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Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Programs

The Pre-Health Professions Office primary mission is to be a source of support and guidance for students interested in pursuing any career as medical, veterinary, dental, or Physicians Assistant school candidates. Our Pre-Health advisors are committed to providing advising tailored to meet the needs of each individual, creating meaningful relationships with our students. We work to create an environment full of academic excellence, strong relationships with students, faculty and staff; and learning opportunities through clinical experiences, community service, scientific inquiry and research as well as campus involvement.

At the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, we offer three post baccalaureate options:

  1. The Career Changer Certificate

  2. Second Bachelor’s Degree

  3. Pre-requisites or missing courses

Post Baccalaureate Career Changer Certificate

The Career Changer Certificate is for graduate students that have NOT completed all of the prerequisite course work for any pre-health profession. This program is right for you if you are changing careers and are lacking the required classes for medical school or any other health professions.  The Career Changer Certificate is designed to provide students with the prerequisite coursework and access to research and shadowing experiences prior to applying to any health professions school. Whether you are right out of college or are seeking to change careers, our post baccalaureate Career Changer Certificate will ensure that you get the preparation and background needed for acceptance into professional programs.

Benefits of the Career Changer Certificate:

  • Optional opportunities for volunteering and shadowing
  • Full-time or part-time student status
  • Students can utilize Pre-Health Advising
  • Interview preparation
  • Committee interview
  • MCAT preparation available (at an extra cost)
  • Many research opportunities
  • Pre-Health Clubs
  • Open up a Pre-Health file to store letters of recommendation for up to three years
  • Informational workshops
  • Continuing education health care classes

Courses for the Career Changer Certificate:

Core Courses

Credits

Biodiversity + Lab (BSC1011+ BSC1011L)

4

Biological Principles + Lab (BSC1010 + BSC1010L)

4

General Chemistry 1+ Lab (CHM2045 + CHM2045L)

4

General Chemistry 2+ Lab (CHM2046 + CHM2046L)

4

Organic Chemistry 1 (CHM2210)

3

Organic Chemistry 2 (CHM2211)

3

Organic Chemistry Lab (CHM2211L)

2

Biochemistry 1 (BCH3033)

3

College Physics 1+ General Physics Lab (PHY2053 + PHY2048L)

5

College Physics 1+ General Physics Lab (PHY2054 + PHY2049L)

5

Statistics choose one

 

Introductory Statistics (STA2023)

3

Introduction to Biostatistics (STA3173)

3

Experimental Design & Statistical Inference (PSY3234)

3

Calculus  choose one

 

Methods of Calculus (MAC2233)

3

Calculus w Analytic Geometry 1 (MAC2311)

4

Genetics

 

Genetics (PCB3063)

4

Psychology

 

General Psychology (PSY1012)

3

Anatomy & Physiology - 8 credits required, select from options below:

 

Medical or Dental

 

Human Morphology & Function 1 + Lab (PCB3073 + PCB3073L)

4

Human Morphology & Function 2 + Lab (PCB3074 + PCB3074L)

4

Veterinary

 

Comparative Animal Physiology + Lab (PCB4723 + PCB4723L)

4

Vertebrate Structure Development and Evolution + Lab (ZOO4690 + ZOO4690L)

5

Pharmacy or Physician Assistant

 

Anatomy & Physiology 1+ Lab (BSC2085 + BSC2085L)

4

Anatomy & Physiology 2+ Lab (BSC2086 + BSC2086L)

4

Human Morphology & Function 1 + Lab (PCB3073+ PCB3073L)

4

Human Morphology & Function 2 + Lab (PCB3074 + PCB3074L)

4

Select two courses from one area:

 

Medical or Dental

 

Introduction to Pre-Professional Studies + Lab (PCB3083 + PCB3083L)

4

Medical Shadowing Internship (IDS3940)

1

Sociological Perspectives (SYG1000)

3

Pharmacy

 

Public Speaking (SPC2608)

3

Macroeconomics (ECO2013)

3

Microeconomics (ECO2023)

3

Medical Shadowing Internship (IDS3940)

1

Physician Assistant

 

Health Care Medical Terminology (HSA3534)

3

Introduction to Pre-Professional Studies + Lab (PCB3083 + PCB3083L)

4

Veterinary

 

Introduction to Animal Science (ANS3006C)

4

Medical Shadowing Internship (IDS3940)

1

To apply for the Career Changer Certificate, you need:

  • Bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Submit an FAU undergraduate application as a degree seeking student selecting the second bachelor’s option (you must select a major even though you will be completing the certificate and not another degree. Recommended majors: Biological Sciences & Neuroscience & Behavior) Click here to fill out the application.
  • Submit the Career Changer Certificate application.
  • Submit the Career Changer Certificate application fee through Market Place. 
  • Click here to submit.
    • Choose College of Medicine - Simulation Center store tab.
    • Purchase “POST-BAC Program – Application Fee.”
    • Click “Add To Cart” and then “Checkout” on the next screen. 
    • Once payment is completed you will receive an email receipt and your application will be processed.
  • Once admitted please schedule an appointment through Success Network with Ana Botero one of the Pre-Health Advisors.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

This option is for students that need to raise their GPA. To complete a second bachelor’s degree, students need a minimum of 30 new credits and complete 75 percent of the coursework at FAU. If the student’s GPA is below 3.0, they will meet with a regular academic advisor, once the GPA is at a minimum of 3.0, the student will be able to utilize the Pre-Health Advising services.

To apply for the second bachelor’s degree, students need to submit an FAU undergraduate application as degree seeking student selecting the second bachelor’s option (you must select a major different from your previous one. Recommended majors: Biological Sciences & Neuroscience & Behavior or Chemistry). You fill out the undergraduate application here.

Pre-requisites or Missing Courses

This option is for students that are only looking to complete the required or missing courses for their intended pre-health professional career. Students are required to have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to utilize the services from our Pre-Health Professions Office.

To apply for this option, students need to:

  • Submit an FAU undergraduate application as degree seeking student selecting the second bachelor’s option; even though you are not required to complete a second bachelor’s degree.
  • You must select a major different from your previous one. Recommended majors: Biological Sciences & Neuroscience & Behavior or Chemistry.
  • You can fill out the undergraduate application here.