Students who intend to pursue a master’s degree in athletic training most often major in exercise science and complete recommended biology, chemistry, and physics coursework.
Students accepted by chiropractic schools come from a variety of majors. Required courses are in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. You’ll have opportunities to participate in faculty-student research, internships at healthcare facilities, and complete anatomy coursework with human cadavers.
Dentistry ranks second to medicine in the number of graduates entering professional schools each year. Dental schools generally do not mandate a specific academic major but most Concordia pre-dental students major in biology or chemistry. All schools require the Dental Admissions Test, which is generally taken in April of the junior year.
Maddie Sather '15 on Being Prepared for Med School
A variety of undergraduate majors are good preparation for OT programs; however, most Concordia students opt to major in psychology. Liberal arts courses and courses in art and music are also highly advised.
Students intending to pursue a Doctor of Optometry often choose to major in biology or chemistry. Successful applicants commonly have volunteer and work experience in the field. Participation in Concordia’s optometry internship program increases the likelihood of acceptance by professional programs.
This program is for students intending to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Starting in Fall 2024, Concordia will offer a dual-degree program that partners with North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy. Students will complete three years of coursework at Concordia for a bachelor’s degree in biosciences with a pharmacy concentration then four years at NDSU for a Pharm.D. degree. This allows students to shorten the academic completion time for a doctorate to seven years and receive degrees from both Concordia and NDSU. Recent pre-pharmacy Concordia graduates have been accepted to graduate schools such as the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Duluth), Pacific University, UNC, and The Ohio State University.
Most pre-PT students major in biology, psychology, or exercise science. Related experience is often an important prerequisite for PT schools and our students achieve this through a combination of volunteer and work experiences.
My internship at St. Cloud Orthopedics really solidified my dream of doing physical therapy because I was immersed in the clinical experience every day. — AJ Flemming ’17
Each year, there is an increased demand for physician assistants. Most students interested in the field decide to major in biology or chemistry but will complete coursework in other areas. Observation and related work experience requirements exist for most programs.
Pre-veterinary students are required to take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and a variety of non-science courses. Veterinary medical schools expect applicants to have experience working with animals. Our faculty oversee internship experiences that provide exposure to both small animal and large animal veterinary medicine.
Our affiliation with the School of Clinical Laboratory Science at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota, allows students to complete the internship requirement here during their senior year.