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The College of St. Scholastica
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Aileen Beard, Ph.D. 
Dean, School of Sciences
Science Center, Room 2133
(218) 625-4834  

Anne Kruchten, Ph.D. 
Science Center, Room 2132
(218) 723-5904  

Brendan Miller, Ph.D.  

Daniel Westholm, Ph.D.
Science Center, Room 2121 
(218) 733-2277 

Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Pam Freeman, Ph.D. 
Science Center, Room 2127 
(218) 733-7026  

Pre-Physician Assistant and Pre-Optometry
Lawrence McGahey, Ph.D.
Science Center, Room 2308
(218) 723-6162

Pre-Health Professional Programs

Fast Facts: Pre-Health Professional Programs

  • Students can choose one of the following six focus areas:
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Physician Assistant
    • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Provides an outstanding foundation in the foremost sciences
  • Science faculty also have extensive experience as pre-professional advisors
  • An anatomy lab using donor bodies enables faculty to thoroughly teach critical anatomy and physiology coursework
  • Students who complete this training gain entry into top-notch graduate schools
  • Pre-physician assistant students can seamlessly move into St. Scholastica’s new physician assistant master’s degree program, which will be ready to accept students in 2017
  • Select pre-medicine students can enter the Pre-Med Premium Track which provides enhanced guidance and opportunities
  • Pre-health students may choose to pursue a health humanities minor, which provides an interdisciplinary approach to investigating and understanding the profound effects of disease and illness on patients, on health professionals and on the social worlds in which they live and work
  • St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 schools for Native Americans pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by Winds of Change magazine

Program Requirements

Program requirements depend on the student's major. Students can pursue virtually any major to go along with their pre-professional training, as long as they complete the pre-professional required courses.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for these occupations will grow between 21% and 36% by 2020. Those who successfully complete pre-health professional coursework at The College of St. Scholastica are exceptionally equipped for future success in medicine and other allied health fields. Graduates of this program have gone on to attend the University of Minnesota's Medical School, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry. Graduates also attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, Creighton University, University of Iowa, Des Moines University, Kirksville School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University and many other outstanding institutions.

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your program with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you may potentially take in preparation for graduate school. Please note that you may not need all of these courses to fulfill your graduate school pre-requisites. This list doesn't necessarily include courses needed for your major or general education requirements. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse BIO 2110 - Anatomy and Physiology I

Introduces the study of anatomy and physiology of the vertebrate body with an emphasis on the human. Topics include an introduction to cells, tissues, and systems organization, osteology, fluid compartments, gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the circulatory system, body defense systems and the gross anatomy of musculature. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab. Prerequisite: BIO 1036.

Expand and Collapse BIO 2120 - Anatomy and Physiology II

Continuation of BIO 2110. Topics include gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology of the renal system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and endocrine system. 3 class hours, 3-hour lab.

Expand and Collapse BIO 4210 - Advanced Physiology I

First in a two-semester sequence of courses including a semi-quantitative study of functions of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and the circulatory system of humans. Prerequisite: a completed course in Anatomy/Physiology and Pathophysiology.

Expand and Collapse PSY 2208 - Lifespan Developmental PSY

Cognitive, personality/social, and physical development from conception to death. Within a life span developmental perspective, the course examines research methods, developmental theories, and application of research findings to selected problems in the major periods of the life span: the prenatal period, infancy, early/middle/late childhood, adolescence, and young/middle/late adulthood. The developmental perspective provides an important foundation for understanding normal children and adults, while also providing the essential knowledge base for the modern view of psychological disturbances as "normal development gone awry." This approach has practical implications for individuals with interests in parenting, caregiving, education, social services, and health sciences with both normal and exceptional populations. Prerequisite: none, but sophomore standing recommended.

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