Pre-Health Advising: Health Professions Prerequisites

Select your profession of interest to view prerequisites and courses offered at Florida State University. Please note that the information listed are general requirements by most professional schools. Check with individual schools for specific requirements prior to applying. 

For more information please contact us in the Pre-Health Advising Office at 850-644-7678.

Updated 1/2019

 

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PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Anesthesiologist Assistants are highly skilled professionals who work under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists (specialist physicians) and as part of anesthesia care team to design and implement anesthesia care plans. They accompany the patient before, during, and after anesthesia to ensure quality and continuity of care. Anesthesiologist assistants must attend a two-year Master's degree after completing their Bachelor's in addition to becoming certified though the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants. Learn more about becoming an Anesthesiologist Assistant (adopted from explorehealthcareers.org, 2019). 


GENERAL ANESTHESIOLOGY ASSISTANT REQUIREMENTS*

General Biology (with labs): 2 Semesters
General Chemistry (with labs): 2 Semesters
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 1 Semester
Biochemistry: 1 Semester
Physics (with labs): 2 Semesters
Calculus: 1 Semester
English: 2 Semesters
Anatomy & Physiology: 2 Semesters

*There is variation among schools for prerequisite course work, particularly for Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. Check individual program websites for the exact requirements.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES

Biology
BSC2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC2011, 2011L Biology Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 2200, 2200L Survey of Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
OR
CHM 3217, 3217L One Semester Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 Semester Hours

Biochemistry
BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
OR
CHM 3218 One Semester Biochemistry: 4 Semester Hours

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
OR
PHY 2048C General Physics A (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2049C General Physics B (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)

Mathematics
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: 4 Semester Hours

English
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition and Rhetoric: 3 Semester Hours
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context: 3 Semester Hours

Anatomy / Physiology
BSC 2085, 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2086, 2086L Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
OR
PET 3322C Functional Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
PET 3323C Functional Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours


ANESTHESIOLOGY ASSISTANT INFORMATION 

AA Programs in U.S.: 12                       
AA Programs in Florida: 1 (Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale)  
Minimal Requirements: 4-yr. BS/BA 

Degree/Major: Any major is acceptable as long as the student meets the minimal entrance requirements listed above.  
Selection Factors: Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance record, the MCAT/GRE, clinical experience, and personal interview. 
Admission Test: Most AA programs require applicants to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) There are fees associated with these exams. Check the websites for the most current information. 
Application Services: The central application service for AA programs is CASAA. Application are typically accepted between March and February of the following year. Applicants may also be required to complete a separate application for individual schools typically accepted between April and March of the following year. Check the individual school websites for specific application information.
Letters of Evaluation: Most schools require up to three letters of recommendation including one from an anesthesiologist or an anesthesiologist assistant.  
Experience: All schools require familiarity with the field of medicine. A minimum of 8 hours of experience in an operating room environment observing the conduct of anesthesia is required. Additional hours are strongly recommended. 

Anesthesiology Assistant Website:

https://aaaa.memberclicks.net/

ACC
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Chiropractors are primary care professionals and play a vital, life-changing role. Chiropractic uses a wide variety of techniques and approaches to relieve pain, increase mobility, and optimize performance through safe and effective spinal adjustments and manipulation. A practitioner completes a four-year doctoral degree to become Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) (Adopted from NAAHP, 2019). 


GENERAL PRE-CHIROPRACTIC REQUIREMENTS*

English: 6 Semester Hours
Psychology: 3 semester Hours
Social Sciences/Humanities: 3 Semester Hours
General Biology (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 4 Semester Hours
General Physics I (with lab): 4 Semester Hours  

*Most programs require 66 semester hours in general education and 24 semester hours in Life and Physical Sciences, half of which must contain a lab component.  Most programs require a baccalaureate degree or at least three years of undergraduate education. Check the websites of the individual schools you are interested in to identify their specific requirements.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES

English
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition and Rhetoric: 3 Semester Hours
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context: 3 Semester Hours 

Psychology
PSY 2012 General Psychology: 3 Semester Hours 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 2200, 2200L Survey of Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
OR
CHM 3217, 3217L One Semester Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 Semester Hours

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
OR
PHY 2048C General Physics A (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2049C General Physics B (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)


PRE-CHIROPRACTIC INFORMATION 

Chiropractic Schools: 17 in the U.S.
Chiropractic Schools in Florida: Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida (Port Orange, FL)  National University of Health Sciences (Seminole, FL) 

Minimal Requirements for Entrance (most schools require a baccalaureate degree):
General Biology with labs (8 Semester Hours), General Chemistry with labs (8 Semester Hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (4 Semester Hours), and Physics with labs (4 Semester Hours).
Degree/Major: Any major is acceptable as long as the student meets the minimal entrance requirements listed above.
Application: Although there is a central application service available, (ChiroCas), most Chiropractic schools receive applications through their own websites. 
Selection Factors: Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance record, clinical exposure/experience, extracurricular activities, letters of evaluation and a personal interview.  A sustained record of high-level academic performance while carrying above average credit hour loads is expected for competitive applicants. 
Letters of Evaluation: Most schools require 2 letters, 1 from faculty and 1 from a chiropractor. 
Experience: All schools require extensive familiarity with the field of chiropractic medicine. Students are expected to have obtained clinical experience in several different settings prior to applying. 

