Undergraduate Academics

Pre-Professional Programs

You have a clear vision for your future career. You’ve planned ahead and decided to follow a pre-professional program. Congratulations! Deciding this early is a big achievement!

Pre-professional programs are simply undergraduate majors, combined with proper advising, that prepare you for a professional degree after your bachelor’s at MNU. A pre-professional program is not a major in the traditional sense, it’s more of a path to follow. An MNU faculty adviser will help you pick out the best courses and extracurricular activities to increase your chances of being admitted to your professional program of choice. Remember that just because you choose a pre-professional major and completed your plan, does not guarantee you 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.

For example, students don't actually major in pre-med—they major in Biology, Chemistry, Math or a variety of other majors, and they make sure that they complete the classes required for admission to the professional school of their choice.

We know that entry requirements for these programs can be confusing so that's where we come in with the advising. We meet with and mentor students regularly to make sure they are meeting the prerequisites of the program in which they are interested. We conduct mock interviews twice each year to help prepare students for the graduate and professional program admission process. The bottom line? With a little planning, a lot of hard work, and a little help from us, we'll get you where you want to go. 

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YOU SHOULD KNOW

Pre-Professional program advising includes:

  • 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. In fact, in 2016, 100% of our health science pre-professional grads were accepted to their chosen graduate program.


Common Pre-Professional Programs* Common Careers MNU Reccomended Major(s)** Faculty Advisor Contact
Actuarial Science Actuary, Insurance Underwriter, Risk Manager, Analyst Mathematics Mark Brown
Art Therapy Art Therapist Graphic Design, Psychology Brian Merriman
Athletic Training Athletic Trainer, Exercise Physiologist Kinesiology Chris Crawford
Chiropractic Chiropractor Kinesiology Chris Crawford
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, English Darin Tuck
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 Rion Taylor
Podiatry Podiatrist Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology Rion Taylor
Psychiatrist Psychiatrist, Psychologist Psychology, Sociology Amy Cain
Public Safety Police Officer, Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice Todd Hiestand
Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer, Exercise Physiologist Biology, Kinesiology Chris Crawford
Veterinary Medicine 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.

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
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Contacts for more information
Pre-Professional Programs
2030 East College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Actuarial Sciences Mark Brown, PhD
Art Therapy Brian Merriman
Athletic Training, PT, OT & Chiropractic Science Chris Crawford
Engineering Jordan Mantha, PhD
Health Sciences Rion Taylor, PhD
Law Darin Tuck, PhD
Mental Health Amy Cain
Public Safety Todd Hiestand, PhD
Veterinary Jill Speicher
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