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Midwestern University, Downers Grove Campus

  • Downers Grove, IL
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 2,547
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Educating Health Professionals for Over 100 Years

Midwestern University (MWU) is a non-profit health sciences graduate school with 10 colleges on 2 campuses in Illinois and Arizona.

Founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Midwestern University has grown to become a leading institution for the education and training of osteopathic physicians, pharmacists, and other health professionals. It also has one of the largest contingents of medical military students in the nation.

Midwestern University is recognized for its patient-centered, interdisciplinary learning environment and a core faculty of award-winning, grant-supported scholars who have received funding for ongoing research in infectious diseases, diabetes, women's health, attention deficit disorder, dangerous plants, and many other areas of specialty.

Midwestern University-Downers Grove Houses Four Colleges

The Downers Grove, Illinois campus, located 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, houses 4 of Midwestern University's colleges: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP), College of Health Sciences (CHS), and College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI).

Its proximity to leading hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and private practices in the Chicago metropolitan area affords Midwestern University-Downers Grove students countless opportunities for hands-on learning through a variety of clinical rotations.

On May 6, 2013 Midwestern University┬┐s interdisciplinary clinic opened. The primary role of the clinical campus is to provide Midwestern University students the opportunity to enhance their education and clinical knowledge by addressing patient needs under the close guidance of experienced faculty members. The clinic will also be an asset to the community, providing a wide-range of healthcare services.

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University-Downers Grove educates almost 13 percent of the osteopathic physicians (D.O.'s) and surgeons practicing in the U.S. today.

At CCOM, osteopathic physicians are trained as both scientists and practitioners of the healing arts. The rigorous 4-year curriculum emphasizes a patient-oriented approach. Students address the human body as an integrated whole and treat patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs.

Students spend their first 2 years at CCOM completing a basic science curriculum and preparing for their clinical studies. During their third and fourth years, they rotate through a variety of clinical training sites and accrue 92 weeks of direct patient care experience.

Second-year students may apply for the D.O./Ph.D. program, which allows them to pursue an academic Ph.D. degree at an area university while completing the requirements for the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at MWU-Downers Grove.

CCOM Graduates Are Well Prepared

About 93 percent of CCOM graduates pass their COMLEX licensing examinations the first time. Approximately 78 percent are matched to their first or second residency choice, surpassing the national match rate of 68 percent.

Graduates go on to practice primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, and other medical specialties in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities.

Chicago College of Pharmacy Puts Care and Communication in Focus

The Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University-Downers Grove confers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The curriculum emphasizes pharmaceutical care and pharmacy communications and provides students with enhanced experiences in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences.

Students are introduced into patient care settings and observe the role and responsibilities of pharmacists in the first year. Throughout the program, students work together with faculty mentors on projects and assignments and take part in experiential rotations in a variety of practice settings that increase in complexity and intensity each year.

About 99 percent of recent Chicago College of Pharmacy graduates passed the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) the first time. Many choose careers at community pharmacies and hospitals and quickly move into management roles.

College of Health Sciences Offers Several Graduate Degrees

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University-Downers Grove offers graduate degree programs in several health science disciplines. The full-time, 27-month physician assistant (P.A.) program leads to a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Successful graduates satisfy the eligibility requirements for the physician assistant national certifying examination.

The Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degree program, also a full-time 27-month curriculum, prepares students academically and clinically to become key members of a health care team and integral practitioners in the health care delivery system.

The Doctor of Health Science (D.H.S.) degree is a 4-year, part-time, doctoral degree program that prepares licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals for advanced and specialized professional roles.

The Master of Biomedical Sciences (M.B.S.) degree program is a full-time 21-month course of study that gives students a broad background in the biomedical sciences, laboratory experiences, and research skills.

The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (M.A.) degree program is a full-time 9-month program designed to help students with a bachelor┬┐s degree improve their academic foundation in the biomedical sciences and enhance their credentials for admission into medical school or other health professional programs.

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program, designed to be completed in 4 to 5 years, focuses on the development of the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills required for the advanced practice of clinical psychology, not on any one therapeutic perspective.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree is a 34-month, full-time program that prepares students for entry-level positions in the field.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.) degree program is a full-time 21-month program that will prepare students for entry-level positions as speech-language pathologists in a variety of educational or healthcare settings.

College of Dental Medicine

The College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI) at Midwestern University-Downers Grove confers the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.

Graduates with a D.M.D. degree are eligible to sit for board licensing examinations in the U.S. and Canada. Graduates are also eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of dentistry.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Midwestern University's tuition and fees vary by college and are subject to change.

All students seeking financial aid must meet general eligibility requirements regarding citizenship, financial need, and satisfactory academic progress. Midwestern University's financial packages may include several sources of aid, including work study, scholarships, grants, and loans.

Activities On Campus and Off

Midwestern University-Downers Grove campus is situated on 105 wooded acres in Illinois. Dozens of clubs and organizations representing numerous personal, professional, cultural, and community service interests are available to students.

Recreational facilities include a gymnasium, fully equipped weight room, aerobic exercise room, outdoor sand volleyball court, and athletic fields for various intramural sports.

Just 25 miles away, the city of Chicago offers an electric mix of world-class entertainment, cultural, dining, shopping, sports, nature, and recreational venues and events for every season and every taste.

Location & Contact

Midwestern University, Downers Grove Campus

555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515-1235
United States

Mr. Michael Laken

Director of Admissions

Phone: 630-515-6171
Fax: 630-971-6086

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students2547
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students2547
    • Part-time Percentage3%
    • Full-time Percentage97%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty391
    • Full-time Percentage91%
    • Part-time Percentage9%
    • Female Percentage68%
    • Male Percentage32%



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