John Carroll’s biology department has a stellar reputation for preparing students to enter and succeed in the health professions. In addition, John Carroll has a full-time advisor dedicated to making sure students interested in the health professions are on the right track. Explore the information below or visit our Pre-Health Professions Program website to learn more.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Students

Students majoring in biology and planning to apply to medical school, dental school, or other health-care professional schools are strongly advised to take biochemistry, biostatistics, calculus, and physics in order to prepare best for these highly competitive programs. Medical schools require a year of physics for admission.

Pre-health professional students are strongly urged to contact the chair of the Pre-Health Professions Program at John Carroll for other information and for assistance in planning educational programs and application to professional schools. Students are also advised to consult current publications relevant to the proposed area of study and preferred colleges, including the Medical School Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canada; Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools; similar publications for osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, and optometry; as well as other profession-specific publications.

Pre-Veterinary Students

Biology majors who plan to apply to veterinary colleges should visit the American Veterinary Medical Association for up-to-date information on course and experience requirements at veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. A list of JCU courses required for admission to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is available in the Biology Department. A minimum of 80 hours work with a veterinarian is required by OSU and most schools of veterinary medicine. Pre-vet students should contact the Biology Department chair during their freshman year for assistance in planning and for information on specific requirements and application procedures.

Case Western Reserve University Graduate Entry Nursing Program

Biology majors interested in nursing as a career may choose to enter a cooperative program in pre-nursing/nursing and earn the Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University and the Master of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, or Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Students in this program normally attend John Carroll for three academic years and complete all University core requirements, CH 141-144, CH 241-244, MT 135, MT 228, BL 155-160, BL 213, BL 230-231, BL 310, and an organism-to-biosphere course. Three upper-level electives in the first year at Case Western Reserve University complete the major requirements: NUND 402, NUND 405, and NUND 408. After successful completion of one year of the Graduate Entry Program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the student will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree with a biology major by John Carroll University. To be eligible for this program, students must complete at least 60 credit hours at John Carroll, apply in writing to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences by the end of the first semester of the junior year, and be accepted by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in the usual manner. Students planning to follow this course of study should contact the director of the Pre-Health Professions Program during the first semester of their sophomore year.

Ursuline College Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Program

Ursuline College and John Carroll University have an agreement in which at least two seats per year in the Breen College of Nursing at Ursuline College’s Accelerated B.S.N. Program are designated for John Carroll University graduates. Students may apply to Ursuline College’s Admissions Office (through the Coordinator of B.S.N. Enrollment) as early as the beginning of their junior year at JCU.

Prior to beginning nursing courses, applicants must complete the following courses with a GPA of at least 3.0: BL 155-158, 213, 230, 230L, 231, 231L, 310, 310L; CH 141-144, 221, 223; MT 122 (or MT 135 and 228); PL 316; PS 101, 175; SC 101; Nutrition (offered at other Cleveland area institutions such as Tri-C). In addition, applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in mathematics and science courses and must be in good standing at JCU. Applicants for the two allotted seats will be considered in the order in which applications are received. When the designated seats are filled, other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed and acceptance into the program is at the sole discretion of Ursuline College. For more information, contact the JCU Pre-Health Professions Director or visit the website for the Breen College of Nursing at Ursuline College.