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Health Professions Information


Health Professions Information

Selecting a career can be a difficult, life-changing decision. It is important to have a firm grasp on the educational requirements, job outlook, work environment, recommended personal characteristics, and daily activities to inform your career decision making process. To assist in this process, much of the information included on this webpage is designed to increase your awareness, help you develop an action plan, and improve overall competitiveness for admission to your program of interest.

Profession Overviews

Allopathic Medicine Physicians (M.D.s) and Osteopathic Medicine Physicians (D.O.s) diagnose and care for people of all ages who are ill or have been injured. Doctors are interested in science, the intricacies of the human body’s systems, and care deeply about helping people to relieve pain, restore health, and promote well-being.

Anesthesiology Assistants work under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists as part of anesthesia care team to design and implement anesthesia care plans.

Athletic Trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Audiologists are licensed health-care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance and other auditory disorders for people of all ages.

Chiropractors are primary care professionals who uses a wide variety of techniques and approaches to relieve pain, increase mobility and optimize performance through safe and effective spinal adjustments and manipulation.

Dentists diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and mouth.

Occupational Therapists is a health and wellness profession that assists people in developing the skills they need to participate in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play.

Optometrists are primary-care doctors who diagnose and treat disorders of the eye.

Pharmacists play a vital role on the healthcare team through the medicine and information they provide to other providers and to patients by focusing on safe and effective medication use.

Physical Therapists are evidence-based healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Physician Assistants are medical providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease, and to prescribe medication for patients, working in a variety of settings.

Podiatric Medicine Doctors/Surgeons are qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.

Veterinarians are medical professionals who protect the health and well-being of both animals and people by diagnosing and controlling animal diseases and treating sick and injured animals.

Additional healthcare careers exist beyond those listed above. Students are encouraged to use the following websites to further explore various health professions: ExploreHealthCareers.orgNAAHP Health Professions Links, and the CAAHEP Allied Health Program List.


Building a Competitive Application

Many students are interested in pursuing a profession as a healthcare profession and they may find the process to be both challenging and rewarding. Building a competitive profile generally takes a minimum of 2-3 years of active preparation. Therefore, from the moment you step on campus, you should be intentionally participating in activities both inside and outside of the classroom to prepare for your application. Below are some resources I encourage you to review and use.

Important Resources

4 Year Plans

General Qualities Programs are Looking For

Health profession programs are looking for well-rounded students who exhibit a holistically competitive application. There is no "perfect formula" to gain admissions but programs want to be sure that you can not only withstand the rigor of their program and pass your board examinations but that as a future healthcare provider you will be someone who others would want to go to for care and dignify the profession.

In order to develop a holistically competitive profile, most students need to actively prepare for 2-3 years prior to applying to their program of interest.

Opportunities for Pre-Health Students


Pre-Professional Program (P3)

All pre-health students at FSC are encouraged to join the Pre-Professional Program. P3 is a rigorous, selective program designed to prepare pre-health students to build holistically competitive applications for their intended health profession programs.

Find Out More About P3


LECOM Early Acceptance Program (EAP)

This special program with LECOM allows high school or current FSC students to apply to LECOM medical, dental or pharmacy school.

Find Out More About LECOM EAP


PHP 1997/1998 Introduction to Health Professions

PHP 1997/1998 is a two credit "First Year Seminar" course for pre-health students taught by the Career and Internship Coordinator. Students have the opportunity to learn about the role of healthcare providers and systems as well as ways to build a competitive application for professional school. For more information, please contact Ms. Lauren Albaum at

Apply for PHP 1997/1998


MCAT/DAT Summer Bootcamp

Florida Southern College is offering its current and recently graduated students the opportunity to take  intensive preparatory courses through the Princeton Review® for a reduced fee. 

MCAT/DAT Bootcamp Information


Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is a health profession honorary. Pre-health students at FSC are strongly encouraged to participate in AED. More information can be found about AED through OrgSync


HIPAA Training

Click the links below to access the HIPAA Training for FSC students. All pre-health students planning to participate in healthcare volunteering or shadowing activities are encouraged to complete the HIPAA training.

HIPAA Training HIPAA Quiz


Global Ambassador Training

Global experiences can be very useful in preparing you to work in a diverse healthcare setting. However you must be aware of restrictions on what you can and cannot do abroad. Click below to complete the workshop on having safe and ethical healthcare experiences while in another country. Online training provided by the University of Minnesota.

Global Ambassadors Training 


Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Degree

Florida Southern is proud to offer a new and exciting degree program for students interested in working in a clinical laboratory.

Find out more about the MLS Degree

Subjective factors include:

  • emotional intelligence and maturity
  • interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
  • humanism/concern for others
  • critical thinking skills
  • passion for healthcare
  • "fit" for medicine
Objective factors include:
  • strong science and overall GPA
  • competitive test score (MCAT, DAT, GRE, PCAT, OAT) 
  • completion of most or all prerequisite courses
  • substantial exposure to healthcare (i.e. shadowing, volunteering; recommend at least a few hundred hours of quality experiences)

Average Matriculant GPA and Exam Scores

School Overall GPA Science GPA Average Exam Score
Medical School (M.D.) 3.70 3.64 508.7 MCAT
Medical School (D.O.) 3.54 3.45 502.2 MCAT
Dental School 3.55 3.46 20.3 DAT
Veterinary School 3.55 3.48 >309 composite GRE
Physical Therapy School 3.57 3.42 >300 composite GRE
Occupational Therapy  3.20 not reported GRE not reported
Pharmacy School 3.34 3.21 54th percentile PCAT
Optometry School 3.43 not reported 330 OAT
Physician Assistant  3.63 3.50 >300 composite GRE
Podiatry School 3.50 3.20 493 MCAT
Chiropractic School 3.00 not reported not required

updated 06/15/2017



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