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Early Opportunity Program

​​​​​As part of the Alliance for the Health Sciences​, DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) have developed the Early Opportunity Program. The Early Opportunity Program offers select College of Science and Health Pathways Honors Program​ students the opportunity for an early admission decision into one of six professional programs at RFU: medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, physician assistant, pathologists' assistant, and physical therapy.

The Early Opportunity Program will result in acceptance of eligible applicants at the end of their freshman, sophomore or junior year at DePaul.  Students may matriculate at RFU at the end of either their third year (3+ Accelerated Program) or fourth year (4+ Traditional Program) at DePaul.

Highlights of the Early Opportunity Program include:

  • ​Waiver of standardized entrance exams into RFU professional programs (i.e. MCAT, PCAT, etc.)
  • Allows for flexibility: Provides DePaul students more time to explore the health care program best suited for them versus having to declare it before enrolling at DePaul
  • Fully integrates with the benefits of being in the Pathways Honors Program

Medicine (MD) at Rosalind Franklin University

Chicago Medical School (CMS): Medicine
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The Pathways Honors student must proceed through the College of Science and Health’s Pre-health Advising Committee interview and committee letter of recommendation process

Student may apply to RFU’s CMS Early Opportunity Program as early as the end of the first, but as late as the end of the third year at DePaul​​​​

RFU offer valid for the end of the third year (3+ Accelerated Program), or the end of the fourth year (4+ Traditional Program) at DePaul

Student’s conditional acceptance, and waiving of the MCAT, is contingent upon the following:
  • Complete the prerequisite courses for the Pre-Medicine Program at DePaul University (non-DePaul credit will not considered):
    • Biology: BIO 191, 192, 193 series 
    • General Chemistry: CHE 130/131, 132/133, 134/135 series; General Chemistry: CHE 136/137, 138/139 series; or University Chemistry: CHE 140/141, 142/143, 144/145 series  
    • Organic Chemistry: CHE 230/231, 232/233, 234/235 series; Organic Chemistry: CHE 236/237, 238/239 series
    • Biochemistry: CHE 340/341 or CHE 346
    • General Physics:  PHY 150, 151, 152 series 
  • Maintain at least a 3.50 BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) GPA
  • Earn at least a B- in each BCPM course listed above Continue commitment to shadowing activities, patient care experiences, and community service during the remainder of their undergraduate years at DePaul
  • Maintain a standard of professional and ethical behavior suitable for a future medical school student
  • Meet the Technical Standards for admissions, and successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Complete an AMCAS application during final year at DePaul

Pharmacy (PharmD) at Rosalind Franklin University


College of Pharmacy: Pharmacy Practice​​

The Pathways Honors student must proceed through the College of Science and Health’s Pre-health Advising Committee interview and committee letter of recommendation process

Student may apply to RFU Early Opportunity Program as early as the end of the first year, but as late as the end of the third year at DePaul

RFU offer valid for the end of the third year (3+ Accelerated Program), or the end of the fourth year (4+ Traditional Program) at DePaul

Student’s conditional acceptance, and waiving of the PCAT, is contingent upon the following:

  • ​Complete the prerequisite courses for the Pre-Pharmacy Program at DePaul University (non-DePaul credit will not considered):
    • Composition and Rhetoric: WRD 103, 104 series
    • Biology: BIO 191, 192, 193 series
    • General Chemistry: CHE 130/131, 132/133, 134/135 series; General Chemistry: CHE 136/137, 138/139 series; or University Chemistry: CHE 140/141, 142/143, 144/145 series 
    • Organic Chemistry: CHE 230/231, 232/233, 234/235 series; Organic Chemistry: CHE 236/237, 238/239 series
    • General Physics:  PHY 150, 151, 152 series or University Physics: PHY 170, 171, 172
    • Calculus: MAT 150​​
    • Integrated Anatomy and Physiology: HLTH 301, 302 series
  • Earn at least a B- in each prerequisite course listed above
  • Continue commitment to shadowing activities with a pharmacist, patient care experiences, and community service during the remainder of their undergraduate years at DePaul
  • Maintain a standard of professional and ethical behavior suitable for a future pharmacy practice student
  • Meet the Technical Standards for admissions, and successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Complete a PharmCAS application during final year at DePaul

Podiatry (DPM) at Rosalind Franklin University

Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine: Podiatry

The Pathways Honors student must proceed through the ​​College of Science and Health’s Pre-health Advising Committee interview and committee letter of recommendation process

Student may apply to RFU Early Opportunity Program as early as the end of the first year, but as late as the end of the third year  at DePaul

RFU offer valid for the end of the third year (3+ Accelerated Program), or the end of the fourth year (4+ Traditional Program) at DePaul

Student’s conditional acceptance, and waiving of the MCAT, is contingent upon the following:
  • ​Complete the prerequisite courses for the Pre-Podiatric Medicine Program at DePaul University (non-DePaul credit will not considered):
    • Biology: BIO 191, 192, 193 series
    • General Chemistry: CHE 130/131, 132/133, 134/135 series; General Chemistry: CHE 136/137, 138/139 series; or University Chemistry: CHE 140/141, 142/143, 144/145 series 
    • Organic Chemistry: CHE 230/231, 232/233, 234/235 series; Organic Chemistry: CHE 236/237, 238/239 series 
    • General Physics:  PHY 150, 151, 152 series 
    • Composition and Rhetoric: WRD 103, 104 series
  • Earn at least a B- in each prerequisite course listed above
  • Continue commitment to shadowing activities, patient care experiences, and community service during the remainder of their undergraduate years at DePaul
  • Maintain a standard of professional and ethical behavior suitable for a future podiatric medical school student
  • Meet the Technical Standards for admissions, and successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Complete an AACPMAS application during final year at DePaul

