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Pre-Professional Programs

If you are looking into a pre-professional program, there are many different fields to enter. Below is information about each field, including program requirements/recommendations, exam information, lists of professional organizations in that field, and many other tools!

Chiropractic Medicine (DC)

Recommended Chiropractic prerequisites

How to prepare for a career as a chiropractor.

CCE - Council on Chiropractic Education

  • The CCE is the agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education for accreditation of programs and institutions offering the doctor of chiropractic degree. CCE seeks to insure the quality of chiropractic education in the United States by means of accreditation, educational improvement, and public information. CCE develops accreditation criteria to assess how effectively programs or institutions plan, implement, and evaluate their mission and goals, program objectives, inputs, resources, and outcomes of their chiropractic programs. The CCE is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).

Chiropractic Education vs. Medical Education

Chiropractic 3+1 Agreements

The UNI Department of Biology has partnered with Palmer College of Chiropractic, Logan University, and Cleveland Chiropractic College to offer students a pathway to chiropractic school where students complete three years and a minimum of 90 credits at UNI before starting chiropractic school. Through these 90 credits students will meet UNI's liberal arts core requirements, Department of Biology foundational science courses, and the chiropractic school's prerequisites. After successful completion of one year (three trimesters) at the chiropractic school, students would send UNI an official transcript from their chiropractic school and would be awarded a UNI Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Each program is slightly different so y ou are encouraged to contact the Department of Biology Academic Advisor, Linda Reardon-Lowry and the admissions staff at the chiropractic school of interest.

Dental Medicine/Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

List of US Dental Schools

DAT - Dental Admission Test

DAT exam information

ADA - American Dental Association (Career and admissions information)

ASDA - American Student Dental Association

SMDEP - Summer Medical & Dental Education Program

ADEA - American Dental Education Association

DAT Destroyer

Crack the DAT

Chad's Videos-DAT Review

CE Webinar Dental Admissions Test Prep

ADEA Guidelines for Dental Schools When Extending Offers of Admission

Recommended Dental prerequisites

Forensic Science

AAFS - American Academy of Forensic Sciences

FBI Laboratory Services

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation

Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner

Genetic Counseling

Recommended Genetic Counseling

Health Administration

AUPHA - Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Medical Laboratory Sciences

University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology has partnered with Allen College and St. Luke’s School of Medical Laboratory Science to offer students a pathway to a career in medical laboratory sciences (MLS). With these programs, students complete three years and a minimum of 90 credits at UNI before starting one year of medical laboratory science coursework and clinical experiences.  Through these 90 credits students will meet UNI’s liberal arts core requirements, Department of Biology foundational science courses and the programs pre-requites. After successful completion of the MLS program, students would send UNI an official transcript from their school and would be awarded a UNI BA in Biology. You are encouraged to contact the Department of Biology academic advisor Linda Reardon-Lowry to discuss the details of both programs. Both schools do offer the post BA/BS option. Once you have completed your degree, you can also enroll in their one year certificate program for the same education and training.

Allen College, Waterloo, Iowa - 3+1 Program – Earn a BA in Biology from UNI and Bachelor of Health Sciences from Allen College

St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Earn a BA in Biology and Medical Lab Science Certificate from St. Luke’s Hospital

Medicine: Allopathic (MD), Osteopathic (DO), and Podiatric (DPM) Medicine

Recommended Medical prerequisites

MCAT exam information

Association of American Medical Colleges MCAT Information

What you need to know about the MCAT exam

Hospitals in the state of Iowa - Check out their employment and volunteer/job shadowing websites to see if they have something for you!

The Basics: The Road to Becoming a Doctor - This link includes information and resources on the MCAT exam, as well as applying and interviewing for medical school

SNMA - Student National Medical Association

Regional Allopathic, Osteopathic, and Podiatric Schools

Alpha Epsilon Delta - The Health Pre-Professional Honor Society

AAFP - American Academy of Family Physicians

Links to State Medical Boards

University of Utah School of Medicine self-assessment

Medical School Timeline

Allopathic Medicine (MD) Information

Student National Medical Association

AMCAS - Centralized American Medical College Application Service for Allopathic Schools

AAMC - Association of American Medical Colleges

MCAT - Medical College Admission Test

Association of MD MBA Programs

Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Information

2015 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book

AACOMAS - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Application Service

AACOM - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

List of US Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students

SOMA - Student Osteopathic Medical Assocation

Map of where Osteopathic Medical Colleges are located

Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Information

AACPMAS - American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service

  • AACPMAS provides a simplified process of applying the schools and colleges of podiatric medicine. Applicants complete one application and submit it with corresponding materials to the centralized service. AACPMAS verifies the application components for accuracy, calculates the applicant's grade point average (GPA), and delivers the materials to the podiatric schools and colleges that the applicant designates.

APMA - American Podiatric Medicine Association

List of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine


UNI currently has a 3+1 program with Allen College of Nursing.

The Biology 3+1 Nursing Track provides students the opportunity to expedite their nursing career.

How it works:

  1. Biology 3+1 students complete three years of their Biology BA degree at UNI incorporating pre-requisite courses needed to transition onto the Bachelor of Nursing program at Allen College. For course information see our Advising Guide.
  2. Senior level Biology course work is waived after completing Allen’s accelerated (16 months) BSN Program. Allen transcripts are sent to UNI to award the BA in Biology Degree.


  1. Earn two degrees: BA in Biology from the UNI and a Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) from Allen College.
  2. A Biology Degree allows students opportunities outside of nursing in healthcare or other fields.
  3. Cost savings

For more information, please contact UNI Biology Advisor Linda Reardon-Lowry.

CNA classes through Hawkeye Community College

Occupational Therapy

OTCAS - Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service

Recommended OT prerequisites


Recommended Optometry prerequisites

Orthotist & Prosthesis

Recommended Orthotist & Prosthesis


PCAT exam information

Recommended Pharmacy prerequisites

Physical Therapy

Recommended Physical Therapy prerequisites

Physician Assistant

Recommended Physician Assistant prerequisites

Veterinary Medicine

Recommended Veterinary Medicine prerequisites

Prerequisite Chart