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Affiliations are special agreements between Elmhurst College and other educational organizations that allow students to receive special consideration or early admission to various health care programs. These opportunities are designed for students who are certain about a particular career path and who meet the criteria to apply.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Medical Laboratory Science: Hines Hospital

Nuclear Medical Technology: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Nuclear Medical Technology: College of DuPage
Osteopathic Medicine: A.T. Still University
Pharmacy: Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Radiation Therapy: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Veterinary Medicine: University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Students interested in the DMS program pursue a biology major and participate in selected experiences and activities offered through the Patterson Center. Applications to the program are submitted during the junior year, and if accepted, students spend three years at Elmhurst College and take the final phase of coursework and clinical experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (18 months), whereupon they receive their bachelor of science degree from Elmhurst College. Prior to practice, students must pass the certification exam after completing the academic curriculum. Students are able to complete four years at Elmhurst College and then apply to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after graduation as well.
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Medical Laboratory Science: Hines Hospital
To qualify for the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program, you must be a U.S. citizen, pursue a biology major, and participate in selected activities and experiences offered through the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. Application to the MLS program occurs during the junior year, and if accepted, students complete the final phase of coursework and clinical experience at Hines VA Hospital (11 months), whereupon they receive their bachelor of science degree from Elmhurst College. Prior to practice, students must pass the certification exam after completing the academic curriculum.
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Nuclear Medical Technology: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Students interested in the NMT program must pursue a biology major and participate in selected experiences and activities offered through the Patterson Center. Applications to the program are submitted during the junior year, and if accepted, students spend three years at Elmhurst College and take the final phase of coursework and clinical experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (12 months), whereupon they receive their bachelor of science degree from Elmhurst College. Prior to practice, students must pass the certification exam after completing the academic curriculum. Students are able to complete four years at Elmhurst College and then apply to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after graduation as well.
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Nuclear Medical Technology: College of DuPage
Students interested in the NMT program must pursue a biology major and participate in selected experiences and activities offered through the Patterson Center. Applications to the program are submitted during the junior year, and if accepted, students spend three years at Elmhurst College and take the final phase of coursework and clinical experience at local hospitals affiliated with the College of DuPage, whereupon they receive their bachelor of science degree from Elmhurst College. Prior to practice, students must pass the certification exam after completing the academic curriculum.
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Osteopathic Medicine: A.T. Still University
Students interested in pursuing a D.O. can apply to A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri for the Still Scholars Program to earn a seat in their early admission process. Applicants must successfully complete all the prerequisite courses by the end of the sophomore year and consistently be active in volunteering and clinical experiences in a health care environment and with the Patterson Center for the Health Professions prior to and after being accepted to the program. Those accepted do not need to take the MCAT. Applicants must have been a residential student for at least three semesters at Elmhurst College and need to complete junior and senior years here earning a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. Upon graduation, students matriculate to A.T. Still for the D.O. program (4 years + residency). A.T. Still is located at 800 W. Jefferson St. in Kirksville, MO 63501 and for more information about their tuition rates and fees, click here.
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Pharmacy: Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy
The dual acceptance program is a special opportunity for high school students who have decided to pursue a career in pharmacy and would like to streamline the process to a doctor of pharmacy program. Candidates apply to Elmhurst College and Midwestern University as seniors in high school by January 15 and February 1 respectively of that year (both applications are submitted to Elmhurst). If accepted to both schools, students complete their prerequisite requirements over two years at Elmhurst College and then matriculate to Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy to begin a four-year doctor of pharmacy program. (Students do not earn a degree from Elmhurst through this program.) Transfer credit is not allowed for prerequsite courses for this program, but AP credit is. While at Elmhurst, students are expected to participate in selected activities and experiences offered through the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. Applicants not accepted to Midwestern can still be admitted to Elmhurst College and apply to Midwestern and/or any other pharmacy program during the traditional cycle of their undergraduate years.
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Midwestern University is located at 555 31st Street in Downers Grove, IL 60515. For tuition rates and fees for the PharmD program, click here.

 

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Radiation Therapy: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Students interested in the radiation therapy program must pursue a biology major and participate in selected experiences and activities offered through the Patterson Center. Applications to the program are submitted during the junior year, and if accepted, students spend three years at Elmhurst College and take the final phase of coursework and clinical experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (14 months), whereupon they receive their bachelor of science degree from Elmhurst College. Prior to practice, students must pass the certification exam after completing the academic curriculum. Students are able to complete four years at Elmhurst College and then apply to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after graduation as well.
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Veterinary Medicine: University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
Pre-veterinary students at Elmhurst College can apply for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at UIUC through this affiliation agreement at the end of their first, full-time year. Applicants must meet Illinois state residency requirements, pursue a biology major, and complete the necessary prerequisite courses and experiences to apply. If accepted, students must finish outstanding course requirements and maintain a visible profile in volunteer and clinical activities while still participating in selected experiences offered through the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. Accepted students will have the option of completing 3 or 4 years at Elmhurst prior to matriculating to the DVM program at UIUC (4 years). Those selecting the 3 year option will still earn a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst upon successful completion of the first year of the DVM program at UIUC. Additional details about the requirements can be obtained from a Patterson Center advisor. Please note that transfer credit is not allowed for this program. The College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign has more information about their program including tuition rates and fees on their website. The College of Veterinary Medicine is located at 3305 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802.

 

 


 

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All students must meet with an advisor in the Patterson Center for the Health Professions to learn more about the criteria for eligible applicants and details to apply for all of these programs. Some affliations do not allow transfer credit from other institutions. Ultimately, the student is responsible for making sure all requirements are met to apply for these or any other program. Please note Elmhurst College and the faculty/staff in the Patterson Center cannot guarantee admission to a particular program. Once admitted to Elmhurst College, students must apply for each of these programs separately at the appropriate time in their academic progression.

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