North Central College - Naperville, IL

Cory McCleave

While shadowing a podiatrist, Cory fell in love with treating feet.

“Podiatry offered everything I was looking for: clinic and surgery time, adequate compensation and overall life happiness,” he says.

Cory’s eager to work in the competitive podiatry industry. He’s shadowed professionals in the medical field and participated in North Central’s Pre-Health Organization (PHO), a club that offers Q & A sessions with alumni, seminars with health industry professionals and preparation for graduate school. While some students may get anxious at the thought of taking exams for graduate school, Cory’s prepared with numerous practice tests provided by PHO.

Cory hopes to become a podiatrist who specializes in either foot surgery or sports rehab. He credits North Central with giving him invaluable skills for the health industry and life.

“You need to think for yourself and draw conclusions—this is how life works. North Central teaches students how to make those decisions, which puts us ahead of our peers.”

Kayla Antle

Prescribing medicine, diagnosing illness and closely working with surgeons and physicians—every decision made by a physician assistant is critical for a patient’s health. In a field where mistakes are unacceptable, Kayla says her hands-on experience at North Central is crucial.

“It’s very important to have experience with patient care,” she says.

Kayla shadowed a physician and worked with residents at Sunrise Senior Living, a residential facility near campus. She also took advantage of on-campus opportunities, attending seminars with health industry professionals through North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization (PHO).

“PHO is a great way to learn more about the health industry and get connected with alumni and local healthcare professionals.”

As she applies to physician assistant programs, Kayla says her résumé is strengthened by her interactive experience at North Central.

“It’s allowed me to observe the professional atmosphere of a healthcare setting.”

Emily Nordmann

Emily dreams of working in a pediatric clinic. To reach this dream, she needs to be accepted into a master’s program in occupational therapy, which requires extensive experience and guidance. She found everything she wanted at North Central.

“I was impressed by all the opportunities available that prepared me for graduate school,” she says. “The professors, advisors and faculty were genuinely invested in my well-being.”

To gain vital experience in the field, Emily interned at Treehouse Pediatric Therapy, a clinic that provides physical, occupational, speech and nutrition therapy to children. Her time at the clinic reinforced her dream and opened new doors for her future.

“It reaffirmed my passion for this career, while establishing connections I’ve maintained over a year later.”

Emily plans to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Midwestern University.

Mackenzie Wenger

After a service trip to Haiti with the North Central College student group Break Away, Mackenzie decided to focus her career on helping others.

“I began to think about how nursing could provide an avenue to continue serving others throughout my lifetime,” she says.

Mackenzie met with the pre-professional health advisor on campus and decided to pursue the generalist entry master’s (GEM) program at Rush University after graduation. To prepare for the program, she interned at a pediatric practice in Lisle. She shadowed a nurse with more than 20 years of experience.

After completing the GEM program, Mackenzie will be a registered nurse. She hopes to someday perform medical services around the world.

“North Central molded me into a well-rounded student who will forever seek new knowledge and a better understanding of the world.”

Princeton Review names North Central College among nation’s best colleges for 2015

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

The Princeton Review has once again named North Central College a Best Midwestern College in its annual survey of the nation’s best colleges.

North Central College is included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition.” The guide surveys more than 130,000 college students nationwide to determine the top 15 percent of about 2,900 four-year institutions nationwide.

Forbes ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges for 2014-2015

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Forbes magazine once again ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges.

Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 490 overall, No. 333 among private colleges and No. 117 in the Midwest.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

North Central College alumnus receives medical college chapter’s highest honor

Kevin M. Klauer '87 has received the 2014 Bill Hall Award for Service from the Ohio chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

North Central College alumnus Kevin M. Klauer has received the 2014 Bill Hall Award for Service from the Ohio chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Klauer is chief medical officer at Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) in Canton, Ohio, where he has worked since 1999. He is also director of the Center for Emergency Medicine Education, ACEP council vice speaker and serves as medical editor-in-chief of the ACEP Now magazine, the college’s official publication.

North Central College student Circle K club awarded national grant for service project

Circle K members during a recent fundraiser
North Central College’s Circle K service club has been awarded a national grant to fund a community service project that will benefit children with cancer.

North Central College’s student-run Circle K International service club has been awarded a grant by the global Circle K International organization to finance a community service project that will provide care packages to children with cancer.

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