Chiropractic Website

http://chirocolleges.org/

ADEA
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Dentists evaluate, diagnose, prevent, and/or treat diseases, conditions and/or disorders of the oral cavity. They advise their patients on oral health and disease prevention as well as perform clinical procedures such as fillings, crowns, implants, extractions, and corrective surgeries. About 79% of dentists in the U.S. are general practitioners. The remaining 21% of dentists are involved in one of 9 specialties, which require additional education after the doctoral program. Dental specialties include: 

  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery 
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology
  • Dental public health
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology

Practitioners attend a four-year doctoral program to achieve the D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree (Adopted from NAAHP, 2019).


GENERAL PRE-DENTISTRY REQUIREMENTS*

English: 6 Semester Hours
General Biology (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Physics (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Biochemistry: 3 Semester Hours (upper level coursework)
Microbiology (with lab): 4 Semester Hours (upper level coursework)

*This listing is based on requirements for the University of Florida's College of Dentistry. Each individual school of dentistry has its own list of specific prerequisites. Check the websites of schools you are interested in applying to. 


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES 

English
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition I: 3 Semester Hours
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context: 3 Semester Hours 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
MCB 4403, 4403L Prokaryotic Biology with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab: 3 Semester Hours        

Biochemistry
BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours        

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours 
OR
PHY 2048C General Physics A (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours
PHY 2049C General Physics B (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours 


PRE-DENTISTRY INFORMATION 

Dental Schools (US and Puerto Rico): 66  
Dental Schools (FL): University of Florida College of Dentistry (Gainesville, FL), Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine (Davie, FL), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine (Bradenton, FL)
Selection Factors: Applicants are evaluated on academic performance including: overall GPA, DAT, clinical experience, personal attributes and personal interview. Students need to sustain a high level of academic performance while enrolled in a competitive course load (13 -15 hrs/semester).  There are two types of degrees a dentist can attain, depending on the dental school attended: DDS or DMD
Admission Test: DAT (Dental Admission Test). The DAT is required by all students applying to dental school. It can only be taken on computer. The test should be taken in the spring of the junior year or on completion of the pre-dental prerequisites. The test is made up of four parts: Survey of the natural science (biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry), Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. Test scores are sent directly to schools designated by the student. There is a substantial fee for each time the DAT exam is taken.  The fee covers the cost of sending the scores to the dental schools. 
Application Service: AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service). Applications are available in mid-May. Dental schools receive applications from AADSAS beginning in June through each school’s application date, typically November or December. Check with specific schools of interest as deadlines may vary. AADSAS provides participating schools with uniform information in a standardized format. Not every U.S. dental school is an AADSAS member. The application requires an initial processing fee and fees for each additional school requested. 
Letters of Evaluation: Letters of evaluation are required as a part of a completed application. Most schools require at least 3 letters, 2 from science faculty and 1 from a dentist with whom you have volunteered. Letters can be sent electronically (preferred) or paper format by the evaluators.  Individual, letter packet, or committee letter types can be submitted. 
Experience: All schools require a familiarity with the field of dentistry. Volunteer or paid experience in a dental setting is essential prior to applying to schools.

Dentistry Website:

https://www.adea.org/

aacom
aamc
 
 
 
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

There are two avenues to become a board-certified physician. Osteopathic Physicians, or DO's, are fully licensed to practice in every state and in more than 65 countries worldwide. As licensed physicians, they diagnose, treat, prescribe medications, and perform surgery. Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States. Osteopathic medicine provides all the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine focuses on the whole person and emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. Physicians who attend an osteopathic medical school receive a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, usually in four years (Adopted from NAAHP, 2019).

Another avenue for physicians is to attend an allopathic medical school and receive a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, usually in four years and after completing an undergraduate education. These physicians diagnose and care for people of all ages who are ill or have been injured. They are life-long learners, good listeners and problem solvers, and are intrigued by the way in which medicine can be used to improve life. Doctors are interested in science, the intricacies of the human body systems, and care deeply about helping people relieve pain, restore health, and promote well-being. Learn more about the Road to Being a Doctor (adopted from NAAHP, 2019). 


