Development of a Novel Pathways Program for Pre-Health Students by a Private Four-Year University and a Private Health Professions University

Funk, Knott, Patrick, Burdick, & Roberts, 2018 / / August 2018

Education in the health professions occurs at the graduate level, increasing the barriers to underrepresented and first-generation students. Some programs attempt to alleviate these barriers by streamlining passage from the undergraduate campus to the medical campus within a university or by accelerating entry to the professions by bypassing the bachelor's degree. These solutions each have their own limitations for students, including added pressure to maintain grades and a limited ability to explore multiple professions. The Alliance for Health Sciences, a partnership between DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), was formed to address these issues and has created the Pathways Honors program. Through this program, current DePaul students may apply for an early admission decision to one of 6 of RFUMS's programs and, if qualified, pursue an accelerated entry.