Minnesota State University Moorhead offers pre-health professional programs to prepare you for a variety of careers in the health and medical sciences. Our faculty members collaborate to prepare undergraduate students for successful application to graduate schools in the fields of medicine, optometry, dentistry and more.
Pre-professional programs are not majors. They are advising pathways to help you plan your pre-requisite courses during your undergraduate degree based on the admission requirements of your chosen professional program.
Chiropractors take a natural, preventative approach to healthcare without the use of drugs or surgery. They primarily treat patients with health problems of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth. They also administer advice for care and prevention of future dental problems.
Medical doctors promote, maintain and restore health through studying, diagnosing and treating illnesses, injuries and other ailments. There are three types of physicians in the United States: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.).
Occupational therapists treat patients of all ages with injuries, illnesses or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the eye, visual system and associated structures. They can specialize in many areas, including: contact lenses, vision therapy and ocular disease.
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer them knowledge in the safe use of these drugs. They also, provide general health advice, conduct wellness screenings and give immunizations.
Physical therapists develop plans for patients who are limited in their ability to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like. They use techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.
Physician assistants are medical professionals who work alongside medical doctors. They perform examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, provide patient education and more.
Veterinarians care for the health of animals. Some specialize in small animals like cats, dogs, birds and fish, while others specialize in large animals like horses, cows, pigs and sheep.
Healthcare Student Success Stories
Randall Flick receives Distinguished Alumni Award
Randall Flick learned two things in nursing school: he didn't want to be a nurse and he loved medicine. Now, as the medical director of Mayo Clinic Children's Center, he serves on the committee that oversees all of Mayo’s pediatric activity across the Midwest. Flick is the recipient of a 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Improving the Patient Experience
Abdou Manjang graduated with a Master of Healthcare Administration in December. He secured his dream job before receiving his diploma.
MHA program influences alum’s law path
Pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA) has prepared Seth Adkin for law school.
MSUM professors and faculty in a variety of disciplines help prepare you to apply for medical and other professional schools.
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