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Pre-Professional Health Sciences Degree

What is Pre-Professional Health Sciences?

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, a degree in Pre-Professional Health Sciences, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, or Pre-Pharmacology will set you up for success. These health-based programs will prepare you for admission into a variety of graduate and professional programs.

What does a pre-professional health scientist do?

Pre-professional health science students take rigorous science and math courses from across the curriculum to prepare for admission to graduate and professional programs to prepare for a future in the health sciences.

Our program includes volunteer work in the community and coursework in the humanities and social sciences to help you meet the admissions requirements of health-based professional schools.

Courses for this Degree

• Current Bioethical Issues
• Pathogenesis
• DNA Structure and Function
• Cancer Biology
• Diagnostic Parasitology
• Human Anatomy
• Biomedical Physiology
• Microbial Genetics
• Instrumental Analysis
• Genetics

Course Curriculum

Catalog Links: Pre-Professional Health Sciences

Internships and Co-ops

On average, 73% of South Dakota Mines students have applicable work experience when they graduate thanks to internships and co-ops. For these co-ops and internships, students receive an average salary of $22.62/hour. Students land internships at organizations and companies such as:

• Microsoft, NASA
• Amazon
• Ford
• Sanford Health.
• MD Anderson Cancer Center
• Medtronic.

They also work for local physicians and shadow doctors in fields ranging from neurology to orthopedics and emergency room care. Our close relationship with hospitals both regionally and afar ensures you’ll gain hands-on experience and a competitive edge.

Career Outlook

The majority of South Dakota Mines Pre-Professional Health Sciences majors go on to professional healthcare programs, including medical school, dental school, pharmacology school, and more.

The outlook for jobs in healthcare is extremely positive, with healthcare careers expected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030.
Many South Dakota Mines Pre-Professional Health Sciences grads go on to graduate school or professional healthcare programs, including medical school. The placement rate for the 2021-22 academic year was 86%


• Medicine
• Dentistry
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant
• Chiropractic
• Optometry
• Occupational Therapy
• Orthotics/Prosthetics
• Public Health
• Veterinary Medicine
• Psychology
• Genetic Counseling
• Pathologists' Assistant
• Medical Laboratory Science
• Medical Radiography


South Dakota Mines Pre-Professional Health science grads have gone on to work for such agencies/businesses as:

Government—National, State and Local:
• Bureau of Land Management
• Indian Health Service
• National Weather Service
• SD Department of Labor
• U.S. Navy
• VA Five Corners Hospital
• Pennington County Emergency Management

Business/Health Industry:
• C-Lock Technologies
• Disney Company
• Fugro Horizons
• Iowa City VA Medical Center
• Mercy Medical Center, ND
• Black Hills Community Bank

Pre-Professional Health Sciences Research

From the day you step on campus as a freshman, you will be involved in the groundbreaking research at South Dakota Mines.

Unlike other universities, undergrads conduct research alongside the best in the field, receiving personal attention from professors in classes taught by PhDs not TAs.

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Health Sciences, BS




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