Pre-Medical (Physician)

The Interdisciplinary Sciences pre-med curriculum is based primarily on the pre-requisite requirements of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and other regional med schools. Whether you intend to pursue allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medicine, successful completion of our pre-med curriculum and wisely chosen electives will help you meet the expectations for admission. Add meaningful volunteer work, physician shadowing, and strong scores on the MCAT to strengthen your applications and reach your goal.

Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative healthcare services under the supervision of a physician, usually in a hospital or clinic. Working as part of a comprehensive medical team, they take medical histories, examine patients, order tests, and prescribe medications. They also treat minor injuries, apply splints and casts, provide other types of therapy, provide surgical assistance, and may be the principal care provider in small or rural clinics where a physician is not on staff every day. They may also have managerial and supervisory duties.


Dentists do more than diagnose and treat problems of the teeth, mouth, tongue, lips and jaws. They are sometimes the first health care professionals to identify a health problem and guide patients to additional medical care. A variety of specialties allow dental students to tailor their career to their talents: some - like oral surgery - are largely medical, others - like cosmetic dentistry, require aesthetic capabilities. From pediatric to geriatric dentistry, there are many opportunities to improve the health and quality of life for patients.


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.


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.

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.