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Washington & MNU COOPERATIVE PROGRAM

The MNU-WashU Cooperative Program gives MNU students an accelerated pathway to obtain dual bachelor’s degrees from MNU and from Washington University. Students choose to spend 3 years at MNU and then transfer to Washington University for 2 years to earn a bachelor’s degree or for 3 years to get a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering. While studying at MNU, students also have time to pursue athletics, music, and other extracurricular activities. At Washington University, students have access to a top ranked engineering school with a wide variety of engineering specializations.

K-STATE & MNU COOPERATIVE PROGRAM

The MNU & K-State Cooperative Program gives MNU students the opportunity to earn up to 9 credit hours toward their bachelor’s degree by taking advanced science courses at K-State Olathe. These courses also count as graduate credit toward an M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science or a Professional Science Master’s degree in Applied Biosciences. This allows MNU students the opportunity to access courses not offered at MNU with the potential for an accelerated pathway to a master’s degree.

Kansas City University & MNU COOPERATIVE PROGRAM
The MNU-KCU cooperative program gives MNU students an accelerated pathway to becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) while earning an undergraduate degree from MNU. Students spend 3 years at MNU completing all the general education courses as well as prerequisite science courses and then transfer to KCU for 4 years to complete the requirements to become a D.O.
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PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
2030 East College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899

Actuarial Sciences
Mark Brown, PhD
mabrown@mnu.edu

Athletic Training, PT, OT & Chiropractic Science
Chris Crawford
cpcrawford@mnu.edu

Engineering
Jordan Mantha, PhD
jhmantha@mnu.edu

Health Sciences
Rion Taylor, PhD
rgtaylor@mnu.edu

Mental Health
Rick Hanson, PhD
rdhanson@mnu.edu

Law & Public Safety
Todd Hiestand, JD
tchiestand@mnu.edu

Veterinary
Jill Speicher
jrspeicher@mnu.edu

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Pre-professional programs are simply undergraduate majors, combined with proper advising, that prepare you for a professional degree after you graduate with a bachelor’s degree from MNU. A pre-professional program is not a major in the traditional sense, it’s a path to follow that usually leads to another degree at the graduate level before you begin your career.

An MNU faculty advisor will help you chart your path. Remember, completing a pre-professional program does not guarantee admission to a professional program. 

You are responsible for completing all the requirements for the programs that you want to apply to, but your academic advisor is here to help. Advisors are your guide to get where you’re going.

Our professors meet with and mentor students regularly to make sure they’re meeting the prerequisites. They conduct mock interviews twice each year to help prepare students for the graduate and professional program admission process.

MNU has several cooperative programs with graduate-level professional programs. Our latest, with K-State Olathe, allows MNU undergraduates in the sciences to take nine hours of advanced science courses at K-State Olathe toward a bachelor’s degree. These courses may also count as graduate credit toward the M.S. in veterinary biomedical science or Professional Science Master in Applied Biosciences degree if the student is accepted upon undergraduate graduation.

The bottom line? With a little planning, a lot of hard work, and a little help from us, you’ll be on your way to reaching your goals.

You should know

Pre-Professional program advising can include:

  • Prerequisite classes
  • Entrance exam coaching
  • Volunteer work advising
  • Application process and requirements
  • Mock entrance interviews

Acceptance to any professional program is an extremely competitive and space-limited process. Most MNU students that succeed in the application and interview process get accepted to a professional program upon graduation.

recent pre-professional program placements
  • George Washington: Law
  • Iowa State University: Veterinary Medicine
  • Kansas State University: Graduate Mathematics, Graduate Biology
  • Oklahoma State University: Veterinary Health Sciences
  • Simon Fraser University: Environmental Toxicology
  • University of Iowa: Dentistry
  • University of Kansas: Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Environmental Assessments
  • University of Minnesota: Graduate Chemistry
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City: Pharmacy, Dentistry, Graduate Chemistry
  • University of Nebraska: Dentistry
  • University of South Alabama: Medicine
common pre-professional programs*
common careers
mnu recommended major(s) **
faculty advisor contact
Actuarial Science
Actuary, Insurance Underwriter, Risk Manager, Analyst
Mathematics
Mark Brown
Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer, Exercise Physiologist
Kinesiology
Chris Crawford
Chiropractic
Chiropractor
Kinesiology
Chris Crawford
Counseling
Counselor
Psychology
Rick Hanson
Dental/Dentistry
Dentist, Orthodontist
Biology
Rion Taylor
Engineering
Biomedical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Computer Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer
Engineering
Jordan Mantha
Law/Pre-Law
Lawyer, Judge
History, Business, Criminal Justice
Todd Hiestand
Medicine/Medical Doctor/Pre-Med
Doctor
Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology
Rion Taylor
Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Kinesiology
Chris Crawford
Optometry
Optometrist, Opthamologist
Biology, Chemistry
Rion Taylor
Pharmacy
Pharmacist
Biology, Chemistry
Rion Taylor
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist (PT)
Kinesiology
Chris Crawford
Physician Assistant
Physician’s Assistant (PA)
Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology
Rick Hanson
Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, Psychologist
Psychology, Sociology
Rion Taylor
Public Safety
Police Officer, Corrections Officer
Criminal Justice, Sociology
Todd Hiestand
Sports Medicine
Athletic Trainer, Exercise Physiologist
Biology, Physiology
Chris Crawford
Social Work
Social Worker
Sociology
Alan Young
Veterinary Science
Veterinarian
Biology, Chemistry
Jill Speicher

*Don’t see your pre-professional program listed? Ask us! We’re certain we can get you to where you want to go.

**Remember, you can take any major at MNU and still get into a pre-professional program. Some majors might make it easier to get accepted into the pre-professional program of your choice, but it’s really up to you.

K-state olathe

Undergraduates at MidAmerica Nazarene University can earn up to nine credit hours toward their bachelor’s degree by taking advanced science courses at K-State Olathe.

These courses may also count as graduate credit toward the K-State M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science and Professional Science Master in Applied Biosciences degrees, if the student is accepted to one of these programs after completing their MNU undergraduate degree.

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