GENERAL PRE-MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

English: 6 Semester Hours
General Biology (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Physics (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Mathematics: 6 Semester Hours

* Students should check individual school’s admission and program requirements for these specific courses and prerequisites.  Consult the Official Guide to Medical School Admissions (MSAR) for detailed information for each school.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab: 3 Semester Hours
OR CHM 3217, 3217L One Semester Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 Semester Hours

1Biochemistry
BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
OR
CHM 3218 One Semester Biochemistry: 4 Semester Hours (CHM 3217, 3217L must be followed by CHM 3218) 

1Required for Florida State University College of Medicine, University of Florida, University of South Florida, and University of Miami 

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
OR
PHY 2048C General Physics A (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2049C General Physics B (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)

Mathematics
MAC 1105 College Algebra: 3 Semester Hours
MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra: 3 Semester Hours
MAC 1114 Analytic Trigonometry: 2 Semester Hours
OR
MAC1147 Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry: 5 semester Hours

English
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition and Rhetoric: 3 Semester Hours
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context: 3 Semester Hours 


PRE-MEDICAL INFORMATION 

Medical Schools in the U.S.: Allopathic (MD) 151 and Osteopathic (DO) 34
Medical Schools in Florida:  Allopathic 7 (Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Florida International University, University of South Florida, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University) and Osteopathic 2 (Nova Southeastern University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Minimal Requirements for Entrance (most schools require a baccalaureate degree): General Biology with labs (8-12 Semester Hours), General Chemistry with labs (8-12 Semester Hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (8-12 Semester Hours), Physics with labs (8-12 Semester Hours).
Degree/Major: Any major is acceptable as long as the student meets the minimal entrance requirements listed above.  
Selection Factors: Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance record, the MCAT, clinical exposure/experience, extracurricular activities and a personal interview. A sustained record of high-level academic performance while carrying above average credit hour loads is expected for competitive applicants. Admission Test: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
Application Services:
AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges Section for Student Services)  
AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine  Application Service)  
Not every medical school is an AMCAS or AACOMAS member. To obtain an application from non-AMCAS or non-AACOMAS schools, students must contact their school of interest.
Letters of Evaluation: Most schools require 3 academic letters: 2 from science faculty, 1 from a nonscience. The number and types of letters required may vary for each school or program.
Experience: All schools require extensive familiarity with the field of medicine. Students are expected to have obtained clinical exposure/experience in several different settings prior to applying.
 

Medicine Websites: 

Allopathic Medicine: https://www.aamc.org/
Osteopathic Medicine: https://www.aacom.org/

AOTA
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Occupational Therapists are concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation: meaning everyday activities. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupation they want by modifying the occupation or environment to better support the patient's engagement. An Occupational Therapist may have a Masters of Doctoral degree; the entry level degree requirement for the occupational therapists will move to the doctoral level by July 2027 (Adopted from NAHHP, 2019).


GENERAL PRE-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY REQUIREMENTS

Biology (with labs): 4-8 Semester Hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology: 4-8 Semester Hours with labs
Abnormal Psychology: 3 Semester Hours
Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
Sociology or Anthropology: 3 Semester Hours
Oral Communications: 3 Semester Hours
Medical Terminology: 1 - 2 Semester Hours
*This information is based on requirement for the Doctoral degree program at the University of Florida. There are professional masters (MOT) and doctorate (OTD) degree programs for occupational therapy with some variability in prerequisite course work among the various programs. Students should check individual websites at the schools they plan to apply to for the most accurate and up to date admissions information.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE COURSES

Biology
BSC 1005 General Biology for Nonmajors: 3 Semester Hours
BSC 1005L General Biology Lab for Nonmajors: 1 Semester Hour
OR
BSC 2010 Biological Science I: 3 Semester Hours
BSC 2010L Biological Science I Lab: 1 Semester Hour 

Anatomy/Physiology
BSC 2085 & 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I with lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2086 & 2086L Anatomy and Physiology II with lab: 4 Semester Hours 
OR
PET 3322 & 3322L Functional Anatomy and Physiology I with lab: 4 Semester Hours
PET 3323C Functional Anatomy and Physiology II: 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)

Abnormal Psychology
CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology: 3 Semester Hours

Statistics
STA 2122 Introduction to Applied Statistics: 3 Semester Hours

Medical Terminology
CLT 2049 Medical Terminology: 3 Semester Hours

Sociology
SYG 1000 Introductory Sociology: 3 Semester Hours
OR
SYG 2010 Social Problems: 3 Semester Hours

Anthropology
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology: 3 Semester Hours
OR
ANT 2410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: 3 Semester Hours

1Oral Communication
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech: 3 Semester Hours
OR
SPC 2608 Public Speaking: 3 Semester Hours
1See also courses related to public speaking, therapeutic, or personal communication.


