Undergraduate Academics

Pre-Professional Programs

So, you dream of becoming a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer? Well, you can start any professional career path right here at MNU. 

Most professional schools seek individuals with a diversity of backgrounds. No single pattern of study is considered as necessary. Aside from meeting the basic requirements for entrance to a professional school, you are encouraged to concentrate in the subject area of primary interest. A wide range of select courses provides an opportunity for breadth of training and an exposure to a variety of academic disciplines.

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.

YOU SHOULD KNOW

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.


 

Pre-Professional Programs at MNU

  • Health Sciences: Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary

    The Health Sciences Pre-Professional Committee meets with students interested in the following career paths:

    • Medical school
    • Dental school
    • Veterinary school
    • Pharmacy school
    • Physician's Assistant school
    • Graduate programs relating to science (biology, chemistry, physics)

    We meet with and mentor students regularly to make sure they are meeting the prerequisites of the program in which they are interested. And we conduct mock interviews twice each year to help prepare student for the graduate and professional program admission process. 

    In the year prior to anticipated entrance to medical or dental school, the candidate for admission must take the Professional  Aptitude Test. The pre-medical student must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The pre-dental student must have the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by the American Dental Association. The test must be taken before application is made to the medical or dental school.

    We have several departmental scholarships for which students can apply The application deadline is usually the week before honors chapel each April. The following scholarships are available:

    • Denny Apple Memorial Scholarship
    • Charles Morrow Memorial Scholarship
    • Division of Science and Mathematics Scholarship
    • Elsie O’Connell Scholarship [pre-med females]
    • Sterling House Scholarship
    • Earl Thomas Memorial Scholarship
    • Evelyn Yoesel Memorial Scholarship
    • Mattix Family Named Scholarship Fund
    • Ed and Ruth Range Scholarship
    • Stephen L. Cole Scholarship [for incoming freshmen] 

     

    Recent graduates of the Health Sciences Pre-Professional program have been accepted to:

    University of Missouri, Kansas City
        School of Graduate Studies, Chemistry
        School of Pharmacy
        School of Dentistry
        Interdisciplinary PhD in Chemistry

    University of Nebraska 
        College of Dentistry

    University of Kansas
        School of Medicine
        Chemistry Graduate Program
        School of Pharmacy
        Environmental Assessment Program

    University of South Alabama
        College of Medicine

    University of Iowa
        College of Dentistry

    University of Minnesota
        Chemistry Graduate Program
     
    Iowa State University
        College of Veterinary Medicine

    Kansas State University
        Graduate Program in Mathematics
        Biology Master of Science 

    Oklahoma State University
        Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

    Simon Fraser University
        Environmental Toxicology Program

  • Occupational Therapy [OT]

    Pre-Professional Occupational Therapy [OT] is designed for students who desire to pursue professional education in Occupational Therapy, which refers to the didactic and clinical education that prepares graduates for entry into practice of occupational therapy. Professional (entry-level) occupational therapist education programs in include both Master’s and Doctoral degrees. 

    When you choose to pursue the BS in Kinesiology – OT degree, you will take a broad range of prerequisite science courses, take an in-depth selection of courses in Health and Exercise Sciences, and experience personalized advising from a faculty member in an experiential hands-on learning environment. 

    Because of the small class size and experiential learning designed into the courses, students graduating with a BS in Kinesiology – OT degree are noted for the clinical skills. The program is designed to provide students with the flexibility needed for a variety of professional programs and as a result is used by a student to move toward professional schools for physician’s assistant, graduate work in athletic training, massage therapy as well as occupational therapy programs.

    YOU SHOULD KNOW

    • Students must complete a minimum of 135 hours (3 academic credits) of internship experiences.
  • Physical Therapy [PT]

    Pre-Professional Physical Therapy [PT] is designed for student who desire to pursue professional education in Physical Therapy, which refers to the didactic and clinical education that prepares graduates for entry into practice of physical therapy. Professional (entry-level) physical therapist education programs in the United States only offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Our program provides students with the necessary prerequisite coursework for admission. 

    When you choose to pursue the BS in Kinesiology – PT degree, you will take a broad range of prerequisite science courses, take an in-depth selection of courses in Health and Exercise Sciences, experience personalized advising from a faculty member in an experiential hands-on learning environment. 

    Because of the small class size and experiential learning designed into the courses, students graduating with a BS in Kinesiology – PT degree are noted for the clinical skills. 

    YOU SHOULD KNOW

    • Students must complete a minimum of 135 hours (3 academic credits) of internship experiences. 
    • MNU has entered into an articulation agreement with Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar,  MO). Students may complete a baccalaureate degree in any major from MNU but must meet all of the prerequisite requirements for the DPT program for eligibility to apply for the program. The DPT program starts each fall  and is completed in 33 months.
    • Students have recently been admitted to DPT programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Rockhurst University and Southwest Baptist University 

     

  • Chiropractic Science

    Pre-Professional Chiropractic Science is designed for student who desire to pursue professional education in Chiropractic Science. This degree is a 3+3 agreement with Cleveland University through which students complete their first 3 years at MNU then, when admitted to the Cleveland University Chiropractic program, complete their Doctor of Chiropractic in 3 years. 

    When you choose to pursue the BS in Kinesiology – Chiropractic Science degree, you will take a broad range of prerequisite science courses, take an in-depth selection of courses in Health and Exercise Sciences, experience personalized advising from a faculty member in an experiential hands-on learning environment. 

    Because of the small class size and experiential learning designed into the courses, students graduating with a BS in Kinesiology – Chiropractic Science degree are noted for their clinical skills. 

    YOU SHOULD KNOW

    • Students must complete a minimum of 135 hours (3 academic credits) of internship experiences.
    • MNU has partnered with Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC) and has negotiated a unique 3 + 3 program for MNU students to achieve a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Through this unique program, eligible students could obtain a BS degree from MNU, as well as  a  Doctor of Chiropractic from  CCC.
    • Students have recently been admitted to Doctor of Chiropractic programs at Cleveland University
  • Law

    The pre-law program assists students in preparing for admission to law school. Students are free to choose whatever major they like and then during their junior and senior years, students work with a pre-law advisor to plan steps toward taking the LSAT and applying to law school. 

    YOU SHOULD KNOW

    • Students have recently been admitted to George Washington Law School
Office of Admissions
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Contacts for more information
Pre-Professional Programs
2030 East College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Health Sciences Rion Taylor, PhD
PT, OT & Chiropractic Science Chris Crawford
Engineering Jordan Mantha, PhD
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