Tomorrow’s Health Care Team
Midwestern University is an upper-division undergraduate and graduate degree–granting
institution specializing in the health sciences with seven colleges—the Chicago College of
Osteopathic Medicine, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of
Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Pharmacy–Glendale, the College of
Dental Medicine, and the Arizona College of Optometry.
• The University operates two campuses—one in Downers Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of
Chicago (1,900+ students), and one in Glendale, Arizona (1,700+ students), the state’s fourth
largest city located in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
• The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the
North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools (30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400,
Chicago, IL 60602; 312/263-0456).
• In the year 2000, Midwestern University celebrated its centennial, marking 100 years since
the beginning of the University’s founding college, the Chicago College of Osteopathic
Medicine. Also in the year 2000, Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic
Medicine graduated its inaugural class of DOs (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine).
• Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D. is the President and Chief Executive Officer.
Downers Grove Campus
PROJECTED MWU STUDENTS FOR 2008-2009 ACADEMIC YEAR
Midwestern University Total: 3,690
Downers Grove Campus Total: 1,977
The University offers eight programs granting the following degrees on the Downers Grove
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O)
• Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
• Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
• Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
• Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.M.S.)
• Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)
• Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.)
• Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (M.A.)
• The Downers Grove Campus employs 220 staff members, and 142 faculty members.
• The student-to-faculty ratio is 16-to-1.
• MWU’s faculty mix reflects a blend of experienced teachers, prominent scientists, and
established clinicians. MWU faculty members are awarded over $800,000 in educational and
research grants each year.
• The University is committed to community service in Illinoisstudents and faculty from all
colleges organize ongoing health screenings; medication safety presentations; career
exploration programs; fundraisers for charity; and other community outreach projects.
• The University occupies a 105-acre campus in Downers Grove, Illinois
• The University features several state-of-the-art facilities, including:
- Prabhu Hall, a modern science building that features anatomy and animal research
laboratories, which boasts accreditation from the American Association for
Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).
- A 30,000-square foot Centennial Hall, composed of a pharmacy practice laboratory,
a model pharmacy/communications laboratory, a hospital pharmacy, three research
laboratories, and two 258-seat lecture halls/classrooms.
- Littlejohn Hall, the library technology center with extensive book, journal, and
electronic collections linked by a computerized system; a medical informatics
laboratory; a large multi-sectional auditorium; and comfortable lounge, and study
- Alumni Hall, an academic facility with state-of-the-art osteopathic manipulative
therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy labs, classrooms and research
facilities, and allied health faculty offices.
- Recreation/Wellness Hall is within convenient walking distance for the student
apartments. The centerpiece of the facility is a gymnasium that can be used for
playing basketball or volleyball. Surrounding it are two enclosed courts for playing
racquetball or handball, an aerobics/dance room, a large strength-training area, and
rooms for practicing music or making craft projects. The hall also houses the
Wellness Center campus clinic, a suite composed of examining/counseling rooms,
staff offices, and a reception/waiting area.
- A six-story Redwood Hall, living/learning center with meeting rooms, faculty
offices, study rooms, interfaith chapel, auditorium, and residence hall rooms.
- The Commons student center housing the campus bookstore, mailroom, a full-
service cafeteria, computer lab, and administrative offices.
Chicago College of
The Chicago College of Medicine was founded in 1900.
More than 5,000 CCOM alumni are in practice around the country.
In 2007, CCOM graduates’ match rate into first- or second-choice residencies was 79%, far
surpassing the national match rate of 68 percent.
CCOM graduates approximately 165 D.O.s per year.
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Class Profile 2008
Average Age 24
Average Overall GPA 3.53
Class Size 173
Top Home States Illinois (58%), Indiana, Wisconsin
Chicago College of Pharmacy
The Chicago College of Pharmacy was founded in 1991.
In the last two years, nearly 98 percent of CCP graduates passed the NAPLEX exam the first
time, ranking MWU students well above the national mean.
CCP alumni work in community and hospital pharmacies, as well as consulting, managed care,
and home infusion.
CCP graduates approximately 200 Pharm.D.s per year.
Chicago College of Pharmacy Class Profile 2008
Average Age 23
Average Overall GPA 3.33
Class Size 201
Top Home States Illinois (64%), California, Wisconsin
College of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant Program
For 10 years, MWU PA graduates have surpassed the national average on the certifying exam.
MWU PA graduates work in primary care, surgery, medical specialties, emergency medicine,
and behavioral medicine.
Sixty-five percent of MWU PA graduates work in group or solo practices, while 22 percent work
in hospitals. Nearly 20 percent practice in areas identified as medically underserved.
Physician Assistant Program Class Profile 2008
Average Age 23.9
Average Overall GPA 3.61
Class Size 84
Top Home States Illinois (50%), Wisconsin, Minnesota
Physical Therapy Program
MWU PT graduates pass the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy exam at a rate 10
percent higher than the national average.
PT graduates work in teaching hospitals, orthopedic/sports medicine clinics, community urban
and rural hospitals, geriatric centers, and school systems.
In 2008, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, listed physical
therapy as one of the 30 Fastest-Growing Occupations.
Physical Therapy Program Class Profile 2008
Average Age 23
Average Overall GPA 3.48
Class Size 48
Top Home States Illinois (71%), Indiana, Michigan
Occupational Therapy Program
First-time pass rates of Classes of 2005 and 2006 were 90% and 94%, respectively (national
100% job placement for MWU OT graduates who find work in a variety of settings including in-
patient settings (acute care, rehabilitation), out-patient rehabilitation and clinic settings, hand
clinics, and school settings.
Occupational Therapy Program Class Profile 2008
Average Age 25
Average Overall GPA 3.26
Class Size 37
Top Home States Illinois (81%), Michigan, Indiana
Biomedical Science Program
Graduates of the Biomedical Sciences Program are well-prepared to continue their education at a
professional school, including post-baccalaureate programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry,
and health sciences.
Biomedical Science graduates often pursue professions in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals by
working at research laboratories, governmental and regulatory agencies, or in undergraduate
Biomedical Sciences Program Class Profile 2008
Average Age 24
Average Overall GPA 3.24
Class Size 32
Top Home States Illinois (68%), Wisconsin, Indiana
Clinical Psychology Program
Graduates of the Clinical Psychology Program find satisfaction working in outpatient mental
health and substance abuse treatment clinics, schools, social service agencies, research and
testing services, and management consulting firms.
The Clinical Psychology internship match rate is 100% (National rate 83%).
Percentage of Students:
Obtained paid internships (2006 – 100%; 2007 – 81.5%)
Obtained APPIC internships (2006 – 100%; 2007 – 87.5%)
Obtained APA internships (2006 – 37.5%; 2007 – 0%)
Obtained 2-year internships: not applicable
Clinical Psychology Program Class Profile 2008
Average Age 25
Average Overall GPA 3.22
Class Size 26
Top Home State: Illinois (65%)