Curriculum in 1900

College of Medicine 1900The curriculum in 1900 was intended to develop well-rounded physicians capable of handling almost any patient problem.  The class size varied considerably, with 38 graduates in 1902, but only 13 is 1909.  Students paid fees of $75 per year, plus a $5-10 examination fee.  The cost of living in Omaha varied from $3 to $5 per week, "according to the means and habits of the student."  Lectures were held in the college building at 12th and Pacific.  The college Bulletin of 1900 noted:

Football Team - 1900The college is reached by walking one block south and two west from the Union and Burlington depots at Tenth and Mason streets, and by taking the Thirteenth street car line south at the Webster Street depot.  

The trustees have constructed, in the basement, for the use of the football team, a shower bath with suitable dressing rooms adjoining. 


Anatomy in 1900Anatomy Classroom in 1900The dissecting commodious and provided with abundant ventilation.  While it is thoroughly lighted for work during the day, most of the dissecting is done during the evening in order to avoid annoying interruptions.






Practical Chemistry

Chemistry in 1900Freshman year: The first half of the year is devoted to experimental work in the gases, metaloids, and metals.  The last half of the year...the student is taught to determine the existence of all the common metals and acids in any inorganic mixture.

Sophomore year: The first half of this year is devoted to the formation of certain organic preparations...chloroform, iodoform, acetic acid, formaldehyde and others.  The last half of the year is devoted to study of common poisons and adulterations.



Practical Bacteriology

Bacteriology in 1900The student becomes familiar with the preparation of culture media, methods of cultivating, staining, and studying fully the important species of pathogenic micro-organisms.

Each student who proposes to work in the microscopic laboratories of the college will be expected to purchase [all the reagents, stains, and other minor appliances] at a cost of about three dollars.  Thus, at the price of a rather inexpensive text-book, he will possess an (sic) equipment used more than any text-book in this course.




Biology and Embryology

Study of the typical forms of animal and plant life beginning with amoeba and yeast cell, and ending with frog and flowering plant.  The Embryology includes the preparation and mounting of the chick in all stages.