Pathways to Careers in the Health Professions

Health occupations comprise one of the fastest growing and in-demand career fields in the nation. These jobs are projected to grow by 15% from 2019-2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations, addition around 2.4 million new jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here at South Dakota Mines, our students are working to fill these demands by pursing their bachelor's degrees with us while preparing for advanced studies in a wide range of health professions.

As a pre-health student at South Dakota Mines, you can choose the major that matches your interests and work with our Pre-Health Pathways Advisor to design a career pathway plan. The Pre-Health Pathways office is designed to provide resources and support from your first day on campus through the moment that you are accepted into a professional program. As a pre-health student, you work with an academic advisor in your department to schedule courses and with the Pre-Health Pathways Advisor to identify professional development opportunities, prepare for entrance exams, and navigate the application process. You can also join our Pre-Health Experiences in Volunteering, Education, Research, and Shadowing (PHEVERS, pronounced as "fevers") program to help you grow professionally and develop competencies that will make you a more competitive candidate for professional programs.

Pre-Health Pathways

Pre-Health Pathways is not a specific major, but a career track. Offering access to many professional development opportunities, resources, and tools, Pre-Health Pathways prepares students for admission into professional programs in healthcare, including medical programs, dental programs, and programs in public health, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, optometry, and other health professions. Small classes, personal attention, and access to local shadowing, research, volunteer, and internship opportunities prepare South Dakota Mines students for post-graduate studies in health professions.

Pre-Health Student Profiles

Rebecca Mabee

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

Videckis started participating in faculty research during his freshman year, researching titanium oxide nanotubes and how to optimize them for use in surfaces of artificial joints. Read More

Kirsten Kennedy

Graduate, Dr. Kennedy, says dental work processes are similar to engineering.
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Choose Your Major

Choose any major at South Dakota Mines and supplement it with additional science courses as needed.

Learn More About Majors

Pre-Health: Coming Events

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