UNM Los Alamos

AS Pre-Professional Health Sciences

AS Pre-Professional Health Sciences

About the Program

This is a transfer degree program designed for students pursuing a career in the health sciences, such as nursing, physician’s assistant, dental hygiene, and pharmacy. Completion of this degree will fulfill the pre-admission requirements for most medical professional programs and enable students to transfer to a baccalaureate degree in BS in nursing, BS in dental hygiene, BS – Physician assistant studies program, to Masters in Physical Therapy. 

A minimum of 63 credit hours with minimum C (not C-) grade or better in all courses and overall grade 2.5 or higher. At least 15 of these 63 hours must be UNM-LA catalog credit courses taken in residence. It is strongly recommended that the students check the specific requirements for the health sciences degree program of interest at the 4 year institution of their choice before registering for courses in the degree program.

General Education Requirements

WRITING AND SPEAKING (6 CREDIT HOURS)

  • ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition (3)

or

  • ENGL 112: Composition II (3)

or

  • ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 120: Composition III (3)

MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS (6 CREDIT HOURS)

  • MATH 120: Intermediate Algebra (3) or (Math 101, 102, and 103: Intermediate Algebra I, II, III)

And, select 1 course from:

  • MATH 121: College Algebra (3) and MATH 107: Problem for MATH 121 (1) 
  • MATH 123: Trigonometry (3)
  • MATH 150: Precalculus (3)
  • MATH 180: Elements of Calculus I (3) and MATH 110: Problems for MATH 180 (1)
  • MATH 162: Calculus I (4)*
  • STAT 145: Introduction to Statistics (3)

*Note: Math 180 has a prerequisite of Math 121 or Math 150, Math 162 has a prerequisite of Math 150 and Math 123

Students should contact 4 year institution of their choice to check the specific mathematics requirements for the degree program of interest. 

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (6 CREDIT HOURS)

Select 2 courses from:

  • PSY 105: General Psychology (3)
  • PSY 220: Developmental Psychology (3)
  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • ECON 106: Introductory Microeconomics (3)

HUMANITIES (6 CREDIT HOURS)

Select 2 UNM Core Curriculum courses in this area.

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (NOT INCLUDING SCIENCE) 24 CREDIT HOURS

Technical Core Requirements

PHYSICAL/NATURAL SCIENCES (20 CREDIT HOURS)

  • BIOL 227L: Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I (1)*
  • BIOL 228L: Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II (1)*
  • BIOL 237: Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences (3)
  • BIOL 238: Human Anatomy and Physiology II for the Health Sciences (3)

Select 3 or 4 additional courses (12 – 14 credit hours) from:

  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (3)
  • BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors Lab (1)
  • BIOL 201: Molecular and Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL 202: Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 239L: Microbiology for Health Sciences and Non-Majors (4)
  • CHEM 111L: Elements of General Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM 122: General Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 124L: General Chemistry II (1)
  • CHEM 212: Integrated Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (4)
  • PHYC 151: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 151L: General Physics Laboratory (1)*
  • PHYC 152: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 152L: General Physics Laboratory (1)*

*Note: Lab may be omitted for some of medical programs, check with the advisor.

OTHER (19 CREDIT HOURS) 

Courses selected from: 

Physical/Natural Sciences

  • BIOL 227L: Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I (1)
  • BIOL 228L: Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II (1)
  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (3)
  • BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors Lab (1)
  • BIOL 201: Molecular and Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL 202: Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 239L: Microbiology for Health Sciences and Non-Majors (4)
  • CHEM 111: Elements of General Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM 122: General Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 124L: General Chemistry II (1)
  • CHEM 212: Integrated Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (4)
  • PHYC 151: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 151L: General Physics Laboratory (1)*
  • PHYC 152: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 152L: General Physics Laboratory (1)*

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MATH 121: College Algebra (3) and MATH 107: Problems for MATH 121 (1) 
  • MATH 123: Trigonometry (3)
  • MATH 150: Precalculus (3)
  • MATH 180: Elements of Calculus I (3) and MATH 110: Problems for MATH 180 (1)
  • MATH 162: Calculus I (4)*
  • STAT 145: Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • MATH 129: A Survey of Mathematics (3)*
  • MATH 181: Elements of Calculus II (3)*

*Note: These courses emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving

Computer Science

  • CS 150L: Computing for Business Students (3)

Communication

  • CJ 130: Public Speaking (3)
  • CJ 221: Interpersonal Communication (3) 

Nutrition 

  • NUTR 244: Human Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 120: Nutrition for Health (3)
  • Foreign Language (maximum 3 credit hours)

Select 1 UNM Core Curriculum course in this area

Fine arts (maximum 3 credit hours)

Select 1 UNM Core Curriculum course in this area

Humanities (maximum 3 credit hours)

Select any one from the following if not already counted in your degree

  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy [Introduction to Philosophical Problems] (3)*
  • PHIL 102: Current Moral Problems (3)*
  • PHIL 156: Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3)*

*Note: These emphasize courses critical thinking and problem-solving

Writing and Speaking (maximum 3 credit hours)

Select any UNM Core Curriculum course in this area not already counted in your degree 

TOTAL TECHNICAL CORE REQUIREMENTS 39 CREDIT HOURS

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 63 CREDIT HOURS