Academic Programs


Program Information

The pre-professional program at William Paterson University, overseen by the Biology Department, prepares students for entrance to professional schools for careers including medicine, veterinary medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physician's assistant or physical therapy.

:: Pre-Professional Program
:: Pre-Engineering Program
:: Galen Society
:: Department of Biology

  • The Department of Biology recently established a pre-physical therapy program in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), leading to a bachelor of science (B.S.) in biology from William Paterson and a doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) from UMDNJ after completion of a six-year joint program.
  • A similar affiliation agreement with Temple University School of Dentistry is currently being established.

Benefits of the pre-professional program include:

  • detailed career information and advice in meeting admission requirements, coaching for interviews, help choosing the right school, assistance in completing applications, and a letter of recommendation for application to health-related graduate and professional schools.
  • vital extramural and intramural clinical and research internships during the undergraduate years.
  • the opportunity to join the Galen Society, a club for students interested in health-related professions, which takes trips to the open houses of professional schools and invites professionals- such as physicians, veterinarians, dentists, or alumni who are now in professional schools- to speak at their meetings.

The pre-engineering program works in conjunction with several academic majors at the University. It is composed of a curriculum that is the equivalent of the first two years of a collegiate engineering program, and prepares students for transfer to an institution offering engineering degrees. Students completing the sequence of courses with no less than a grade of "C" in each course are guaranteed admission to the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), a first class engineering college, through a special articulation agreement, and may then pursue an NJIT degree in chemical, civil, computer, industrial, electrical, or mechanical engineering.


For further information, visit the links and information below:

Pre-Professional Program homepage or contact:
Claire Leonard, Ph.D.
Chair, Pre-Professional Committee
Department of Biology

Pre-Engineering Program homepage or contact:
Kevin Martus, Ph.D.
Director of Pre-Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Physics