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Interested in going on to medical school? USD has programs and recommended coursework designed to prepare you for medical school applications.

Your Path in Pre-Medicine

If you intend to pursue a career in medicine, you must carefully plan your undergraduate program in order to meet the requirements for admission to medical school. Many medical schools require the B.A. or B.S. degree for admission, as well as look for specific coursework that aligns with admission requirements. At the University of South Dakota, you can follow a pre-medicine track to guide your coursework and timeline as you pursue your educational and career goals.

Home to South Dakota's only medical school, USD is a leader in medical education. That tradition of excellence extends to our pre-medicine program; in this pre-professional path, you will take curriculum recommended by our medical school, engage in undergraduate research, learn in state-of-the-art facilities, and access specialized advising that helps you prepare for your future. USD combines the opportunities and expertise you need to maximize your educational experience.

This pre-medicine program does not lead to a degree. Review the offering details below, as well as our frequently asked questions, to learn more about how the pre-med program will shape your USD education and set you up for success.

Degrees & Offerings


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USD's pre-medicine path is designed to help you prepare for medical school applications. You will not graduate with a degree in pre-medicine; rather, you will graduate with a degree corresponding to your major, and this pre-professional curriculum will supplement that program of study. Advising is an important part of any pre-professional path, so be sure to let your academic advisor know you are interested in applying to medical school and ask questions about how that will shape your education at USD. 

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is incredible access to undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department and in collaboration with the Sanford School of Medicine, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also apply to undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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An Early Connection to the State's Medical School

USD is home to the Sanford School of Medicine – South Dakota's only medical school and the region's leader in health care education. This close proximity to a medical allows you the opportunity to learn in incredible facilities like our esteemed cadaver lab and take classes taught by medical school faculty. We know medicine, and we can connect you to the opportunities you need to prepare for your next chapter.
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Get Involved

Looking to expand your education and join a community of pre-med students? USD's Pre-Medical Society assists students who are interested in pursuing medical careers by increasing their knowledge of various medical professions and helping them form valuable connections with other students of similar interests, medical students and medical school faculty members.

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