Foundational Sciences

Science courses for future healthcare professionals

If you are pursuing career in health care or exploring your options, our courses are designed to help you complete basic science requirements so you can achieve your goal.

Fulfill pre-professional requirements 

Our courses allow you to fulfill prerequisite undergraduate coursework so you can apply to the professional school or graduate program of your choice. We offer a great opportunity for you to:

  • Complete the science prerequisites required for your application
  • Retake science courses to improve your GPA or enhance your application
  • Review science coursework in preparation for the MCAT, VCAT or GRE

Explore a career in health care

If you are considering a career in health care, you can sign up for a science course or two to find out if this is a good fit. At Northwestern, you're able to:

  • Pursue an education toward a healthcare career - although you may not have a sufficient science background
  • Apply science credits from Northwestern to a bachelor's degree program
  • Ease back into the classroom if you've been out of school for awhile

Accredited, transferable courses 

Our fully accredited courses are transferable to other universities and meet several of the entrance requirements for:

Convenient, accelerated science courses

Complete a two-course sequence in half the time

Many of our science courses are offered in accelerated format, allowing you to complete one full academic year of a two-course sequence in only one 15-week trimester - half the time it typically takes at other universities.

Accelerated science courses are conveniently offered every Fall, Winter and Summer trimester to help you meet application deadlines for professional schools. Late afternoon and evening courses are offered.

  • General Chemistry 1 and 2 (with lab)
  • Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 (with lab)
  • General Physics 1 and 2 (with lab)
  • Biomechanics (single course)

Non-accelerated courses also offered

Complete each of these courses in one 15-week trimester:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Today
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Microbiology

Courses descriptions

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Academic advantages to support your success

Learn in a supportive, healthcare setting

Our university is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and your academic success is important to us. That's why we offer a unique educational experience for you - an opportunity to learn in a dynamic, supportive environment - not a competitive pressure cooker.

Be mentored by experienced professors

Our courses are taught by professors with advanced degrees, not teaching assistants, so you learn from experts in their fields. Our professors are also approachable and available - they will mentor, advise and encourage you.

Enjoy individual attention in small classes

You'll appreciate our small class sizes and laboratory settings, where you can feel more comfortable asking questions and participating in discussions.

Take advantage of University services

Northwestern offers many convenient, on-campus services, including a library, cafeteria, fitness center, free parking, academic support services, student clubs and a University Health Service.

Learn more about our academic advantages.


We assist students studying:

  • Pre-chiropractic
  • Pre-acupuncture/Oriental medicine
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-osteopathic medicine
  • Pre-nursing
  • Pre-physician's assistant
  • Pre-veterinary medicine
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-physical therapy
  • Pre-occupational therapy
  • Pre-dental hygiene
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-podiatry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-nutrition
  • Pre-mortuary science
  • Pre-biomedical engineering

Tuition and fees

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Financial aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. If you have questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

 

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