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Health & Medicine Profile

Prepare for your career in the thriving health care industry.

Health care occupations and related industries are experiencing explosive growth. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that five million health care jobs will be created by 2022. If you want a career as a physician, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, optometrist, physician assistant, nutritionist, or other health care professional, you should consider a degree from NSU’s internationally acclaimed Health Professions Division (HPD).

The division consists of eight colleges: dental medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, medical sciences, health care sciences, nursing, and the new College of Allopathic Medicine. Degrees from the HPD are highly prized, and getting into a program is competitive. For example, the College of Dental Medicine receives approximately 3,500 applications for 105 spots, making it one of the most selective dental schools in the country.

shark bite: Our new College of Allopathic Medicine makes NSU the only university in the Southeastern U.S. and the first in Florida to house both an osteopathic and allopathic medical school.

Where it all happens
NSU’s HPD Complex has everything you need to launch your health professions career, with a 20,000-sq. ft. library, facilities for patient-simulation training, scientific laboratories, a 50-station computer laboratory, and amphitheater-style classrooms. HPD’s medical services building has facilities for primary health care, dental care, and complete eye care. The entire complex is a living example of the University’s commitment to helping future health care professionals meet the ever-changing needs of our communities.

NSU’s Health Care Centers and other service centers handle over 250,000 patient visits annually and provide everything from dental care, optometry, family medicine, and behavioral health to geriatrics, pediatrics, audiology, occupational therapy, and pharmacy services. And because the centers collaborate with HPD, it means NSU students not only learn from the best but get to participate and use that knowledge right away.

shark bite: NSU has two of the most selective dental and osteopathic medicine schools in the United States.

shark bite: Passing rates on the pharmacy licensing exams for NSU College of Pharmacy graduates exceed the national pass rates at near or above 90%.

Academically speaking
With the personal attention and intimate class sizes of a small private college, plus the powerful academic resources of a well-rounded research university, NSU is the ideal place to get a solid foundation in the health professions. All of our classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, with an average class size of just 22 students. And because almost all of NSU’s renowned graduate and professional schools are right here on campus, you can earn your master’s or doctoral degree here too.

Dual Admission Program
If you have a laser-like focus on your career goals, consider our Dual Admission Program. NSU originated this concept, which automatically reserves your spot in one of NSU’s acclaimed graduate or professional programs while you earn your bachelor’s degree. So if you’ve always wanted to go to medical school, you can apply, lock it in, and focus on other things.

Farquhar Honors College
For high-achieving students who want to be challenged, check out our Farquhar Honors College. Engaging and thought-provoking course work provides life-changing learning opportunities through research, social activities, career-defining internships, and study across the world.

Life beyond the classroom
There are so many things that distinguish NSU: academic reputation, community involvement, the South Florida lifestyle, and even comfortable residence halls that are close to the Don Taft University Center’s recreation complex, on-campus dining, and, of course, your classes.

NSU’s ultramodern campus features one of the largest libraries in Florida, the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. The library’s five floors are packed with academic resources and have total wireless access and a café. The student recreation complex, the RecPlex, is next door inside the University Center. So as soon as you’re done working, you don’t have to go far to play.

Inside the RecPlex you’ll find the Flight Deck lounge, a performing arts theater, one of the best workout facilities in Florida, and The Shark Tank, a thundering 4,500-seat arena, home to the NSU Sharks NCAA Division II athletics.

We also have more than 120 clubs and organizations on campus, including academic clubs and pre-professional honor societies to help you get a leg up on your medical career, along with a powerful student government, socially active fraternities and sororities, and intramural sports.

The South Florida lifestyle
Beyond our beautiful campus, fantastic shopping, world-class sporting events, festivals, and concerts await. You’ll also enjoy lots of sunshine and an average temperature of 77 degrees. The beach is a 15-minute drive to the east, and the Everglades are 15 minutes to the west. South Beach is about a half hour away. Orlando’s famous theme parks are three hours away. So is Key West. Just hop in the car and go!

Finding answers and improving lives
Research is an integral part of NSU’s mission and one of the ways we give back to the community. Advanced research is focused on discovering new ways to improve health care, protect the environment, and enhance human interactions.

Using nearly $82 million in external funding, scientists and researchers are collaborating on projects that advance the University’s academic mission, public service outreach, and health care services. Restoring coral reefs, developing anti-cancer therapies, regenerating teeth with stem cells, protecting wildlife through DNA forensics, and treating chronic fatigue syndrome are just a few of the ways NSU is making a difference—and you can be a part of it.

shark bite:  NSU’s new Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) will house an IBM supercomputer, one of Florida’s largest wet labs, the NSU Technology Incubator, and some of the world’s most accomplished researchers.

Are you ready to be a Shark?
We bet you will be once you come see us. We’ll take you on a tour of our 314-acre campus in one of our chauffeur-driven golf carts so you can take in the whole South Florida vibe. You’ll learn about our challenging and rewarding curriculum, as well as our supportive faculty who want to help you succeed. And you can leave knowing that your ideal college experience, one that prepares you to be a force in the health professions, is waiting for you.



Dual Admission Programs in health and medicine
• Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
• Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
• Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
• Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
• Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
• Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.) in Anesthesiology Assistant
• Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) in Physician Assistant
• Master of Occupational Therapy (MO.T.)
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)