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 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 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, completing a pre-professional program does not guarantee admission to a professional program. However, your MNU professors will work with you to ensure the best possible advantage for admittance to a graduate 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 our professors come in with the advising. They meet with and mentor students regularly to make sure you're meeting the prerequisites of the program in which you are interested. 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, we'll get you where you want to go.
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.
|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|
|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||Rion Taylor|
|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, Kinesiology||Chris Crawford|
|Social Work||Social Worker||Sociology||Alan Young|
|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
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.