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Midwestern University
Established 1900
Type Private
President Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
Location Downers Grove, Illinois and
Glendale, Arizona
, United States
Campus Suburban:
Downers Grove, 105 acres (0.42 km2);
Glendale, 140 acres (0.57 km2)
Colors Blue and White
Mascot Midwestern Fighting Geese

Midwestern University (MWU) is a non-profit, private, graduate school of medicine with two campuses: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) in Downers Grove, Illinois and Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine(MWU/AzCOM) in Glendale, Arizona. Although it started as one college over a century ago training physicians only, it now has multiple campuses training health professionals in many different fields. Some of the degrees offered include Physician's Assistant (P.A.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.), Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and Podiatric Medicine Program (D.P.M.)

The P.A. Program is a 2-year program that starts in the summer. The Pharm D. program is a 3-year program at the Glendale, Arizona campus and a 4-year program at the Downers Grove, IL campus. The D.O., and Psy.D are 4-year programs. The D.O. degree is the legal and professional equivalent of the M.D. degree and those holding it practice as physicians in all specialties from cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgery to family medicine and psychiatry.

The pharmacy's comprehensive curriculum includes Physiology and Biochemistry for the first year. After the first year, the courses are more pharmacy-oriented. For example, Midwestern University offers a 5-quarter course called Pharmacotherapeutics, in which the students learn about the clinical use of drugs to treat or prevent disease. The course sequence starts off with an introduction to over-the-counter medications. In the final quarter of the third year, the pharmacy students start rotations. This allows students to gain experience in actual pharmacy settings, receiving instruction from pharmacists. In 1997 the first class of the College of Health Sciences program of physical therapy graduated from Downers Grove Campus.

The D.O. program is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

Recently Midwestern University has announced a $140 million expansion plan including a new College of Dental Medicine, new degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and new facilities.

Major components of the plan for the Glendale Campus include a new College of Dental Medicine, slated to open in autumn 2008 and the construction of an off-site teaching clinic, including a $50 million, 200-chair dental clinic in an underserved Valley location yet to be determined. A new Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences is to begin in autumn 2007 at MWU’s Downers Grove Campus, and will begin at the Glendale Campus soon after.



Midwestern University and the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois are embattled in a lawsuit with a family who donated a body for medical science at MWU. Margaret Hejna donated her husband's body to Midwestern to be used for training their osteopathic medical students. According to the school, the body was cremated and delivered to another family. The Hejna family has file suit in state court.[1]


The school was founded in 1900 in Chicago, Illinois as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. In 1986 the school moved from its location in Hyde Park, Chicago to the western suburb of Downers Grove. From its new location the college expanded its programs. The Medical school emphasizes the patient and a well-rounded cadre of student doctors. The institution is noted for high COMLEX scores, competitive admission, and a dedication to the osteopathic mission.

1991 Adding Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP)

1992 Adding College of Health Sciences (CHS)

1993 The school's Board of Trustees approved turning the school into Midwestern University (MWU).

1995 The school later expanded to Glendale, Arizona.

1995 The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine began its first class.

1996 Adding College of Health Sciences (CHS)

1998 Adding the College of Pharmacy–Glendale in 1998.

2004 In September, the school accepted their first candidates for the Clinical Psychology program.

2006 In May, the school's Board of Trustees approved an expansion plan including a new College of Dental Medicine to be completed by 2008, new degree program in Biomedical Sciences.


Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) Founded in 1900, has over 5,000 alumni.

Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) Founded in 1991. The biggest college. CCP offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

College of Health Sciences (CHS) Founded in 1992, CHS offers degrees at both campuses, with programs in physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, biomedical sciences, bioethics, health professions education, and cardiovascular science.

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) Founded in 1995.

College of Pharmacy–Glendale (CPG) Founded in 1998, the College of Pharmacy–Glendale offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program

Nurse Anesthesia Program


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