symbolic notation.
  6. Communicate scientific and technical knowledge effectively using a variety of modalities.


Required Course of Study

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Total Degree Credit Hours: 60

Program Recommendations


The following high school courses are recommended for students who plan to finish a bachelor’s degree in a science field in four years:

  1. Four years of math including at least up to Trigonometry and Algebra II with Elementary Functions or Calculus encouraged.
  2. Four years of science including biology, chemistry and physics.

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