Pre-Health Professions (PHP)

Kathleen C. Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Health Programs; Physician in Residence: George S. Lewandowski, M.D.

The Pre-Health Professions Program is John Carroll’s program for students of any major interested in healthcare. The program helps students make the career choices best suited to their talents and abilities. This is accomplished by providing each student with current and accurate information, guidance, and support about the education, training, and careers of healthcare providers. Since students have many options available to them, the guidance helps them to determine which path is right for them and their career interests. In addition, PHP support helps students make informed choices and to work through any dilemmas encountered along the way. The Pre-Health Professions Program, via the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC), provides students with interview experience, constructive feedback, and a committee letter of recommendation that supports applications to healthcare professional programs as determined by the student.

Requirements for the Pre-Health Professions Minor can be found here. The requirements for the Professional Healthcare Preparation Certificate can be found here.

Pre-Health Professions

Students planning to apply to medical or dental school must take biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Students also are strongly advised to take genetics, biochemistry, statistics, calculus, and psychology to prepare for these highly competitive programs. Requirements for other health professional programs, and the standardized tests required for application, can vary substantially so students must check the details of specific programs and schools to inform themselves of the requirements.

Pre-health professions students are strongly urged to contact the director of the Pre-Health Professions Program at John Carroll University for more information and for assistance in planning their educational programs and applications to professional schools. Students are also advised to consult current publications and websites relevant to their proposed area of study and preferred colleges, including Medical School Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canada, Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools, and similar publications for specific professions, such as allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, podiatry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant programs, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, anesthesiology assistant, public health, and optometry.

For additional information, please see the Preparation for Graduate and Professional Study section of this Bulletin and the Pre-Health Professions website (

Early Acceptance Programs/Dual Enrollment Programs

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and John Carroll University have an Early Acceptance Program Agreement whereby up to twenty seats per year are reserved for John Carroll students to enter LECOM’s medical, dental, and/or pharmacy schools. High school seniors and current JCU sophomores are eligible for this program.

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and John Carroll University have an Early Acceptance Program Agreement whereby up to ten seats per year are reserved for John Carroll students to enter OU-HCOM’s osteopathic medical school at any of OU-HCOM's campuses (Cleveland, Dublin, and Athens). Established Ohio residents who are high school seniors and meet admission requirements may apply for the program.

John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University’s Master of Science in Anesthesia Program have an Early Acceptance Program whereby up to twelve seats per year (four at each program site: Cleveland, Houston, and Washington, D.C.) are reserved for John Carroll students to enter CWRU’s program to become a certified anesthesiologist assistant. Current JCU students who have completed at least 80 credits and the appropriate prerequisite courses with a grade of B- or higher are eligible to apply.

For additional information, please contact the director of Pre-Health Professions or go to the Pre-Health Professions website (

Program Learning Goals in Pre-Health Professions

Students will:

  1. Acquire foundational knowledge of the human and natural worlds through completion of appropriate integrative courses and other courses that ensure academic preparation for health professional programs.
  2. Understand the variety of careers in healthcare, and pathways to access those careers, including program prerequisites, standardized tests needed, and application processes and be able to explain why the chosen career path is personally appropriate.
  3. Demonstrate understanding that health careers are service careers, requiring skills involving critical analysis, communication, leadership, collaboration, cultural competency, and creative thinking.