PRE-LAW AND PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS
[Physicians and Physician's Assistants], Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy,
Jacksonville University has
been very successful in placing graduates in professional programs. Students
have a number of options in choosing major fields and specific courses within
basic admissions requirements for professional schools so careful advising is
Students who plan to attend law school should consult
with the pre-law advisor in the Division of Social Sciences early in their
undergraduate careers. Law schools do not favor any set pre-law program or
major. They do advise students to select majors and courses that are
intellectually stimulating and which require precision of thought and
expression. For further information or questions, please contact the Office of
Many of the course requirements
for admission to programs leading to degrees in the health professions are
similar. Most students who aspire to such programs major in either Biology or
Chemistry, but students who choose to major in other disciplines are successful
in gaining admission to classes leading to a degree in the health professions.
These schools look for well-rounded individuals who have demonstrated the
ability to use their intellect. It is to the student’s advantage to choose a
major based on their interests so that they may excel. The Division of Science
and Mathematics has a pre-health professions program to assist students with the
applications process and other ways of reaching their goals in these fields.
Students interested in health professional careers, especially those majoring in
non-traditional disciplines should work closely with their academic advisor and
the Office of Pre-Health Professional Advising to ascertain that the course
requirements of the program to which they are applying are met.
Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
plan to enter a dental or medical school after graduation should consult with
the Pre-Health Profession Advisors in the Division of Science and Mathematics
early in their academic careers. The pre-health professions program is intended
to guide students through the proper courses and procedures for becoming
accepted by a medical school or biomedical professional school. The program
includes completion of the basic requirements of U.S. medical schools as
PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS BASIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS
||Introduction to Cell, Gen, Molecular Bio (Corequisite: CHEM 104 or
||General Chemistry I
||General Chemistry II (Prerequisite: CHEM 103)
||Organic Chemistry I (Prerequisite: CHEM 104)
||Organic Chemistry II (Prerequisite: CHEM 301)
||Principles of Physics I (Corequisite: MATH 110)
||Principles of Physics II (Prerequisite: PHYS 111)
||Calculus I (Prerequisite: MATH 110 or instructor consent)
* Prerequisite for most 300/400-level BIOL courses.
This may be waived in many cases by permission of the faculty teaching upper
division courses. Medical schools generally require a minimum of 8 credit hours
of Biology. Most other programs in the health professions or completion of the
undergraduate major in Biology or Biochemistry or also require additional
Biology courses which vary by program.
These requirements encompass the material needed for the Medical College
Admission Test (MCAT), which is required by all but a few medical schools in the
U.S. These courses also comprise the information needed for basic background for
the study of medicine as well as admission to most other health professions
programs. The requirements are to be regarded as minimal for either purpose.
In addition to the basic medical/dental school requirements, the following
courses are recommended for strengthening the student’s basic science
background, and good performance in these courses will also make the student a
stronger candidate for admission to the program of their choice:
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED COURSES
||Microbiology (Prerequisites: BIOL 208, CHEM 104)
||Comp Vertebrate Anatomy (Prerequisite: BIOL 208)
||Comp Vertebrate Embryology (Prerequisite: BIOL 208)
||Principles of Immunology (Prerequisite: BIOL 208)
||Animal Physiology (Prerequisites: BIOL 208, CHEM 104; Recommended: CHEM
||Cell Biology (Prerequisites: BIOL 208, CHEM 104, Speech Intensive
||Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology I
208*, CHEM 302)
||Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology II (Prerequisite:
||Analytical Chemistry (Prerequisite: CHEM 104)
||Instrumental Analysis (Prerequisite: CHEM 104)
|| 4 |
*May be waived by permission of
Pre-pharmacy students often major
in Biochemistry and are in consultation with the chemistry faculty. Many
pharmacy programs also require students interested in attending Pharmacy school
to take a two-semester Anatomy and Physiology sequence. Students interested in
pharmacy school should contact the Office of Pre-Health Professional Advising in
the Division of Science and Mathematics for additional
A variety of internship programs with either Research or Clinical/Practical
Professional orientation are available to JU students. JU students collaborate
with mentors at the Mayo Clinic, UF/Shands Jacksonville and other institutions.
The Faculty and Staff at JU work with these institutions to identify and
encourage minorities and other students who are interested in careers in
research and medicine through these internships.
BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN CONJUNCTION WITH PROFESSIONAL
Jacksonville University’s policy is to grant a bachelor’s
degree to a student who attended JU for three years, then successfully completes
at least one year at a professional school qualified under transfer credit
policies and in a field related to the major pursued at JU. The following
qualifications and procedures apply:
- Before leaving Jacksonville University, the student must:
- Complete all core curriculum courses required for the expected degree.
- Complete all specific course requirements for the major pursued, as well as
other major requirements, to the extent that no more than 12 credit hours of
electives in the major remain to be taken.
- Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, qualify according to the rules of
transfer, and complete a total of 120 semester credit hours
- Acceptable professional schools for this special consideration must be
accredited to grant degrees in the following fields:
- Medicine (MD, DO, PA) or podiatry
- Physical Therapy
- Veterinary Medicine
- Chiropractic Medicine
- In order to qualify for this consideration, the student must:
- Apply for graduation, using the appropriate JU Graduation Application Form.
- Furnish complete transcripts of the academic record at the professional
- Be approved by the major department at JU.
- Be approved by the appropriate academic dean.
- Be approved by a majority vote of the University Faculty.