From the Dean
The College of Health Sciences features many of Marquette's highest ranked and nationally recognized programs. Our students come to us with the strongest academic credentials at the university, and experience a culture of excellence that includes state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and many opportunities to interact with faculty scholars who are passionate about teaching, research and service.
Our mission as a Jesuit university is to provide an excellent, rigorous and well-rounded education, and our location in the heart of the city of Milwaukee promises ample opportunity for exposure to the health and medical professions that a major metropolitan setting provides. While you can expect excellence from our faculty, you will be in some elite company with our academically talented students. Whether in our highly rigorous professional programs of study or through outstanding pre-professional and undergraduate education, our dedicated faculty and committed students have created a truly vibrant academic environment that’s waiting for you.
William E. Cullinan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Sciences
College Mission Statement
The College of Health Sciences has the mission of providing outstanding preparation for careers in the health sciences and as health care providers. It is dedicated to improving health care delivery by educating excellent, caring and ethical health care professionals through a rigorous program of teaching, research and service. Our programs of study emphasize critical thinking in the context of clinical and scientific problem solving. Students are instilled with the Jesuit ideals of concern for the physical, emotional and spiritual development of the individual, as well as a lifelong commitment to leadership and learning in the advancement of their personal skills and professions.
Undergraduate College Programs
Health Science Professional Programs
College of Health Sciences Policies
Students in the College of Health Sciences are expected to comply with the academic requirements and policies listed in the university section of this bulletin and must fulfill the graduation requirements stated in the bulletin in effect the year they entered Marquette.
Students who have interrupted their enrollment from the university typically follow the degree requirements listed in the bulletin in effect during the academic year of their return. Policies and regulations in effect at the time of return apply to all students, regardless of the term of their initial enrollment.
It is the responsibility of students to know and fulfill all university, college/department cognates and major requirements.
While the principal policies and procedures of the college are contained in this section of the bulletin, questions concerning other regulations should be directed to the college or relevant department office.
HEALTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL
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College of Health Sciences Resources
The following resources are available to College of Health Sciences students.
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
This student organization is for students interested in medical school. The organization provides opportunities for students to interact with fellow students and professionals in the medical field. All students in the university interested in applying to medical school are eligible to join.
Biomedical Sciences Student Association (BMSA)
All Biomedical Sciences students are eligible for membership in the Biomedical Sciences Association. The purpose of the organization is to provide students with opportunities to learn more about career opportunities; interact with alumni; develop service opportunities; participate in fund-raising activities; and interact with other students and faculty in a more informal setting.
Medical Laboratory Science
In addition to the university student organizations, medical laboratory science students are eligible for membership in the Medical Laboratory Science Student Council, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Students enrolled in the Department of Physical Therapy are eligible for membership in the Physical Therapy Student Council and are required to become student members in the American Physical Therapy Association during the professional phase of the program.
Physician Assistant Studies
The Student Association of the American Academy of Physician Assistants has awarded a charter membership to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Marquette University. All students in the program participate. The organization coordinates fundraising activities, hosts guest lecturers and interacts with other student groups as well as the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. A major goal of the group is to facilitate student involvement in the political process of their national organization.
Pre-dental Student Organization of Marquette University
This student organization is for students interested in the field of dentistry. The organization provides an opportunity for students to interact with fellow students and professionals in the field of dentistry. All students in the university interested in the field of dentistry are eligible to join.
Speech Pathology and Audiology
The Marquette University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MU-NSSLHA) is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students interested in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The organization hosts guest speakers from the professional community, interacts with other student groups and is active in community and charitable organizations.
Pre-Professional Health Studies
At Marquette University, pre-professional health studies means pursuing a bachelor’s degree with the intent to enroll in a professional school following graduation. Choosing a major in the College of Health Sciences provides a strong foundation in preparation for a health professions career in areas such as athletic training, chiropractic, dentistry, forensics, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, podiatry, etc. The Pre-Health Advising office within the College of Health Sciences works closely with students throughout their undergraduate career to help them identify and achieve what it takes to be a strong candidate for admission to a health professional program.
Admission requirements, including prerequisites, vary greatly among institutions and across disciplines. Students should consult graduate and professional schools of interest to identify specific course requirements. Visit the Pre-Health Advising website to explore the services offered and the pre-health information available.
Direct-Admit and Early Admission Options for Health Professional Programs at MU
The programs listed below are available for admission on a competitive basis to high school seniors applying to MU and/or current MU students in specified majors. Each of these programs is an accelerated program which requires students to complete very specific curriculum requirements prior to entering the professional program in the senior year. As a result, admission to one of these programs may limit a student's ability to study abroad, pursue second majors and/or minors, or participate in other special academic programs.
