Pre-Professional Curricula

The pre-professional curricula are designed to prepare students for additional undergraduate work or graduate study. Students enrolling in these programs are assisted in preparing for an undergraduate professional degree not offered at Dickinson State University, or for admission from Dickinson State University to a graduate or professional school. Specific preparation and course work are arranged in consultation with a pre-professional academic adviser. Some of the options for pre-professional study at Dickinson State University are: athletic training, chiropractic, criminal justice and corrections, dental hygiene, dental tech. assistant, dentistry, dietetics, law, medical technology, medicine, mortuary science, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, seminary, and veterinary medicine.

Pre-Chiropractic
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Dickinson State University can satisfy the 90 semester hour requirement of all accredited colleges of chiropractic in the United States. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Dental Hygiene
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Students interested in a career in dental hygiene may fulfill their requirements in the sciences and in general education at the University before seeking admission to an accredited dental hygiene program, such as the one at the North Dakota State College of Science. Admittance to dental hygiene programs is competitive and an additional year of preparation may be helpful to many candidates, especially those with a weak high school science background. The prospective pre-dental hygiene student should take at least one year each of algebra, biology, and chemistry in high school. Admission to a dental hygiene program is dependent on several factors including grade point average, science grades, ACT scores, and a personal interview. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Dental Tech/Assistant
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The first year of the required course work is available at DSU to allow the student to be eligible to transfer to the appropriate Dental Tech/Assistant program. Please see the Department of Natural Sciences for more information and for the specific curriculum for the pre-dental tech/assistant training see the pre-professional grid found in the next few pages in this catalog.

Pre-Dentistry
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Dental schools typically require students to have a minimum of three years of post-secondary education including courses in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics. All dental schools require students to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The State of North Dakota has agreements with a number of dentistry schools reserving openings for North Dakota residents, and the state pays a portion of the tuition. Students planning to seek tuition support from North Dakota for out-of-state schools should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and their Dickinson State University advisor. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Dietetics
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Students interested in careers in dietetics may fulfill their requirements in the sciences and general education at Dickinson State University before seeking admission to an accredited dietetics program. The pre-dietetic advising program at Dickinson State University is designed to provide the first two years of a four-year degree program. The prospective pre-dietetic student should take at least one year of algebra, biology, and chemistry in high school. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Medical Technology
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Students wishing to pursue a career in medical technology may complete 2-3 years at Dickinson State University before transferring to a school such as Minot State University. Students are encouraged to visit their local hospital laboratories. Admission to Minot State University does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical year. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Medicine
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Pre-medicine is not a major; it is a program of study which prepares a student to apply to medical school. Although some medical schools require only three years of undergraduate work, the majority prefer that the entering student have a bachelor’s degree. The University of North Dakota (UND) Medical School (and most others) does not care what kind of academic major a prospective student is pursuing, as long as a particular core of coursework is achieved. Prospective university medical students are strongly urged to declare a major area of study and to pursue a degree program at the baccalaureate level. The philosophy of education, the required pre-medicine courses, and the systems of training vary among the medical schools. All 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.
Other medical schools have similar requirements but their catalogs should be consulted. It is recommended that Pre-medicine students at Dickinson State University take more than the minimum requirements.
In order to be prepared for college coursework, high school students wishing to follow a Pre-medicine track as undergraduates should take at least one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics, and two or more years of math while in high school. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Mortuary Science
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Students interested in mortuary science may complete one or two years of college before entering a professional program in mortuary science. The pre-professional curriculum varies, depending on whether the student is transferring to a two-year or four-year program. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Occupational Therapy
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The pre-occupational therapy program at Dickinson State University has been developed to articulate with the University of North Dakota program. Students may take one or two years at Dickinson State University before applying for admission to the professional component at UND. Application must be made during the last year of attendance at Dickinson State University. In addition to the completion of required coursework, the pre-occupational therapy student is advised to volunteer in a local occupational therapy department. Admission to any professional program is the prerogative of the faculty of the institution offering that professional program and Dickinson State University cannot guarantee admission. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Optometry
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Admission to a college of optometry requires a high school diploma and two to four years of study at an accredited college or university. Most students accepted to colleges of optometry have completed three years of college and a large percentage have bachelor’s degrees. In high school, the students should take at least one year of biology, chemistry, and physics, and as much mathematics as possible, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The curriculum at the University will depend on the individual student’s interest and the college of optometry where the student plans to apply. Each student will take a minimum of one year of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English. Students planning to seek tuition support from North Dakota for out-of-state schools should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and their University adviser. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Pharmacy
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A career in pharmacy requires five or six additional years of study following high school. The majority of colleges of pharmacy require a student to have two years of liberal study at an accredited college or university prior to admission. Following three to four years of additional study at an accredited college of pharmacy, the student is eligible to take a licensure examination in the state where he/she plans to practice. The pre-pharmacy program at Dickinson State University is designed to meet the interests of the students as well as to satisfy the entrance requirements for the particular pharmacy school. Admission into a school of pharmacy is on a competitive basis. The criteria for admission include grade point average (especially in the sciences) and performance on a pharmacy school admission exam. The only school of pharmacy in the state is at North Dakota State University. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Physical Therapy
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Physical therapy has become a six –year, two summer, doctorate degree curriculum in most programs in the United States, including the University of North Dakota. The pre-physical therapy program at Dickinson State University has been developed to articulate with the UND program. Students may take one or two years at Dickinson State University before applying for admission to the professional component at UND. Application must be made during the last year of attendance at Dickinson State University. In addition to the coursework required, it is advisable for the pre-physical therapy student to volunteer in a local physical therapy department. Admission to any professional program is the prerogative of the faculty of the institution offering that professional program and Dickinson State University cannot guarantee admission. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

Pre-Radiologic Technology
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The first two years of course work is available at DSU to allow the student to be eligible to transfer to the appropriate radiologic technology school for the completion of their training. University advisor – Please see the Department of Natural Sciences for more information and for the specific curriculum for pre-radiologic technology see the pre-professional grid found in the next few pages in this catalog.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine
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All veterinary schools require applicants to have taken undergraduate courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics. Exact requirements vary from school to school. Admission is highly competitive and is based on several factors including GPA (with an emphasis on required courses), scores on the Veterinary Aptitude Test and interview. The State of North Dakota has agreements with a number of veterinary schools reserving openings for North Dakota residents, and the state pays a portion of the tuition. Students planning to seek tuition support from North Dakota for an out-of-state school should notify both the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and their Dickinson State University adviser. Contact the Department of Natural Sciences for specific curriculum.

 


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