Pathways to Professional Studies in Healthcare

Health Careers Expo

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 2:00 to 5:00 pm, Surbeck Center Ballroom, SD Mines campus
For current SD Mines students and area high school students

SD Mines and health-focused student organizations are hosting an event to help high school and college students explore health careers. The program will feature the following segments:

  • A panel of local health professionals speaking about their careers and unique pathways;
  • An exhibit hall to meet with professional schools from the region and the SD Mines admissions team; and
  • A panel of college students describing how to transition from high school to college and prepare for graduate school.

High school students should pre-register for the event.
Visitors can park in red and blue parking lots surrounding Surbeck Center, off St. Joseph Street.  Parking Map
Contact Erica Haller-Stevenson for more information.

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


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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2:00-5:00 pm
Surbeck Ballroom


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