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The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to comprehensive, holistic and interdisciplinary education. By integrating excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, we prepare students with the knowledge, values and skills to need to survive in a diverse world.
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Pre-Professional Programs

Admission to all professional programs is competitive and is the prerogative of receiving institutions. So while we cannot guarantee acceptance, we can say students who complete their pre-professional studies at Minot State University:

Division of Science programs

Pre-Medicine [Course Catalog]
The pre-medicine program of study prepares students to apply to medical school. Most medical schools prefer entering students have bachelor's degrees, but do not prescribe specific majors. All medical schools recognize the desirability of a broad education, a good foundation in the natural sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics), highly developed communication skills, and a solid background in the social sciences and humanities.

Pre-Optometry [Course Catalog]
Classes taken by pre-optometry students will depend on their interests and college of optometry to which they plan to apply. Typically pre-optometry students take at least one year biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology and English before taking the Optometry Admissions Test and applying to optometry school. North Dakota has no optometry school of its own, but contracts with a number of out-of-state schools, reserving slots for North Dakota residents. The state pays part of the tuition for students admitted under the contract program.

Pre-Pharmacy [Course Catalog]
The two-year pre-pharmacy program at Minot State University meets admission requirements at most pharmacy colleges and prepares students for the Pharmacy College Admission Test. North Dakota's only pharmacy school - the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo - offers master's and doctoral degrees in pharmacy. Students apply for admission to NDSU's professional program during their second pre-pharmacy year. Pre-pharmacy coursework includes biology, chemistry, calculus and anatomy.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine [Course Catalog]
Students interested in applying to veterinary school are encouraged to pursue a bachelor's degree in one of the sciences and take courses that meet specific veterinary school admission requirements. Suggested coursework includes chemistry, biochemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and zoology. North Dakota has no veterinary medicine school of its own, but contracts with a number of out-of-state schools, reserving slots for North Dakota residents. The state pays part of the tuition for students admitted under the contract program.

Pre-Engineering [Course Catalog]

Pre-Radiologic Technology [Course Catalog]

Division of Biology programs

Pre-Chiropractic [Course Catalog]
Academic requirements for pre-chiropractic programs are set by the American Chiropractic Association and are the same for all chiropractic colleges. A minimum of 60 semester hours of university studies is required. The pre-chiropractic curriculum includes biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology, English and humanities. Pre-chiropractic students typically apply to chiropractic college in their second or third year of pre-chiropractic studies.

Pre-Dentistry [Course Catalog]
Pre-dentistry students at Minot State University typically major in chemistry or biology and complete their degrees before applying to dental school. North Dakota has no dental school of its own, but contracts with a number of out-of-state schools to hold space for North Dakota residents. The state pays part of the tuition for students admitted under the contract program.

Pre-Dental hygiene [Course Catalog]
Future dental hygiene students may complete their general studies and science requirements at Minot State University. The state's only dental hygiene program is offered at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. It is a two-year program and enrollment is limited. Most accepted into the program have completed two years of university studies with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Pre-Mortuary science [Course Catalog]
A variety of two- and four-year mortuary science programs are offered in the United States. Pre-mortuary science students typically spend one or two years at Minot State before enrolling in a professional program. To make the best coursework choices, students should have an idea of the professional program they hope to enter. Recommended courses include biology, chemistry, psychology, accounting, communications and social sciences.

Pre-Occupational therapy [Course Catalog]
Occupational therapists help individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Professional studies include human growth and development with emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury. The pre-occupational therapy program at Minot State University is designed to provide the first two years of a four year degree program. Coursework includes anatomy, biology, psychology, chemistry, humanities and general studies.

Pre-Physical therapy [Course Catalog]
The pre-physical therapy program at Minot State University articulates with the six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of North Dakota. Pre-professional coursework includes the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology) and general studies courses. Students typically spend one or two years at Minot State before transferring to UND.

Pre-Wildlife Studies [Course Catalog]

Division of Social Science

Pre-Law [Course Catalog]

Pre-Seminary [Course Catalog]

Keys to success

Individualized curriculum
Pre-professional programs at Minot State University are tailored to meet the individual needs and career goals of each student. We are large enough to offer what you need and small enough to give you the attention you deserve.

Individualized advising
We are highly aware that admission into all professional programs is extremely competitive. Our academic advisors are prepared to work closely with students to make certain they meet or exceed requirements for acceptance into the professional programs of their choice.

Contact encouraged
We encourage students to make and maintain contact with professional schools and colleges prior to and during their enrollment at Minot State University and are prepared to facilitate those relationships.

Hands-on experience
All pre-professional students are encouraged to observe, volunteer or get some work experience in a health care setting. In some professional programs, this is a requirement for admission. Minot businesses, agencies and organizations offer many opportunities for this kind of experience.

Reciprocity & tuition assistance
North Dakota does not have colleges of veterinary medicine, dentistry or optometry, but has reciprocal agreements with several colleges and provides tuition assistance to help North Dakota students pursue degrees in these areas. We encourage new students to notify the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Office of their academic plans and maintain contact as they continue their studies and are accepted into professional programs.

Our college
The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to comprehensive, holistic and interdisciplinary education. By integrating excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, we prepare students with the knowledge, values and skills they need to succeed in a diverse world.

Our facilities
Our laboratories are equipped with exceptional computing resources, state of the art chemistry instruments and the latest in molecular biology equipment.

Our faculty
The faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences are highly qualified instructors and active researchers. They are eager to help students meet their individual career goals and offer students tremendous opportunities to learn and participate in cutting-edge research.

Reciprocity for dental, optometry and veterinary medicine students
North Dakota does not have its own colleges of dentistry optometry or veterinary medicine, but has reciprocal agreements with several out-of-state colleges. The reciprocity agreements provide North Dakota students a limited number of spaces at each institution.

Admitted students pay resident tuition rates at public colleges and universities and substantially less than full tuition at private institutions.

Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State University
Iowa State University
Oregon State University
Kansas State University
University of California - Davis
University of Minnesota
Washington State University

Optometry
Arizona College of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry
Midwestern University
Glendale Campus Ohio State University
Pacific University
Southern California College of Optometry

Dentistry
A.T. Still University
Creighton University
Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Marquette University
Loma Linda University
University of Minnesota
Midwestern University
Glendale Campus
University of Nebraska
Oregon Health and Science University
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - San Francisco
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific University of Washington

Contact Information
Pre-Science
Dr. Ryan Winburn
Chair
Phone: 701-858-3084 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3084
ryan.winburn@minotstateu.edu

Pre-Biology
Dr. Chris Keller
Chair
Phone: 701-858-3067 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3067
christopher.keller@minotstateu.edu