Conferral of Degrees
Conferral of Degrees
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.
In a broad collaboration, Midwestern University and Aurora University (AU) have partnered to provide AU students a path to an advanced degree for any of Midwestern University’s 11 healthcare professional programs in Illinois and Arizona. The agreement marks the first time both universities have affiliated across such a wide swath of programs.
Midwestern University recently held commencement ceremonies to celebrate nearly 340 graduates from the College of Health Sciences. Graduates from both the Downers Grove, Illinois, and Glendale, Arizona campuses who earned their master’s and doctoral degrees will join their healthcare professions as clinical psychologists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
The College of Graduate Studies offers degrees on both campuses and upholds academic excellence by pursuing the advancement of education, research, and service
Dr. Porta received her Laurea Degree (equivalent to the combination of B.A. and M.A degrees) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Genova (Genova, Italy) in 2000, and her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Physiology from Loyola University Chicago in 2006. Dr Porta completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University Downers Grove in 2009 and, in the same year, began her career in the Department of Physiology in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at the rank of Instructor. She was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor
Dr. Emily Simpson earned Baccalaureate degrees in fine arts and developmental psychology from DePaul University, a Master’s in Science of occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in education and service leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. She is the Director of Student Research in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program and also serves as the Chair of Admissions. She teaches five research courses, the psychosocial practice course, and a seminar on occupational justice. Dr. Simpson has 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist working
in Biochemistry and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Michigan, Dr. Schumacher completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy. She currently serves
Dr. Kiraly-Alvarez has worked as an occupational therapist primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults in school-based settings. She holds three degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, including a Bachelor of Science in Movement Sciences, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Her doctoral project focused on enhancing the clinical utility of the Pediatric Volitional Questionnaire (PVQ). Dr. Kiraly-Alvarez has completed several research projects investigating various occupational therapy interventions with adults
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