Pre-Health Professional Program
“Pre-Health Professional” refers to most medically related fields, including medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, optometry, podiatry, and physical therapy, but does not apply to nursing or other paths that lie outside of the natural sciences and health professions.
We have support for the following pre-health careers:
- Pre-Anesthesiology Assistant
- Pre-Athletic Training
- Pre-Naturopathic Medicine
- Pre-Occupational Therapy
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Pre-Physician Assistant
- Pre-Speech Language Pathology
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
In this program, students will participate in specific activities that encourage ongoing exploration of the health care field and prepare them for success in this highly competitive arena. Activities include workshops, classes, one-on-one advising, and professional observation and volunteer experiences. Students completing the program are well prepared to submit a holistically competitive application to outstanding professional programs.
Students should review the program guidelines for comprehensive information on the program requirements, eligibility, and applications.
Although any Florida Southern College student may pursue a pre-health career, only the most competitive students will be accepted into Pre-Health Professional Program. See program details for more information.
- Students who complete all program requirements will be awarded a distinctive graduation honor cord and will have a notation added to their transcript.
- Students in Pre-Health Professional Program may request a letter of evaluation (commonly referred to as a committee letter) from the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC), to be sent directly to professional schools when applying.
- Students in Pre-Health Professional Program have the opportunity to attend special advising sessions with HPAC members where they can receive specific feedback and recommendations, based on the available information and the experience of the committee, as to possible courses of action for future career success.
- Students in Pre-Health Professional Program receive access to special pre-health events and opportunities only available to Pre-Health Professional Program students.
- Students in the Pre-Health Professional Program are provided a timeline of activities and recommendations to ensure they have built competitive profiles by their intended application date.
The Pre-Health Professional Program consists of 2 parts:
- Part 1 - Acceptance into the Pre-Health Professional Program requires completion of specific coursework, a competitive GPA, a personal statement, and completion of an application by January 15 of the second or third year*.
- Part 2 - Completion of the Pre-Health Professional Program requires submission of an extensive application by February 1 of the third or fourth year* and culminates in a formal Committee Interview and Letter of Evaluation.
*The Pre-Health Professional Program is designed to be fully completed immediately prior to the submission of a student’s professional school application. Therefore, completion of both part 1 and part 2 of the Pre-Health Professional Program is dictated by a students intended application date, rather than their year in school. Transfer students, students planning to graduate from Florida Southern in less than 4 years, and students planning to take one or more gap years, should consider this information when determining the appropriate application date.
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