Pathways to Professional Studies in Healthcare

Healthcare careers number among the most in-demand jobs in the nation.  Students preparing for them begin with an undergraduate degree then often go on to professional studies in specific specialties.  As a pre-health student at SD Mines, you can choose the major that matches your interests and fulfill the curriculum requirements for any health professional school. The pre-health program is designed to provide resources and support every step of the way. Advisors offer expert guidance on courses, help you prepare a competitive medical school application, and assist you in arranging opportunities for professional development, clinical experiences, and internships to support your career goals. 

Pre-Health Curriculum

The Mines pre-health program is not a major but a career track. Offering supplementary curriculum that combines communications and chemical, physical, biological, and social sciences, the pre-health program prepares students for admission to medical and dental schools and programs in public health, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, optometry, and medical radiology. Small classes, personal attention, and real-world shadowing and internship opportunities prepare students for post-graduate study.


Pre-Health Student Profiles

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Rebecca Ceremuga

As an intern at Medtronic, Rebecca Ceremuga helped develop a cartridge for dialysis machines, the only alternative to an organ transplant for patients with kidney failure.
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Taylor Sands

Interning at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sands developed software to aid cancer patients with fertility decisions about options like adoption, freezing, gestational carriers, and in-vitro fertilization. 
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Sydney Sayler

Working alongside professors, Sydney has worked to find a therapeutic agent that could draw back the effects of Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.
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What is the Interdisciplinary Sciences Health Major?

The IS-HLTH curriculum combines chemical, physical, and biological sciences with social sciences, humanities and communications to prepare students for admission to a variety of medical and professional schools.

Learn More: IS-HLTH

Pre-Health: Coming Events

September 18, 2017
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Cultural Diversity Poster Presentation by USD Medical Students
(SD Mines students invited)
520 Kansas City Street, 2nd floor

September 19, 2017
12:00-12:50 pm
Reality Check, Part I: Intro to Health Professions Workshop
Surbeck Center, Bump Lounge

September 20, 2017
3:00-3:50 pm
Reality Check, Part I: Intro to Health Professions Workshop
Surbeck Center, Hardrock Room

September 28, 2017
10:00-10:50 am
Reality Check, Part II: Applying to Health Professions Schools Workshop
Surbeck Center, Bump Lounge

September 29, 2017
2:00-2:50 pm
Reality Check, Part II: Applying to Health Professions Schools Workshop
Surbeck Center, Bump Lounge

Every Friday (subject to holidays and schedule changes)
7:30-8:30 am
Rapid City Regional Hospital Grand Rounds
(SD Mines students invited)
353 Fairmont Blvd., West Auditorium