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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 and for the greater emphasis the exam will place on psychology and behavioral sciences beginning in 2015. You’ll also benefit from brand-new science labs and classrooms in the Johnson Center, which opened in Fall 2014.

Pre-Professional Preparation

Regardless of the professional pathway you have chosen for your healthcare career, the medical studies program will provide you with the academic preparation you need for entry into:

  • Medical or dental school
  • Veterinary school
  • Optometry school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Physical or occupational therapy programs
  • Physician assistant programs
Graduate Placement

North Park University graduates go on to a myriad of top-tier professional schools including:

  • Northwestern University School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  • Midwestern University College of Health Science (Physical Therapy Program)
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
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 a year.

Learn more about transferring credits to North Park.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the medical studies program, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher. As part of your application, you'll submit proof of a degree, your official undergraduate transcripts, a current resume, a completed North Park application, two letters of recommendation, and a 300- to 400-word personal statement describing your interest in the program and how it will help you achieve your educational and vocational goals.

Learn how to apply.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe's teaching style aims to help make chemistry fun for students, so that no matter their career goals they'll see how useful the science can be.

Learn more about Dr. R-K and other faculty members in chemistry, biology, and psychology.

Jonathan Rienstra-Kiracofe, Chemistry professor
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.

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.