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Pre-Professional Health Science

Bachelor of Science

Clarke offers students the opportunity to prepare for entrance into professional programs in the area of health science while completing their undergraduate degree. Many health science programs require a baccalaureate degree as a prerequisite for entrance into the professional program. Although application for admission into professional programs must be sought independently by the student, Clarke pre-professional health science advisers will act as advisers to students who wish to fulfill prerequisites for admission into specific programs. These advisers will also assist students in seeking admission to the following programs.

Cadaver Lab

Program Details

Clarke provides the strong liberal arts background and the basic sciences that are required for future physicians. Although medical programs do not prescribe an undergraduate major, most schools require a basic science curriculum.

Admission to Clarke University

Application for admission into professional programs must be sought independently by the student. The pre-professional health science advisers will assist students in seeking admission to the following programs as well as acting as an adviser to the students who wish to fulfill prerequisites for admission into specific programs. Students planning to enter any of the following programs are encouraged to consult with advisers regularly. Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Prospective students should achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.8/4.0 scale, score competitively on either the ACT or the SAT and submit the application form.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Michelle Slover

Chair and Professor of Biology

The integration of lab and lecture in my anatomy courses works well. The two components complement each other and provide multiple ways to learn.

Laura Hecker

Assistant Professor of Biology

It is my goal to create a classroom environment that encourages curiosity. I like to remind students that it’s the questions they can’t answer that sometimes end up teaching them the most.

Shaun Bowman

Assistant Professor of Biology

I attempt to relate the coursework to the students’ lives and future career aspirations, while having a lot of fun along the way.

Melissa DeMotta

Associate Professor of Biology

I hope that students learn to appreciate the world around them and the wonder of their own bodies so that they realize science is not scary but fantastic.

Andrea Bixler

Professor of Biology

My courses are challenging – what’s the point of just memorizing the text? Instead, let’s take the information, analyze it and apply it in new situations.

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Our Students & Alumni

Ben Lehmkuhl


My time at Clarke, especially the hours dissecting in the cadaver lab, inspired me to become a surgeon.

Mileva Gacanich

Biochemistry '16

I am in veterinary school at Colorado State.  I can’t thank my Clarke professors enough for the foundation they provided me to study veterinary medicine.

Shelley Shafer

Biology '08

After Clarke I went on to graduate school at Kansas City University and am now a doctor with Unity Point Health. Clarke taught me the importance of cultivating relationships and working as a team.

Graduate outcomes

Percent of graduates reporting being employed in their field or continuing their education.

Faculty-to-student ratio

Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors fosters learning.

Student population

Our students come from 28 states and seven countries.

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