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Patient-centered learning in the sciences. Team-oriented, interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences in the art of patient care. The colleges and academic programs at Midwestern University skillfully blend these critical components into the outstanding professional education that will take you into successful 21st century healthcare practice.

Downers Grove (IL) Campus

Osteopathic Medicine
The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, more than a century old and the founding college of Midwestern University, develops osteopathic physicians as both scientists and practitioners of the healing arts who regard the body as an integrated whole. With an approach that underscores the osteopathic commitment to patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care, D.O.s treat their patients as unique persons with biological, social, and psychological needs.

Pharmacy
The Chicago College of Pharmacy prepares pharmacists who will serve an aging U.S. population that increasingly depends upon drug therapies to improve and extend their quality of life. CCP graduates choose careers in community pharmacies, hospitals, educational institutions, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and managed care organizations.

Physician Assistant Studies
As part of the College of Health Sciences, the Physician Assistant Studies program trains physician assistants who are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PA graduates work in group practices, solo practices, hospitals, and areas identified as medically underserved. Most focus on primary care, with additional responsibilities in teaching, research, and administration.

Physical Therapy
The Physical Therapy program in the College of Health Sciences develops practitioners to deliver care that improves function and minimizes disability. Physical therapists provide screening, education, referral, and consultation in hospitals, orthopedic and sports medicine outpatient clinics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and rehabilitation hospitals and clinics. PTs also promote wellness and disease prevention in community settings.

Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy program, part of the College of Health Sciences, offers a strong science background in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and kinesiology, combined with therapeutic modalities, to help people learn or relearn skills they need to be able to function in everyday life.

Biomedical Sciences

Master of Biomedical Sciences - Downers Grove
Master of Arts in Biomedical Science - Downers Grove

Biomedical Sciences students in the College of Health Sciences prepare to continue their education at a professional school, including the postbaccalaureate programs in medicine, pharmacy, and health sciences at MWU. They also use their skills to pursue professions in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals by working in research laboratories, governmental and regulatory agencies, or in undergraduate teaching.

Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology, a program in the College of Health Sciences, emphasizes the development of essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills necessary for practice in a wide array of occupational roles and professional settings. Graduates find satisfaction working in outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinics, schools, social service agencies, research and testing services, and management consulting firms.

Health Sciences Doctorate
The Doctor of Health Sciences program in the College of Health Sciences prepares occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other licensed health professionals to become leaders in the areas of clinical research, academia, and clinical practice, allowing graduates to make valuable contributions to society, health care, and the profession through advocacy, education, and scholarship.

Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology, a program in the College of Health Sciences, will matriculate its inaugural class in fall 2013. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a professional role as a speech-language pathologist (SLP), and the program offers a balanced curriculum to prepare future SLPs to work with both children and adults with communication disorders. Course elements are designed to imbue students with the knowledge base pertinent to the field, while simultaneously fostering the critical thinking, problem solving, and self-confidence that contributes to effective independent clinical practice. Further, students will develop empathy and compassion, which are hallmark traits of a master clinician.

Dental Medicine
The College of Dental Medicine - Illinois (CDMI), on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University, matriculated its inaugural class of pre-doctoral students in fall 2011. The CDMI curriculum integrates learning in the basic, behavioral and clinical sciences; preclinical simulation courses and modules; group practice, patient care education in general dentistry; and community-based clinical rotations. The curriculum emphasizes professionalism and ethical practice, including evidence-based critical thinking and the search for new knowledge that will continue to form the foundation of the practice of dentistry throughout this century.

Glendale (AZ) Campus

Osteopathic Medicine
The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, established in 1995 to meet the growing need for physicians in the United States, emphasizes a problem-based didactic curriculum and simulated and standardized patient clinical experiences that prepare students for rigorous clinical rotations. Using the same osteopathic principles of patient-oriented care found as its sister college in Illinois, AZCOM alumni provide patients with the most comprehensive, holistic care available.

Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy–Glendale takes an innovative approached to pharmacy education through a full-time, year-round, three-year program that allows quicker entry into professional careers. Academically challenging, this successful program uses a team learning approach and a variety of patient care and clinical rotations to create highly skilled pharmacists who find positions in community, hospital, governmental, and managed care organizations.

Physician Assistant Studies
The Physician Assistant Studies program in the College of Health Sciences prepares professionals who are both practicing clinicians and patient advocates. The rigorous MWU program immerses students in basic and clinical sciences, encourages community service, and features extensive clinical rotations.

Physical Therapy
The Physical Therapy program, part of the College of Health Sciences, develops practitioners to deliver care that improves function and minimizes disability through screening, education, referral, and consultation in hospitals, orthopedic and sports medicine outpatient clinics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and rehabilitation hospitals and clinics, as well as promoting wellness and disease prevention in community settings.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy in the College of Health Sciences prepares therapists to help people learn or relearn skills they need to function in everyday life, regardless of disability.

Biomedical Sciences

Master of Biomedical Sciences — Glendale
Master of Arts in Biomedical Science — Glendale
Master of Biomedical Sciences — Downers Grove

For students planning to apply to medical school or other health professions programs or for those interested in seeking employment in scientific or research occupations, the MWU Biomedical Sciences programs in the College of Health Sciences provide solid preparation. Complete your undergraduate degree or pursue graduate training in the field.

Cardiovascular Science / Perfusion
The Cardiovascular Science / Perfusion program in the College of Health Sciences teaches the technological services and skills to support or substitute for patient cardiopulmonary function during heart-related surgeries and procedures such as blood salvaging, artificial hearts, and cardiac pacemakers.

Podiatric Medicine
The Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine (AZPOD) prepares professionals to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and leg. AZPOD takes advantage of the growing demographics of the Southwestern U.S.—it's home to many professional and amateur athletes and elderly persons who need quality podiatric care.

Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse anesthetists are anesthesia specialists, administering approximately 65 percent of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients annually. MWU's program in the College of Health Sciences trains professionals to collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other health care professionals to provide obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization.

Dental Medicine
The College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA) on the Glendale Campus opened its doors in 2008 with a curriculum that includes coursework in the basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences; preclinical simulation studies; practical clinical dentistry; and community clinical rotations. The College promotes evidence-based critical inquiry, allowing for a preventive, minimally invasive clinical orientation, emphasizing research and service in the practice of dentistry.

Clinical Psychology
The Clinical Psychology program in the College of Health Sciences follows a practitioner/scholar model of training, where competent practitioners hold extensive understanding of theoretical and scientific principles in the clinical practice of psychology and can use the knowledge in specific clinical situations. The curriculum emphasizes competence in relationship, assessment, intervention, research and evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision, and diversity.

Optometry
The Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) welcomed its inaugural class in the fall of 2009. Through face-to-face instruction and early clinical settings, the four-year professional curriculum will help prepare optometrists to provide exemplary patient care, serve the vision health and eye care needs of the public, and improve the well-being of society, including our aging population and underserved areas.

Our dedicated and caring faculty will challenge you to improve your technical skills as they encourage you to focus on your patients. Classmates and professional colleagues share your labs, rotations, and practice experiences and support you in ways that help you appreciate the benefits of collaboration and teamwork.

Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), slated to matriculate its inaugural class of 100 students in Fall 2014, prepares veterinarians to provide exemplary animal care and impact the world by improving animal and human health through research, scholarly activity, and service to the public. Veterinarians reduce the impact of zoonotic diseases on both people and animals, and help to maintain the integrity of the nation's food chain.

CVM students spend their pre-clinical training years in classroom lectures, laboratories, and simulation lab exercises. During clinical training, students rotate through a variety of diverse veterinary care experiences, both on campus and at external sites.

Midwestern University. Tomorrow's healthcare team.


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