Clinical Specialty Degrees


Take advantage of Lewis' prestigious 3+1 and 3+2 affiliations to earn your clinical specialty degree.

Lewis' Biology degree curriculum is the perfect starting point for your clinical specialty degree program. Your faculty advisor will work with you to strategically customize your Biology curriculum to your future program requirements. Assuming you make appropriate academic progress, you should be able to complete these specialty clinical bachelor's programs within four years and master's programs within five years.

3+1 Clinical Specialty Bachelor's Degrees Dual Degree Options
Students may choose any of these tracks as a double major, and secure their Biology, B.S. degree from Lewis as well by completing a 4+1 version of the program.

3+2 Clinical Specialty Master's Degrees
With our pre-professional affiliations, you can move on to your Masters program after only your 3rd year at Lewis, and earn your Biology, B.S. from Lewis, along with your master's degree from our partner institutions. Note: Program completion does not guarantee your acceptance into an affiliate program. Each institution has a selection committee who reviews applications and interviews qualified applicants from each of the affiliated institution, including Lewis. The more successful elective coursework you complete in the Biological Sciences, the better. If you are not accepted into a particular program of your choice, you will still be able to complete your Biology, B.S. degree within the typical 4-year time frame, and then, if you wish, reapply to the degree program or to the certificate version of the program.

3+1 Clinical Specialty Bachelor's Degrees

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, B.S.
As a sonographer, you will use cutting-edge equipment to generate internal patient images using high-frequency sound waves - in order to diagnose conditions without intervention. Your first three years of classes are at Lewis University, with your last three semesters (as well as summer sessions) of classes and clinical rotations administered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), upon which you will receive your degree from Lewis.

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Note: The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has a 3 semester clinical portion, resulting in a 4 ½ year program.

Certificate-Only Option
Students have the option to complete their Biology degree from Lewis, and then complete the coursework and clinical rotations to receive their certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography directly from Northwestern.

Nuclear Medicine Technology, B.S.
With the development of new radiopharmaceuticals, cancer-detecting and cancer-killing agents, and new hybrid imaging, the field of nuclear medicine is growing at break-neck speeds - with a unique ability to determine physiological function at the molecular level. Your first three years of classes are at Lewis University, with your fourth and final year of classes at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) or the College of Dupage (COD), upon which you will receive your degree from Lewis.

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Radiation Therapy, B.S.
Learn state-of-the-art radiation therapy in order to treat localized tumors while preserving regional function. Your first three years of classes are at Lewis University, with your fourth and final year of classes and clinical rotations administered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), upon which you will receive your degree from Lewis.

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Radiography, B.S.
Learn state-of-the-art radiation therapy in order to treat localized tumors while preserving regional function. Your first three years of classes are at Lewis University, with your fourth and final year of classes and clinical rotations administered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), upon which you will receive your degree from Lewis.

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Vascular Ultrasound Technology, B.S.
2+2 Program
As a vascular sonographer, you will use cutting-edge equipment to investigate major arteries and veins without intervention. Your first two years of coursework are at Lewis University, with your last two years at Rush University College of Health Science, upon which you will receive your degree from Rush University.

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3+2 Clinical Specialty Master's Degrees

Medical Laboratory Sciences, M.S.
As a medical laboratory scientist, you will perform tests critical to the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of disease. This 3+2 agreement allows students to complete three years of course work at Lewis University before moving on to a two year program at Rush University, upon which you will receive your Biology, B.S. from Lewis University and your Medical Laboratory Sciences, M.S. from Rush University. Learn more about your program curriculum.

Perfusion Technology, M.S.
As a perfusionist, you will be an integral member of the cardiovascular surgical team, operating life-support equipment such as heart-lung machines, intra-aortic balloon pumps and ventricular devices during open heart surgery. This 3+2 agreement allows students to complete three years of course work at Lewis University before moving on to a two year program at Rush University, upon you will receive your Biology, B.S. from Lewis University and your Perfusion Technology, M.S. from Rush University. Learn more about your program curriculum.

Respiratory Care, M.S.
As a respiratory therapist, you will play a critical role in caring for patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities. This 3+2 agreement allows students to complete three years of course work at Lewis University before moving on to a two year program at Rush University, upon you will receive your Biology, B.S. from Lewis University and your Respiratory Care, M.S. from Rush University. Learn more about your program curriculum.

Student Talk

  • Biology Degree Stephanie Haddad
    Biology, B.A., Nuclear Medical Technology, B.S.

    "Lewis was one of the best choices I ever made. Once in the program, I found there were many career options for me. As a junior, I applied for the Nuclear Medical Technology program offered through Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and have been specializing in cancer care and tumor imaging since graduation."