Kirkwood Community College

Pre-Professional Health Careers Academy


Rigorous academic preparation for some of today's most popular pre-professional programs at colleges and universities. 

Successful academic preparation of required transfer level coursework in pre-professional majors at many colleges and universities.
Student Requirements

One year of high school biology and/or chemistry or a college-level biology course is strongly recommend for incoming Pre-Professional students.
Average Salaries
Nurse Practioner
Physician Assistant
General Practice MD
 Based on available Iowa salary data at

Pre-Professional Health Careers Courses

 Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

Completion of high school anatomy or biology strongly recommended.

BIO-151 | Nutrition | 3 credits
Designed to show the relationship between sound nutrition and good health. Covers energy requirements, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, metabolism, physical exercise, dieting, weight problems, evaluation of nutritional claims, vegetarianism, and proper nutrition during pregnancy and lactation.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

BIO-168  |  Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab  |  4 credits 
Introduces the structure and function of the human body. Emphasizes organization at the cellular and tissue level and selected organ systems. Includes laboratory activities (computer simulations, dissection, and/or human specimens) to reinforce current concepts.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

BIO-173  |  Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab  |  4 credits
Continues the study of human organ systems. Integrates laboratory activities including, computer simulations and human specimens, corresponding to structure and functions investigated.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

HSC-205 | Exploration of Healthcare Careers | 3 credits 
Explores all aspects of health care and careers in the field. Focuses on understanding basic wellness, and growth and development of the human being. Includes field trips to an emergency room at a local hospital, a surgical center, a free healthcare clinic, a dental clinic, an outpatient OT/PT/speech center, administrative offices at a nursing home and a laboratory. Covers the past, present and future of health care.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


Career and Transfer Opportunities

Kirkwood Community College health career program options include: Occupational or Physical Therapy, Exercise Science and Wellness, Nursing, and Surgical or Pharmacy Tech Programs.
If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at