Concordia University, St. PaulPre-Professional Health Programs

What is a Pre-Professional Program?

Concordia University, St. Paul offers pathways to gain entry to numerous professional health programs. These pre-professional programs are not majors (i.e., a pre-med major) but rather a grouping of coursework designed to meet admissions criteria to most professional programs. As students determine their program of interest, our faculty work one-on-one to tailor a student’s major to ensure they meet the prerequisite course requirements.

CSP offers pre-professional programs as a group of tailored courses, not as a major. Key majors that can lead to professional health programs include: Biology (B.S.), Biology (B.A.), Chemistry (B.A.), and Exercise Science (B.S.)

 

Pre-Professional Health Programs Offered

Pre-Medicine

Overview of Profession
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: Typically, a 4 year undergraduate degree (commonly in biology, chemistry, physics, or math), 4 years of medical school and depending on specialty, 3-7 years in internship or residency programs (total of 11-15 years)

Course Listings
These are the generally required courses for
medical school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • Biology with lab (1 year): BIO120 & BIO130
  • General Chemistry with lab (1 year): CHE115 & CHE116
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (1 year): CHE221 & CHE 222
  • Physics with lab (1 year): PHS112 & PHS113 OR PHS221 & PHS222
  • Biochemistry: CHE328
  • Statistics: MAT110
  • Math (Calculus recommended): MAT135
  • *Other recommended courses are Anatomy & Physiology, Human Gross Anatomy, Microbiology, Immunology, Ethics, Psychology, Sociology, and a foreign language

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Pre-Dental

Overview of Profession
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

  • National Average Salary (May 2015): $158,310
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 18%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree (including biology and chemistry). Completion of a dental program results in one of three degrees: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM), and Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD).

Course Listings
These are the generally required courses for dental school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • Biology with lab (8 cr): BIO120 & BIO 130
  • General Chemistry with lab (8 cr): CHE115 & CHE116
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (8cr): CHE 221 & CHE 222
  • Physics with lab (8 cr): PHS 112 & PHS 113 OR PHS 221 & PHS 222
  • Biochemistry (3 cr): CHE328
  • Math (3 cr)
  • Applied Human Psychology (3 cr):
  • English (8 cr), may require a writing intensive course
  • *Other recommended courses are Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, Immunology, Sociology, Intro to Probability and Statistics, 3D-Drawing or Sculpting, and Ceramics

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Pre-Physician Assistant

Overview of Profession
Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.

  • National Average Salary (May 2015): $98,18
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 30%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree (with a focus in sciences), 2 years of advanced degree.

Course Listing
These are the generally required courses for PA school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • Biology 1&2 with lab: BIO120 & BIO130
  • Chemistry 1&2 with lab: CHE115 & CHE116
  • Organic Chemistry 1 with lab: CHE221
  • Biochemistry: CHE328
  • Microbiology: BIO300
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab: BIO315 & BIO316
  • Intro Psychology: PSY101
  • Medical Terminology: BIO350
  • Pre-Calculus: MAT125
  • Intro to Statistics: MAT110
  • Rarer Pre-Requisites include: Developmental Psychology (Life Span: PSY230), Calculus, Organic Chemistry 2 with lab, Genetics, Research Methods/Ethics
Pre-Pharmacy

Overview of Profession
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.

  • National Average Salary (May 2015): $121,500
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 3%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree, 4 years in a Pharm.D. program. Following graduation from a Pharm.D. program, pharmacists seeking an advanced position, such as a clinical pharmacy or research job, may need to complete a 1- to 2-year residency. Pharmacists who choose to complete the 2-year residency option receive additional training in a specialty area such as internal medicine or geriatric care.

