COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates for IMS and PreHealth Students

IMS Experiential Learning

The deadline for completing the Experiential Learning Hour requirement for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is extended to Friday, December 11, 2020.


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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:

Update Summary as of March 24, 2020:

Note: Check program website for the most current updates.

Allopathic Medicine 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.

All other AAMC services are being adjusted as needed. Students are strongly recommended to keep checking for additional AAMC updates. As of 3/24, AMCAS is set to open on May 4th, 2020, and will be open for submission on May 28th, 2020.

TMDAS is requesting students send all transcripts digitally.


Osteopathic Medicine 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.

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:

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


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.

For Spring 2020 ONLY, students have the option of choosing a letter grade or an S/U for eligible courses they are enrolled in ( For IMS students and those students planning to attend a professional school, choosing the best option can be challenging. Be sure to make the decision with a clear mind, careful thought, and consideration of the pros and cons to your choices. The IMS Advising team will be more than happy to advise you as you make this very difficult decision, but the IMS Advisors cannot make these decisions for you. We can provide advice and tools for you to be able to make an informed decision. Understand, we do not know what professional schools will do nor which answer will be the correct path for you to take. In the end the choice is yours to make.

Here are the key points IMS Students need to know:

  • Not all courses offered at FSU will be eligible for the S/U option –
    • Eligibility is at the discretion of the department/college offering the course
  • ALL IMS sponsored courses will have the option to be taken as S/U, which includes:
    • IMS Seminars
      • IHS1100 Freshmen Seminar
      • IHS2121 Sophomore Seminar
      • IHS3931 Junior Seminar
      • IHS4501 Senior Seminar
    • IHS4901 Capstone Seminar
    • IHS4904 DIS in Health Sciences
    • BMS4901 DIS in Biomedical Sciences
    • IHS4900 Honors in Health Sciences
    • BMS4903 Honors in Biomedical Sciences
    • The Following IMS Electives
      • IHS4120 Frontiers in Medicine
      • IHS4123 Narrative Medicine
      • IHS4932 Special Topics: Future Healthcare Challenges
      • BMS4932 Special Topics: Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Students have the option of changing all undergraduate courses that are eligible to S/U, one course to S/U, a few courses to S/U, or none of your courses to S/U.
  • For all courses, an ‘S’ grade is equivalent to a C- or higher. A ‘U’ grade is equivalent to a D+ or lower. If you are currently receiving a D+ grade or lower and you choose to change a course to S/U, you will fail that course if you don’t raise your grade to a C- equivalent.
  • Even if you choose to change your grade to an S/U you MUST continue to attend class and do ALL assignments associated with that course to pass the course.
  • You MUST follow your IMS Seminar and Capstone course requirements and syllabus until the of the semester.
  • Choosing the S/U option will not impact your GPA.
  • For the IMS Degree Program, we will honor any ‘S’ grade for courses required for the IMS degree that was taken in the Spring 2020 semester ONLY.
    • Please note: while the IMS Degree Program will honor ‘S’ grades for the IMS degree requirements professional schools may or may not be accepting any ‘S’ grades. Please feel free to visit for Pre-Health Professions Advising.
  • Look at each of your courses individually and not as a whole when deciding what to do with your grades.
  • When deciding whether to take a course S/U consider
    • your academic strengths and weaknesses for each course.
    • your past performance in similar courses.
    • your current situation and its impact on your current performance.
  • Deadlines to remember
    • April 12, 2020 @ 11:59pm
      • Last day to choose S/U option for your courses
    • April 24
      • IMS extended course(s) drop

 Here are some options for you to consider that may help you make an informed decision.

Look at the chart and consider the pros and cons of each option – choose the one that you think is best for you and your situation.


C- or better grade

‘S’ grade

Lower than C- grade

‘U’ grade

GPA Impact

Raise GPA


Lower GPA


Counts toward President’s and Dean’s List





Impact probation/dismissal status

Yes – can become in good academic standing based on grades

No – status remains the same

GPA deficit will increase but status remains the same for Spring 2020 only

No – status remains the same for Spring 2020 only

Count toward IMS degree requirements


Yes – Spring 2020 only



Will still allow you to graduate



No for required IMS Degree courses

No for required IMS Degree courses

Count towards total credit hours earned





Count towards Excess Credit Hours





Can help your Financial Aid, Bright Futures, or scholarships


Speak to the appropriate department

Will have an impact

Can have an impact – speak to the appropriate department

Can be retaken


Not currently



Will be accepted by professional health schools

Yes (although, some may require C grades or better)

Check with specific programs






























Options for dropping a course(s):

The impact of COVID-19 on your current semester may require you to drop a course(s).  If you find the current situation is causing personal hardships you also have the option of dropping a course(s) or withdrawing (dropping all your courses) for this semester. Please consult with your IMS Academic Advisor about your options.

    1. You can request a drop due to the COVID-19 situation up to April 24, 2020 ( -  it’s the second half of the video)
    2. You can request a withdrawal from the University for Spring 2020 – dropping all courses.
    3. You can request a medical drop or medical withdrawal with appropriate documentations.
    4. You can request a mental health drop or mental health withdrawal if you have been seeking counseling this semester.

FSU announced that for Spring 2020 ONLY students may request S/U in eligible courses beginning Monday, March 30, at 9:00 A.M. ET.  (


The IMS seminars and capstone courses are approved to offer this option to students who find themselves in need of pursuing it in Spring 2020. All requests for the S/U option must be submitted no later than Sunday April 12, 11:59 p.m. ET. To earn ‘S’ in a seminar or capstone course, you must submit all course assignments as stated in the syllabus and obtain a combined score equivalent to a C- or higher (70% or higher). Therefore, if your final grade is a D+ or lower and you choose to change to S/U, you will receive a ‘U’ for the course, which equals a fail. For further details, please review the guidelines in the link above and the communication sent by IMS to all students. Please contact Academic Advising ( with any questions or concerns you may have.


More specifically, the Spring 2020 IMS Division policy for Semester Seminars and Capstone Courses are as follows:

  • Letter grades of “C-“ or better and “S” (Satisfactory or Pass) for the seminars and capstone courses will count toward the IMS Degree Requirements.
  • Letter grades below “C-“ or below and “U” grades (Unsatisfactory or Fail) will not count toward the IMS Degree Requirements.

In making your decision about the letter or S/U grading option, it is recommended that you consider your standing in the course prior to Spring Break.  If you have concerns, please discuss your current standing and any circumstances that will impact your performance for the remainder of the semester with your instructor.

Coronavirus Update: Our division is currently working remotely, but will be happy to help you! Reach us by contacting All advising appointments will be held virtually. Check your FSU email account for more information.

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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