Dual Admission

In addition to pre-medical studies, Illinois Tech offers several dual-admission programs that provide pathways to a medical career.

Our dual-admission programs in medicine lead to a B.S. degree from Illinois Tech and either a D.O. or O.D. degree from Chicago-area schools. A pre-pharmacy program allows early entrance into pharmacy school at Midwestern University.

Students are guaranteed admission to osteopathic, dentistry, or pharmacy school. In some cases these programs are accelerated compared to traditional pathways.

Illinois Tech and Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) partner to offer the Dual Admission Osteopathic Medicine (B.S./D.O.) program.

With the increasingly important role of technology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, a rigorous undergraduate education in a technological field is ideal preparation to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine.

The osteopathic philosophy is to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. It emphasizes the interrelationships of structure and function, and the appreciation of the body’s ability to heal itself.

Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) practice within this distinct field. Other than MDs, DOs are the only physicians in the United States who are fully trained and licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medicine.

Acceptance into the program requires a supplemental application and an interview with representatives of Illinois Tech and CCOM.

This is a 4 + 4 program (8 years total). Admission to the program is very competitive, with approximately 20 finalists selected to interview and ultimately 5–10 candidates accepted. Strong candidates generally take four years of math (including calculus), four years of English, and three years of science (including chemistry and physics) in high school, in addition to the minimum requirements below. This program is open to first-year applicants only.

Requirements

Materials Required (in addition to general application to Illinois Tech)

  • B.S./D.O. Supplemental Application
  • Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • 1 math/science
    • 1 humanities/social science
    • 1 medically related

Minimum Requirements to Be Considered for the Program

  • Minimum 3.5/4.0 GPA
  • Minimum 32 ACT composite or 1400 SAT (verbal + math) composite
  • Be in top 10% of class

To Stay in the Program While at Illinois Tech

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA
  • MCAT score above the national average

Contacts

Kathryn Spink, Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs
312.567.3441
spink@iit.edu

Kaelen Evon, Dual Programs Coordinator
kevon@iit.edu
312.971.2931

Application Deadlines

Application due: December 15
Invitations to interview sent: early January
On-campus interviews: early February
Final admissions decision: early March

The Pre-Optometry Program allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois Tech and a Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) from Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), located just east of the university's Mies Campus.

You must successfully complete the pre-optometry curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better, qualify for admission to ICO, and attain satisfactory scores on the Optometry Admissions Test. During the fourth academic year, you will take approved courses at ICO and receive transfer credit from Illinois Tech. Upon completion of the first full academic year at ICO, and satisfaction of all other requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biology, you will be awarded that degree by Illinois Tech. Upon completion of four full academic years at ICO, and satisfaction of all other requirements for the O.D. degree, you will be awarded that degree by ICO.

Address Inquiries To

High School Students
Office of Admission
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 33rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone: 312.567.3025
Toll Free: 800.448.2329
Email: admission@iit.edu

The Dual Admission—Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program with Illinois Tech and Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCOP) provides a strong academic foundation for students interested in the field.

Enroll for two years at Illinois Tech and admission into the four-year program at CCOP is guaranteed. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required, and you avoid the costly pharmacy school application process.

Requirements: For Incoming First Year Students (Track 1)

Incoming first-year students can be considered for the Dual Admission—Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program by applying to Illinois Tech through the Common App and submitting a supplemental application through Midwestern University.

In order to be eligible for admission into the Pharm.D. program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum ACT: 24
  • Minimum SAT: 1190 (math + verbal + writing)
  • Possess a minimum high school grade point average of 3.2 on the 4.0 scale.
  • Admission is guaranteed for students in the program who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 through their pre-pharmacy studies and a minimum grade of C in all required courses at Illinois Tech.
  • This is a 2 + 4 program.

