Alpha Epsilon Delta

The Pre-Medical Honor Society

Students at Millikin University experience a unique blend of classroom education and service-learning. Service opportunities and internships are available throughout the Decatur community.

The campus hosts an active chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, an honorary pre-professional organization, a PT/OT Association and many other student activities.

Alpha Epsilon Delta is a pre-medical honorary fraternity founded in 1926 by 15 pre-medical students at the University of Alabama.

Today, Alpha Epsilon Delta is the world's largest body devoted to pre-medical education. AED’s membership exceeds 144,000 in 186 chapters.

The object of the Society is:

  • to encourage and recognize excellence in premedical scholarship
  • to stimulate an appreciation of the importance of pre-medical education in the study of medicine
  • to promote cooperation and contacts between medical and pre-medical students and educators in developing an adequate program of pre-medical education
  • to bind together similarly interested students
  • to use its knowledge for the benefit of health organizations, charities and the community.

Alpha Epsilon Delta is an affiliated society of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Membership in Alpha Epsilon Delta is an honor bestowed in recognition of superior scholastic achievement and affords an opportunity to develop qualities of initiative, leadership and self-education by participating in the activities of the Chapter and Society.

An active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta is a student who is preparing for a career in a health profession, has completed at least four semesters of premedical work in college with the minimum scholastic requirements as described in the Constitution, who has been initiated into the Society by an active chapter, paid the national membership fee, and has been registered in the official records of the National Office. Active members in the chapter receive the Scalpel and the AED Newsletter.

Chapter activities include meetings where faculty members, physicians and other qualified personnel from pre-professional schools discuss subjects of interest and concern to pre-professional students. In addition, many chapters participate in campus and community programs of national health organizations such as those conducted by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society.


PT/OT Association

For information about the PT/OT Association at Millikin, contact

Millikin's pre-physical therapy program prepares students for the physical therapy clinical work that they will complete elsewhere. Most clinical programs require that the student earn the bachelor's degree before transferring to a master's degree program in physical or occupational therapy.

Clinical programs that will accept a student after three years of college work still exist at some institutions. These institutions issue a bachelor's degree in physical therapy after two years of clinical work. It is important to check with the clinic at schools under consideration to make sure that they have no plans to switch to the master's degree program.

Most accredited schools of physical therapy require a GPA of 3.5 for admission. These programs are quite competitive and may favor students in the four-year program. Students should complete all University-wide general education requirements at Millikin. The last 33 of the final 45 credits before transfer must be taken at Millikin.

Most students will probably want to follow the four-year plan. For specific course requirements under a three-year or four-year plan, consult the appropriate advising sheet. Specific courses in the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, and mathematics are required.

Students planning to begin clinical work after three years at Millikin must complete a minimum of 92 credits while at Millikin, including 24 credits in the major and 24 credits in upper-division courses. On successful completion of the required course work in the accredited school equivalent to 32 credits, the student earns a B.S. degree from Millikin.

Pre-occupational therapy students follow an academic program similar to the three-year pre-physical therapy program. Students choosing to complete four years at Millikin in preparation for study in occupational therapy complete all of the requirements for the biology major.