Health Sciences - Pre-Health Professions

School of Integrative Learning

Location: Crete, Lincoln, Online
Degree Type: 
Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Pre-Health Professions program prepares students for graduate health profession education by providing the knowledge, skills, and co-curricular experiences required. The pre-health professions emphasis areas have been intentionally created to meet academic requirements and industry standards. Carefully crafted program outcomes give Doane University graduates a competitive advantage.

The Pre-Health Professions track will give students a solid foundation in science and provide opportunities to develop personal skills and attitudes needed for a successful academic and healthcare career. Professional advisors and faculty mentors work with students to build a portfolio and gain experiential learning through job shadowing, evidence-based research, and internship opportunities. The program also features pathways into graduate education programs at select health profession schools.
Pre-Professional emphasis options include:

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

If you are interested in Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, or Athletic Training, view our Health & Human Performance major.

Health Sciences – Leadership

This program prepares students to advance their careers by building professional skills and knowledge that healthcare employers desire. Such as critical thinking, problem-solving leadership, healthcare policy, and information literacy.

The Leadership Track is for students who wish to pursue a career in the healthcare field. The Leadership track is also for healthcare professionals with an associate's degree in allied health, such as respiratory care or medical lab technology, and wish to advance their careers.

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The Doane Difference

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Development and Support

Students and alumni have a partner when it comes to cultivating job search skills like networking, resume writing, interviewing, and more. We’re invested in career advancement, and foster key relationships with employers to open pathways for networking, mentoring, internships, and employment.

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An Easy Transition

Doane University has full transfer agreements with all community colleges and major proprietary schools in Nebraska. We welcome credits from regionally accredited institutions in all other states and verified international institutions, as well. We are committed to honoring previous learning by continuing to practice as a transfer-friendly institution.

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Long Term Impact

Doane graduates have moved up in their careers, achieved greater professional success, challenged themselves intellectually and personally, and become the best in their positions. That’s why Doane is well-respected by both graduates and employers.

Program Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services. 

Dentists

2018 Median Pay: $156,240 per year
Job Outlook: Projected to grow 7% from 2018-2028

Nurses

2018 Median Pay: $71,730 per year
Job Outlook: Projected to grow 12% from 2018-2028

Optometrists

2018 Median Pay: $111,790 per year
Job Outlook: Projected to grow 10% from 2018-2028

Pharmacists

2018 Median Pay: $126,120 per year
Job Outlook: Projected to little or no change from 2018-2028. 

Physicians

2018 Median Pay: $208,000 per year
Job Outlook: Projected to grow 7%.

Physician Assistants

2018 Median Pay: $108,610 per year
Job Outlook: Projected to grow 31 percent from 2018-2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: bls.gov

Requirements for the Health Sciences Pre-Health Professions Major:

Core Component I: Foundational Areas of Knowledge [FAKs] (21 credits)
Community & Identity
Mathematical Reasoning
Rhetorical Communication
Global and Community Contexts
Scientific Perspectives
Human Creativity
In Search of Meaning & Values

Core Component 2: Liberal Arts Studies (9 credits)
LAR 101 Inquiry Seminar: Learning the Art of Inquiry
LAR 202 Integrative Seminar: Democracy and Diversity
LAR 303 Impact Seminar: Connecting Knowledge to Choices and Actions

Core Component 3: Experiential Learning (3 credits)
HSI 310 Experiences in Health Care (3)

Health Science Pre-Professional Requirements (11 credits)
HSI 110 Exploring Health Care (3)
HSI 210 Current and Emerging Issues in Health Care (3)
HSI 310 Experiences in Health Care (3)
HSI 440 Senior Seminar (2) (waived for 3rd year articulation students)

Health Sciences Course Requirements by Emphasis

Pre-Dental Emphasis

45 credits plus 1 minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor
requirement for this degree. Credit count does not include FAKs met by emphasis course requirements.

Science Requirements (45 credits)
BIO 110 Inquiry Lab: Intro Bio (3)
BIO 111 Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 Info of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 355 Human Anatomy (4) AND BIO 356 Human Physiology (4) OR BIO 215 Human
Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND BIO 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
BIO 348 Microbiology (4)
CHM 125 General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 General Chemistry II (4)
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry II (4)
PHY 107 Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 108 Introductory Physics II (4)

Communication Requirements (6 credits)
ENG 101 - English Comp.: Writing Seminar (3)
ENG 201 - Intermediate Writing (3)

Minor Requirement
Students are required to acquire one minor.

Pre-Medicine Emphasis

52 credits plus 1 minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor
requirement for this degree. Credit count does not include FAKs met by emphasis course requirements.

Science Requirements (45 credits)
BIO 110 - Inquiry Lab: Intro Bio (3)
BIO 111 - Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 - Info of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 348 - Microbiology (4) (waived for 3rd year articulation students)
BIO 356 - Human Physiology (4)
CHM 125 - General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 - General Chemistry II (4)
CHM 205 - Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 206 - Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 330 - Biochemistry I (4)
PHY 107 - Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 108 - Introductory Physics II (4)

Communication Requirements (6 credits)
ENG 101 English Comp.: Writing Seminar (3)
ENG 201 Intermediate Writing (3)

Social Science Requirements (6 credits)
PSY 117 Introduction to Psychology (3) (waived for 3 year articulation students)
SOC 109 Introduction to Sociology (3) (waived for 3 year articulation students)

Math Requirement (4 or 3 credits)
MTH 235 Calculus (4) OR BIO 295 Biostatistics (3)

Minor Requirement
Students are required to acquire one minor.