TRACK 1 APPLICATION PROCESS

The following items are required in the application process and due by November 1 (early decision) or February 15 (regular decision):

  • Completed application to Illinois Tech through the Common App
  • Completed supplemental application submitted through MWU
  • Official high school transcript
  • ACT or SAT test scores. Submit scores directly to MWU using the following codes: ACT: 6400; or SAT: 3788 (writing component score not needed)
  • Participation in an on-campus Interview Day, when invited to do so

APPLY DIRECTLY THROUGH MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Requirements: For Current Illinois Tech Students (Track 2)

Current Illinois Tech undergraduate students may be considered for the Dual Admission—Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program once they meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of two semesters of full time courses (at least 12 credit hours per semester) at Illinois Tech
  • Must not have enrolled as a full-time student at any other two- or four-year institutions
  • Admission is guaranteed for students in the program who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 through their pre-pharmacy studies and a minimum grade of C in all required courses at Illinois Tech.

Soft skills considered in the admission process include a service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities and a reflection of proper motivation and commitment to pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work or life experiences. Applicants displaying competency in verbal and written communication skills are strongly considered.

TRACK 2 APPLICATION PROCESS

The following items are required in the application process and due by June 6:

  • Completed supplemental application submitted through MWU
  • Official transcript from affiliate college (upon completion of the second semester)
  • Participation in an on-campus Interview Day, when invited to do so (after June 6)

APPLY DIRECTLY THROUGH MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Contacts

Kathryn Spink, Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs
312.567.3441
spink@iit.edu

Kaelen Evon, Dual Programs Coordinator
kevon@iit.edu
312.971.2931

Application Deadlines

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Illinois Tech offers an Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for osteopathic medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy programs. The pharmacy program allows you to start the professional program prior to receiving a bachelor's degree from the undergraduate institution. You must apply to both Illinois Tech and LECOM.

You may apply for EAP consideration as a high school senior or as an undergraduate. Current undergraduate students should contact Kathryn Spink, pre-health adviser at Illinois Tech, to see if they qualify. This program is not available to anyone with a bachelor's or higher degree. Apply to enroll in the EAP by visiting the My LECOM Portal.

If you are ready to apply now, use the My LECOM portal.

Pre-Medicine—Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Program Timeline

4+4 track (LECOM campus options: Erie, Pennsylvania; Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Bradenton, Florida)

Requirements for High School Applicants

  • Minimum ACT score: 30
  • Minimum SAT score: 1330
  • 3.5/4.0 GPA
  • Application and interview required by LECOM

A Student Accepted into the LECOM Program is Guaranteed Admission to LECOM If the Student Meets the Following Criteria

  • Maintain 3.4 GPA at Illinois Tech
  • Complete the Minor in Pre-Medicine
  • MCAT score: 70th percentile

Apply through LECOM

Pre-Pharmacy—Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Program Timeline

  • 3+4 track: chemistry or biology majors (LECOM campus: Erie, Pennsylvania)
  • 4+4 track: any major (LECOM campus: Bradenton, Florida)

Requirements for High School Students

  • ACT score: 28
  • SAT score: 1300
  • 3.5/4.0 GPA
  • Application and interview required by LECOM

A Student Accepted into the LECOM Program Is Guaranteed Admission to LECOM If the Student Meets the Following Criteria

  • Maintain 3.4 GPA at Illinois Tech
  • Complete pre-requisite courses
  • PCAT score: 70th percentile

Apply through LECOM

Pre-Dentistry—Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

Program Timeline

  • 4+4 track (LECOM campus: Bradenton, Florida)

Requirements for High School Students

  • ACT score: 30
  • SAT score: 1330
  • 3.5/4.0 GPA
  • Application and interview required by LECOM

A Student Accepted into the LECOM Program Is Guaranteed Admission to LECOM If the Student Meets the Following Criteria

  • Maintain 3.4 GPA at Illinois Tech
  • Complete pre-requisite courses
  • DAT score: 19 or higher

Apply through LECOM

Deadlines

  • Apply to LECOM by March 1
  • Interviews take place in the spring

Special Notes

  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply (students with an F-1 visa may apply to the pharmacy program)
  • Admission to LECOM is binding
  • Transfer students are eligible to apply

Contacts

Kathryn Spink, Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs
312.567.3441
spink@iit.edu

Markie Rhodes, Admission Counselor
312.567.6979
mrhodes1@iit.edu