PRE-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INFORMATION 

OT Schools in Florida: 11 
DOT Degrees: Gannon University Florida Campus (Ruskin), Nova Southeastern University (Tampa)
MOT Degrees: AdventHealth University (Orlando), Barry University (Miami Shores), Florida A&M University (Tallahassee), Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers), Florida International University (Miami), Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale Campus (Ft. Lauderdale),  Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale), University of Florida (Gainesville - transitioning to OTD program), University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences- Florida Campus (St. Augustine)

Minimal Requirements for Entrance (most schools require a baccalaureate degree): General Biology with labs (4 Semester Hours), Statistics (3 Semester Hours), Psychology (3 Semester Hours), Sociology (3 Semester Hours), Anatomy & Physiology (8 Semester Hours), Medical Terminology (3 Semester Hours)
Degree/Major: Any major is acceptable as long as the student meets the minimal entrance requirements listed above. 
Selection Factors: Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance record, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), clinical exposure/experience, extracurricular activities and a personal interview. A sustained record of high-level academic performance while carrying above average credit hour loads is expected for competitive applicants.
Volunteer Hours: Most programs recommend 40-50 hours of observation in several diverse OT settings.
Admission Test: GRE
Application Services: Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) will begin accepting applications for most OT schools in June of the year before matriculation. There is an initial application fee which includes one school.  Fees are incurred for each additional school.  Letters of evaluation, GRE scores and transcripts must be sent to OTCAS. Check with your schools of interest to make sure they are using OTCAS.In addition to the OTCAS, programs may require a separate application to their graduate program or institution.
Letters of Evaluation:  A minimum of 3 letters are required with a maximum of 5 through OTCAS.  Programs may allow additional letters which should be sent directly to the program. Determine whether a program has specific letter requirements for the evaluator role or relationship. 

Occupational Therapy website:  

https://www.aota.org/

ASCO
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Some people will tell you that doctors of optometry diagnose and treat disorders of the eye. What optometrists really do--each and every day-- is make a real difference in real lives. Optometrists reveal new vistas, return lost joys, empower greater achievement, and preserve unlived lives. Doctors of Optometry complete a four-year doctoral program to earn the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree (adopted from NAAHP, 2019). 


GENERAL PRE-OPTOMETRY PREREQUISITES*

General Education: 90 Hours to BS or Bachelor's Degree
General Biology (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 4 Semester Hours
Physics (with lab): 8 Semester Hours 
Statistics (*strongly recommended): 3 Semester Hours
Calculus: 3 Semester Hours
Anatomy and Physiology (lab not needed): 3 Semester Hours
Microbiology: 3 Semester Hours
Biochemistry: 3 Semester Hours
Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities: 15 Semester Hours    
*This list is based on Nova Southeastern University’s list of prerequisites and should be used only as a guideline. Each optometry school has its own list of prerequisites and interested students should contact these programs to request the listing.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE COURSES 

Biology
BSC 2010 Biological Science I: 3 Semester Hours
BSC 2010L Biological Science I Lab: 1 Semester Hour
BSC 2011 Biological Science II: 3 Semester Hours
BSC 2011L Biological Science II Lab: 1 Semester Hour
MCB 2004 Microbiology for Health Services: 3 Semester Hours
MCB 2004L Microbiology for Health Services Lab: 1 Semester Hour

Chemistry
CHM 1045 General Chemistry 1: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab: 1 Semester Hour
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab: 1 Semester Hour
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (Recommended): 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry ll Lab: 3 Semester Hours
OR CHM 3217, 3217L One Semester Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 Semester Hours

Biochemistry
BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours 
OR
CHM 3218 One Semester Biochemistry: 4 Semester Hours (CHM 3217, 3217L must be followed by CHM 3218) 

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)

Math
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I: 4 Semester Hours 

Anatomy
PET 3322 Functional Anatomy and Physiology I: 3 Semester Hours 
OR
BSC 2085 Anatomy & Physiology I: 3 Semester Hours  


PRE-OPTOMETRY INFORMATION

Optometry Schools in the U.S.: 21
Optometry Schools in Florida: 1 Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry (Ft. Lauderdale)
Minimal Requirements for Entrance: General Biology with lab (6-8 Semester Hours), General Chemistry with lab (6-8 Semester Hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (4 Semester Hours), Physics with lab (8 Semester Hours), Calculus (3 Semester Hours), Microbiology with Lab (3 Semester Hours), Biochemistry (3 Semester Hours)
Degree/Major: Any major is acceptable as long as the student meets the minimal entrance requirements listed above.
Selection Factors: Applications are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance, OAT score, clinical exposure/experience, extra-curricular activities and personal interview.
Admission Test: Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a computerized exam offered year round with a 90 day wait period between testing dates. The test is required by all optometry schools. The OAT consists of four sections: Survey of Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics, and Quantitative Reasoning. The test has a fee which includes score reports sent to 5 optometry schools. The OAT is administered at the Prometric Testing Center (Tallahassee) and test dates should be scheduled 60-90 days in advance. After the completed application and fee have been processed, a letter will be sent to the examinee from the test center. The student can then call the test center to register for the OAT. The OAT takes 4 ½-5 hours to complete.
Application Service: All U.S. optometry schools use OptomCAS for submission of applications. The application has a fee for the first school and for each additional school requested. Most programs charge a supplemental application fee.
Letters of Evaluation: Most schools require 2 letters of evaluation: One from faculty (or Pre-Health Advisor) and one from an optometrist with whom you have volunteered.

