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Health Science

Students, who are interested in health-related careers, the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science courses which are appropriate to their interests.

Why study health science at Benedictine?

If you are interested in a health-related career and want a challenging yet flexible academic preparation, you may choose to major in Health Science at Benedictine University. Our program offers you the opportunity to design your curriculum with more freedom and flexibility than is the case with most majors. It prepares you for further study for careers in physical or occupational therapy, dentistry, medicine, nursing, podiatry, veterinary medicine and other health-related professions. Before you apply for a professional school, you may benefit from 75 contact hours of practical experience in a health-related career of your choice. Benedictine University has a close working relationship with many outstanding medical facilities in the Chicago area and with many individual professionals who supervise our students.

What the health science core consists of:

Biology - Principles of Organismal Biology (3 semester-hours) and Principles of Biology and lab (4 semester-hours)• Chemistry - 16 semester hours: four courses in College Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with labs• Biochemistry - 3 semester hours (Principles of Biochemistry or Biochemistry)• Physics - 8 semester hours: two courses in College Physics with lab or University Physics with lab• Math - 3-4 semester hours: College Trigonometry or proficiency in a higher mathematics Note: some health professional programs may require calculus.• Upper-level natural sciences - 31 semester hours of upper level science courses including at least 9 hours in 300-level courses and two advanced labs• Health Science Core: Microbiology, genetics, anatomy, physiology and cell biology • Health Science - 68 semester hours of your 120 hours for graduation in health science courses with a grade of "C" or better in each course• Health Science Practicum - A 2 semester hour clinical experience in physical or occupational therapy, dentistry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, optometry or medicine is available as an elective

How does the program work?

Benedictine University’s Health Science major provides clinical experience for credit in at least one health science specialty. You will consult with advisors in both basic science and clinical fields regarding academic preparation and application to professional schools. Our Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs and a Health Science Recommendations Committee, the latter comprised of faculty members who have intimate knowledge of the academic subject matter and the qualifications necessary to be successful in a health-related career, will help guide your path.

"During my first year at Loyola’s medical school, I realized how prepared I was compared to other students in the program. I was way ahead because Benedictine’s pre-med program is so far ahead of many others. I heard Benedictine’s pre-med program was good, but I didn’t realize how good until I went to medical school."

Jim Sostak, C01

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