About Pre-Health Pathways

Here at South Dakota Mines, students can pursue a career in healthcare by earning their degree in one of our many different majors and working with our Pre-Health Pathways office to gain the experiences beyond the classroom that make them competitive applicants for professional programs, such as medical schools, dental schools, pharmacy schools, etc. Our students earn degrees in traditional fields, such as Biology or Chemistry, in engineering fields, such as Biomedical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, or in our health science specific major, Pre-Professional Health Sciences. They work with their academic advisors to plan out their coursework as required by their degree program and consult with the Pre-Health Pathways Advisor to determine if additional coursework is needed to apply for professional programs and prepare for health program entrance exams (such as the MCAT, DAT, PCAT, PA-CAT, OAT, or GRE). The Pre-Health Pathways office is a critical resource for helping students select their pre-health pathway (e.g. pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, etc.) and gain access to the information and tools that will help them to succeed in that career pathway.

As a pre-health student at South Dakota Mines, you have access to many services and opportunities that will help you to grow professionally and gain the competencies that will make you a competitive candidate for professional programs. Faculty advisors from departments across campus and offer expert advice on fulfilling curriculum requirements for students' degree programs and preparing for professional programs. The Pre-Health Pathways Advisor offers career preparation support for helping students gain health care experiences, find opportunities for shadowing, internships, research involvement, and volunteering, prepare for entrance exams (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, GRE, etc.), navigate the application process, and get ready for interviews. The Pre-Health Pathways Advisor also supports student success by running our PHEVERS program, advising student organizations, and hosting pre-health events, such as skills workshops, student panel discussions, and meet-and-greet opportunities with healthcare professionals.