Greetings from North Central College!
It goes without saying that the last two years with COVID-19 have been an enormous challenge. Some of us have lost a friend or loved one during the pandemic. We all have concerns for keeping ourselves, our families, and our communities healthy.
I cannot thank our healthcare workers enough. And I’m immensely grateful for the ongoing efforts of North Central’s staff and faculty to keep our campus community safe and well, and for the strong partnerships that the College enjoys with Naperville gems like Edward-Elmhurst Hospital and Duly Health and Care.
I’m also thankful to be surrounded by colleagues who are dedicated to the education of future healthcare workers.
North Central is providing a distinctive education to students pursuing health-related programs. Our programs are unique—we have intentionally grounded them in the best principles of the liberal arts. They blend professional preparation with the skills that every employer needs, like communication, critical thinking, and teamwork. Our graduates are prepared to be citizens and leaders after graduation.
At the undergraduate level, our students prepare for careers in healthcare as they pursue majors in health science, neuroscience, biology, exercise science and other disciplines. They have the option to pursue graduate degrees in occupational therapy and physician assistant studies right here at North Central, where we’re also planning to offer a doctor of physical therapy soon.
Our health-related programs represent some of the College’s newest and fastest-growing areas, driven by the demand and career prospects in these fields. We’ve expanded our facilities to accommodate them, not only with the state-of-the-art science center we opened in 2017 but also with our new Dr. Myron Wentz Center for Health Sciences and Engineering, which you may have noticed on Chicago Avenue directly across from the concert hall.
Students earn their degrees at North Central, then transition directly into our community to provide expert, compassionate health care to our friends and neighbors. And that’s something we can all feel good about.