Pre-health advising


pre-health lab

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 a track in the pre-professional program, please see the following checksheet

The Pre-H​ealth Committee

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? Click on a faculty member's name to send them an email: 

Rose Borkowski (Professor)
B.A. University of North Carolina; D.V.M. University of Florida.
Areas of Specialization: Veterinary Medicine, Biology and Medicine of Birds, Marine and Terrestrial Mammals, Diseases of Zoo and Wildlife Species, Human Anatomy and Physiology

Joseph Cradlebaugh (Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Chemistry)
B.S. University of North Florida; Ph.D. University of Florida 
Area of Specialization: Organic Synthesis
Kara Conway (Assistant Professor & Chair of the Pre-Health Committee)
B.S. University of Notre Dame; Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Areas of Specialization: Immune Cell Function, B Cell Autoimmunity, Mucosal Immunity

Cathy Miller (Instructor & Assistant to the Chair)
B.S. Miami University; M.S. University of California Riverside
Areas of Specialization: Altitude Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology

Bill Penwell (Assistant Professor)
B.S. Westminster College; Ph.D. Miami University of Ohio
Areas of Specialization: Bacterial Pathogens, Acinetobacter baumannii, Iron Acquisition, Microbiology, Infectious Diseases


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