Patterson Center

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The Center for Health Professions at Elmhurst College

Lessons from the Operating Room

An innovative course sends Elmhurst nursing students into operating rooms to learn how to care for surgical patients.

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Saving Lives Across the Globe

Elmhurst graduate Aaron Tabor has launched an effort to link health professionals with patients overseas.

Preparation for a Career in Health Care

The Dr. Dennis J. Patterson Center for the Health Professions brings together students from across the health care spectrum for an innovative mix of academic and co-curricular programs.

We offer a wide range of professional and preprofessional programs to prepare you for a successful career in any area of health care—including medicine, dentistry, speech-language pathology, exercise science, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, nursing and many more.

We also offer a medical humanities minor to support your ongoing examination of ethical issues.

No matter which program you choose, you’ll gain first-hand experience through internships and fieldwork at some of the nation’s leading hospitals and organizations. You’ll participate in seminars and workshops and meet professionals in your field of interest. And you’ll build a strong portfolio of your work to show to professional schools or future employers.

Along the way, you’ll meet regularly with an expert health professions advisor, starting as early as your first week on campus. Your advisor will help you refine your career goals and chart an academic and co-curricular course to achieve them.

Questions? Please contact us. We'd be happy to tell you more about how the Patterson Center for the Health Professions can help you reach your goals.

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