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Pre-Professional Health Sciences Degree

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Bachelor of science degree in Pre-Professional Health Sciences

What is Pre-Professional Health Sciences?

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, a degree in Pre-Professional Health Sciences from South Dakota Mines will set you up for success.

This program prepares students like you for admission into a variety of graduate and professional programs, including medical and dental schools, physical and occupational therapy programs, physician assistant and chiropractic programs, and optometry and radiography programs.

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

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.

First-Year Courses

• Biology I
• Chemistry I
• Math or Computer Science elective

Course Curriculum

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Internships and Co-ops

An average of 77% of South Dakota Mines students accept internships and/or co-ops, earning an average salary of $20.00/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. The outlook for jobs in healthcare is extremely positive, with healthcare careers expected to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029.

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 2019-20 academic year was 100%


• 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
• Accelerated Nursing


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

Research at South Dakota Mines is not only groundbreaking but accessible from day one. Unlike other universities, undergrads conduct research alongside the best in the field, receiving personal attention from professors in classes taught by PhDs not TAs.




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