Additional Curricula Opportunities

Pre-Professional Tracks

Pre-Law Curriculum

The Liberal Education Program at Colby-Sawyer, in conjunction with any number of majors offered by the college, provide opportunities to fine tune the skills necessary for success in law school. Pre-law students take courses that develop critical thinking, research skills and effective communication. Students graduate with a solid understanding of the American political system, social interactions, issues of diversity and basic quantitative literacy skills.

Pre-Medical Curriculum

The Schools of Arts & Sciences and Nursing & Health Sciences offer advice and assistance to students interested in health-related professional schools including dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, doctor of podiatry, doctor of osteopathy, and medical or veterinary school (see Pre-Veterinary Curriculum). The requirements for medical school may be fulfilled in conjunction with any Colby-Sawyer major. Interested students should meet with a pre-medical adviser to discuss career planning and preparing for admissions requirements.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Curriculum

Admission to occupational therapy graduate programs is competitive and schools select students on the basis of academic excellence; Graduate Record Exam scores; letters of reference from professors and physical therapists; clinical observation experience; an essay and an interview. A master’s degree is typically the minimum required degree to sit for certification as an occupational therapist, however there also are some entry level clinical doctoral programs that satisfy certification requirements. Students can pursue occupational therapy programs through a variety of Colby-Sawyer majors including exercise science, athletic training and biology, however students may choose any major along with the suggested prerequisites. Students should work closely with an adviser to select the prerequisites required for specific programs.

Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum

Physical therapy graduate program admissions are competitive and schools select students on the basis of academic excellence; Graduate Record Exam scores; letters of reference from professors and physical therapists; clinical observation experience; an essay and an interview. A doctorate degree in physical therapy is required for certification as a physical therapist. Physical therapy program requirements may be fulfilled through a variety of Colby-Sawyer majors including athletic training, exercise science and biology, however students may choose any major along with the suggested prerequisites.

Pre-Veterinary Curriculum

The School of Arts & Sciences offers advice and assistance to students interested in veterinary and other health-related professional schools. Pre-veterinary program requirements can be fulfilled in combination with any major, though most of the required courses are in the biology major. Students should meet with a pre-veterinary adviser to discuss career planning and preparing for admissions requirements.

Master of Science in Nursing

Colby-Sawyer College

Advance your nursing education and prepare for practice as a nurse generalist in a health care setting. This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate baccalaureate nursing degree and prepares graduates to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification.

Application Information

Graduate School Opportunities

Athletic Training: Plymouth State University

Colby-Sawyer has entered into a 3+2 articulation agreement with Plymouth State University. Entering students will enroll in the Bachelor of Science in exercise science program selecting a focus in athletic training and be able to complete their bachelors and master's degree in five years. If you are interested in learning more about the 3+2 bachelor's of exercise science to master's of science in athletic training agreement with Plymouth State, please contact T. J. Smith at tjsmith@colby-sawyer.edu.

Sports Management: University of New Haven

Colby-Sawyer graduates who have a GPA over 3.4 and GRE or GMAT score over the 60th percentile will automatically be accepted into the University of New Haven graduate degree programs in sports management. First come, first awarded scholarships are available to Colby-Sawyer graduates. University of New Haven's sports management program, available in residence and online, is ranked as the fourth best business-based program in the nation and 13th best internationally.

Juris Doctor: Vermont Law School (VLS)

An articulation agreement allows Colby-Sawyer students to complete their bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor in as little as five years, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four. Students in the dual-degree program complete their bachelor’s degree at Colby-Sawyer in three years. If students choose to do the 3+3 program, they complete their J.D. at VLS in the traditional three years; if they choose the 3+2 program, they complete a two-year accelerated J.D.; and in the 3+1 they receive a master’s degree in one year from VLS.