Student Chapter: VCSU Pre-Professional Club

Admission to a professional school program is not something that you do on a Sunday afternoon. There are many required components of the application such as volunteer hours, observation hours, admissions tests, leadership skills and working in a health care setting. It is suggested to start working towards your application in your freshman year. The Pre-Professional Club is here to help you navigate the process and provide you with emotional and academic support.

The club provides study material and guidance on how to take the admission and competencies tests such as the MCAT, PCAT, GRE and OAT. We even practice taking the tests so you are prepared. The club provides volunteer opportunities, leadership opportunities and experience in fundraising. Every year the club organizes a soup and sandwich feed to raise money to support the club and to support the work of the Hospice of the Red River Valley. The club also provides CPR training, EAD training and First Aid training.

When I first came to VCSU I was still debating my career path. I knew that the university afforded me great opportunities in not only obtaining sought-after bachelor degrees in the sciences but also in building my résumé for the next step. Upon taking some of the core classes for the health sciences major I finally knew what my calling was: I wanted to become a doctor. The classes at VCSU set a solid foundation for the graduate coursework that I would encounter. In regards to preparing for the rigors of the graduate application process, I was lucky enough to be part of the founding group of the Pre-Professional Club. This group allowed me a time and place to discuss the prerequisite requirements, the placement exams, the interview process, and to simply be able to de-stress with like-minded professionals-to-be. I cannot fully express how much I enjoyed my time at VCSU and do believe that it prepared me well for my medical education. Ashley (Gierke) Horner, Class of 2012, medicine

Contact Information

Hilde van Gijssel, Ph.D
Professor of Science
Health Science and Medical Laboratory Science
701-845-7337 or

Nicholas Galt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Science
Health Science
701-845-7459 or
Becky Pfennig, PN
Dakota College at Bottineau – Valley City site
701-845-7682 or

Susan Ashline, RN
Dakota College at Bottineau – Valley City site
701-845-7681 or