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

Prerequisite Coursework

To be eligible for application to the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP), students must complete all prerequisite courses and University of Minnesota Liberal Education (LE) requirements. All courses must be completed or in progress at time of application.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

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

Overall GPA and *STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) GPA are both considered in the admission process. **Patient Care Course is required for Echocardiography and Sonography tracks. Patient Care Course is defined as Certified nursing assistant (CNA), healthcare certification, licensure or registry.

Liberal Education (LE) Requirements

Liberal Education (LE) requirements consist of a set of "core areas" and "themes" that must be completed in your lower division coursework. Prerequisite courses for the BSHP may overlap to fulfill LE requirements, however, students will need to ensure they are meeting all areas and themes in elective courses. To find out what courses at other institutions meet LE requirements, please visit:  Liberal Education.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Diversity and Social Justice in the US
  • Global Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Literature
  • The Environment

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

Prerequisite Course Guides

Students may choose to complete the prerequisite and LE coursework at regionally accredited higher education institutions. NOTE: Some regionally accredited colleges may not offer all the prerequisites needed for the degree. Please refer to the BSHP prerequisite course guides for course credits that will transfer and count towards degree requirements.

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 degree credit requirements.

Evaluation of Previous Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework Planning Chart

A student may request to have completed coursework evaluated by the Office for Admissions for possible transfer to the degree. Please email your academic transcript(s) from all schools attended (unofficial is acceptable) to ApplyUMR@umn.edu. The Prerequisite Course Planning Chart will be returned to you indicating which course requirements you have met and which ones remain to be completed. An official evaluation of transfer credits will be completed only after a student is officially admitted to the degree program. Application deadline is February 1 for fall admission.