Preprofessional programs are those in which a student completes two to four years of college as a prerequisite for admission to a professional school. Preprofessional programs are career choices, not majors. These programs are divided into two categories: prebaccalaureate and baccalaureate. Prebaccalaureate programs require two to three years of preprofessional courses. Upon successful completion of the preprofessional curriculum for a specific area and acceptance by a professional school, students transfer to that school to complete the baccalaureate or higher degree in the professional major. Since admission to professional schools is highly competitive, all students must choose a departmental major at North Georgia and work toward its completion along with preprofessional requirements. North Georgia has prebaccalaureate transfer programs in forestry, physician assistant, engineering, occupational therapy, and pharmacy. Baccalaureate programs involve the completion of an undergraduate degree before matriculation into professional school. These programs include dentistry, dental hygiene, law, medicine, medical technology, anesthesiologist assistant, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiologic science, and optometry.