Optometry website:  

https://optometriceducation.org/

aacp
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Pharmacists are essential healthcare professionals who enhance patient care and promote wellness. When pharmacists are involved in patient care, outcomes improve and costs decline. Pharmacy is a diverse a rewarding career, with opportunities for patient care, scientific research, and innovation. Pharmacists can be found in a variety of settings including:

  • Community practice - chain, independent, compounding, and Veterinary Pharmacies.
  • Drug Development
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Education
  • Consultant - long term care and home health
  • Other - government, managed care, mail services

Pharmacists undertake a four-year doctoral education to achieve a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degree (adopted from NAAHP, 2019).


GENERAL PRE-PHARMACY REQUIREMENTS*

General Education: A.A. Degree
General Biology (for Science Majors with labs): 8 Semester Hours
Microbiology: 3 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (for Science Majors with labs): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Biochemistry: 3 Semester Hours
Calculus: 4 Semester Hours
Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
Anatomy and Physiology (with labs): 8 Semester Hours 
*This listing is based on the requirements for admission to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.  Courses required for admission vary significantly and each pharmacy program has its own list of specific prerequisites.  Review specific prerequisite courses by program. 


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 
MCB 4403, 4403L Prokaryotic Biology with Lab: 3 Semester Hours
OR MCB 2004 Microbiology for Health Services: 3 Semester Hours

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab: 3 Semester Hours        

Biochemistry
BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours        

Anatomy/Physiology
BSC 2085, 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2086, 2086L Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
OR
PET 3322, 3322L Functional Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
PET 3323, 3323L Functional Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours              

Math
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I: 4 Semester Hours 

Statistics
STA 2122 Introduction to Applied Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
OR
STA 2171 Statistics for Biology: 4 Semester Hours
OR
STA 3024 SAS for Statistical Analysis: 3 Semester Hours 


PRE-PHARMACY INFORMATION

Pharmacy Schools in U.S.: 128
Pharmacy Schools in Florida offering PharmD: Florida A&M University (Tallahassee), Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton Campus School of Pharmacy (Bradenton), Larkin University (Miami), Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach), University of Florida (Gainesville), University of South Florida (Tampa), Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale)
Degree/Major: Any major is acceptable as long as the student meets the minimum entrance requirements. Chemistry is the most common major because the curriculum in this major contains many of the common prerequisite courses for pharmacy.  A baccalaureate degree is not required for admission to most schools of pharmacy.
Selection Factors: Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance, standardized test score (PCAT and/or GRE scores), application essays, leadership, volunteer experiences, pharmacy related volunteer experiences or paid employment, communication skills, and co-curricular activities. 
Admission Test: The Pharmacy College Admissions Text (PCAT) is required by over 80% of pharmacy programs (not FAMU). The test is designed to measure verbal and quantitative abilities, reading comprehension, and knowledge of biology through organic chemistry. The test is offered on nine dates in July, September and January. There is a test fee and fees for score reporting to additional schools.  
FAMU requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). GRE scores should be sent direct by the applicants to the schools to which they are applying. Score should be less than 5 years old. There is a GRE exam fee and fees for each additional score report requested.
Application Service: Students can apply through PharmCas for many pharmacy schools. Not all schools are part of PharmCas, so check the application requirements of each school you are interested. The PharmCas application has a fee which includes application to one school. A fee is charged for each additional school.
Letters of Evaluation: Most schools require 4 letters: 2 professors and 2 character references. At least one letter must be from a pharmacist with whom you have volunteered. All letters must be submitted electronically through the PharmCas application. The number and types of letters may vary by school, so refer to each school for their specific requirements. 
Interviews: Interviews are part of the application process and formats vary by PharmD program. 

Pharmacy website: 

https://www.aacp.org/

APTA
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

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. Physical Therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Physical Therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. Practitioners complete a three-year doctoral program to earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree (adopted from NAAHP, 2019). 


