Fall 2020 Important Information

IMS Experiential Learning

Per the Office of the Provost in-person/on-site EL activities cannot be approved at this time. The deadline for completing the Experiential Learning Hour requirement for the 2019-2020 Academic Year has been extended to Friday, December 11, 2020.

IMS Seminar and Capstone

Fall 2020, all IMS seminars and capstone courses will be delivered remotely. Please note that these courses will require you to attend class during the scheduled times (synchronous) every week.

For those of you enrolled in the capstone course (IHS 4901), please note that section 06 is designed as an online course. In this section, students meet virtually as scheduled during some weeks, providing students with flexibility by replacing some of the meeting times with online module assignments.

Please note that each department has specific directives for the delivery of their courses. This announcement only relates to IMS seminar and capstone courses.


Campus Updates

FSU COVID Resources – https://news.fsu.edu/tag/coronavirus/

FSU COVID for Students - https://news.fsu.edu/coronavirus/students/

IT Support https://news.fsu.edu/announcements/2020/03/24/adobe-and-ibm-offering-free-temporary-access-to-applications/

Florida State Anywhere https://undergrad.fsu.edu/florida-state-anywhere

Return to Student Life Guide https://studentaffairs.fsu.edu/virtualfsu/student-life/ 

Fall 2020 Study Spaces at FSU - https://www.lib.fsu.edu/Fall2020StudySpaces

Student Support Services at FSU

Resources Link: https://news.fsu.edu/announcements/covid-19/2020/03/26/need-a-little-extra-support-fsu-distance-campus-can-help/.

Department Links:




IMS Advising/Student Affairs



Office of Case Management Services



Academics & Tutoring



Department of Student Support & Transitions




Office of Accessibility Services




Victim Advocate Program



Office of Withdrawal Services



Tallahassee and Community Services Updates

Leon County Emergency Information Portal  http://www2.leoncountyfl.gov/ei/

211Big Bend  24 Hour Support Hotline www.211bigbend.org

Florida Department of Health www.FLHealth.gov/COVID-19

Special Notice Regarding Spring 2020 Grading for Health Professional Schools

Medical and health professional programs are aware that universities may be adopting pass/fail grading policy or option during the COVID-19 pandemic.  While pre-requisite courses for health professional programs are assessed by letter grades, some programs are considering adjusting their policies to accept pass/fail grades during this semester only. Programs will make their policies public as they make their decisions whether or not to accept pass/fail grades. 

Use the links below for updates for specific health professional application services.  Consult program websites and professional association sites for details.

Here is a convenient link from our professional association partners at the National Association of Advisors for Health Professions: www.naahp.org/covid-19hplinks/home

Update Summary as of March 24, 2020:

Note: Check program website for the most current updates.

Allopathic Medicine Updates:

AMCAS Update as of July 9, 2020 for the 2021 Application Cycle

Data transmission for the 2021 application cycle begins on July 10. Applications will continue to be delivered to medical schools as they are verified. AMCAS is within our current 8-week verification turnaround. We will inform applicants, advisors, and medical schools if there are changes.

  • The Early Decision Program (EDP) deadline for the 2021 cycle is Monday, August 3, 2020. EDP applications and all transcripts are due by this date. Typically, the EDP deadline is August 1 of each year unless that date falls on a weekend, then the deadline is the next business date.
  • AMCAS has received over double the number of transcripts for the 2021 cycle compared to previous cycles. AMCAS provided additional transcript delivery options for institutions, which resulted in a high number of duplicate transmissions, significantly increasing the number of transcripts for processing. Transcript processing times remain within our stated timelines. These processing timelines reflect arrival to AMCAS, not the date the transcript was requested.
  • Applicants with changes to their MCAT testing date will need to update their AMCAS application. They can make this change at any time during the application cycle by signing into their AMCAS application, making the change, and clicking on the “Resubmit your Application” button on the Main Menu to officially submit the change. This will not cause any processing delays of their AMCAS application.
  • The Demonstrating Competence in an Unconventional Application Year webinar is now available on our website. This webinar helps applicants understand the 15 core competencies for entering medical school, learn about creative ways to articulate competence using current courses and experiences, and consider how to use the AAMC Anatomy of an Applicant Self-Assessment Guide to support their medical school application.
  • AMCAS will provide updates to applicants on our website, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and AMCAS page, and Twitter feed (@AMCASinfo). Applicants can also reference current transcript processing statuses and the transcript processing tool on our website.