Pre-Nursing Emphasis

58 credits with no minor. Credit count does not include FAKs met by emphasis course requirements.
Science Requirements (37 credits)
BIO 110 Inquiry Lab: Intro Bio (3)
BIO 111 Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 Info of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 348 Microbiology (4)
BIO 355 Human Anatomy (4) AND BIO 356 Human Physiology (4) OR BIO 215 Human
Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND BIO 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
BIOL 219 Pathophysiology (3)
CHM 125 General Chemistry I (4)
HHP 209 Nutrition (3)
^CHEM 271 Pharmacology (3)
^BIOL 210 Medical Terminology (3)
^Note for CHEM 271 and BIOL 210 the Health Sciences Division plans to collaborate with the science department to develop these courses for ground offering.

Communication Requirements (9 credits)
ENG 101 English Comp.: Writing Seminar (3)
ENG 201 Intermediate Writing (3)
CMS 210 Public Speaking (3)

Social Science Requirements (21 credits)
PRE 111 Ethics (3)
PSY 117 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 259 Lifespan Development (3)
SOC 109 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 324 Race and Nationality (3)
Family / Human Behavior* (3) (full course list below)
Political Science / Social Organization* (3) (full course list below)

Math Requirements (7 credits)
MTH 125 Precalculus (4)
BUS 215 Statistics (3) OR SSI 217 (3)

Other Requirement (3 credits)
IDS 206 Principles of Research (3)

*Political Science and Social Organizations Elective
ECO All classes; GEO 112 & 320; HIS 105, 106, 205,. 206,. 305, 306, & 307; INT 101; LPS 101; PHI 337; PSI 101, 105, 215, 216, 234, 327, 328, 329, 340, & 342; PSY 216; SOC 215, 230, & 405

*Family and Human Behavior Elective
EDU 338; EDC 201; HSC 201 & 205; PSY 219, 230, 255, 256, 305, 310, 314, 336, 344, 346, 348, 365, & 416; SOC 230, 288, 312, 318, 324, 336, 355, 366, & 370

Pre-Optometry Emphasis

52 credits plus 1 minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor
requirement for this degree. Credit count does not include FAKs met by emphasis course requirements
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Science Requirements (49 credits)
BIO 110 Inquiry Lab: Intro Bio (3)
BIO 111 Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 Info of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 355 Human Anatomy (4) AND BIO 356 Human Physiology (4) OR
BIO 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND BIO 216 Human Anatomy
and Physiology 2 (4)
BIO 348 Microbiology (4)
CHM 125 General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 General Chemistry 2 (4)
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 330 Biochemistry I (4)
PHY 107 - Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 108 - Introductory Physics II (4)

Social Science Requirements (6 credits)
PSY 117 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 255 Child and Adolescent Development (3) OR
PSY 256 Adult Development (3) OR PSY 259 Lifespan (3)

Math Requirements (7 credits)
MTH 235 Calculus (4)
BIO 295 Biostatistics (3)

Minor Requirement
Students are required to acquire one minor.

Pre-Physician Assistant Emphasis

54 credits plus 1 minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor
requirement for this degree. Credit count does not include FAKs met by emphasis course requirements.

Science Requirements (44 credits)
BIO 110 Inquiry Lab: Intro Bio (3)
BIO 111 Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 Info of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 348 Microbiology (4)
BIO 355 Human Anatomy (4) AND BIO 356 Human Physiology (4) OR BIO 215 Human
Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND BIO 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
BIOL 210 Medical Terminology (3)
CHM 125 - General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 - General Chemistry 2 (4)
CHM 205 - Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 206 - Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 330 - Biochemistry I (4)

Communication Requirements (6 credits)
ENG 101 English Comp.: Writing Seminar (3)
ENG 201 Intermediate Writing (3)

Social Science Requirements (9 credits)
PSY 117 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 255 Child and Adolescent Development (3) OR PSY 256 Adult Development (3) OR PSY 259 Lifespan Development (3)
PSY 416 Abnormal Psychology (3)

Math Requirement (6/7 credits)
MTH 108 Modeling and Applications (3) OR MTH 235 Calculus (4)
BIO 295 Biostatistics (3)

Minor Requirement
Students are required to acquire one minor.

Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis

57 credits plus 1 minor. Although not required, a second major would satisfy the minor
requirement for this degree. Credit count does not include FAKs met by emphasis course requirements.

Science Requirements (45 credits)
BIO 110 Inquiry Lab: Intro Bio (3)
BIO 111 Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 Info of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
BIO 355 Human Anatomy (4) AND BIO 356 Human Physiology (4)
(OR BIO 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) AND BIO 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4) with permission)
CHM 125 General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 General Chemistry II (4)
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 330 Biochemistry I (4)
PHY 107 Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 108 Introductory Physics II (4) OR CHM 303 Analytical Chemistry (4)

Communication Requirements (9 credits)
ENG 101 English Comp.: Writing Seminar (3)
ENG 201 Intermediate Writing (3)
CMS 210 Public Speaking (3)

Social Science Requirements (6 credits)
PSY 117 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY 255 Child and Adolescent Development (3) OR PSY 256 Adult Development (3) OR PSY
259 Lifespan Development (3)

Math Requirement (7 credits)
MTH 235 Calculus (4)
BIO 295 Biostatistics (3)

Other Requirement (3 credits)
ECO 203 Macroeconomics (OR ECO 204 Microeconomics by permission)

Minor Requirement
Students are required to acquire one minor.

Greg Seier

Greg Seier

Director of HHP, Associate Professor of Practice
Health and Human Performance
Drew Case

Drew Case

Assistant Professor of Practice
Health Sciences
Deb Savage

Deb Savage

Assistant Professor of Practice
Health Sciences
April Minster

April Minster

Director of Nursing/Health Sciences, Assoc Professor of Prac
Health Sciences
Melissa Clouse

Melissa Clouse

Director of Pre-Health Advantage/Assistant Professor of Prac
Health Sciences
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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