GENERAL PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY REQUIREMENTS* 

Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree: 120 Hours
General Biology (with lab): 4-8 Semester Hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology (with labs): 8 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Physics (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
General Psychology/Social Science: 6-9 Semester Hours
*These are general course requirements. Each school of physical therapy has its own specific requirements. Check the individual school’s website for additional information.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE COURSES 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Anatomy/Physiology
BSC 2085 + 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 
BSC 2086 + 2086L  Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
OR
PET 3322 + 3322L Functional Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
PET 3323C Functional Anatomy and Physiology II: 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)

Statistics
STA 2122 Introduction to Applied Statistics: 3 Semester Hours

Psychology/ Social Science
PSY 2012 General Psychology: 3 Semester Hours 
CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology: 3 Semester Hours
FAD 3220 Individual and Family Life Span Development: 3 Semester Hours


PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY INFORMATION

Physical Therapy Programs in the US: 227
Physical Therapy Programs in Florida: 10 (Adventist University of Health Sciences, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida, Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale & Tampa locations), University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami ,University of North Florida, University of South Florida

Selection Factors: Most programs prefer applicants with at least a 3.0 GPA.
Admission Test: Graduate Record Exam (not required by most programs)
Application Services: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has developed the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Currently, there are 207 Physical Therapy programs participating. Applicants wishing to apply to non-participating PTCAS schools must apply directly to the institution using that program’s specific application.
Experience: Physical therapy programs prefer applicants to have some direct clinical experience. There are no specific requirements for clinical Physical Therapy experience, although most programs recommend exposure to a variety of physical therapy experiences. A minimum of 20 hours in each of two physical therapy settings would be expected by most programs.   

Physical Therapy website:

http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx

PAEA
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Physician Assistants are medical providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease; they prescribe medication for patients, working in a variety of settings. Forbes and U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks PA as one of the top healthcare careers, with a median annual salary of $98,000 and projected growth rate of 30% through 2024. Physician Assistants are trained in graduate programs between 24 and 27 months in length to earn a Master's degree (specific credentials vary by program) (adopted from NAAHP, 2019).


GENERAL PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT REQUIREMENTS*

English: 6 Semester Hours
College Algebra: 3 Semester Hours
General Biology (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry: 3 Semester Hours
Biochemistry: 3 Semester Hours
Anatomy & Physiology (with labs): 8 Semester Hours 
Prokaryotic Biology (Microbiology): 4 Semester Hours
Genetics: 3 Semester Hours
Medical Terminology: 3 Semester Hours
Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
Psychology: 3 Semester Hours

*Physician Assistant programs vary greatly in required prerequisite coursework. This is a list of the commonly required courses for Florida schools. Students should check individual schools’ admission requirements for specific courses. 


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES   

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours       
MCB 4403, 4403L Prokaryotic Biology (Microbiology) with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
PCB 3063 General Genetics: 3 Semester Hours 

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours

CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab: 3 Semester Hours     
OR
CHM 3217, 3217L One Semester Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Biochemistry
BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours     
OR
CHM 3218 One Semester Biochemistry: 4 Semester Hours
(CHM 3217, 3217L must be followed by CHM 3218) 

Anatomy/Physiology
BSC 2085, 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
BSC 2086, 2086L Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Medical Terminology
CLT 2049 Medical Terminology: 3 Semester Hours
OR
APK 2001 Medical and Scientific Terminology: 3 Semester Hours 

Statistics
STA 2122 Introduction to Applied Statistics: 4 Semester Hours 

Psychology
PSY 2012 General Psychology: 3 Semester Hours 

Mathematics
MAC 1105 College Algebra: 3 Semester Hours

English
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition and Rhetoric: 3 Semester Hours
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context: 3 Semester Hours 


PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT INFORMATION 

P.A. Programs (U.S.): 238
P.A. Programs in Florida: 11 Florida State University (Tallahassee), Barry University (Miami), Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers), Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami), Miami-Dade College (Miami), Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Ft. Myers), South University (Tampa), University of Florida (Gainesville), University of South Florida (Tampa)
Degree/Major: Academic requirements for admission vary greatly.  Most programs will require completion of a bachelor's degree and a combination of science and non-science coursework.  Starting in 2020, all PA programs will be required to offer a master’s degree upon completion and graduation from a physician assistant program. 
Selection Factors: Applicants are evaluated on their academic record, clinical experience, maturity, and commitment to a health care career, and communication and interpersonal skills.  Most programs require at least 1 year of direct patient care experience before entering the program. 
Admission Test: Most programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Official GRE scores are sent electronically to CASPA and individual schools as designated by the applicant.  The GRE has an exam fee and additional fee for each score report requested.
Application Services: Many PA programs use the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  The application cycle opens in April and closes in March, and individual program deadlines may differ the application cycle dates.  All materials should arrive at CASPA to complete the application at least four weeks prior to the earliest deadline. There is a processing fee for the first school and fees for each additional school requested. 
Letters of Evaluation: Most programs require 3 letters of evaluation.  Reference forms should be downloaded from the CASPA website and sent electronically by the evaluators using the Letters by Liaison portal. Letters should include academic references such as professors and from clinicians such as physicians and physician assistants. 
Experience: Physician Assistant programs require substantial clinical experience in evaluating applicants. Most programs expect at least 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience but the amount varies by school.  Competitive applicants will exceed the minimum number of hours.