Osteopathic Medicine Updates:


Currently, the 2020-2021 AACOMAS application cycle will open on May 5th, 2020. Students are strongly recommended to visit the websites of prospective institutions for program-specific adjustments.


Dental Updates:

As of 3/18, all DAT testing centers have been closed and they anticipate re-opening on 4/16. Affected individuals are being contacted for exam rescheduling as more information regarding re-opening testing centers is made available.

The 2020-2021 ADEA AADSAS application cycle will open on May 12th, 2020.

TMDAS is requesting students send all transcripts digitally.


Optometry Updates:

As of 3/18, all OAT testing centers have been closed and they anticipate re-opening on 4/16. Affected individuals are being contacted for exam rescheduling as more information regarding re-opening testing centers is made available.

Many optometry schools/colleges have made changes to their application requirements and deadlines in light of current circumstances. For specific details about any changes in deadlines or application requirements, please see the web page for the individual schools/colleges.


Pharmacy Updates:

As of March 17th, the PCAT testing dates on 4/2 and 4/3 have been cancelled. At this time, no decision has been made if these dates will be rescheduled. Affected students are being contacted by PearsonVUE. If you were planning to take the April 2020 PCAT, please contact your designated schools that require the PCAT for admission for guidance.

AACP is in the process of collecting data from institutions on updates to their admission policies, including those related prerequisite courses that were transitioned to an online or pass/fail format. Students are strongly recommended to contact each institution individually.


Physician Assistant Updates:

The CASPA 2020-2021 application cycle will open on April 30, 2020. 

As of 3/23, ETS has created an at home GRE® General Test for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Students can take the test at home beginning Friday, March 27. 

CASPer schools: Since the CASPer test is administered online, all tests will run as scheduled and the plans for upcoming tests remain unchanged.

As of 3/24, there have been no announcements by the PAEA regarding perquisite coursework.


Veterinary Updates:

The 2020-21 AAVMC VMCAS application cycle is open and accepting applications.

All previously established deadlines remain in effect. The application opens for submission on May 12th, 2020 and will close September 15th, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Students are strongly recommended to contact each institution individually for all other inquiries.


Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Updates:

Updates will appear on the PTCAS website:  http://www.ptcas.org/COVID-19/
Currently, PTCAS operations remain open and functioning at full capacity. The application processing team continues to verify and release completed applications to designated programs. Additionally, the customer support teams for programs and applicants continue to provide uninterrupted service.

With regard to the upcoming 2020-21 application cycle, PTCAS remains scheduled to open to applicants on June 17, 2020, with applicant information to be shared with programs beginning on July 1, 2020.


Podiatry Updates:

MCAT exams scheduled for 3/27 & 4/4 have been cancelled. They are offering flexible rescheduling for those impacted by COVID-19 through May 2020. AAMC is closely monitoring the situation and will release more info as they receive it.

As of 3/24, no additional updates have been provided by AACPM.

Coronavirus Update: We will be assisting students during the Fall 2020 term remotely (via Zoom and email), rather than in-person in our office. For assistance please email us at IMSadvising@med.fsu.edu at any time, and a member of our team will respond to you to answer your question via email or to set up a Zoom appointment. 

Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Degree

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) B.S. Degree Program is to educate students who aspire to enter a health profession. The IMS Degree Program’s rigorous science core curriculum, individualized advising, experiential service learning, and developmental seminar and capstone course sequence enables its majors to reach their potential academically and personally, to determine a career path best suited for them, and to develop the skills, attitudes, and acumen to attain their career goals.

The degree includes health care career exploration through the IMS Experiential Service Learning Seminars series and Senior Capstone course. Students may pursue individual specialized and pre-professional interests with any of the three major options - Clinical Professions Major, Community Patient Care Major, or Health Management, Policy and Information Major - to help prepare for entry into professional training programs or become part of the healthcare workforce. 

Career choices in healthcare include professional schools for medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, or physician assistant, or working in health related nonprofit organizations, governmental and community agencies, medical records, patient education, geriatric care settings, diagnostic laboratories, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and wellness facilities, and businesses.

Although housed in the College of Medicine the curriculum is delivered by seven (7) colleges at FSU. In addition to the College of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Human Sciences, the College of Communication and Information, the College of Nursing, the College of Social Science and Public Policy, and the College of Social Work are IMS degree program partners.

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