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Pre-Professional Health Programs

Benedictine University offers nine undergraduate pre-professional health programs to prepare students for professional studies in a health-related career.  Students on a health-related track can earn a bachelor's degree in Health Science through the Department of Biological Sciences.

While this web site is getting updated, VISIT

www.benuscience.org/preprofessional/index.php

for all of our current information.

 Pre-Professional Health Major Sheet 

 

 Pre-Chiropractic Program

We strongly recommend that you complete the four-year bachelor’s degree. You should follow programs for the major in biochemistry, health science or biology, since most of the chiropractic schools require six semester hours in biology, 12 in chemistry, six in physics and at least 30 semester credits in humanities and social science. The mean cumulative grade point average is 3.3 (on a 4-point scale). Admission requirements at individual chiropractic programs and institutions may exceed these minimums. Application is made to each individual chiropractic school.

Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring semester of the junior year or fall semester of the senior year.

 
 
Pre-Dental Program
 
If you are seeking a career in dentistry, you should plan to complete a four-year degree program. Most dental schools require one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology. We recommend that your courses include genetics, anatomy, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry and calculus. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is now computer-based testing and should be taken during the spring/summer of your junior year of college. The mean score of the DAT and the cumulative grade point average of those students who are accepted to dental school is approximately 19 and 3.5, respectively.

Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.
 
 
Pre-Medical Program
 
If you are seeking a career in medicine, you should plan to complete four years of college. To be a well-qualified candidate, you should have a strong foundation in basic science and mathematics with advanced science courses that emphasize biology or biochemistry. We offer a wide selection of appropriate advanced courses, including histology, immunology, endocrinology, cell biology, nutrition, microbiology, biochemistry and intermediary metabolism. Medical schools are now placing increased emphasis on humanities courses and volunteerism in the community and at the University.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is now computer-based testing and should be taken during the spring/summer of your junior year. The mean MCAT score for students accepted to medical schools is approximately 10.0 and the mean cumulative grade point average is 3.5 (on a 4-point scale).

Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.
 
 
Pre-Occupational Therapy Program
 
A student seeking a career in occupational therapy should plan on completing the first two years at the university as a health science major with emphasis in behavioral sciences. The curriculum has been designed to meet the admission requirements for the last two years at the University of Illinois Medical Center program in occupational therapy. A student could also plan on completing a degree in health science or psychology and continue his or her education in an entry level master's degree program in occupational therapy. Graduates from these programs are qualified to sit for the American Occupational Therapy Association Certification Examination.
 
 
Pre-Optometry Program
 
Although it is possible to enter optometry school after three years, we recommend that you plan to complete four years of college. To be a well-qualified candidate, you should have a strong foundation in basic science and mathematics, including calculus, with advanced science courses that emphasize biology or biochemistry. We recommend that you follow suggested programs of study for the Biology, Health Science or Biochemistry majors and take the Optometry College Admissions Test (OAT) during the spring semester of your junior year at Benedictine University. The mean OAT score for a student accepted into optometry school is an average of 50th percentile or above, and the mean cumulative grade point average is 3.5 (on a 4-point scale).

Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semesters of the junior or senior years respectively.
 
 
Pre-Pharmacy Program
 
To enter pharmacy school, you should complete the first two years in the pre-pharmacy curriculum. We recommend that you take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test during October of your sophomore year. To apply for pharmacy school, we recommend that you earn a minimum grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4-point scale). You should apply to the pharmacy school between January 1 and May 1 of your sophomore year.

Dual Acceptance Program (Chicago College of Pharmacy and Benedictine University)
The Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University and Benedictine University have an agreement for a Dual Acceptance Program. Under the provisions of the agreement, selected students who successfully complete the specified coursework at Benedictine University will be granted an early acceptance to CCP. The number of reserved seats is not predetermined and will vary year-to-year depending on the size and quality of the applicant pool. See the Pre-Pharmacy major sheet for more information. Successful applicants will be ensured a seat at CCP upon successful completion of the pre-pharmacy requirements at Benedictine University within two years; achievement of a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20; and earning a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses. Students are not permitted to repeat courses for a higher grade. The PCAT is waived for students who successfully complete the pre-pharmacy program at Benedictine University and who are admitted to CCP via the Dual Acceptance Program. Any student who fails to complete the program can apply to CCP via the traditional route.
 
 
Pre-Physical Therapy Program
 
You should plan to complete a degree in Health Science or Psychology. You will then be eligible to apply to an accredited doctorate program in physical therapy. Upon completion of your degree, you would be eligible to take the professional registry and the state licensing examination in physical therapy.
 
 
Pre-Physician's Assistant
 
If you are seeking a career as a Physician Assistant, you should plan to complete four years of college. You should have a strong foundation in basics sciences that emphasize biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy and microbiology. The schools look for a balance of studies in the applied behavioral sciences.

The mean GPA 3.4/4.0 and many schools require the GRE to be taken as well. Most Physician Assistant schools require prior health care experiences (example, 2,000 hours).

You should arrange for interviews from the Health Science Recommendations Committee during the fall or spring of your junior year. Majority of the applicants to the Pre-Physician programs apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) the summer prior to senior year.
 
 
Pre-Podiatry Program
 
Although it is possible to enter podiatry school after three years of college, we strongly recommend that you complete the four-year bachelor’s degree. We suggest that you follow programs for the major in Biochemistry, Health Science or Biology, since most podiatry schools require eight semester credits in biology, 16 in chemistry, eight in physics and at least 30 semester credits in humanities and social science studies. We also recommend that you take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) during the spring semester of your junior year at Benedictine University. The mean MCAT score for students accepted in colleges of podiatric medicine is approximately 8.0, and the mean cumulative grade point average is 3.4 (on a 4-point scale). Applications should be made through the American Association of College of Podiatric Medicine Application Service.

Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.
 
Pre-Veterinary Program
 
Illinois residents may apply to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine after completing three years of college, but the majority of students accepted have earned a bachelor’s degree. We suggest that you follow the program for a major in Biology or Biochemistry. Minimum requirements for veterinary school are eight semester credits in biology, 16 in chemistry, eight in physics and at least 30 semester credits in humanities and social science studies. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine recommends that you complete courses in genetics and biochemistry. We strongly recommend that you take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) during the spring of your junior year. Apply to the Veterinary School in July with a deadline of October 1 through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS). The mean cumulative grade point average is approximately 3.5 (on a 4-point scale).

Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.

 

 

Updated September 4, 2013

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