Course Listing
These are the generally required courses for pharmacy school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • General Biology and Lab (4-8 cr): BIO120 (& BIO130)
  • Microbiology and Lab: BIO300
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: BIO315 & BIO316
  • Another advanced Biology course (Biochemistry recommended: CHE328)
  • Calculus I: MAT135
  • Statistics: MAT110
  • General Chemistry I & II and Lab: CHE115 & CHE116
  • Organic Chemistry I & II and Lab: CHE221 & CHE222
  • General Physics (2 trig based or 1 calc based): PHS112 & 113 OR PHY222
  • *Other general education courses may be required, varies based on school.
Pre-Vet

Overview of Profession

Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.

  • National Average Salary (May 2016): $88,770
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 9%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral degree (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – DVM)
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree (with a focus in sciences), 4 years in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program

Course Listing
These are the generally required courses for vet school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • General Biology with lab: BIO120
  • Zoology (second semester of General Biology or Animal Biology or Cell Biology also acceptable): BIO130 OR BIO230 OR BIO330
  • Genetics: BIO210
  • Microbiology with lab: BIO300
  • General Chemistry with labs: CHE115 & CHE116
  • Organic Chemistry 1: CHE221
  • Biochemistry: CHE328
  • Physics: PHS112 & PHS113 OR PHS221 & PHS222
  • Math (pre-calculus or calculus): MAT125 OR MAT135
  • Statistics: MAT110
  • English (one writing and one additional course)
  • Liberal education
Pre-Genetic Counseling

Overview of Profession
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.

  • National Average Salary (May 2015): $72,090
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 29%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Master’s degree
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree (with a focus in sciences), 2 years of advanced degree.

Course Listing
These are the generally required courses for genetic counseling school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • Biology with lab (1 year): BIO120 & BIO130
  • General Chemistry with lab (1 year): CHE115 & CHE116
  • Cell Biology: BIO330
  • Biochemistry: CHE328
  • Genetics: BIO210
  • Statistics: MAT110
  • Psychology: PSY101
  • *Additional required or recommended courses include: Embryology, Organic Chemistry 1 with lab (CHE221)
Pre-Chiropractic

Overview of Profession
Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments and manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.

  • National Average Salary (May 2015): $64,440
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 17%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree (including physics, biology and chemistry). Completion of a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, typically 4 years.

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Pre-Physical Therapy

Overview of Profession
Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

  • National Average Salary (May 2015): $84,020
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 34%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: Typically, a 4 year undergraduate degree (with courses in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics), 3 years in a DPT program.

Course Listing
These are the generally required courses for PT school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • General Biology, plus one additional biology course: BIO120 & BIO130 OR BIO210 OR BIO330
  • Chemistry (1 year): CHE115 & CHE116
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology: BIO315 & BIO316
  • Physics (1 year): PHS112 & PHS113 OR PHS221 and PHS222
  • Psychology, plus one additional social/behavioral science course: PSY101 & PSY230 (Lifespan) OR PSY360 (Abnormal) OR KHS400 (Health Psychology, counts for CSP DPT)
  • Statistics: MAT110
  • Other required or recommended courses: Pre-Calculus (MAT125) or Calculus (MAT135), Medical Terminology (BIO350), Biomechanics (KHS473), Exercise Physiology (KHS474)

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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Overview of Profession
Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

  • National Average Salary (May 2015): $121,500
  • Career Outlook (percent growth projection between 2014-2024): 3%

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree (with courses in physiology and biology), 2-3 years of advanced degree. Master’s programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete; doctoral programs take about 3 years.

 

Pre-Athletic Training

Course Listings
These are the generally required courses for AT school. Students should look into specific requirements for each school they plan to apply to.

  • General Biology, BIO120
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, BIO315 and BIO316
  • General Chemistry, CHE115
  • Exercise Physiology, KHS474
  • General Physics, PHS112
  • Biomechanics, KHS473
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics, MAT110
  • Introduction to Psychology, PSY101
  • Athletic Training, KHS472
  • Advanced Athletic Training, KHS482
Pre-Public Health

Articulation Agreements

Concordia University, St. Paul offers articulation agreements with universities offering professional programs. Examples: 3+3 with Northwestern Health Sciences (chiropractic) and 3+4 with Concordia University, Wisconsin (pharmacy).

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