Combined (Joint) Degree and Early Assurance Programs
Early Assurance Programs allow students to apply to professional schools earlier during the first two years of college, freeing them to take advantage of other learning opportunities during the typical application period. Combined (Joint) Degree Programs allow students to accelerate the time to their degrees, typically by completing three years at Canisius and four years in their professional studies, and earning both the Bachelor’s degree and the Professional Doctorate degree. Some programs specifically hold seats for Canisius students.
These programs help highly qualified Canisius students get an early start on the medical/health graduate school admissions process because they apply either at the same time they apply to Canisius while a senior in high school or during the freshman or sophomore year at Canisius. This provides the student time and flexibility during their undergraduate education to take advantage of such opportunities as studying abroad or gaining additional research experience.
Some programs (3+3 or 3+4) allow students to accelerate their education by completing three years at Canisius and three or four years in their professional studies, earning both the Bachelor's degree and the professional Doctorate degree in six or seven years (combined/joint degree). Other programs allow students to apply earlier than the typical application timeframe but students complete their undergraduate degree prior to beginning professional studies (early assurance program).
The Early Assurance Program and Combined/Joint Degree Program were instituted to:
- Allow students the freedom to take a broader range of classes to expand their knowledge.
- Alleviate the application pressure students feel over the course of undergraduate study.
- Allow time for other significant learning and service activities such as research or study abroad.
- Provide incentives to bright students to pursue medical and health professional school in this region.
- Encourage excellent pre-medical/pre-health students to become part of the extensive Canisius medical alumni network.
If a student is not accepted into the EAP or Joint Program, it will not diminish the student's future chances for a particular school. The student may apply in the traditional manner after junior or senior year.