Health Professions

Health Professions Program Application Cycles

Ginger Sillars, Department Chair

Welcome to the Health Professions Department at Missoula College. We prepare students to become competent, caring, ethical professionals — and we provide the skills and opportunities to jump-start your career in healthcare.

We’re looking for students who think critically and independently, who care about others, whose behavior is guided by ethical values, and who are prepared for lifelong learning and leadership in their profession.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  New Associate and Bachelor Degree Pathways

Missoula College is now offering an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree!  In addition to the General Education Requirements of our Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, the A.S. degree requires 9 credits of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) electives.  We have a wide range of engaging classes to choose from.

Meanwhile, across the river, UM’s College of Health is now offering a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health.  This important degree is both timely and relevant, and offers our students another pathway to advanced degrees in health.

Build Your Bridge Today!  Missoula College students will soon have the opportunity to complete their A.S. degree with a Public Health Concentration, making for a seamless transition into the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree track.  Schedule your appointment with an advisor today to explore these exciting options!

Six Health Professions Degree Programs:

Our Department of Health Professions Programs share many prerequisite courses, they employ an inter-professional model of learning, and all make use of clinical rotations. During these rotations, students work at our healthcare facility partners alongside licensed professionals, with real patients, to develop their skills and confidence.

Admission to each Health Professions Program requires a separate application and can be competitive, so it’s important to meet with an advisor early and learn more about your chosen field of study and how to succeed.

The Health Professions Department of the University of Montana seeks to prepare students to be health practitioners who are technically competent and who are effective in a variety of clinical, agency and community settings. The Health Professions Department offers five Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degrees, one Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree, and one certificate program with courses and learning experiences that contribute to understanding the health needs of individuals and society. Clinical affiliations and on-site experiences are essential elements of all programs; local communities, their agencies, and organizations are a valuable resource and provide cooperative learning experiences in health delivery systems.

  1. To provide programs of study which integrate a variety of health-related disciplines to prepare students for careers in health professions.

  2. To contribute to the liberal education of students through courses designed to provide an understanding of human health, fitness and health delivery systems.

  3. To meet the continuing education needs of health professionals.

Admission to a specific Health Professions (HP) program requires documented completion of the Associate of Arts (AA) prerequisite courses as required by the specific HP program to which the student is applying. The AA prerequisite courses are different for each HP program and are listed in the specific program description in this catalog. A prerequisite course may be attempted a maximum of two (2) times. Any prerequisite course required for an HP program must be taken prior to acceptance into the program. Additional requirements for admission to each of the HP programs vary and are also listed in the specific program descriptions.

Students enter the Missoula College UM as pre-major student of the program of choice and select courses from the required prerequisite courses after conferring with an HP advisor. Assessment of writing for placement in writing courses follows University guidelines and is offered during orientation and at various times during the semester. Math placement is determined by the ALEK placement test and can be taken online, placement testing assures that students are enrolled in the appropriate course to ensure success in writing and math studies.

Admission into a health program requires a completed application for the specific program to which the student is applying, and documented completion of the program specific prerequisite courses. For program specific admission requirements and grade point average (GPA) expectations, please refer to the individual program descriptions or contact the specific HP Program Director.

Students must submit a separate application to each HP program they desire admission to. If a student is accepted to multiple programs, the student can only accept admission to one HP program and must decline admission to the other program(s). Deadlines for applications are April 1 and October 1.

**Please click here for program specific admission applications.

For more information regarding Placement Exams please click here.
For more information regarding Missoula College Admissions Requirements click here.

All health professions programs at the Missoula College-UM subscribe to the following standards and limitations with regards to specific program prerequisite courses:

Anatomy and Physiology I & II courseworkwhether completed at the Missoula College or transferred from elsewhere, must have been completed within the 5 years immediately preceding application to any specific health professions program.

Mathematics and Writing prerequisite coursework should have been completed no more than 10 years prior to application to any specific health professions program. If mathematics and writing prerequisite coursework is greater than 10 years old, the student should take the writing and mathematics placement exams administered by the college (e-write and ALEX respectively). If the student places into a comparable level to the specific course in question then that course shall be accepted as a valid prerequisite for the intended program. If the student places below the required standard then they shall remediate as needed prior to application to any specific health professions program