Medical Professionals

About the Pre-Medicine Program

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Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities. The Pre-Med program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.

The College of Medicine of the University of Nebraska Medical Center requires a minimum of 90 semester hours for admission. However, students pursuing the pre-medical curriculum are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the Pre-Medical program. Students wanting to apply to other medical schools should check with those specific schools for additional requirements.



Physician responsibilities:

  • Takes a patent’s medical history
  • Updates charts and patient information
  • Orders tests for nurses or other healthcare staff to do
  • Reviews test results to identify any abnormal findings
  • Recommends and designs a plan of treatment
  • Answers concerns or questions

Surgeon responsibilities:

  • Provides information to a patient
  • Performs accurately in the operating room
  • Relies on a team for assistance during the procedure
  • Quickly identifies problems and corrects them
  • Communicates care requirements to the patient and family
  • Answers concerns or questions

Median Pay for Physicians and Surgeons: $208,000

3% Projected Employment Growth

from 2021 to 2031 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Acceptance Rates into Medical School

Over the past 3 years

68% Accepted


Andy Craig

"I attended UNK from 2003 to 2007, and then also was given the opportunity to be in one of the first classes of KHOP (Kearney Health Opportunities Program) before starting medical school at UNMC in 2009. Prior to graduating from UNMC in 2013, I was selected for the Accelerated Family Medicine Residency at UNMC in 2012 which concluded in 2016.  I decided to return to my hometown of Minden, NE to practice as a family physician. UNK was a pivotal component of my education, fostering critical thinking, dynamic professor/student interaction that lasts beyond graduation, and the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a family physician. As a student at UNMC, you have the chance to interact with students from undergraduate institutions from all across the country. I would argue that the pre-medical education at UNK rivals any of them. I will be forever thankful for the education that I received from UNK."


Andy Craig

Kearney County Health Services, Minden, Neb.

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