Health Professions Education

Experience the Health Professions in the Classroom, the Lab, and Chicago.

Prepare for Your Career

Students with aspirations of pursuing a career in the health sciences have the option of complementing their major with a pre-professional track, completing recommended courses for advanced preparation in a specific field. Mentored by practicing health professionals, students receive instruction and acquire critical skills for graduate education and future careers. Internships and clinical training prepare graduates with essential hands-on training for a successful career in the health sciences.

Majors within the Health Professions

Students interested in the health professions have the option to major in a variety of disciplines, although many students select one of these majors:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science
  • Psychology
  • Physics

Healthcare Career Options

North Park provides superb preparation for any of the healthcare professions including:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Physical/Speech/Occupational Therapy
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Art Therapy

Career Guidance

The Director of Advising for Advanced Education in the Health Professions provides unique, individual support to students including:

  • Career exploration
  • Academic counseling
  • Pre-professional test preparation:
    MCAT, DAT, PCAT, GRE
  • Networking with medical professionals
  • Site visits to local health science universities, hospitals, medical schools, dental schools, etc.

Clinical Partnerships

  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Northwestern Healthcare
  • The John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
  • Lawndale Christian Health Center

Post-Degree Studies

Students are prepared for graduate-level study and have been admitted to many competitive programs:

  • Rush University Medical College
  • Northwestern University Doctor of Physical Therapy and Ph.D. in Nanotechnology
  • University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine
  • Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pharmacy Schools: Midwestern, UIC, and University of Bergen, Norway

Career Outcomes

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of professions spanning healthcare, biotechnology, and environmental sciences:

  • M.D., Anesthesiologist at University of Chicago Hospital
  • M.D., Resident, Family Practice, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • D.O., Doctor of Osteopathy, Family Practice Physician, Edward Medical Group
  • D.D.S, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • CEO and Founder, Medical Device Company

Staff Spotlight:

For over 25 years, Director Kristine Aronsson has served in the medical field in hospitals and other medical institutions around Illinois. “We encourage you to use our network to explore the City’s opportunities, keep an open mind, and know that no experience is wasted.”

More About Director Aronsson

Getting Started

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences should contact Director Aronsson to learn more about the many resources available. You can also learn more about your options by browsing the pre-professional programs offered at North Park.

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