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The Biology Pre-Professional programs provide students with an opportunity to earn a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a graduate degree from a number of cooperating professional school programs in the following fields:

1. Audiology (Bloomsburg University of PA)
2. Chiropractic (NY Chiropractic College)
3. Occupational Therapy (Sage Graduate School)
4. Physician Assistant (Rutgers-SHRP)
5. Physical Therapy (Rutgers-SHRP)
6. Podiatry (NY College of Podiatric Medicine)

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

In most of the pre-professional programs, students take three years of required courses at Felician, with their first year of professional school courses counting toward their fourth year for the B.S. (The exception is Occupational Therapy, which requires a four-year sequence of courses at Felician.) An additional 2-3 years at the professional school is needed for the graduate degree (duration depending on whether a Masters or Doctorate is needed).

Students should declare their intention to pursue a specific articulated program as soon as possible within their first year at Felician to ensure proper scheduling of the correct sequence of courses. Note that each program has a GPA requirement for entry into the cooperating professional school, and may have other qualifications as indicated in the individual program requirements summarized below.

In each program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all science and math courses.

Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant Program is an articulated program coordinated with Rutgers --School of Health Related Professionals (Rutgers-SHRP) providing a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Rutgers-SHRP.

Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states write prescriptions. The education of PAs is based on the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, Physician Assistants take a national certifying examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (http://www.nccpa.net/) in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners (http://www.nbme.org/).

PAs work in a variety of clinical settings. More than half are employed in one of the primary care fields: family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Other popular areas of practice include surgery and emergency medicine.

Students in the the Physician Assistant Program spend about three years at Felician College completing 99 credits in the pre-professional component (47 credits in the General Education and the Core Curriculum and 52 credits in the required departmental core). Students must formally apply for admission for their professional coursework to the Rutgers-SHRP Physician Assistant Program. Upon successful completion of their first year of courses at Rutgers-SHRP, Felician College will award a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon successful completion of the remainder of the required coursework, Rutgers-SHRP will award a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Admission Requirements
1. High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED).
2. English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test is required and completion of ESL courses, if necessary.
3. Earn a minimum of 600 on TOEFL Exam for applicants with foreign credentials who are transferring into the PA Program.
4. Completion of any necessary remedial courses as determined by the College’s Basic Skills Test.
5. A minimum grade of 2.500 for all transfer students.
6. Applicants to the professional portion of the program should submit their application to UMDNJ by June 1st of their sophomore year, i.e., at the end of their fourth semester, assuming they have completed all of the program course requirements for the first four semesters, including the minimum course grade and GPA requirements. They will then be invited for an interview soon after the application deadline. Successful applicants would then need to complete all remaining required courses during their junior year, and meet course grade and GPA requirements.

Degree Requirements
All students must:
1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.000;
2. Complete all the pre-professional courses (99 credits) with a grade of “C” or better in all required science and math courses;
3. Formally apply to the Rutgers-SHRP Physician Assistant Program for the professional component of the program;
4. Submit three letters of recommendation; and,
5. Participate in an interview with the Admissions Committee.
6. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to arrange for a patient contact experience in a hospital or clinic setting.

Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (99 Credits) At Felician College

(Revised: May 2012)
Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Source Course Credits
CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 Franciscan Vision 3
General Education Requirements (35 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
______ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
MATH___ Mathematics Elective (MATH 160 or higher) 4
CIS 101/103 Introduction to Computer Applications 4
  or  
  Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications 3
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
FYE 100 * Freshman Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 * Freshman Year Experience II 1
Required Pre-Professional Core (52 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 310 Cell Biology 3
BIO 403 Immunology 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 360 Biochemistry 4
MATH 161 Precalculus 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence (4-year plan)

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Faculty

Dr. Alfredo Castro
Associate Professor of Chemistry
201-559-6136
castroa@felician.edu

Dr. Gaby Fahmy
Assistant Professor of Biology
201-559-1125
fahmyg@felician.edu

Dr. Barry Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Biology
201-559-6183
goldbergb@felician.edu

Dr. Robert Rogers
Associate Professor of Biology
201-559-6255
rogersr@felician.edu

Dr. Wei Shi
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
201-559-6289
shiw@felician.edu

Dr. Edward Siden
Associate Professor of Biology
201-559-6113
sidene@felician.edu

Dr. Marjorie Squires
Associate Professor of Chemistry
201-559-6139
squiresm@felician.edu

Dr. Patrick Weir
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
Department of Natural Sciences
201-559-6059
weirp@felician.edu

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