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Pre-Health

Pre-Health
Professions Programs
and Nursing

College of Science & Health

Programs Offered

Pre-Professional Programs

Dual Acceptance

Benedictine has dual acceptance programs for high school seniors and Benedictine undergraduate students.

Fast-Track Programs

Benedictine students have opportunities for early acceptance into medical, dental and pharmacy programs.

Guaranteed Interviews

Under the provisions of the agreement, selected students who successfully complete the specified coursework at Benedictine will be granted an interview for acceptance at their school of study.

Dual Acceptance, Fast-Track Programs and Guaranteed Interviews

Because of our reputation, Benedictine enjoys affiliations, partnerships, and early-entry relationships with more health professional schools than any other university in the region. These special relationships also allow us to provide clinical volunteer and shadowing opportunities for our students, where they gain valuable experience in the world of health care — often while working alongside our own alumni.

Unsurpassed academic programs, expert advising and guidance, and relationships with regional health care facilities ensure that Benedictine graduates are among the most sought-after candidates by nationally recognized professional schools or healthcare employees.

The Benedictine Advantage

The Benedictine Advantage

Entrance to professional schools is very competitive, requiring rigorous preparation and skill assessments. Benedictine is here to help prepare you for the next steps in your academic journey.

Pre-Health Advisor

As a student at Benedictine University, you’ll have the benefit of being guided by at least two advisers who will steer you toward the completion of your degree major. In addition, every pre-health professions student is encouraged to meet with their pre-health professions advisor each semester. The role of the advisor is to help you plan, schedule and determine which prerequisite courses you need to fulfill your requirements. The pre-health advisor works with you to identify opportunities for extracurricular engagement, especially in health care-related activities such as volunteer work and shadowing.

Health Professions Recommendation Committee

Most medical schools prefer committee letters of recommendation. Benedictine University uses a committee letter process to provide students and alumni with letters of recommendation for application to medical and other health profession schools. To carry out this work the committee meets with applicants to learn more about each to put their individual recommendations into a cohesive perspective. A letter is prepared on the basis of input from both the student and faculty members. This input includes an application, personal statement, interviews, and letter of recommendation from other sources. Upon the request of the student, this committee letter is sent to the professional schools of their choice. All students seeking admission to professional schools should plan to interview with the members of this committee during the year before applying for professional school. This typically happens in your junior year.

In addition, we offer:

Pre-Professional Practicum

Students pursuing a health science major may earn credit hours during their junior or senior years observing in a department of a hospital, medically oriented industry or private practices, where the Benedictine University director of Pre-Professional Health Programs assigns them to clinical preceptors.

Pre-Professional Student Organizations

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • American Red Cross
  • Anatomy Club
  • Care to Care
  • Dental Club
  • People for Animal Welfare (PAWs)
  • Pharmacy Club
  • Physician Assistant Club
  • Podiatry Club
  • Optometry Club
  • O.T. and P.T. Club

Health Professions Fair

The primary goal of this fair is to bring in admissions representatives and counselors from local and distant professional schools and military services to share their information and speak with students who are interested in further education in a health-related field.

Discounts on Test Preparation

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).

Kaplan Test Prep

Visit the Pre-Health Resources page for additional information and a registration link.

Testimonial

“I loved Benedictine’s campus and was extremely excited about the pre medical aspect of the curriculum. The strengths of the school center around the Benedictine community. My professors had a vested interest in my success and were willing to help out in any way to promote that success. They were the ones who helped me find my passion for sports medicine. Caring for athletes occurs across all spectrums of medicine, and there are ways to involve yourself early if you are interested. My advice to anyone interested in medicine is to pursue your interests even if they are not directly related to medicine and to be involved in a wide variety of activities to make yourself a well-rounded person. This will help you to be successful not only in applying to medical school, but also in life.”

JOSHUA BLOMGREN, B.S.’01, BIOCHEMISTRY, D.O.
Sports Medicine Physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

Josh Blomgren
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