Direct-Admit and Transfer Admission to Athletic Training
The 3+2 Direct-Admit Athletic Training program is available to high school seniors admitted to the Exercise Physiology major. Students who did not apply or were not accepted as an incoming freshman can still track the pre-athletic training curriculum and apply any time prior to the end of the junior year. Accepted direct-admit and transfer students who meet all eligibility requirements in the first three years of undergraduate study begin the professional phase of the MAT curriculum in the summer after the junior year. This program allows a student to complete both the undergraduate and Master of Athletic Training degrees in five years instead of six years. More detailed information is available in the Athletic Training section.
Direct-Admit and Transfer Admission to Physical Therapy
The 3+3 Direct-Admit Physical Therapy program is available to high school seniors. Within the College of Health Sciences, the Exercise Physiology and Biomedical Sciences majors are options with this program, but majors in other colleges are also options. Students not admitted to this program as incoming freshman may track the pre-PT curriculum and submit a transfer application in the junior year. Accepted Direct-Admit and transfer students who meet all eligibility requirements in the first three years of undergraduate study begin the professional phase of the DPT curriculum in the senior year at MU. This program allows a student to complete both the undergraduate and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in six years instead of seven years. Additional information is available on the Physical Therapy Department Admissions website.
Early Admission to Occupational Therapy
The 3+3 early admission program offers Marquette undergraduate students an opportunity to begin the Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) program in their senior year, completing a bachelor's degree and doctoral degree in six years instead of seven. This early admission program will first be available for applicants to the Fall 2023 OTD cohort, pending granting of OTD program full accreditation. More detailed information is available in the Occupational Therapy section.
Early Admission Physician Assistant Studies
Students following the 3+2 pre-PA track in the Biomedical Sciences major have the option of applying to the PA program in the spring/summer of the junior year in the major. Admission to the PA program is on a competitive basis. Acceptance to this program allows a student to complete both the undergraduate and Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in five years instead of six years. More detailed information can be found on the website for Physician Assistant Studies, as well as the Biomedical Sciences section.
The College of Health Sciences participates in the Pre-dental Scholars Program which is available on a competitive admission basis to high school seniors to the biomedical sciences major or first semester freshmen in the major (pending space availability). Participants in this 3+4 program who meet all program requirements to be admitted to the Dental School in the senior year complete both the undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees in a total of seven years instead of eight years. More detailed information can be found in the university Resources and Opportunities section, as well as the Biomedical Sciences section.
The College of Health Sciences participates in the Pre-Law Scholars Program which is available on a competitive admission basis to high school seniors admitted to the biomedical sciences major. Participants in this 3+3 program who meet all program requirements to be admitted to the Law School in the senior year, complete both the undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees in a total of six years instead of seven years. More detailed information can be found in the university Resources and Opportunities section.
Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) Administered through the Graduate School at MU
These programs, offered through the Graduate School, have approved accelerated degree programs that allow students to begin accumulating credits towards graduate degree completion while still enrolled as an undergraduate. Applications to these programs are typically due in the junior year at MU:
Master of Science in Exercise and Rehabilitation Science - available to undergraduates in the exercise physiology and biomedical sciences majors. More detailed information can be found in the Master's Requirements for the Exercise and Rehabilitation section of the Graduate Bulletin.
Master of Business Administration (STEM MBA) - available to undergraduates in any major in the College of Health Sciences (Note: majors with clinical internship requirements may limit the number of graduate credits completed at the undergraduate level). More detailed information can be found in the Master of Business Administration section of the Graduate School of Management bulletin.
Dual Degree Programs with Other Universities
Early Assurance PharmD Program through the Medical College of Wisconsin
The College of Health Sciences participates in an Early Assurance PharmD program with the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) School of Pharmacy. The 3+3 Early Assurance PharmD program allows students in the Biomedical Sciences major to earn dual degrees, a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, in a total of six years. Participants in this program who meet all eligibility requirements after the first three years of the undergraduate studies at MU, matriculate into the PharmD program at MCW after the junior year. Credits completed in the first year at MCW are applied towards the completion of a bachelor's degree at MU. More detailed information can be found in the university Resources and Opportunities section, as well as the Biomedical Sciences section.
Master of Global Health Equity through the Medical College of Wisconsin
Marquette undergraduate students majoring in Biomedical Sciences can apply for admission to the Master of Science Global Health Equity program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the second term of the junior year. Students accepted into the program are eligible to enroll in up to 12 credits of pre-approved graduate course work during the senior year at MU to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. A maximum of 6 of these 12 credits may be taken at MCW during the senior year. Students who meet all program requirements matriculate to MCW after the senior year upon completion of the undergraduate degree at MU.
The Program in Exercise Physiology and the Department of Biomedical Sciences participate in the university's disciplinary honors program. More information about the disciplinary honors program can be found in the respective majors section of the bulletin.
Summer Research Program (SRP)
The Summer Research Program provides a unique summer program for undergraduates to become immersed in an independent research experience and other enrichment activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor from various majors in the College of Health Sciences. The program is full-time during the summer with participants receiving a stipend. Admission is on a competitive basis and open to students from any major. Visit the Summer Research Program website for additional qualifications and application.