Dual Acceptance and Guaranteed Interview Programs
with Midwestern University

Midwestern University DGOptometry and Pharmacy- Two dynamic universities have joined forces to provide dual admission programs for students who would like to be accepted into optometry or pharmacy school directly out of high school. The Dual Acceptance Program (DAP) permits students to complete their prerequisite requirements at Benedictine University, then transition into Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Optometry or Chicago College of Pharmacy to begin a doctoral  program at Midwestern University. These students are guaranteed a seat in the college if they continue to meet specific academic and extracurricular criteria.

College of Dental Medicine-Illinois- Benedictine University and Midwestern University partner to provide guaranteed admissions interviews for qualified students from Benedictine to attend Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine- Illinois (CDMI). Pre-dental students meeting academic qualifications complete coursework and clinical experiences while at Benedictine, and are guaranteed an interview at CDMI to qualify for positions in the next dental school class.

For participation in all affilate programs, please consult the Director of the Pre-Health Professions Program as soon as possible for additional information.

College of Pharmacy

Qualifications:

  • High School unweighted GPA > 3.2.
  • SAT > 1190 or ACT > 24. Exam must include a writing component score.
  • Apply and be admitted to Benedictine University.
  • Apply for the Dual Acceptance Program (DAP) with Midwestern University by Nov 1st (early decision) or Feb 15th.
  • Current BenU students must apply to the Early Admission program no later than the spring of sophomore year.

Successful applicants will:

  • Benefit from receiving an excellent education at Benedictine University.
  • Ensure their seat at the Chicago College of Pharmacy upon successful completion of the DAP requirements.
  • Be waived from having to apply to PharmCAS and take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

Shadowing a pharmacist is strongly recommended.

Learn more about the Benedictine University-Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy here.


All students must apply to Benedicitne University and complete the DAP admission process at Midwestern.

College of Optometry

Qualifications:

  • SAT > 1250 or ACT > 28.
  • Apply and be admitted to Benedictine University.
  • Apply for the Dual Acceptance Program (DAP) with Midwestern University by May 1st.
  • Current BenU students must apply to the Early Admission program no later than the spring of freshman year.

 

Successful applicants will:

  • Benefit from receiving an excellent education at Benedictine University.
  • Ensure their seat at the Chicago College of Optometry upon successful completion of the DAP requirements.
  • Be waived from having to apply to OptomCAS and take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).

Shadowing an optometrist is strongly recommended.

 


All students must apply to Benedicitne University and complete the DAP admission process at Midwestern.

College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Qualifications:

  • Meet all CDMI admission requirements
  • Minimum GPA 3.2
  • DAT completed within 12 Mo of application
  • Patient contact experience demonstrating a discernment process to enter the dental profession

Successful applicants will:

  • Benefit from receiving an excellent education at Benedictine University.
  • Ensure an admissions interview at the Chicago College of Dental Medicine-Illinois upon successful completion of academic and experiential requirements.

Shadowing a dentist is strongly recommended.


All students must apply and be admitted to Benedicitne University to qualify for this opportunity at Midwestern University.

For all programs, applicants are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular
    activities.
  • Demonstrate motivation for and commitment to the optometry profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences.
  • Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and
    colleagues.

Benedictine University’s MSIP Program Applicants

If you are currently enrolled in Benedictine University's Master of Science in Integrative Physiology (MSlP) program, you may be eligible for a guaranteed interview as an applicant to Midwestern University's College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus Pharm.D. program. To qualify for a guaranteed interview as part of the application process, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet all traditional admission requirements of Midwestern University's pharmacy program.
  • Apply for admission to Midwestern University using PharmCAS by the April 1st deadline for Summer enrollment at Midwestern University immediately following the completion of the MSlP at Benedictine.
  • Have an MSlP program GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application to Midwestern University.
  • No final course grade less than a "C" in Benedictine University's MSlP program.
  • Have a Cumulative Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, including courses taken in Benedictine University's MSlP program.
  • Be recommended by the Director of the MSlP program with an additional letter from a professional or academic reference.
  • Patient contact experience is highly recommended, particularly to demonstrate a discernment process to enter the pharmacy profession.
  • All applicants must meet Midwestern University's technical standards, which is essential to delineate the psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills needed for matriculation into, continuation in, and graduation from the educational program.
  • If accepted into the program, must meet all other enrollment requirements including but not limited to medical, criminal background, and substance abuse clearance.

CCO will offer guaranteed interviews to students enrolled in Benedictine University's Master of Science in Integrative Physiology (M.S.I.P.) Program who apply as a traditional applicant to CCO and who satisfy these requirements:

  1. Must meet all admission requirements of CCO.
  2. Must submit a completed application to OptomCAS by April 1 for enrollment at CCO in Fall Quarter immediately following the completion of the M.S.I.P. Program.
  3. Have an M.S.I.P. program GPA of at least 3.5 (out of 4.0) at the time of application to CCO.
  4. Have completed all courses in the M.S.I.P. Program with a minimum grade of C or higher.
  5. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, including courses taken before and during the M.S.I.P. Program.
  6. Provide OAT scores showing a Minimum Academic Average and Total Science scores of 300 each. OAT test scores must be earned no more than 5 years prior to the planned enrollment year.
  7. Submit two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a practicing optometrist. The other letter must be from the Director of the M.S.I.P. Program.
  8. Demonstrate a good understanding of optometric medicine. Candidates are strongly encouraged to shadow and observe a number of practicing optometrists in the clinical setting.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to service through extracurricular and/or community activities.

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Yvonne Kumon
Assistant to the Dean
ykumon@ben.edu
(630) 829-6084

Bonnie Beezhold, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
bbeezhold@ben.edu
(630) 829-6528

Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science & Health
cmascarenhas@ben.edu
(630) 829-6587