University of Minnesota | Rochester
in educational collaboration with Mayo School of Health Sciences

Prerequisite Coursework

All students wishing to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions may complete lower-division courses (first year - second year) at the University of Minnesota Rochester, other University of Minnesota campuses, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) or other regionally accredited universities and colleges.  Students must complete all University of Minnesota Liberal Education and theme requirements.  Liberal Education (LE) requirements consist of a set of "core areas" and "themes" that must be completed in your lower division coursework in order to graduate from the University of Minnesota.  Many prerequisite courses for the BSHP overlap to fulfill LE requirements, but students will need to ensure they are meeting all areas and themes in additional elective courses.  Courses may meet both a theme and core area requirement (i.e., UMR's SOC 1571:  Sociology fulfills the Social Science core area and the Diversity and Social Justice in the United States theme).  To find out what courses at other institutions meet LE requirements, please visit:  Liberal Education at the University of Minnesota.

Students currently attending at MnSCU may follow the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), which will be accepted as fulfilling University of Minnesota LE requirements.  However, students may choose individual courses that meet the LE requirements in less time and fewer credits.  Please contact the Admissions Office, or 1-877-280-4699 if you are unsure which option is best for you.

Prerequisite courses provide the foundational knowledge students must possess in order to be successful in the clinical and didactic curriculum of the upper division track of the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions.  The following courses must be completed or in progress at time of application:

  • English Composition
  • College Algebra (or higher level math course)**
  • General Psychology
  • Ethics or Medical Ethics
  • Public Speaking
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Chemistry, with lab**
  • Anatomy & Physiology I or [Human] Anatomy**
  • Anatomy and Physiology LL or [Human] Physiology**
  • Microbiology, with lab**
  • Physics, with lab**
  • Statistics**

Overall GPA and **STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) GPA are both considered in the admission process. 

Prerequisite Course Guides

Students may choose to complete the liberal education and prerequisite coursework at regionally accredited higher education institutions.  Students may refer to the BSHP prerequisite course guides for course credits that will transfer to the U of M and count towards degree requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Minnesota 4-year college and universities

Minnesota 2-year community colleges

Note that technical college or U.S. military credits are generally not transferable for U of M degree credit requirements.

Evaluation of Previous Coursework

A student may request to have completed coursework evaluated by the UMR Admissions office for possible transfer to the degree.  To do so, email your academic transcript(s) from all schools attended (unofficial acceptable for this purpose) to  A Prerequisite Course Planning Chart will be returned to you indicating which course requirements you have met and which ones remain to be completed.  Please review the transfer guides to make sure you select appropriate transfer courses to fulfill remaining prerequisites.  An official evaluation of transfer credits will be completed only after a student is officially admitted to the degree program.  Keep in mind the February 1 application deadline for Fall admission.