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Professional Preparation

Students considering careers in law, medicine, engineering, or accounting can choose to undertake a pattern of coursework that will prepare them for a variety of professions. If you have interest in a specific field, the staff of Transylvania's Career Development Center can help you research opportunities and prepare for a rewarding future.  

Medicine or Other Health-related Careers

If you're interested in pursuing a career in some area of medicine or professional health care, Transylvania offers a variety of pre-health programs—from dentistry to pharmacy to veterinary medicine—that will prepare you for post-graduate studies. Faculty members who serve on the Pre-health Advisory Committee guide students as they navigate their career options, course schedules, extracurricular activities, and, finally, the application process for their chosen professional program. During this process, students are exposed to a wide range of career possibilities and begin to understand the interdependence of the various fields.

More than 90 percent of students recommended by the Pre-Health Advisory Committee are accepted into medical school.

Law

One hundred percent of the students Transylvania faculty recommend for law school are accepted. Nearly any major offered will provide a rigorous course of study suitable for students interested in a career in law. Recent graduates attending law school have majored in philosophy, mathematics, business administration, anthropology, and accounting, as well as political science and history, among others. Students may also elect to take a May term course that will help prepare them for the LSAT.

Engineering

If your goal is to work in an engineering field, Transylvania offers two tracks to prepare for a career:

  • In the 3-2 arrangement, students earn a B.A. in physics or liberal studies from Transylvania in three years and a B.S. in engineering from the University of Kentucky or Vanderbilt University in two years.

  • If you prefer to stay on Transylvania's campus all four years, you can take up to six engineering courses at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as part of your undergraduate study and be fully prepared to enter a master's or doctoral engineering program—at the institution of your choice—upon graduation. With this plan, it's typical to complete a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years.

Accounting

Students can earn a B.A. in accounting from Transylvania in four years. Because of our innovative curriculum and the rigor of the program, our four-year accounting graduates can sit for the CPA exam without having to earn a graduate degree.

Approximately half of our accounting students complete professional internships with local accounting firms, businesses, horse farms, and other organizations.

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