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Health & Medicine Profile

For those who wonder

Founded in 1860, Quincy University is a Catholic, coeducational, residential university committed to a thoughtful, hands-on liberal arts education rooted in the Franciscan values of servant leadership.

Making a quality private Catholic university education accessible is one of our highest priorities. It is for this reason that our tuition costs are highly competitive—the cost of a QU education is comparable to some state institutions. Our highly personalized academic experience, along with our lower tuition costs, provides a great value to students and their families. 

Approximately 100% of students from all family income levels receive need- or merit-based financial assistance.

Over 70% of full-time faculty have the highest degrees in their fields. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and the average class size is 20 students.

Over 13,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 16 other countries. Approximately 92% of graduates find jobs in their fields or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation.

With over 40 clubs and organizations, seven on-campus residence halls, plenty of community service projects, competitive intramurals, a dedicated Campus Activities Board, cross-country mission trips, multicultural events, and 16 D-II sports teams to cheer for, there is always something going on at Quincy—and never a reason to be bored.

Each year 100% of students participate in community service through campus ministry and mission trips.

A majority of our students live on campus in residence halls, apartments, Greek housing, and suite-style housing. All students are allowed to have cars on campus at no additional cost.

Our Honors Program offers academically gifted students a creative, stimulating, and challenging course of study. Academic excellence is promoted through critical thinking, original research, exceptional writing, and public presentation of scholarship. Honors housing offers an opportunity for students to establish a community of learners who share a commitment to education and to one another.

Study abroad
Students are encouraged to consider global study. Short-term programs in countries such as Italy and Costa Rica are available as well as semester-long programs in Rome and London. Additionally, Quincy participates in the College Consortium for International Studies, which allows students to choose from 48 programs in 29 countries.

Wireless Internet access is available campus wide, including in every residence hall. There are seven computer labs on campus, each averaging 20 computers and a printer for student use.

Quincy was named a 2016–2017 National College of Distinction and a Top 100 Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.

What makes Quincy a great place to live and learn?
Quincy, Illinois’s population is 41,000. It has all the comforts and security of a small town, but because we’re a regional hub, we have big-city benefits
too. It balances career opportunities through its many industries with social activities for everyone. Moreover, this is a friendly community—a great place to make your home.

Health programs
Pre-medical Sciences
If you are thinking about a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, osteopathy, chiropractic, occupational therapy, veterinary, medicine, or physical therapy, Quincy University will put you on the road to success. Our Pre-medical Sciences program provides proven preparation in biology, chemistry, and physics. Combined with our Franciscan tradition of caring and our liberal arts foundation, your professional education will make you an incisive decision-maker and a lifelong leader in the field.

Our Pre-medical Sciences curriculum challenges the best and brightest. That’s why our science faculty members, who all hold a PhD, stay with you every step of the way. Whether you’re tackling a tough lab experiment or strategizing for admission to graduate school, the expertise of Quincy’s faculty gives you a winning edge.

Quincy University recommends that Pre-medical Sciences students complete a baccalaureate program in either Biological Sciences or Chemistry. Many medical and dental schools, however, do accept students majoring in other disciplines who have completed a pre-professional sequence in science and mathematics.

Partnering with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing (BRCN), Quincy University offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. BRCN is affiliated with Quincy’s top-notch medical facility, Blessing Hospital, located just a few blocks from QU, where students learn nursing through hands-on experience in medical settings with patients.

The Nursing school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has been recognized by the National League for Nursing as a National Center of Excellence in Nursing Education Research.

Our four-year program offers a fully integrated curriculum, combining the strengths of the liberal arts with a modern professional nursing education. Nursing courses begin in your sophomore year, with your junior and senior year being almost exclusively devoted to the field.

The partnership between Quincy University and BRCN builds active learning right into this shared program. At Blessing-Rieman you’ll enjoy the benefits of a full-featured clinical environment and the Blessing Health Professions Library. Upper-level students can participate in summer internships in a hospital setting, and seniors will participate in a capstone clinical experience. Community service projects, mission trips, research projects, and international study are available. 

Students will be well prepared for the many nursing opportunities that exist in the medical field, including:

• Graduate study for a nurse practitioner, anesthetists, nursing educators, and administrators

• Hospital nurse (maternity, surgery, pediatrics, intensive care units, etc.)

• Clinical nurse (surgical centers, emergency medical centers, etc.)

• Public health nurse (government worker, school nurse, etc.)

• Home health nurse

Health Services

The Health Services major provides a rigorous and coherent academic program for students who intend to work in support roles in the health care field and/or pursue additional health-care related credentials at the graduate level. 

Opportunity abounds in the ever-growing health care industry. With knowledge of issues in health care and applied science through our Health Services degree, students will begin their journey to a specialized health care career. Experienced faculty will help you find your niche and guide your focus to your area of choice. Course work includes concentration opportunities in Behavioral Health, Business, Natural Science, and Nursing.