Medical professionals
Why Choose Medical Studies?

The BS in medical studies is designed for students with bachelor's degrees who wish to pursue a graduate health profession program: medical, dental, or veterinary school, or one of the allied health professions, such as physical or occupational therapy. Whether you are a career changer or a recent graduate whose career aspirations have only recently focused on a healthcare profession, a second degree in medical studies will allow you to concentrate solely on the science courses you need to successfully apply to the graduate school of your choice.

Students in the lab with Professor Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe

Why North Park?

North Park University has designed this 56-credit program as a full-time degree so you will have the opportunity to apply for federal financial aid while preparing for the next step in your career. One of very few focused post-baccalaureate programs of this type in the Chicago area, the BS in medical studies has been designed specifically to prepare students to take the MCAT. You’ll also benefit from the state-of-the-art Johnson Center, which opened in Fall 2014 and includes a cadaver lab, and the dedicated Office of Heath Professions Advising.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements for a post-baccalaureate bachelor of science (BS) in medical studies program will have all prerequisites for entry into a professional healthcare program, and will be prepared to sit for the MCAT or similar admission exam.

Full Program Requirements

Sample Schedule

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition for the Pre-Medical Studies Post-Bac program is priced at a discount to students. Each semester hour is $850. Learn more.

Students seeking a second bachelor's degree may qualify for second-degree scholarships or for federal student loans, if still eligible.

Transfer Credits

Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college may transfer applicable science and general education credits toward the BS in medical studies, allowing them to complete the degree in as little as two years.

Learn more about transferring credits to North Park.

How to Apply

You do not need to complete the regular North Park University undergraduate application. Apply here using the medical studies program's unique application. Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
Meet the Advisor

Health education programs are complex, and that's why North Park University has a devoted full-time director of health professions advising. Viviana Martinez has more than ten years of experience in assisting, guiding, and supporting diverse student populations—and she's available to help you take the next step in your education.

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Viviana Martinez 

Personalized Advising

As a medical studies student, you will work closely with a faculty advisor who understands the demands of pre-professional healthcare programs, and who will be committed to helping you clarify and achieve your goals.

North Park's dedicated Office of Health Professions Advising will track your progress and walk with you each step of the way, with the goal of admission into a medical program.

Beyond the Classroom

While completing your course requirements and preparing for your graduate admission test, you are encouraged to identify a practicum, internship, or research opportunity that will enhance your professional program application. You will be also have access to all North Park facilities, including our 68,000-square-foot Helwig Recreation Center and the extensive resources offered by our library.