Degree & Course Prerequisites

Degree Prerequisites

A completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution, or an equivalent institution as determined by Northwestern University, is required prior to matriculation into the program.

Coursework Prerequisites

Official transcripts must show that the following prerequisites have been completed. Substitutions are not accepted.

Applications will be considered if all prerequisites have not been completed according to the following limits, which apply to the two semesters preceding the June intended for enrollment:

Course
Prerequisite
RequirementAdditonal Details
Biochemistryone
semester
  • Minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours
  • Content: protein structure and function, lipids, carbohydrate metabolism, DNA and RNA protein synthesis
  • Not satisfied by organic chemistry, nutritional biochemistry, metabolic biochemistry
Microbiologyone
semester
  • Minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours
  • Content: bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology
  • Not satisfied by molecular biology, cellular biology, or bacteriology alone
Statisticsone
semester
  • Minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours
Medical Terminologyone
semester
  • 1-3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours
  • Not satisfied by professional, educational, or life experiences
  • No 'test out' options are accepted
Anatomy & Physiologyone
full year
  • Minimum 6 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours
  • Met by taking either one semester of Anatomy and one semester of Physiology, or two semesters of Anatomy & Physiology, combined.
  • Content: all major organ systems (e.g. endocrine, nervous, circulatory)
  • Not satisfied by Pathophysiology