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Welcome to the Borra College of Health Sciences (BCHS) at Dominican University! Whether you are a new or continuing student you are an important part of our campus community. I am privileged to serve as your Dean and focus my leadership on creating a healthy, safe, and inclusive campus where you can maximize your personal potential while pursuing your educational dreams of becoming a healthcare provider.

Something for Everyone!

The Borra College of Health Sciences is an amazing college with so much to offer. Take time to explore and embrace the rich program offerings of each academic discipline. BCHS is comprised of the following:

  • The Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the RN-BSN program.
  • The Department of  Medical Studies offers the Bachelor of Medical Science degree.
  • The Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program is a graduate degree that allows PAs to practice nationally as licensed medical providers.
  • Our Nutrition and Dietetic programs offer a range from certification, undergraduate, and graduate degree options.

The Simulation Education Center assists programs in identifying opportunities for improvement, innovation, implementation, and integration of patient simulation technology into existing curricula. To continue our mission and vision to be a national leader in offering healthcare programs, we utilize the professional expertise of faculty and staff to offer students the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in a didactic setting to realistic learning environments. The Simulation center creates an ongoing community of practice through cross-disciplinary collaborations that emphasize the importance of establishing a caring and trusting relationship by means of inter-professional education. Please take time to visit our Simulation Center.

Get Involved!

Join a club or organization! Do something fun, engage in an activity. Participate in the Center for Cultural Liberation, Office for Civic Engagement, Dominican University Student Nurse Association, Dominican University Pre-Physician Assistant Association, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, DU Feeds, or Undergraduate Research, Scholarships, and Creative Investigations (URSCI)—just to name a few.

Share your time and talents with others while getting to know your peers, faculty, and staff. The heart of our tradition is embedded in the compatibility of faith and reason, which affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good, embodying what is expected of you as future healthcare professionals.

Be Brave!

The BCHS Deans Office is committed to helping you do all of this and more! We are also here if you encounter an unexpected obstacle along the way. It is our job to help you seize, reflect upon, and integrate your diverse campus experiences—weaving them into the overall fabric of your education.

As you progress, your commitment and dedication to personal and academic excellence will be tested. In choosing a career in healthcare, you have chosen a noble profession dedicated to serving those in need; you have made a life-long commitment to creating a more just and humane world. I am grateful for your commitment to healthcare, people, dignity, and fairness.

I hope to meet each of you as the year progresses.

Tamara Bland, Dean
Borra College of Health Sciences