John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

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It’s about you.

Medical school admission is competitive. For students like Patrick ’16, that challenge 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 (HPAC). “The mock interviews ended up being more difficult than actual medical school interviews,” Patrick says. “I felt confident and prepared for anything that could be asked. That is a testament to the value of our Pre-health program.”

Your health career starts now
John Carroll’s location in the heart of the nation’s top health care regionwill provide you with access to internships, research, and alumni connections needed to guide your career.

Cleveland is home to three major hospital systems, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Our special partnership with the Clinic allows more than 20 of our students to intern each year in areas such as medical and scientific research, autism care, health care information technology, and more. Additionally, we’ll help you leverage our extensive network of alumni working in health care. Many students spend time with dedicated professionals shadowing, doing research, and gaining valuable insight into health care professions.

Educating the whole person
A medical professional trained in the liberal arts has an 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. 

Outside of class, our robust Center for Service and Social Action connects you to Cleveland and the world. Many Pre-health students serve others through a 10-day medical immersion trip to Honduras. The trip focuses on providing short- and long-term medical resources to the local community. 

“My service experiences, including Honduras, were much more than a résumé builder,” Patrick says. “They provided me with a learning experience that can never be taught in a classroom—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.”

We want to know your passions and goals and align you with the best resources to meet them. We are committed to you—nurturing your curiosity, stimulating your intellect, and further developing your character. 

Success from day one
When you choose John Carroll, youare committing to an institution that will invest back in you. This mutual commitment has paid dividends, as at least one JCU student currently studies in every medical and dental school in the state of Ohio. When you leave John Carroll, you will have the skills—in and out of the classroom—that employers and graduate schools want.

In Their Words
“By attending JCU, I have had the opportunity to continue my research internship at the Cleveland Clinic. I conduct research on pediatric obesity alongside my mentor and the staff of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and the BeWell Kids Clinic.” 
— Leanne Tang ’19, BS, Chemistry with a Biochemistry Concentration

“My mentors at John Carroll helped me discover many things about myself, my faith, and my abilities. I consider this self-awareness the greatest product of my time at JCU. It is something that I continued to draw from every day in medical school, and I have no doubt that it will continue to guide me through the rest of my career.”
— Alena Neton, MD ’07

“An early acceptance program secured my spot in med school.” 
— Hannah Todorowski ’16, BS, Cell and Molecular Biology Medical Student, LECOM


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Top 10 in the Midwest for 31 consecutive years

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Have a seat waiting for you in med school
John Carroll has partnerships with several institutions to help you reach your career goals:

• An early acceptance program with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine reserves up to 10 seats each year for JCU students from Ohio in OU-HCOM’s Medical school.

• An early acceptance program with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine reserves up to 20 seats each year for JCU students in LECOM’s Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy schools.

• An accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program agreement with Ursuline College designates at least two seats per year for JCU students in Ursuline’s Breen College of Nursing.

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