Preparation for Other Health Care Careers

The Interdisciplinary Studies program can provide a strong foundation for a number of careers in Health Sciences in which a student may be interested.  Below find information, requirements and resources for:

Accelerated Nursing at SDSU

Accelerated degree programs in nursing are available specifically for students who have completed a bachelors degree in a field other than nursing. In South Dakota State University’s 12 month accelerated program, students take coursework and participate in lecture, on-campus labs, and clinical rotations in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities.




Chiropractors treat problems of the musculoskeletal system using natural healing methods and manual manipulation.  Based on the principle that spinal joint misalignments interfere with the nervous system and immune systems, chiropractors work to correct the underlying musculoskeletal problems that may cause or contribute to other diseases or conditions. By bringing the body into better alignment, they help diminish pain and enhance health.  Chiropractors take a holistic view of treatment and may recommend exercise, dietary changes and other lifestyle changes as part of the treatment of the patient.




    Optometrists are eye doctors and their specialty is vision.  Most often they work to correct vision problems with glasses or contact lenses, but they may also test for eye diseases or identify other potential health care issues (like high blood pressure or diabetes) that affect eye health or vision.  They do not perform eye surgery, but may offer pre- or post-operative care for patients undergoing eye surgery or laser vision treatments.


    Optometry Programs

    American Optometric Association (AOA):

    Info on Optometry Programs:

    Info on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT): 

    Selected Regional Optometry Programs

     Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington: 

    The Ohio State University School of Optometry, Columbus: 

    University of Missouri at St. Louis College of Optometry:

    Northeastern State University College of Optometry, Tahlequah, OK: 

    Pre-Public Health

    Public health specialists work in a variety of fields, including behavioral health, health education, epidemiology, environmental health, and many more. You'll find PH positions in diverse workplaces-hospitals, health insurance companies, long-term care facilities, and local, state and federal government agencies.

    University of Nebraska:

    University of Kansas:

    Des Moines University:

    University of Colorado Health Science Center:

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    Important Note

    Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements.