Pre-Professional Counseling in the Transfer
What is Pre-Professional Counseling?
Our Transfer Center now offers this service to all currently
students. You can make an appointment in person.
Pre-professional counseling is for students who, after graduating
from a four-year college or university, want to complete a
professional degree to prepare for a career in a specific field
requiring education beyond the bachelor's degree. Professions
requiring this advanced education and training include: law,
medicine, dentistry, school teaching, social work, business,
pharmacy, optometry, school counseling, clinical psychology, nurse
practitioner, physician assistant, veterinary medicine,
architecture, marriage and family therapy, physical therapy, public
health, public policy, city planning, environmental management,
forensic sciences, and many other professions.
Who provides pre-professional counseling if I am interested in any
of those fields?
Sue McPhatter, Ed.D., works in the Grossmont Transfer Center on
Wednesdays, September through the end of May. Sue
comes to Grossmont with twenty-five years of experience at UC, San
Diego. For twenty-three of those years, Sue worked in UCSD's
Career Services Center as a Pre-Professional and Pre-Graduate
Advisor. She counseled undergraduates on preparation for and
admission to medical, other health professions, law, business, all
other professional school programs, as well as all academic master's
and doctoral programs. Sue's extensive contact with and
knowledge of the many types of programs is a great asset for our
students at Grossmont College.
What will the counselor help me with?
Sue McPhatter can explore with you which professions require
advanced education beyond the bachelor's degree. Also, Sue can
help you with your decision to pursue one of the professions
mentioned above, and others, as well as tell you which courses you
can take here at Grossmont College to prepare for your profession of
choice before you transfer to a four-year college or university.
For example, medical schools require applicants to complete specific
lower-division science and math courses, regardless of your college
major; however, law schools have few or no specific course
Sue can help you fit any required pre-professional courses,
general education transfer courses, and major pre-requisite courses
into your schedule of classes here at Grossmont. If you have
attended any other colleges, other than Grossmont and Cuyamaca (and
have not had those college transcripts reviewed by Grossmont
evaluators), remember to bring to your appointment those colleges'
transcripts (or unofficial list of courses) so that Sue can assess
which of all your college courses will satisfy pre-professional
What is the difference between graduate school and professional
Graduate school can be viewed two ways. The general term
"graduate school" refers to any and all schooling after the
bachelor's degree (e.g., asking your friend if she will be "going to
graduate school"). Or it can refer only to graduate programs
in academic subject areas that focus mainly on course work, theory
and research, but not professional practice. Examples include
Master's and Ph.D. programs in history, biology, geology and
literature. Graduate school of this type typically prepares
students to become experts and scholars in one academic area, then
leading to jobs teaching at the college and university level.
In the sciences and engineering, grad school prepares students for
jobs in private industry, the government or other research settings.
Pre-Professional Program Resources
Visit these Internet links for information on common professional
degree programs, including undergraduate coursework that
pre-professional students should take before their four-year college
or university graduation. For most of these professions, many
of the course pre-requisites can be completed here at Grossmont.
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