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

Acceptance Rates into Medical School

Over the past 20 years

60% Accepted


Holly Hartman

"I really like how easy it was to get involved in undergraduate research, and how many opportunities I have had through it. The professors are very willing to mentor undergraduate students."

Holly Hartman

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