So you want to be a physician…or a dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, occupational therapist, or any one of the dozens of additional options in the expanding health care field. Our pre-professional programs in the health sciences are designed for you.

A powerful approach to professional preparation

You’ll work side-by-side with a faculty advisor who will help you identify, refine and pursue your professional goals. You’ll refine your plan regularly in ongoing conversations with your advisor and with additional expert, caring faculty who understand what it takes to enroll in graduate school and succeed in the health professions. Your advisor will help you design a personal academic plan, will guide you through the graduate school application process, and will connect you with all the people, resources and experiences you need to make your dreams a reality. These productive relationships are at the heart of Dominican’s pre-professional programs.

Typically, pre-med students major in biology, biology-chemistry or neuroscience. The basic science coursework at Dominican includes the study of human anatomy with cadaver dissection. Most students complete a hands-on internship at Rush Oak Park Hospital. Your pre-med advisor will help you prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and otherwise enable you to navigate the medical school admission process. Dominican offers all the courses required for medical school admission.

A first-rate environment for learning

Our cutting-edge curriculum includes all the courses you’ll need for success in professional or graduate school. You’ll find a new home in Parmer Hall, the campus’s newest building, with 16 labs and state-of-the-art research equipment. Our internship program draws on Chicago’s world-class research and clinical resources. We make our connections your connections, so you can test-drive your dream job in the real world. You also can combine academic study with compassionate service to people in need, in the Chicago area and beyond. You’ll start your career knowing from experience how to serve as an effective member of today’s health-care teams.

The university has an excellent record of its students being accepted to outstanding medical schools including:

  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Rush University
Jolly Grewal

Dominican Graduate

“I shadowed physicians at Rush University Medical Center and Lurie Children’s Hospital. I conducted research at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, and presented a paper with a professor at national and international conferences. It was great preparation for medical school.”

Prepare for a life of service and achievement

Dominican has a remarkable record of placing students in outstanding professional and graduate schools. You will find Dominican graduates at work across the full spectrum of the health professions: as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, occupational therapists, optometrists, physician assistants and more. Some alumni apply their scientific knowledge to careers as clinical psychologists or social workers. Others pursue industrial or academic research. Our graduates are highly trained, open to new ideas, skilled in the lab and ready to thrive through long and meaningful careers. They have earned their way into leadership positions in the health profession of their choice.