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Pre-Professional Health

Students interested in a professional health career need to explore the health care industry. This exploration is assisted through the following Pre-Professional Health (PPH) courses.

PPH 1006 Freshman Preprofessional Health Seminar
PPH 1946 Current Topics in Health Care
PPH 2916 Internship
PPH 2946 Current Topics in Health Care
PPH 3006 Professional Health Entrance Exam Preparation
PPH 3946 Current Topics in Health Care
PPH 4916 Internship
PPH 4946 Current topics in Health Care

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, & Pre-Dentistry

At Montana Tech the most common programs for preparing students for medical school are the Pre-professional option in the Biological Sciences, the Bio-Chemistry option in the Chemistry program and the Applied Health Science option in Occupational Safety and Health. Although in principle any Bachelor's degree can be taken in preparation for medical school, students should be aware that to meet degree requirements and medical school requirements it may take longer than four academic years

All first-year students interested in a career in any of the health sciences should contact Dr. Douglas Cameron, Chair of the Pre-professional Health Sciences Advising Committee and should enroll in PPH 1006 Freshman Pre-professional Health Seminar.

Although there is wide variation, most medical schools require or recommend the following basic preparation: Biology (two years); Calculus; English; General Physics; General Inorganic & Organic Chemistry.

These sciences must include laboratory experience. While additional electives in biology and chemistry are desirable, medical schools also desire a strong background in the humanities and social sciences. It is not necessary to major in pre-medicine, or even in science, to enter medical school, but a major containing substantial course work in biology and chemistry is the norm. A nationally-administered standardized test of all applicants is required for professional training in medicine. Further information can be obtained from the pre-medical advisor or the professional school. Montana residents are eligible for both the WICHE and WAMI program, which provide access to out-of-state professional schools at in-state tuition rates. Further information can be obtained from the pre-medical advisor.


the student is referred to guides such as the "Admission Requirements of American Medical Colleges," published annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036 and Osteopathic Medicine College Information Book published annually by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, 5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7231.


The student is referred to the guide "Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements" published annually by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges by Williams-Wilkins, 1400 North Providence Rd, Medin, PA 19063.


The student is referred to the guide "Admission Requirements of U.S. and the Canadian Dental schools" published annually by American Association of Dental Schools, 1625 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.


Students at Montana Tech can complete the first two years of a pre-pharmacy program and then transfer to another school to complete the program, which is designed to meet the requirements of The University of Montana - Missoula pre-pharmacy program:

While you are at Montana Tech and in the pre-pharmacy program, you should register as a Chemistry major and be assigned an advisor in this department who specializes in pre-pharmacy advising. In the 2nd year of this pre-pharmacy program you should take the PCAT test and apply for admission to the pharmacy school of your choice. Pharmacy is a popular degree and admission is selective and is based on the successful completion of a pre-pharmacy curriculum, GPA, PCAT scores, a successful internship, and letters of recommendation. Montana Tech has had a long history placing students in pharmacy programs who were well prepared academically by our pre-pharmacy program and are now practicing pharmacists.

Medical Technology

Students can prepare for certification as a medical technologist by completing the Pre-Professional option of the Chemistry degree and then entering an approved hospital training school for a one-year internship. An alternative route is to follow the Biological Sciences Transfer Program (below) and then transfer to an undergraduate program in medical technology at another institution.

Physical Therapy

Students at Montana Tech who are interested in going into physical therapy usually declare Applied Health and Safety Science as a major because that program addresses most of the prerequisites for physical therapy.

After completing the bachelor’s degree, the student will then enter a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, which usually lasts about three years. In order to prepare for entrance into physical therapy school, it is important that students are familiar with the different prerequisites different schools have. Also, all physical therapy schools require observation hours, usually about 100, so it behooves the pre-physical therapy student to be looking to satisfy those hours from the start of their freshmen year.