Information for Transfer Students
Does Western offer a professional program in physical therapy, occupational therapy or any of the other allied health or medical professions?
Western Washington University does not offer any allied health or medical programs. We do have many students at WWU who are planning on applying to an allied health professional program after they graduate. These students are completing specific requirements at Western that will meet the prerequisites for entry into a professional program such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, naturopathy, medical school or nursing. Students complete their undergraduate degree to fulfill the requirements for entry into graduate professional programs in the allied health or medical fields.
What major should I pursue if I am planning on applying to an allied health professional program?
Students can enter many of the allied health or medical professions from most any major. Some majors are more practical since they contain many or all of the prerequisites within the major. To gain entry in an allied health program, the basic requirements are the undergraduate degree, completion of a specific set of prerequisites for entry into the program and volunteer experience working with professionals in the field. Examples of majors that cover some or all of the prerequisites include: Bio-Anthropology, Biology, Community Health, Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy, and Kinesiology/Pre-Healthcare Professions .
Declaring a Major
It is to your advantage to declare a major as soon as possible. This will allow you to seek specific advising in the department and to plan out your academic schedule plan. You will also gain access to classes that are restricted to majors only.
If you need help deciding on a major, you are invited to meet with an advisor to ask questions and explore various options. For assistand connecting with an advisor contact Sherena Geariety (CV 102, 360-650-3055, Sherena.Geariety@wwu.edu).
How to declare a Major
Contact the department to declare a major. Most majors have a set of prerequisites that you must complete prior to official entry into the program. Once you have declared a major, take advantage of the major advising system in your respective department and seek advising on a regular basis from your assigned major advisor. It is also suggested that you complete a plan of study that will guide you through the major.
- Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy/or Pre-Healthcare Professions: See Sherena Geariety in Carver 102 to be assigned to an advisor.
- Biology: Access these links for information
- Anthropology/Biology: Pick up major forms at the Anthropology Office, Arntzen Hall 315
- Psychology: Major declaration information can be obtained on the Psychology Department
What can I do at the community college prior to coming to Western?
You cannot complete a degee at Western that contains all of the prerequisites for entry into an allied health or medical profession in a four year time period unless you have completed some of the prerequisites in your community college education. It is suggested that you complete as many of the following courses in your community college education as you can:
- 3 course general chemistry series (equivalent to WWU Chem 121, 122, 123)
- general psychology course (equivalent to WWU Psych 101)
- abnormal psychology course (equivalent to WWU Psy 250)
- developmental psychology course (equivalent to WWU Psy 230)
- 2 course anatomy and physiology sequence (equivalent to WWU Bio 348)
- 3 course general physics series (non-calculus based) (equivalent to WWU Phys 114, 115, 116)
- cellular biology (equivalent to WWU Bio 205)
- microbiology (equivalent to WWU Bio 245)
- statistics (equivalent to WWU Math 240 or DSCI 205)
You definitely will not be able to complete all of these courses within your Associates degree and you will complete the remainder here at Western. However, if you can complete 20-25 of these credits at the community college, you will proceed through your major here at Western in a timely manner.
How do I know what classes at my community college meet the requirements at Western?
Transfer course equivalencies can be found online at http://admissions.wwu.edu/transfer/cc/