PA Website:

https://paeaonline.org/caspa/

aacpm
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

A Podiatric Physician is qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Podiatric physicians complete a four-year doctoral program to earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree (adopted from NAAHP, 2019). 


GENERAL PRE-PODIATRY ASSISTANT REQUIREMENTS

General Education: 90 Hours to B.S. 
General Biology (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
General Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Physics (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
English: 6 Semester Hours 
* Each individual podiatric medical school has its own list of specific requirements which may include additional science coursework.  Review specific programs for their requirements. 


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours  
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab: 3 Semester Hours 

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab) 
OR
PHY 2048C General Physics A (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2049C General Physics B (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)

English
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition and rhetoric: 3 Semester Hours  
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context: 3 Semester Hours 


PRE-PODIATRY INFORMATION

Podiatry Schools in the U.S.: 9
Podiatry Schools in Florida:  Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine (Miami Shores)
Minimal Requirements for Entrance: A minimum of three years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours) is required. Over 97% of students who enter podiatry school have a bachelor's degree.  
Selection Factors: Applicants are appraised on the basis of their academic performance, MCAT,  clinical experience, and personal interview.
Admission Test: Podiatry schools require applicants to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within 3 years prior to the start of the application.The MCAT exam has a substantial fee.
Application Service:
All U.S. podiatry schools are members of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS) which allows students to submit one application to all nine programs. The application cycle opens in March and closes in June for fall admission.  The AACPMAS requires an initial processing fee for the application and first designated school. There is a fee to apply to additional schools after the initial submission of the application. 
Letters of Evaluation: Podiatry programs vary in their requirements for letters of recommendation however most require them.  Programs may require letters from specific roles or professions such as science faculty or doctors of podiatric medicine. 
Interviews: Eight of the nine programs of podiatric medicine require an on campus interview.

Podiatry Website:

https://www.aacpm.org/

AAVMC
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Veterinarians:

  • Provide animal health care
  • Make sure the nation's food supply is safe
  • Work to control the spread of diseases
  • Conduct research that helps both animals and humans
  • Are at the forefront of protecting the public's health and welfare

A Veterinarian attends a four-year veterinary school program to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinaiae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree (adopted from NAAHP, 2019).  


GENERAL PRE-VETERINARY REQUIREMENTS*

General Education: 60 Hours to B.S.  
Introduction to Animal Science(see below): 3 Semester Hours
General Biology (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Microbiology (with lab): 4 Semester Hours
Genetics: 3 Semester Hours  
General Chemistry (for Science Majors with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 8 Semester Hours
Biochemistry: 3 Semester Hours  
Physics (with lab): 8 Semester Hours  
Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
English: 6 Semester Hours
Humanities: 9 Semester Hours
Social Sciences: 6 Semester Hours
*This listing is based on requirements for the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. Students should check individual school’s admission requirements for these specific courses. Applicants are strongly encouraged to enroll in challenging upper level science courses such as calculus, animal science, animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology to demonstrate the capacity of students to handle the rigorous requirements of the veterinary program.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours  
BSC 2011, 2011L Biology II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
MCB 4403, 4403L Microbiology w/ Lab: 4 Semester Hours
PCB 3063 Genetics: 3 Semester Hours 

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab: 3 Semester Hours 

Biochemistry
BCH 4053 Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours     

Physics 
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
OR
PHY 2048C General Physics A (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2049C General Physics B (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)

Statistics
STA 2122 Introduction to Applied Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
OR
STA 2171 Statistics for Biology: 4 Semester Hours  
STA 3024 SAS For Data and Statistical Analysis: 3 Semester Hours 

Florida State University does not offer courses in Animal Science:  These requirements may be completed at the University of Florida. 
University of Florida
ANS 3006C Introduction to Animal Science: 3 Semester Hours Fall, Spring, Summer
ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition: 3 Semester Hours Fall, Spring, Summer


PRE-VETERINARY INFORMATION 

Veterinary Schools in (U.S.): 30
Veterinary Schools in Florida: 1 University of Florida (Gainesville)   
Selection Profile: Applicants are evaluated for admission to veterinary medical school on academics, veterinary shadowing and animal experience, communication, service, and life journey.  The AAVMC site has the Profile of Admitted Students showing data on students admitted to veterinary schools including GPA, GRE scores, and geography.  For student admitted in 2018:  Mean Science GPA (3.5), overall GPA (3.6), Composite GRE (verbal) 65th%tile, Composite GRE (quantitative) 54th%tile.  The application cycle opens mid-May and closes mid-September for matriculation the next fall.  Admission decisions may be rolling throughout the application cycle or occur on March 15, the required notification deadline for US veterinary schools.
Application Service: All U.S. veterinary schools use the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).  This allows an applicant to complete one application but submit it to several schools. The application cycle opens in May and ends in September, making the window for applying less than 5 months long.  The application for one school incurs a fee and there is an addition fee for each designated school. VMCAS offers a fee waiver.
Admission Test: The majority of veterinary schools require the GRE, and only a few accept the GRE or MCAT.  Check with specific schools of interest for testing requirements. Official GRE scores are sent electronically VMCAS and individual schools as designated by the applicant. The GRE has an exam fee and additional fees for each score report requested. Fee waiver and assistance are available for eligible students. 
Letters of Recommendation:  Most schools require at least three letters of recommendation from professors and at least one veterinarian. The numbers and types of letters of recommendation required by each veterinary school may vary. VMCAS allows a maximum of six letters. Letters are to be submitted electronically by the evaluators through VMCAS. 
Interviews: Some veterinary schools require an in person interview however some schools do not interview candidates for admission.

