John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

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Health & Medicine Profile

Medical school admission is competitive.

For students like Patrick Vecellio '16, the challenge of med school admission was easier to face because of the immersive John Carroll University Pre-health experience. As a Pre-health student, Patrick had access to a team who helped him map out course selections, understand career paths, gain relevant experience, and apply to medical school. While his friends at larger state schools were struggling to find faculty, Patrick had a personal team assembled for him through the Health Professions Advisory Committee. 

Your health career starts now
John Carroll’s location in the heart of an important health care hub provides the access to internships, research opportunities, and alumni connections needed to guide your career. Cleveland is home to three major hospital systems, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Each year, our special partnership with the Clinic allows many of students to intern in areas such as medical and scientific research, autism care, health care information technology, and more. Additionally, we’ll help you leverage our extensive alumni network to spend time with dedicated professionals shadowing, doing research, and gaining valuable insight.

Educating the whole person
A medical professional trained in the liberal arts has one particular advantage over others with only technical training: the ability to communicate effectively. Our mission is designed to educate you as a whole person—in mind, body, and spirit. We will teach you foundational skills, technological literacy, data analysis, and written and oral expression, then show you how these skills can be directly used in your future medical career. 

“My service experiences, including a 10-day medical immersion trip to Honduras, provided me with an opportunity to engage with the world while developing a compassionate approach to truly help others. In a way, this was more beneficial than any textbook,” Patrick says.

New in Fall 2023!
A fully accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
Our vision is to inspire and empower the next generation of nursing leaders who will transform healthcare through innovation, compassion, service, and excellence. We strive to produce highly skilled and resilient nursing leaders who improve patient outcomes and advance the field through visionary leadership and patient-centered care.



Ranked #2 among the “Best Regional Colleges" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked among the top 10 “Best Regional Colleges" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #3 among the “Most Innovative Schools” in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #15 among “Best Undergraduate Teaching College" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023

Your seat in medical school is waiting!

• Each year, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine's early acceptance program reserves up to 10 seats for JCU students.

• Each year, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's early acceptance program reserves up to 20 seats for JCU students in their Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy schools.

• Students can earn a doctor of pharmacy degree in a shorter time through our 3+4 program with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “By attending JCU, I've had the opportunity to continue my research internship at the Cleveland Clinic. I conducted research on pediatric obesity alongside my mentor and the staff of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and the BeWell Kids Clinic.”

    • Leanne Tang '19
      Strategy & Project Management Fellow, SENT
  • “My mentors at JCU helped me discover a self-awareness that I consider the greatest product of my time there. I draw from it every day in medical school, and it will continue to guide me through the rest of my career.”

    • Alena Neton '07
  • “JCU’s early acceptance programs secured my spot in med school.”

    • Hannah Todorowski '16