Gateways to a Medical Career
IIT offers multiple pathways for pursuit of a career in the health professions. Joint programs in medicine which lead to a B.S. degree from IIT and either a D.O., M.D., or O.D. degree from Chicago area schools are available. Students may also apply to a pre-pharmacy program which allows early entrance into pharmacy school at Midwestern University. Other options include a minor in pre-medical studies which ensures completion of all pre-requisites for entrance into medical school and prepares students for their M1 year, and a post-baccalaureate program for college graduates who wish to pursue a medical education but lack the necessary academic background.
IIT and Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) have partnered to offer the Dual Admission — Osteopathic Medicine (B.S./D.O.) program. The program provides dual admission to IIT and CCOM. With the increasingly important role of technology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, a rigorous baccalaureate education in a technological field is ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine.
The Dual Admission — Pharmacy (B.S./Pharm.D.) program with IIT and Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCOP) provides a strong academic foundation for students interested in the field. Students enroll for two years at IIT and are guaranteed admission into the four-year program at CCOP. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required, and students avoid the costly pharmacy school application process.
The IIT and Rush Medical College Combined Honors Program in Engineering and Medicine is a six-year program. Students apply during the summer after sophomore year at IIT. Students admitted to the program complete a bachelor of science at IIT and then move on to Rush Medical College to complete either an M.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. All students must complete a medically oriented research project. Separately, IIT offers a Biomedical Research Scholar Award to incoming freshman students interested in a research experience before applying to the IIT/Rush Program.
The Pre-Optometry Program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from IIT and a Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) from Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) located just east of Main Campus.
The IIT Minor in PreMedical Studies enables students to choose a major in any degree program offered at IIT while completing specialized requirements for admission to medical school. Students who complete the coursework earn a PreMedical Studies Minor upon graduation.
The Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program is designed for students who already possess a college degree but lack the coursework required for admission to medical school. The program generally takes three years, during which students receive a rigorous education in all areas of the premedical sciences.
Students participate in the White Coat Ceremony and are initiated into Rush Medical School