Pre-Medicine

Pre-Medicine Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

An associate degree in pre-medicine will put you on a healthy start to a great career.

  • Overview

    If you want to be challenged every day, have an abundance of career opportunities and join a profession where you can truly have a chance to make a difference, the field of medicine could be a perfect choice for you.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in chemistry with a pre-medicine option. This will allow you to transfer to a four-year college or university so that you can complete any remaining prerequisites before you apply to a college of medicine.

    With a medical degree, you could eventually become a general practitioner, a specialist physician, a surgeon, a researcher or a teacher – just to name a few. And, beyond the immense satisfaction of making a positive difference in people’s lives, the rewards include financial stability, recognition among your peers and the ability to build lasting relationships with your patients.

    Get your start in pre-med today! Complete an online community college admissions application.



  • Overview

    If you want to be challenged every day, have an abundance of career opportunities and join a profession where you can truly have a chance to make a difference, the field of medicine could be a perfect choice for you.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in chemistry with a pre-medicine option. This will allow you to transfer to a four-year college or university so that you can complete any remaining prerequisites before you apply to a college of medicine.

    With a medical degree, you could eventually become a general practitioner, a specialist physician, a surgeon, a researcher or a teacher – just to name a few. And, beyond the immense satisfaction of making a positive difference in people’s lives, the rewards include financial stability, recognition among your peers and the ability to build lasting relationships with your patients.

    Get your start in pre-med today! Complete an online community college admissions application.



  • Highlights

    Medical careers can be demanding and challenging – but, at the end of the day, always rewarding.

    From general practitioners to specialists, surgeons to researchers, the benefits include the satisfaction of helping people and financial stability. Job opportunities are many and diverse, especially in rural and low-income areas.

    An associate degree in pre-medicine from Oklahoma City Community College will start you on the right path to a career in health care by providing you with the foundational science courses to pursue a number of specialties after you transfer to a four-year college or university.














  • Degree Options

    Pre-Medicine Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate in science degree in chemistry with specific course suggestions for students interested in pre-medicine: This associate degree program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete any remaining prerequisites before you apply for admission to a college of medicine or dentistry.

    It’s also a good choice if you aren’t sure yet which area of specialty you want to pursue.  

  • Courses

    Get Back to Basics and Build a Strong Foundation for Future Success

    At Oklahoma City Community College, if you pursue an associate degree in science in pre-medicine, you will study such topics as:

    • General Biology
    • General Chemistry I and II
    • Trigonometry
    • Organic Chemistry I and II
    • College Physics
    • Microbiology
    • Human Physiology

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on all the pre-med classes and support science classes available. OCCC offers both daytime and evening pre-medicine classes. However, due to the hands-on nature of this associate degree program and the required lab work involved, there are not many online classes offered for this major.

  • Faculty
    Kristy Bailey

    Kristy Bailey


    Professor of Chemistry

    B.S. in Chemistry from Cameron University PhD in Organic Chemistry from Oklahoma State University

     
    Bruce Bailey

    Bruce Bailey


    Professor of Chemistry

    BS (Chemistry)Cameron University, Lawton OK PhD (Organic Chemistry)Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

     
    Fabiola Janiak-Spens

    Fabiola Janiak-Spens


    Director of Biotechnology, Professor of Biotechnology and Chemistry

    Fabiola Janiak-Spens has been the director of the biotechnology program at OCCC since 2007 and teaches biotechnology and general chemistry courses. She enjoys teaching laboratory skills and watching her student’s succeed in obtaining employment as laboratory technicians following graduation from OCCC. Over the past five years, she has been awarded three, two-year internship partnership grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) for biotechnology internship student stipends. Janiak-Spens also coordinates the K12 biotechnology outreach program, providing laboratory supplies and biotechnology activity support to high school science teachers in Oklahoma. Prior to joining OCCC, she worked for 16 years as a research associate in biochemistry laboratories with mentors at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Both her MS and PhD degrees are in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Janiak-Spens also holds a Diplom-Chemikerin degree from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Fabiola Janiak-Spens was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, before coming to Oklahoma on a student exchange program.

     
    Steven Shore

    Steven Shore


    Professor of Chemistry

    Dr. Shore is a third generation Oklahoman. Born in Tulsa, he spent most of his early years on a farm several miles south of Tulsa where he raised pigs and participated in 4-H. There were twenty-eight students in the graduating class of the small town high school he attended. After high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemistry. Specializing in biochemistry in graduate school, his dissertation research focused on the environment of a growing protein chain using fluorescence spectroscopy. During graduate school, he discovered his love for teaching and decided to pursue teaching as a career. Dr. Shore enjoys spending time with his daughter who currently attends OCCC. He also enjoys hiking in the Wichita Mountains whenever possible. He is a confirmed science geek who likes just about all areas of science and is a huge fan of the British science fiction show "Doctor Who."

     
    Courtney Vahlberg

    Courtney Vahlberg


    Professor of Chemistry

    I have a Ph.D. in chemistry from OSU and spent 24 years as an analytical chemist for the telecommunications industry.  I like watching football (college and pro), the other football, and golf.  I like playing golf and reading and working outside.  And I really like my chemistry classes.

     
    Changjiang Zhu

    Changjiang Zhu


    Professor of Chemistry

    Bachelor, chemistry, Wuhan University, China, 1982Ph. D., chemistry, University of Idaho, 1996

     
  • After OCCC

    Pre-Medicine Careers

    After graduating with your associate degree in pre-med from Oklahoma City Community College, you will transfer your credits to a four-year university and eventually apply for admission to a college of medicine or dentistry.

    However, this degree option also has the flexibility to allow students to explore a variety of life science and physical science degree plans.

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