The primary mission of the College of Science's Pre-Health Professions Office is to be a source of support and guidance for FAU students, post-baccalaureates and alumni interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. Our pre-health advisors are committed to providing advising tailored to meet the needs of each individual, creating meaningful relationships with our students. We work to create an environment full of academic excellence, strong relationships with students, faculty and staff; and learning opportunities through clinical experiences, community service, scientific inquiry and research as well as campus involvement.
A “traditional” pre-health pathway is offered for freshmen and transfer students wanting to earn a Bachelor’s degree and apply to professional school. Although students may select any major, due to restrictions in credit hours and the design of the new MCAT exam, we recommend that students consider Neuroscience (or Biology) as their degree of choice.
A post-baccalaureate medical pathway program is offered for students that have already earned a Bachelor’s degree.
All academic advising (for students that maintain over a 3.0 GPA) will take place with the Pre-Health Professions Office (SE 308).
NEW MEDICAL PIPELINE PROGRAM (BS/MD)
The MED DIRECT Program at Florida Atlantic University is a collaborative effort between FAU’s College of Medicine and College of Science. This program is offered at the Boca Raton campus, enabling the two Colleges to create special opportunities for undergraduate students. Applicants should be high school seniors who demonstrate a strong interest in medicine, a high level of academic ability, a passion for service and commitment to volunteerism. Students admitted into this program will be guaranteed* a seat in FAU’s College of Medicine provided they maintain the required program standards. Each student will work very closely with the program coordinator to develop an individual education plan and to ensure a smooth transition into the College of Medicine.
For more information about Med Direct, click here.
Pre-Health Program Overview:
Pre-Health Professions Office:
-Pre-health professions advising (from freshman year)
-Admission essay review
-Letters of recommendation
-Annual Pre-Health Professions Day
-Workshops, informational handouts, and guidebook
-Health Profession recruiting and informational events
-Standardized Patient Program
***NEWS and EVENTS***
DID YOU KNOW?
A minimum GPA of 3.2 and 500 MCAT is now required for a Pre-Health Committee interview
DAT GPA of 3.2 and average of 19 is required
PA and VET GPA of 3.2 and GRE score 140 to 142 minimum on the verbal and math for a Pre-Health Committee interview
The Office for Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) is a great resource if you want to get involved in research.
http://learn.fau.edu/ Learning Environment and Academic Research Network
You can log volunteer hours with the Weppner Center for LEAD and Service Learning.
Pre-Health Professions Interviewing Committee:
-Committee recommendation letter
-Future Doctors Reception (FDR)
-Wall of Fame recognition
Pre-Health Professions Certificates:
(No longer awarded after Spring 2019)
-Pre-requisite courses for medical school
Pre-Health Professions Student Organizations:
-Advocates for World Health
-American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
-American Medical Woman’s Association (AMWA)
-Association of Pre-Physician Assistants (APPA)
-Global Medical Brigades
-Pre-Dental Society (Dental)
-Pre-Optometry Professional Society (POPS)
-Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
-Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)
-Phi Delta Epsilon (Medical Fraternity)
Pre-Health Profession Courses:
-Current Issues in Biomedicine (ISC 1430) 1 credit
-Intro to Pre-prof. Studies & Lab (PCB 3083) 4 credits
-Medical Shadowing Internship (IDS 3940) 1 credit
-Animal Science & Lab (ANS 3006C) 4 credits
Located on the Boca Raton campus in the Science Building (SE, Building 43), Room 308.
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Tel: (561) 297-3307