Morningside offers a number of programs to prepare you for a professional health career.


Prechiropractic students must have three years of college coursework that usually includes classes in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, English, psychology and social science or the humanities. With good planning, a student may use the transfer back program to earn a dual degree--one from Morningside and one from the chiropratic college.


Students may apply to dental school after three years of college, but most students complete four years with a major in biology or chemistry. Prerequisite courses include biology, chemistry (including organic), physics and English. It's a good idea to get a broad education at Morningside and to complete a major because admission to dental school is very competitive.


Most Morningside students who go on to medical school have majored in biology or chemistry or double-majored in both. Prerequisite coursework for medical school includes biology, chemistry (including organic), physics, English, social science and calculus (some schools). Morningside graduates have a greater than 90 percent acceptance rate for medical school.

Medical Laboratory Science

A medical lab scientist performs a wide variety of tests in a clinical laboratory. Students preparing for this career will complete three years of coursework at Morningside as a foundation for the final year of study and practical lab experience with a hospital-based program. Morningside maintains affiliations with two accredited hospital programs in Sioux City. This allows students to complete their clinical year locally if they meet admission requirements.


Students apply to optometry school after three years of college. Typical preoptometry coursework includes biology (including microbiology), chemistry (including organic), English, calculus, statistics, physics and psychology.


A pharmacy career requires five years of study. A typical prepharmacy student will enroll at Morningside for one or two years and then transfer to a professional program. Some students pursue a graduate degree in pharmacy after completing a Bachelor of Science degree from Morningside. Prepharmacy coursework usually includes biology, chemistry, physics, English, calculus, social sciences and humanities.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Our preprofessional program for physical therapy includes courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, precalculus or calculus, and statistics. Internships also are required for admission to an accredited two-and-one-half year professional program. Physical therapy internships are available in Sioux City through the two local hospitals and a local sports medicine and orthopedics medical practice.

Physician Assistant

The majority of students in a professional physician assistant program have completed four or more years of college work. Typical prerequisite courses include biology (human anatomy and physiology), chemistry (organic and biochemistry), psychology and statistics or calculus.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

A preveterinary student usually completes a bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or biology. Coursework typically includes English composition, biology, oral communication, chemistry and biochemistry, and physics.