Welcome to the Borra College of Health Sciences! As Dean, I am delighted to share information about the Borra College of Health Sciences and its programs.

Even though we are relatively new, founded in 2016, the Borra College of Health Sciences (BCHS) has much to offer for students interested in health careers. We have programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as certificate programs that all allow for entry into today’s competitive healthcare environment.

The Borra College of Health Sciences was originally developed to meet student needs in the emerging and growing area of health sciences. Our programs build on Dominican’s strengths in the natural sciences and bring together established as well as new programs in Nutrition Science, Medical Science, Nursing, and Physician Assistant Studies (PAS). The college reflects the commitment to the University’s mission of preparing students to pursue truth and to give compassionate service. Our students, while pursuing rigorous and engaging academic programs, learn to work in and serve the communities in which they live and enable Dominican to do its part to address the growing need for and the critical shortage of healthcare professionals.

Our programs provide the balance of rigor and support needed for success in the healthcare environment by not only providing preparation in content needed for licensure examinations that students need to pass, they do it in a supportive and relationship-centered space.

Our clinical programs, accredited by discipline-specific organizations, allow us to meet the highest standards for each program. Nutrition Science offers coursework that meets requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) program. The department also offers a BS in Culinology, one of the 16 programs in the country accredited through the Research Chefs of America organization.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Dominican University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The BSN program is also approved by the Illinois Department Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

The PAS program has received provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Bachelor of Medical Science, a specialized second bachelor’s degree, prepares students to pursue a professional degree in the medical sciences including medicine, veterinary medicine, physician’s assistant program as well as academic programs in healthcare.

Our strong programs are guided by our excellent professors. Our faculty is comprised of highly qualified professionals who bring decades of experience as practitioners in their various disciplines. With their knowledge in the clinical environment, they help students make the connection from classroom learning to real-world experiences.

I invite you to explore the Borra College of Health Sciences and see what we have to offer. Come and visit our departments and programs, we are happy to show you around! We want you to see our facilities, visit with our faculty and staff and have all your questions answered.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I would be happy to speak with you. I am always available to talk about the programs and people of the Borra College of Health Sciences at Dominican University.

Thank you,

Kavita R. Dhanwada
Founding Dean and Professor
Borra College of Health Sciences