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At Benedictine University our pre-health professions program, including pre-med, is designed to provide you with professional advising in addition to your academic advisor.

Our liberal arts programs provide you with the breadth of knowledge and experiential learning prized by medical schools. We have relationships with healthcare providers surrounding our region to help you gain shadowing, clinical, and volunteer experiences. Our Health Profession’s Recommendation Committee provides unparalleled recommendations that are recognized by medical schools across the Chicagoland area, and beyond.

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Students in the Pre-Med program have the opportunities to:

Have exceptional opportunities to become engaged in investigative and applied research.
Be connected to clinical experiences that will enable you to dig deeper into your field of interest.
Volunteer within the large number of clinical sites in the greater Chicagoland area with whom we partner.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Pre-Medicine Alumni

Our graduates are accepted into top-tier medical, dental and other health professional schools, including University of Michigan, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Texas, New York University, Saint Louis University, Loyola University Chicago and Midwestern University. They have gone on to work at Rush University Medical Center, Northwestern Medicine, Edward-Elmhurst Health and Mayo Clinic, among many others. In fact, if you go to any clinical site in the region, odds are a Benedictine alumnus works there.

What is "Pre-Med"?

Declaring yourself to be “pre-med” simply means that this is your career aspiration. To get there, you must meet specific requirements, and these can vary from medical school to medical school. Before applying to any medical school, students must first complete a bachelor degree program that incorporates specific prerequisite course requirements. However, medical schools are also looking for applicants that demonstrate commitment to the profession, community engagement, a well-rounded education, and leadership skills.

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What is the best major?

Medical professional schools do not require that you study a specific academic major. Many students choose health science or biology because there is significant overlap of major courses and pre-med prerequisites. However, we recommend that if you have a passion in another area, you can and should major in that area. Graduates who do this find they can incorporate this area of passion into their professional life for a more satisfying career.

Students Who Care

Health profession schools look for evidence of a sincere commitment to healthcare. Medical school admissions staff look at how long a candidate volunteered and what the work entailed. In addition to volunteering at hospitals, working at clinics, supervised homes for physically or developmentally disabled people, and nursing homes are great opportunities to demonstrate your commitment, and learn more about what healthcare providers do and how to interact with patients. Working as a Medical Scribe or Medical Assistant is a great way to get hands-on  experience. Students who want to be able to more actively participate take steps to become a more distinguished volunteer by obtaining EMT or nurse’s aide certification.

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Benedictine Discounted Kaplan Prep Courses

Through Benedictine’s partnership with Kaplan, students who enroll through Benedictine University will receive a significant discount on Kaplan’s retail price for all three types of class delivery (Live Online, In Person, and Self-Paced).

Live Online and In Person classes have the exact same design and curriculum, as well as standardized schedules with set dates and times for live delivery, except for one key difference: Students can access a Live Online class from anywhere they can take their laptop.

Self-Paced classes are also taken online, but they do not include live instruction, although students can ask questions via email.

For a list of upcoming course schedules for Benedictine students, and the discounted price that our partnership provides, you can reference this chart below. (Self-Paced courses do not have set schedules, so only their price is listed.)

MCAT Live Online $1,350

(reg price $2,499)
GRE Live Online $650

(reg price $999)
DAT Live Online $850

(reg price $1,199)
OAT Live Online $850

(reg price $1,199)
PCAT Live Online $925
Self Paced $850
(reg price $1750)
Self Paced $350
(reg price $449)
Self Paced $525

Once you have decided to take one of the courses, click on the REGISTER button below. Make sure you have the following information to put into the form:

  • Name
  • BenU ID number
  • BenU email address (ending in ben.edu)
  • Program of interest (MCAT, GRE, DAT, OAT, or PCAT)
  • Class code (can be found through the links above under “details”)
  • Class start date (can be found through the links above under “details”)
  • Credit card information (payment)
  • Please register at least two-weeks prior to the start of your program

For any test questions, contact Kaplan at 1-800-527-8378 or visit https://www.kaptest.com/contact-us

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Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Benedictine in 1999 and went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathy. Michael is currently an Interventional Cardiologist for Dreyer Medical Clinic and has hospital privileges at Rush Copley Medical Center and Presence Mercy Medical Center. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been recognized for Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), where he was awarded Best Challenging Case Presentation for his section in San Francisco 2011. Michael supports the following causes: American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American Osteopathic Association and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. When asked about the accomplishment he is most proud of, Michael replied “Realizing my dream of being able to help people and save lives. Along with having a balanced and supportive family life.”

Michael Nuyles, DO

Cardiologist, Advocate Health Care