Veterinary Website: 

https://www.aavmc.org/

National Society of Genetic Counselors
PROFESSION OVERVIEW

Genetic Counselors are professionals who have specialized education in genetics and counseling to provide personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health (Adopted from National Society of Genetic Counselors, 2019). Learn more about careers in Genetic Counseling.


GENERAL PRE-GENETIC COUNSELING REQUIREMENTS 

You must have a 4-year baccalaureate degree and undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, statistics and psychology to be eligible to apply.
Individual programs have specific requirements. To learn about these, contact the program directly. You should review each program’s admissions criteria before applying.


SPECIFIC FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COURSES 

English
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition and Rhetoric: 3 Semester Hours  
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context: 3 Semester Hours 

Biology
BSC 2010, 2010L Biological Science I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours  
BSC 2011, 2011L Biological Science II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
MCB 4403, 4403L Prokaryotic Biology (Microbiology) with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 

Chemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I with Lab: 4 Semester Hours
CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II with Lab: 4 Semester Hours 
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II: 3 Semester Hours
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab: 3 Semester Hours        

Biochemistry

BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I: 3 Semester Hours        

Physics
PHY 2053C College Physics A (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (Trig. Based): 4 Semester Hours (includes lab) 
OR
PHY 2048C General Physics A (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)
PHY 2049C General Physics B (Calc. Based): 5 Semester Hours (includes lab)


PRE-GENETIC COUNSELING INFORMATION

Genetic Counseling Training Programs in the United States: 34
For a complete list of programs, consult the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling’s website
Genetic Counseling Training Programs in Florida: 1 University of South Florida Genetic Counseling Training Program (Tampa) 

Selection Factors: The most common undergraduate majors among for students admitted to genetic counseling programs are biology, genetics, and psychology. However, successful applicants come from a broad variety of majors and degrees. The average (mean) GPA of admitted students is approximately 3.5 with GRE scores in the 60-70% range (based on 2016 data). As these are just averages, some successful applicants have higher and lower GPA’s and scores than these.  In general, those who apply to 4 or more programs are more likely to be admitted than those who apply to 1-2. Well qualified applicants appear equally likely to be successful when they apply to 4-6 schools as when they apply to more than 6 schools. A majority of students enter programs right after completing their undergraduate degree. However, many have entered a year or two after graduating or several years later after having significant work or professional experience. Such applicants are viewed favorably.
Admission Test: Most programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Official GRE scores are sent electronically to CASPA and individual schools as designated by the applicant.  The GRE has an exam fee and additional fee for each score report requested. Only a  few programs substitute an MCAT score for a GRE; consult with specific programs for their admission test requirement. 
Application Services and Match Registration Process: Genetic counseling programs use the centralized SOPHAS application service AND register for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match with the National Matching Service before applying to accredited genetic counseling graduate programs.  Registration for the match begins in September each application cycle. A detailed description of the match process is found on the National Matching Services website. Applicants may also be required to apply to the graduate school of the specific program. The application cycle begins in September with most program deadlines in December.  Decisions are made in April when the National Matching Service rank order list is released.
Experiences: Prior counseling or advocacy experience is required by most programs. Examples include peer counseling, crisis hotlines, a pregnancy counseling center, or working with individuals who have genetic conditions or disabilities. Applicants should have a good understanding of the genetic counseling profession. Many applicants have accomplished this by shadowing and/or visiting with genetic counselors and by attending one of USF’s annual genetic counseling open houses or similar events at other institutions.
Letters of Evaluation:  Most programs require 3 Letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources.
Interviews:  Most programs prefer an in-person interview as part of the admissions process

 

Resources: 


About Genetic Counselors: 


National Society of Genetic Counselors has a helpful video: https://www.nsgc.org/page/becomeageneticcounselor


American Board of Genetic Counseling   https://www.abgc.net/about-genetic-counseling/


Genetic Counseling Training Programs:https://www.gceducation.org/program-directory/

Genetic Counseling Admissions Match:  https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions/


Certification is through the American Board of Genetic Counseling  https://www.abgc.net/