Special advising programs are offered for several graduate and professional programs that are not offered at VCU, such as the study of veterinary medicine and optometry. The academic advisers are knowledgeable about requirements for admission into these programs including the appropriate course work and other credentials required to be competitive for gaining admission.
A Bachelor of Science program offered on the Monroe Park Campus provides excellent opportunities to complete the necessary prerequisites for application to schools of optometry and veterinary medicine. Interested students are encouraged to pursue a broad background in liberal arts, including sciences, humanities and social sciences. The adviser can assist students to identify schools of optometry and veterinary medicine for specific requirements. In general most schools of optometry require a minimum of 90 credits with courses in biological science, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, math, English and general psychology. Admission into veterinary schools generally requires a minimum of 90 credit hours with courses in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, math, English and humanities/social sciences.