Academic Advising in The College of Arts and Sciences

All students have an academic advisor to assist them with academic planning and interpretation of academic policies and procedures. With her advisor, the student learns to explore academic interests, to recognize academic strengths, and to identify resources to address weaknesses. During each registration period, the student and her advisor select courses which are consistent with the overall degree objectives. Frequent advisor contact ensures that students receive timely information and make progress toward the completion of the degree.

Special services are available for students interested in a professional career in the fields of nursing, medicine, and law.

Advising for Nursing, Medical School, and Other Health Care Professions

A liberal arts education is recognized as excellent preparation for health care fields, including the nursing profession and medical school. Trinity’s nursing program is designed with student success in mind. Trinity is committed to assisting all students in reaching their goals; therefore, our nursing program includes a pre-nursing preparatory element to ensure student success.

Students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions often choose a major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry; however, it is not always necessary to major in a science-related field to be admitted into medical school. The goal is to plan an academic program that satisfies the requirements of the intended professional school while also enhancing the student’s intellectual, social, and personal development. A high proportion of Trinity graduates who have applied to professional schools have been accepted.

All students interested in medical school must fulfill the premedical requirements as outlined in “Medical School Admissions Requirements,” a publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Minimally, these requirements include one year of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, each with a laboratory. These courses should be completed by the junior year so that the student can take the Medical College Admissions Test during the second semester of their junior year. Mathematics and English may also be required or strongly recommended, and specific medical schools often have additional requirements. Students interested in dental school should consult “Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools.” Requirements for dental schools are similar to medical schools, and there is a Dental Admission Test.

The PreMedical/Health Professions Advisory Committee provides special assistance to students interested in careers in the health professions. This committee also writes letters of evaluation as part of a student’s application to medical, dental, or veterinary school. Any student interested in a health career should contact a member of the committee or Career Services as early as possible (preferably during the first year at Trinity). Career Services, which is part of Trinity’s Academic Services Center, maintains a list of faculty serving on the committee.

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Advising for the Legal Profession

Career Services, which is part of Trinity’s Academic Services Center, provides a coordinated process to help students explore law-related careers. The process includes assistance from faculty members and panels on the legal profession.

One objective of the committee is to guide students toward courses that develop relevant skills, such as quantitative and verbal analysis, writing, research, and oral communication. By following this process, any Trinity major can serve as an appropriate preparation for a career in the legal professions. Individual assistance is available for students making applications to law schools and considering other legal paths.

For additional information, students should contact Career Services.

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