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School ofSciences

Health Science & Pre-Health

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, Christian Brothers University will offer a new program dedicated to Health Science, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. With this degree, graduates can work in a healthcare setting or within their community in other ways to advance health. Students may also use this degree as a starting point for graduate-level work in health and medicine.

CBU also has a well-established program to assist students in preparing for and then applying to a variety of professional- and/or graduate-level clinical healthcare programs, including the following:

In each of the above cases, Admissions Committees are looking for applicants that show promise to serve as role models for their peers and as healthcare professionals for their patients.  The qualities that Admissions Committees seek, therefore, including the following:

  • scholarship, i.e., you demonstrate some intellectual wattage in your performance on the appropriate national exam and in your GPA; 
  • accomplishments, i.e. you show some ambition.   Most majors at CBU require the completion of a senior project, which is small enough to be completed within the constraints of time, but comprehensive enough to get something meaningful out of the experience; 
  • intellectual curiosity, because much of what you learn in the professional studies of your choice will be outdated within 5-10 years; 
  • emotional maturity, because you will be interacting with patients who will be scared and emotionally vulnerable; 
  • character, because these professions require a considerable amount of time for preparation, and you must have the "stick-to-it-iveness" to persevere; 
  • interest in medicine, because if the only reason you're in it is for the money, then it's a lousy way to make a living; 
  • sensitivity to others, because your patients may engage in behaviors of which you don't approve, yet they still deserve your attention and help; 
  • communication skills:  You may know what the problem is and the solution are, but the fact is that most of your patients, and most of their significant others are functionally illiterate. In order to gain their trust and in order for them to follow the correct protocol, you must use language that is appropriate for them; 
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  You are, after all, a detective, whose mission is to find out what the problem is and to find the appropriate course of action; 
  • sense of caring for others and a commitment to service, because healthcare professions are very demanding. 

The results have been impressive — see our five year "success stats."

CBU's Director of the Pre-Professional Health Programs is Dr. Stan Eisen. He has created the following web pages to provide basic information about health programs, what they are and what it takes to get into them.  In particular, there is a wealth of information on his Health Career Guide page.

Sources of information about health-related careers:

Information about national exams: Test descriptions and dates

  • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
  • OAT (Optometry Admission Test)
  • PCAT (Pharmacy Admission Test)
  • DAT (Dental Admission Test)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Application services

The application process

Having an interview?

Interested in doing volunteer work?  Here are some local opportunities:

  1. LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center
  2. Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  3. Baptist Memorial Hospital
  4. Methodist Healthcare
  5. Church Health (an excellent work experience — Church Health provides healthcare benefits to the working under-insured)

Internships and gap year alternatives

Information about international medical missions

Contact information:
Dr. Stan Eisen, Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs
phone: (901) 321-3447