North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College students prepare for careers in health sciences and medicine

Rebecca Kirk
North Central pre-health students receive preparation in academics, research opportunities, field experiences, personal counseling and placement assistance.

Oct. 19, 2011—At North Central College, pre-health students get a full dose of preparation: academics, research opportunities, field experiences, personal counseling and placement assistance.

Rebecca Kirk, a junior with majors in biochemistry and psychology, has had her heart set on becoming a doctor for as long as she can remember. “I’ve wanted to become a pediatrician since the day I was born,” she says.

Dr. Rob Hoffert

Dr. Rob Hoffert graduated from North Central College with a degree in biology. He went on to earn a doctorate of optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He’s an optometrist with the Brenart Eye Clinic in Yorkville, where he worked part time as a lab technician throughout college.

“North Central was great because of its small class sizes,” Rob says. “I connected with many of the professors.” Two professors wrote him recommendation letters for graduate schools.

“Graduate schools really like applicants with liberal arts degrees,” he says. “They want a well-rounded candidate who is diversified in many different areas. Something has to set you apart from the thousands of other applicants. A lot of the larger schools put students on a fast-track through pre-med, where competition usually ensues and all of their classes are in the same area. To become a doctor, you must not only be good in the sciences, but you must also be good dealing with people. A liberal arts college like North Central gets you both.”

Majors Minors and Programs : Pre-Optometry

New offerings for science majors

Recent developments signal the College’s ongoing commitment to its science curriculum and career preparation with an eye toward construction of a new science center on campus.

Students will be able to pursue degrees in additional areas of study beginning fall 2011. They can complete a new major in the field of chemical microscopy, which involves the use of microscopes to solve chemical problems. Minors will be offered in bioinformatics—the application of statistics and computer sciences to the field of molecular biology—and neuroscience, the study of the nervous system.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

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