Our undergraduate programs have a strong track record of preparing students for admission to top professional schools for health professions.

Health Professions

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Veterinary
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatry
  • Optometry
  • *Pharmacy – consult with Pre-Pharmacy advisor, Dr. Jennifer Kerr
  • *Nursing – consult with Pre-nursing advisor, Jenna Hoffman
  • *Radiological Sciences – consult with Rad Science advisor, Dr. Brian Christy

NDMU Pre-Health

You can be ANY major and also be pre-health! Whatever major you choose, you need to complete the pre-requisite coursework, gain clinical experiences, and take the entrance exams necessary to gain entrance into the professional school of your choice. The pre-health advisor will help you stay on track.

Pre-Health Coursework

These are general “required” or “recommended” classes to prepare to attend medical, dental, or veterinary schools.

Each professional school has its own particular requirements, so be sure to check each school’s requirements online. Courses “recommended” below may be required at some schools, and many will help you prepare for entrance examinations.

Typical Required Courses for Pre-Health Professional Tracks

  • 1 year of general biology w/ labs: (BIO-111, BIO-230)
  • 1 year of general chemistry w/ labs: (CHM-110, CHM-111)
  • 1 year of organic chemistry w/ labs: (CHM-210, CHM-211)
  • 1 course of biochemistry w/ labs (need NDMU’s full sequence) (BIO-425, BIO-426).
  • 1 year of Math (typically Calculus I (MAT-211) and Statistics (MAT-215) 
  • 1 year of Physics (PHY-101, PHY-102)
  • 1 year of English (various; some schools prefer writing-intensive courses)

Typical Highly Recommended Courses for Pre-Professional Tracks

  • Genetics (BIO-239)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (BIO-341: Vertebrate Anatomy, and BIO-431: Animal Physiology)


Helpful for MCAT Prep

  • 1 course in Psychology (PSY-101)
  • 1 course in Sociology (SOC-101)

Other Courses of interest

  • Medical ethics (PHL-339)
  • Medical terminology (LCL-333) (for Physician Assistant programs)
Where NDMU Grads Go to School

Our graduates have attended a diverse group of medical schools, including:

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • New York Medical College
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry


As a secondary advisor in addition to your major advisor, the pre-health advisor will:

  • Provide information on health-related fields
  • Meet each semester to plan your courses
  • Advise you on gaining clinical, research, and shadowing experience
  • Track your progress through typical pre-requisite coursework
  • Help you prepare for entrance exams (MCAT, DAT, GRE)
  • Guide you on the timeline of preparation & applications
  • Coordinate committee interviews and committee letters of recommendation for pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-vet students
  • Advise on ways to improve your competitiveness as an applicant
  • Provide general advising throughout the semester

Pre-Health Professions Committee

Our Pre-Health Professions Committee will assist you with the application process for medical professional schools. The committee will also prepare a letter of recommendation for any applicant who has met the requirements.

Learn More about Pre-Health Professions Committee


Becky Zordan
Becky Zordan
Assistant Professor, Pre-Professional Advisor