Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Professional Degrees available at DSU:


Accelerated Nursing

Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. The pre-nursing curriculum at DSU includes the prerequisites for most nursing college admissions. 

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:
Biology (B.S.) 
Exercise Science (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu  

Exercise Science: Kari Hall, College of Education, Kari.Hall@dsu.edu   


Allied Health

The Allied Health professionals includes dental hygienists, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists.

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)
Exercise Science (B.S.)
Respiratory Care (B.S.)
Health Information Administration (B.S.) 

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology Major: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu

Exercise Science: Kari Hall, College of Education, Kari.Hall@dsu.edu

Respiratory Care: Bruce Feistner, College of Arts and Science, Bruce.Feistner@dsu.edu

Health Information Administration: Renae Spohn, College of Business & Information Systems, Renae.Spohn@dsu.edu


Athletic Training

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who work as part of a collaborative inter-professional health care team. They work with physicians and other health care professionals to provide injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation and organizational and professional health and well-being.

You could pursue a degree in:

Exercise Science (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Exercise Science: Kari Hall, College of Education, Kari.Hall@dsu.edu  


Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. The curriculum for most chiropractic schools is an earned bachelor’s degree. Curriculum coursework include biology, chemistry, physic, social sciences and humanities. 

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)
Exercise Science (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu

Exercise Science: Kari Hall, College of Education, Kari.Hall@dsu.edu


Dentistry

Dentistry is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues, particularly in the jaw and facial area. Most dental school require coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and math. 

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu


Law

The legal profession is the study, development, and application of rules of conduct.

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:

Business Administration (B.S.)
Cyber Leadership and Intelligence (B.S.)
English for New Media (B.S.)
Professional Accountancy (B.S)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Business and Professional Accountancy Majors: Dr. Scott Morstad, College of Business and  Information Systems, Scott.Morstad@dsu.edu

Cyber Leadership and Intelligence: Dr. Benjamin Jones, College of Arts and Sciences, Benjamin.Jones@dsu.edu

English for New Media: Dr. Stacey Berry, College of Arts and Sciences, Stacey.Berry@dsu.edu


Medicine

Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. For students considering medical school, DSU’s pre-medicine program will prepare you for admission into medical school. 

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)
Exercise Science (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology Majors: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu

Exercise Science: Kari Hall, College of Education, Kari.Hall@dsu.edu


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are health care professionals trained to empower individuals to reach their own goals and to maximize their independence in personal care, work, school, play and leisure activities. The pre-occupational therapy curriculum is designed to prepare students for admission to programs in Occupational Therapy.

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)
Exercise Science (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu

Exercise Science: Kari Hall, College of Education, Kari.Hall@dsu.edu


Optometry

Optometry is a health care profession which involves examining the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities as well as the medical diagnosis and management of eye disease. The pre-optometry curriculum is designed to prepare students for admission to Optometric School.

You could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu


Pharmacy

Pharmacy is the science or practice for the preparation and dispensing of medicinal drugs. The pharmacy curriculum is typically divided into a two-year pre-pharmacy phase and a four-year professional phase. Pre-pharmacy curriculum typically includes course work in biological and physical sciences, social sciences, economics, mathematics, English and communications.

You could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu


Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a profession with a theoretical base clinical application of optimal physical function. Physical therapists seek to prevent injury, impairments, functional limitations, and disability; to maintain and promote fitness, health and quality of life; and to ensure availability, accessibility, and excellence in the delivery of physical therapy services to the patient. The pre-physical therapy curriculum is designed to prepare students for admission to the entry-level Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.

Depending on your interests, you could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)
Exercise Science (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu

Exercise Science – Kari Hall, College of Education, Kari.Hall@dsu.edu


Physician’s Assistant

A Physician’s Assistant is a medical professional who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine. By design, physicians and PAs work together as a team. The pre-Physician Assistant program is designed to prepare students for admission to a Master’s degree program in Physician Assistant Studies. A Bachelor’s degree is required for admission.

You could pursue a degree in:

Biology (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact: 

Biology: Dr. Dale Droge, College of Arts and Sciences, Dale.Droge@dsu.edu