Physician Assistant (MS) at Rosalind Franklin University

College of Health Professions: Physician Assistant Studies

The Pathways Honors student must proceed through the College of Science and Health’s Pre-health Advising Committee interview and committee letter of recommendation process

Student may apply to RFU Early Opportunity Program as early as the end of the first, but as late as the end of the third year at DePaul
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RFU offer valid for the end of the third year (3+ Accelerated Program), or the end of the fourth year (4+ Traditional Program) at DePaul

Student’s conditional acceptance, and waiving of the GRE, is contingent upon the following:
  • ​​Complete the prerequisite courses for the Pre-Physicia​​n Assistant Studies Program at DePaul University (non-DePaul credit will not considered):
    • Biology: BIO 191, 192, 193 series
    • General Chemistry: CHE 130/131, 132/133, 134/135 series; General Chemistry: CHE 136/137, 138/139 series; or University Chemistry: CHE 140/141, 142/143, 144/145 series 
    • Biochemistry: CHE 340/341 or CHE 346
    • Integrated Anatomy and Physiology: HLTH 301, 302 series
    • General Psychology: PSY 105
    • Microbiology: BIO 210
  • Maintain at least a science GPA of 3.00 and overall cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Earn at least a B- in each prerequisite course listed above
  • Continue commitment to shadowing activities, patient care experiences, and community service during the remainder of their undergraduate years at DePaul with a goal of acquiring at least 600 hours of direct patient contact prior to matriculation
  • Maintain a standard of professional and ethical behavior suitable for a future physician assistant studies student
  • Meet the Technical Standards for admissions, and successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Complete a CASPA application during final year at DePaul

Pathologists' Assistant (MS) at Rosalind Franklin University


College of Health Professions: Pathologists’ Assistant Studies
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The Pathways Honors student must proceed through the College of Science and Health’s Pre-health Advising Committee interview and committee letter of recommendation process

Student may apply to RFU Early Opportunity Program as early as the end of the first year, but as late as the end of the third year at DePaul

RFU offer valid for the end of the third year (3+ Accelerated Program), or the end of the fourth year (4+ Traditional Program) at DePaul

Student’s conditional acceptance, and waiving of the GRE, is contingent upon the following:
  • ​Complete the prerequisite courses for the Pre-Pathologists’ Assistant Studies Program at DePaul University (non-DePaul credit will not considered):
    • ​Biology: BIO 191, 192, 193 series
    • General Chemistry: CHE 130/131, 132/133, 134/135 series; General Chemistry: CHE 136/137, 138/139 series; or University Chemistry: CHE 140/141, 142/143, 144/145 series 
    • Organic Chemistry: CHE 230/231, 232/233, 234/235 series; Organic Chemistry: CHE 236/237, 238/239 series OR Biochemistry: CHE 340/341 or CHE 346
    • Microbiology: BIO 210
    • Composition and Rhetoric: WRD 103, 104 series
    • Biostatistics: BIO 206
  • Earn at least a B- in each prerequisite course listed above and maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Continue commitment to shadowing activities, lab experiences, patient care experiences, and community service during the remainder of their undergraduate years at DePaul
  • Maintain a standard of professional and ethical behavior suitable for a future pathologists’ assistant studies student
  • Meet the Technical Standards for admissions, and successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Complete an RFUCAS Pathologists’ Assistant application during final year at DePaul

Physical Therapy (DPT) at Rosalind Franklin University

College of Health Professions: Physical Therapy

The Pathways Honors student must proceed through the College of Science and Health’s Pre-health Advising Committee interview and committee letter of recommendation process

Student may apply to RFU Early Opportunity Program as early as the end of the first year, but as late as the end of the third year at DePaul

RFU offer valid for the end of the third year (3+ Accelerated Program), or the end of the fourth year (4+ Traditional Program) at DePaul

Student’s conditional acceptance, and waiving of the GRE, is contingent upon the following:
  • Complete the prerequisite courses for the Pre-Physical Therapy Program at DePaul University (non-DePaul credit will not considered):
    • Biology: BIO 191, 192, 193 series
    • General Chemistry: CHE 130/131, 132/133, 134/135 series; General Chemistry: CHE 136/137, 138/139 series; or University Chemistry: CHE 140/141, 142/143, 144/145 series 
    • General Physics:  PHY 150, 151, 152 series 
    • General Psychology: PSY 105
    • Composition and Rhetoric: WRD 103, 104 series
    • Biostatistics: BIO 206​​
    • Integrated Anatomy and Physiology: HLTH 301, 302 series
  • Maintain at least a 3.30 GPA in the prerequisite courses listed above and maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Earn at least a C in each prerequisite course listed above
  • Continue commitment to shadowing activities, patient care experiences, and community service during the remainder of their undergraduate years at DePaul with a minimum of 40 hours of shadowing a physical therapist
  • Maintain a standard of professional and ethical behavior suitable for a future physical therapy student
  • Meet the Technical Standards for admissions, and successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Complete a PTCAS application during final year at DePaul for the early application period (July-Aug 15)

​​​If you have questions about the Early Opportunity Program, please contact the pre-health advisor in the Office of Advising and Student Services via email at CSHPreHealth@depaul.edu or via phone at 773-325-8490.​