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-Health 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.
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
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
Dru Roycik (Assistant Professor & Chair of the Pre-Health Committee)
B.S. Georgia Southern University; Ph.D. Florida State University
Areas of Specialization: Biochemistry, Matrix Enzymes, Metalloproteinases, Cancer Biology, Translational Biology
- 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