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!

kinesiology-dph-26web.jpgPre-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. 

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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
Chiropractic Chiropractor Kinesiology Chris Crawford
Counseling Counselor Psychology Natalie Eick
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 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


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.

Office of Admissions
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899

K-State and MNU Cooperative Program


Qualified students may take nine hours of certain advanced science courses at K-State Olathe and count them toward their bachelor's at MNU. These hours may count toward two M.S. programs at K-State.

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