Pre-Health Professions

Lewis University offers one of the premier pre-professional Biology degree programs in the Midwest.

Lewis Biology graduates have averaged 85% placement into their professional school of choice over the past five years.

Lewis' Biology degree program is the perfect pre-professional preparation to ensure your future success, with a very specific set of pre-requisite courses required by every Health Professions program. In fact, matriculation studies have shown there is no undergraduate program more successful at preparing students across all Health Professions than Biology. Whether you're looking to enter the healthcare workforce straight after Lewis, or continue on to graduate school, Lewis' Pre-Health Profession programs are the perfect choice for you.

Pre-Health Professions

Note: Degree completion does not guarantee your acceptance into graduate Health Professions programs. Each institution has a selection committee who reviews applications and interviews qualified applicants. The more successful elective coursework you complete in the Biological Sciences, the better. Students in these programs must plan each semester's course of studies with their Pre-Professional Advisor within the Biology department.

Pre-Chiropractic (Doctoral Option)
Chiropractors treat patients whose health problems originate in the spine. Treatment options include adjustment of the spine, exercise, and nutrition.

Doctor of Chiropractic 3+3 Partners
Our 3+3 program provides qualified students intending to pursue the chiropractic profession with an opportunity to complete their Biology, B.S. from Lewis and their Doctor of Chiropractic degree in six years, rather than the usual seven.

Note: Lewis' articulation agreements with the following schools allow for preferential consideration during the admission process, but do not guarantee your entrance into the program. Pre-Dentistry
As the link between good oral health and good systemic health becomes clearer, the role of a dentist as health care professional is becoming more important than ever. Lewis' Biology program is the perfect undergraduate preparation for dental school after Lewis, upon where you will attain either a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) 4 + 4 Partner
With this 4 + 4 program, you will have a complete undergraduate experience at Lewis University, earning your Biology degree before moving on to your secured seat in LECOM’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

Pre-Medicine
(Includes Allopathic, Osteopathic and Podiatric Medicine) Lewis' Biology program is the perfect undergraduate preparation for Medical School. Our alumni include practicing M.D.s and D.O.s who are happy to advise our undergraduates. Plus, your Faculty Advisor will work with you every semester (including before registration) to help you choose a specific sequence of courses that will best prepare you for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and success in Med School.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) 4 + 4 Partner
Lewis offers high school seniors a unique dual admittance opportunity to simultaneously enroll in both undergraduate studies at Lewis and medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. While the admittance pool for medical school is fiercely competitive, enrollment in this 4 + 4 program secures your seat in med school as a high school senior.

Pre-Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists help individuals re-learn fine motor skills and how to "take on life each day" after debilitating injuries. Lewis' Biology program will prepare you to succeed in any of the more than 120 masters and doctoral degree programs in the field.

Pre-Optometry
Optometrists diagnose eye diseases and vision problems, as well as prescribe drugs, eyeglasses and contact lenses. Gaining licensure in the field of optometry requires a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from an accredited program, in addition to passing the clinical State board and written exam (where applicable). Currently, there are 17 schools of optometry in the U.S. in which to complete your studies after Lewis.

Pre-Pharmacy (Doctoral Option)
Pharmacists are health professionals, who possess a deep understanding of medications and their uses, and can speak confidently with both doctors and patients about the drugs in question. Our Biology, B.S. degree program is the perfect preparation to maximize your performance on the PCAT admissions test, and to make you more competitive in the applicant pool for your Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degree program that will follow your time at Lewis.

Doctor of Pharmacy 2+4 Partner
Lewis offers high school seniors a unique dual admittance opportunity to simultaneously enroll in both undergraduate studies at Lewis and pharmacy school at Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill. Our 2+4 program provides qualified students intending to pursue the Pharmacy profession with an opportunity to complete their Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 6 years, rather than the usual seven.

Doctor of Pharmacy 4 + 4 and 4 + 3 Partner
With the 4 + 4 program, you will have a complete undergraduate experience at Lewis University, earning your Biology degree before moving on to your secured seat in LECOM’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. LECOM also offers a 4 + 3 program option, including a year-round three-year curriculum enabling you to earn your degree and enter the pharmacy profession one year earlier. Both programs offer the same coursework, credit hours and pharmacy practice experience.

Pre-Podiatry (Doctoral Option)
Podiatry is a highly specialized area of medicine, devoted to the study of human movement, primarily in regards to the foot and ankle. Lewis' Biology, B.S. degree program is the perfect preparation before your four-year Doctoral program, upon which you will be awarded the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) degree.

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine 3+4 Partners
Our 3+4 program provides qualified students intending to pursue the podiatric profession with an opportunity to complete their Biology, B.S. from Lewis and their Doctor of Podiatry degree in seven years, rather than the usual eight.

Note: Lewis' articulation agreements with the following schools allow for preferential consideration during the admission process, but do not guarantee your entrance into the program. Pre-Physician Assistant
Physician Assistants (P.A.s) practice medicine under the supervision of a physician - the level of oversight which varies from state to state. Upon completion of your master's degree (and sometimes, a residency period) at any of more than 130 accredited P.A. programs, you will be able to practice in nearly any specialty available to the Allopathic or Osteopathic graduate.

Pre-Physical Therapy
Physical Therapists use physical methods such as exercise, massage, heat/cold therapy, manipulation and traction to strengthen muscles and alleviate patient pain and disease. The goal of the Physical Therapist is not only patient recovery, but to prevent future injuries. Most Physical Therapy programs now require Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degrees, typically a 3 to 3 1/2 year endeavor after Lewis.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary practitioners can choose from a plethora of specializations in the healthcare of pets and livestock, as well as zoo, sporting and laboratory animals. Practicing as a veterinarian requires a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree and licensure from one of the 28 highly competitive 4-year veterinary medicine colleges in the nation.

Student Talk

  • Biology Degree Ted Hughes Biology, B.S.
    Doctor of Medical Dentistry,
    Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine


    "I chose Biology because I was interested in science. Thankfully, I was nurtured and mentored by Lewis' faculty and staff. My advisor personally helped me attain a research position at Loyola Medical Center, and today, I love what I do!"