PPAEC Guidelines

1) When can a student open a file with the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising?

A student can open a file with the office after their first semester at FIU.

2) When is the latest that a student who is applying to a pre-professional program can open a file with the office?

Students need to have opened a file with the Office of Pre-Health Professions by the beginning of the Fall term prior to applying to a professional program. Students who do so later may find it very hard to complete all of the requirements in order to take advantage of the full support of the Office and its resources.

3) What are the Committee requirements?

  1. 6 Faculty Evaluations (at least 4 from science faculty, minimum of 1 from a non-science faculty; no TA's only permanent, full-time FIU faculty)
  2. 3-5 Letters of Recommendation (permanent, full-time FIU faculty)
    - 2 from science faculty required
    • 1 from non-science faculty required (i.e. S.S. or Humanities)
    • Many professional schools require a letter from a Physician, Dentist, or other Health Professional Person
  3. Completed FIU Personal History Questionnaire with Personal Statement attached
  4. Excel Spreadsheet of all courses calculating GPA
  5. Primary Application (AMCAS, AADSAS, etc.)
  6. A copy of all official transcripts (Except FIU)
  7. Copy of official report of Exam Scores (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, etc.)
  8. Fee ($65.00) - A non-refundable administrative fee that is required upon opening a file

4) What are the committee deadlines?

  • March 1: Personal Statement (Writing a Personal Statement)
  • April 1: Personal History Questionnaire
  • June 1: Faculty Evaluations and Letters of Recommendation
  • June 7-October 15: Committee interviews and Advisor Letter interviews

These deadlines will enable you to pace your preparation for the application process so that each component is a single step. It is our experience that writing a personal statement requires most students many drafts and should be completed a month or two prior to the application in order to allow time to review it.
Please contact the office directly if you have any questions regarding submission deadlines.

5) Who should write letters of recommendation?

Full time permanent faculty members in whose courses the student has excelled. Letter writers should be sufficiently senior that their opinions will be viewed as credible. Teaching assistants and adjuncts should not be letter writers and many professional schools explicitly note this.
Do not ask for letters from clergy members, friends of family, political figures or others who have no direct experience with your academic performance or abilities. More information may be found here.

6) Who should letters of recommendation be addressed to?

They may be addressed to:
Dr. Landrum, Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising

Alternative choices:
To Whom it May Concern
Admissions Committee

7) Who can submit faculty evaluation forms?

Only FIU faculty members may submit a faculty evaluation form. Faculty evaluation forms from an adjunct professor, TA, physician, or community leader will not be accepted.

8) What is the correct way to submit confidential documents to the pre-health office?

All evaluation forms and letters of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed and signed envelope (envelopes should be signed over the seal by the author and taped with transparent tape). Professors and health professionals must sign the envelope on the seal to insure that the content of the evaluation form or letter of recommendation has remained confidential.In addition, all letters of recommendation must be on a proper stationary Letterhead and must be dated and signed.

Office mailing address:
FIU Office of Pre-Health Advising
11200 S.W. 8th Street, ECS 450
Miami, FL 33199

9) What are the PPAEC Committee rating levels?

  • Most Highly Recommended
  • Very Highly Recommended
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Recommended with Reservations
  • Not Recommended*

*The committee does not write a letter when a rating of 'Not Recommended' is decided. The requirements for a Committee Interview have been carefully established to eliminate to the greatest extent the possibility that a student would receive 'Not Recommended'.