Health Science Programs at UNK

UNK is leading the way in preparing students for healthcare careers. Students in our pre-professional medical programs have great success with acceptance into medical and clinical schools for many reasons. Smaller class sizes allow individualized attention and one-on-one opportunities to research with dedicated professors. Job shadowing, volunteering, and internships provide experiential learning. Our campus size makes it easy to get involved with organizations that help build leadership skills. Academic advising, mentoring, and guidance in applying to schools and entrance exams give students a competitive edge.

All this and our partnerships with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, area hospitals and numerous medical clinics make UNK a top school to create an exceptional experience that leads you on a path to success in a healthcare profession.

Our Numbers Do The Talking


3-year average acceptance rate to clinical and professional schools among UNK students for all health programs (2020-2022).


UNK grads accepted into medical schools (3 year average) compared to <10% of all nationwide applicants.


Students enrolled in a health science area, the largest program at UNK.

Data calculated from WebAdmit and other communications.

Experiential Learning

Adam Liess
"I graduated from UNK in 2013 with my Bachelor’s degree in athletic training. After attending UNMC for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, I am now practicing as a physical therapist for Kearney Physical Therapy. Along with athletic training, my minor/emphasis was pre physical therapy. The pre physical therapy program helped my greatly by giving me the required pre requisites for all of the physical therapy schools in the area, as well as mentorship from the advisors. I was also able to network and meet other pre PT students in the process, which helped me form bonds that last to today, helping me become a better professional."

Adam Liess

Kearney Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist

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