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.
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|
|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