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National Center for Education Statistics

1 First-professional degrees are awarded after completion of the academic requirements to begin practice in the following professions: chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); medicine (M.D.); optometry (O.D.); osteopathic medicine (D.O.); pharmacy (Pharm.D.); podiatry (D.P.M., D.P., or Pod.D.); theology (M.Div., M.H.L., B.D., or Ordination); or veterinary medicine (D.V.M.).

NOTE: The numbers of associate’s degrees reported in table 8 are greater than the numbers reported in some other tables. Some schools that reported conferring degrees in 2001–02 are no longer classified as “degree-granting” in 2002–03. The classification as “degree-granting” is based on the institution’s response to the Institutional Characteristics component.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2002.