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By engaging early coursework in biology, chemistry, math, and physics, you will be rewarded with a world of opportunity across every possible health career. John Carroll graduates are thriving as clinicians, technologists, and researchers, sprinting into a future where people will live longer, healthier, and more active lives, free of pain, injury, and disease.

High Order Thinking

To thrive as a health professional, you will need to merge interpersonal, cognitive, and system skills. At JCU, you will go beyond basic science to gain clinical, data, and information literacies.

Experiential Learning

Cleveland is home to some of the world’s most advanced clinical and research talent and resources.

Jesuit Character

Core classes in theology, philosophy, and humanities give pre-health students valued perspective and purpose.

Cleveland: World Class Healthcare

At JCU, you’ll be learning in the heart of the nation’s top healthcare region. Like the more than 500 alumni working within the Cleveland Clinic, you will have access to internships, experts, and alumni mentors across the region’s three major healthcare systems (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the MetroHealth System). These alumni give generously of their time and will inspire and guide your career.

High Impact Experiences

Studies show that great college outcomes grow from five high impact experiences: internships, research, service learning, immersion trips, and student employment. Our students find diverse clinical, research, employment and volunteer experiences in Northeast Ohio and nationally.


The $66 million Dolan Center for Science and Technology equips you with state-of-the-art classrooms and lab spaces where you’ll have opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experiences beginning in your first year. You’ll collaborate with faculty mentors using advanced equipment, learning the latest techniques in your field.

Student-Run EMS

JCU students founded and operate the campus EMS system, translating their Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or Emergency Medical Responder training and certification into another layer of campus safety and response. Students work with University Heights Fire Department for ambulance transport when necessary, and with the John Carroll University Police Department and the Office of Residence Life.

Health Futures

John Carroll pre-health students pursue a range of health-related careers, including allopathic and osteopathic medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, bioinformatics, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, and more.

Emerging health careers include:

Occupational Therapist

$84,270 (Median Salary)

1.4% (Unemployment Rate)

#17 in Best Health Care Jobs

#28 in 100 Best Jobs

Projections: jobs to rise 18% through 2028

Physical Therapist

$87,930 (Median Salary)

1.1% (Unemployment Rate)

#10 in Best Health Care Jobs

#15 in 100 Best Jobs

Projections: jobs to rise 22% through 2028

Physician Assistant

$108,610 (Median Salary)

1.1% (Unemployment Rate)

#2 in Best Health Care Jobs

#3 in 100 Best Jobs

#3 in Best STEM Jobs

Projections: jobs to rise 30% through 2028

Our Alumni Work Here

The Cleveland Clinic
University Hopsitals

John Carroll pre-health graduates work as nurses, researchers, doctors, PAs, occupational and physical therapists, and more for a wide range of employers. In addition to the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the MetroHealth System, and similar health systems around the country. JCU alumni lead healthcare for such employers as:

National Institutes of Health
Mass General Brigham
Memorial Sloan Kettering
US Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Launch Your Inspired Future

When you choose to become a health professional you commit to lifelong learning, serving others, and walking the road less traveled to mastery. We inspire future optometrists, physical therapists, anesthetists, genetic counselors, veterinarians, and more.

Natalie Haikal

Future: Doctor of Dental Surgery at The Ohio State University.

Devin Limerick

Future: Doctor of Physical Therapy at New York University.

Abby Snyder

Future: Physician Assistant program, Baldwin Wallace University.

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