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.
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
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.
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.
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.