Pre-Professional and Health Programs
If you wish to become a physician, a physician assistant, an optometrist, a dentist, a podiatrist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a chiropractor or an osteopath, this fact sheet may answer some of your questions about pre-health professional programs available at North Dakota State University.
The College of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University (NDSU) provides resources and advising services to students and alums who are interested in health-related professional schools (medicine, allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, optometric medicine, physician's assistant programs, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and podiatric medicine) and related fields. Information on academic requirements, credentials, application procedures, and extracurricular activities is available here.
Pre-professional programs usually consist of four years of college. This is generally followed by three or four additional years in a professional school. While state-supported professional schools usually admit very few nonresidents, a resident of Minnesota attending NDSU and applying to the University of Minnesota Medical School will be given the same consideration as a Minnesota resident who has received a pre-medical education in Minnesota. Similarly, North Dakota residents are given equal priority by the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine regardless of graduation from NDSU, UND or any other university of equal standing.
All pre-health students are encouraged to consult with the Pre-Health Advisor(s) to plan and review their course of study and other requirements necessary for admission into professional schools.