Planning on entering a health care professional program after graduating from JU?
Whether you want to be a veterinarian, dentist, optician, physician assistant, physical therapist, or a physician (either with a M.D. or D.O.), smart choices, ambition, and content preparation (high G.P.A. in relevant coursework and competitive scores on admissions tests) are all necessary to be accepted in these competitive programs.
Students self-identifying as pre-health students should meet with their academic advisors on a regular basis to discuss their trajectory to becoming a health professional. Additionally, designated pre-health advisors assist students in professional preparation and navigating entrance requirements. Excellent grades in demanding preparative courses, relevant shadowing / internship experiences, and a demonstrated commitment to the health professions need to be accomplished while pursuing the undergraduate degree. Our faculty are dedicated to assisting students develop into well-rounded, academically prepared graduates that are competitive for entrance into professional programs.
- For recommended courses in the pre-professional program, please see the following checksheet.
- For those interested in medical school, plan to take Biochemistry I (offered only in the fall), Genetics, recommended courses in the checksheet, and any pre-requisites required by programs of target medical schools.
- For those interested in dentistry or optometry, plan to take microbiology, recommended courses in the checksheet, and any pre-requisites required by programs of target schools.
- Be an active member of JU to demonstrate skills/experiences in leadership, volunteerism/community service/ involvement, shadowing, and emotional maturity.
Suggested minors include: Medical Humanities, Psychology, Business Adminstration, Communication, Computing Science, and Mathematics.
Faculty in the Departments of Biology and Marine Science and Chemistry comprise a pre-health committee, whose responsibilities include:
- Staying abreast of current Health Professional School Admission requirements.
- Holding a Pre-Health Advising meeting each semester for Pre-Health Majors.
- Administering the JU Nova Southeastern (NSU) Dual Admissions Program, including the review of student applications once each semester.
- Notifying students of their JU NSU Dual Admissions Program status and monitoring for any changes that may need to be made with each applicant.
Would you like more information? Learn more about the faculty members or contact them through the directory.
- Rose Borkowski, Professor
- Joseph Cradlebaugh, Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Chemistry
- Kara Conway, Assistant Professor & Chair of the Pre-Health Committee
- Cathy Miller, Instructor & Assistant to the Chair
- Bill Penwell, Assistant Professor
- University of Florida Summer Health Professions Education Program: Dentistry
- Requirements for specific Veterinary Schools from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website
- Medical School information from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- Acceptance Rates for Medical School applicants by GPA and MCAT scores
- Dental career info from the American Dental Association
- Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
- Physical Therapist Education Overview by the American Physical Therapy Association
- Becoming a PA by the American Academy of Physician Assistants
- Osteopathic Medicine & Becoming an Osteopathic Physician by the American Assoc. of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
- Pharmacy School Admission Requirements from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy