Postbaccalaureate Students

Post-baccalaureate students are welcome to pursue the requirements for application to a professional program at FIU. We have a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program (see the entry in the University Catalog). Most students choose to apply as second-degree seeking students. The degree seeking status enables them to have registration priority needed to enroll in the lower division pre-requisite courses they need to complete. Post-baccalaureate students are often making major personal and economic sacrifices to pursue a change of career. They should be aware that their entire academic record will be reviewed by medical, dental, or other professional schools and that poor academic performance in the past may influence an admission decision, even if more recent work is competitive. There are, of course, no guarantees of a desired outcome. Although older students often have compelling personal motivations, it is academic standing and admission test scores that are still the primary consideration in the early stages of a successful admission. Post-baccalaureate students are therefore advised that their academic performance will need to be highly consistent and exceptional in quality. We advise students that taking at least one semester of coursework with a 15-18 semester hour load is desirable and assists admission committees to come to a positive conclusion about the student's current ability to manage the heavy professional school workload.

Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program requires that a student has completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. university. This certificate is not intended for students who took a pre-med or pre-professional curriculum during their first degree. Request an appointment with Dr. Landrum, the Director of The Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising to apply to the certificate program.

Degree seeking students have higher priority during registration than certificate students. Also, for many students the completion of a second degree provides a more substantial and credible record of academic performance that can be an asset when making the case that grades earned in an earlier degree are not reflective of the student's current level of performance. Completion of a second degree is strongly recommended and will, in the event that a bid for admission is unsuccessful, provide additional career options.

To apply on-line as a second-degree seeking student follow the instructions on the link on the University's home page. Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and were in good standing at the time they graduated should not experience difficulty in qualifying for regular admission. All applicants must supply official transcripts to the Office of Admissions during the application process.

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