Undergraduate Timeline

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • Start researching majors
  • Develop relationships with professors
  • Start researching Careers in the Health Professions
  • Join and begin to contribute in student organizations

Spring Semester

  • Begin looking for Research, Volunteer and Shadowing Experiences
  • Continue to develop relationships with professors

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • Open a File in the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising to submit support material required for your application process (to schedule this appointment, call 305-348-0515)
  • Begin requesting faculty members to submit Evaluation Forms to the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising (6 are required – 4 Science, 2 Social Science, Humanities, or Fine Arts)
  • Begin researching Summer Enrichment or Research programs; Opportunities
  • Continue to develop relationships with professors
  • Continue to volunteer/shadowing experiences

Spring Semester

  • By now you should have chosen your major and completed your University Core Curriculum requirements: Majors and Careers
  • You should also have completed the CLAS or filed for exemption so the CLAS is satisfied.
  • Continue to develop relationships with professors
  • Continue to volunteer/shadowing experiences
  • Talk with professors and advisors about research opportunities

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • Investigate schools for professional programs. Consider which programs most interest you most, consider locations, residency restrictions, and admissions requirements. Narrow down your choices. Request printed materials/catalogs from the schools, and print-out materials from Professional Association websites.
  • Plan for Summer Research/Enrichment Programs
  • Continue to develop relationships with professors
  • Continue to volunteer/shadowing experiences

Spring Semester

  • Request letters of recommendation from professors. A minimum of 2 from science faculty members and 1 from faculty member whose area is outside of the sciences. A strong, informative letter from a physician/dentist/optometrist/pharmacist/veterinarian may also be submitted. Talk to other people (at your volunteer/work location) regarding letters of recommendation.
  • Request faculty members to complete course evaluation forms. A minimum of 6 evaluation forms must be submitted to the PPAEC Committee.
  • Continue volunteer/shadowing experiences
  • Complete prerequisite courses for your professional program
  • Check your FIU and any other transcripts to make sure there are no errors present
  • Finalize school selections after receiving your admission scores
  • Assemble the information for your application
  • For most health professions programs, the best time to submit your application is EARLY, in June is best. You should not submit your application any later than the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • If you take the MCAT/DAT/PCAT/OAT/GRE for the first time in late summer or early fall, your application will not be complete until the scores are reported. Health Professional schools have rolling admissions, which means that the earlier you application is complete, the earlier it can be evaluated, the earlier you are invited for an interview, and the earlier you are accepted.

Medical School Applicants - Additional Items

May or Early June:

  • AMCAS and AACOMAS sites open for filing your application. Personal Statement/Essay should have been ready by March 1.
  • Send transcripts to AMCAS and/or AACOMAS by May 15.
  • Submit AMCAS and AACOMAS preferably by June 31 and no later than August 15; But only after receiving your MCAT scores! Students who take their MCAT after July should be planning to apply in the next application year.

July/August:

  • Submit Secondary applications and have Letters of Recommendation sent to AMCAS and/or AACOMAS

Note: Secondary applications require additional essays (2-3 per application) and also typically require payment of a fee ($30-200). You will not be able to manage application effectively to more that about 15-18 schools. Choose schools that are a good match to your grades, goals, and scores, applying to more schools WILL NOT increase the likelihood of acceptance! For fee waiver information (AMCAS FAP or AACOMAS FAP).

  • Medical schools have rolling admissions, which means that the earlier your application is complete, the earlier it can be evaluated and the earlier you may be invited for an interview and the earlier you are accepted!

September through Fall/Spring:

  • Interviews and acceptances application deadlines for many schools, November 1/November 15/December 1 (a few Osteopathic schools have later deadlines, however if you are applying at or near the deadline for a school you can be confident you WILL NOT be a competitive applicant)

Dental School Applicants - Additional Items

April/May:

  • AADSAS Available, begin completing the required information, Personal Statement/Essay should have been ready by March 1. Send transcripts by May 15.

June:

  • Submit AADSAS and send Letters of Recommendation; But only after receiving your DAT scores!

July/August:

  • Submit Secondary applications.

Note: Secondary applications will require additional Essays and payment of fees.

Mid-August:

  • Is the latest time to take DAT for the application year. You should take the DAT in the spring, so that if you need to re-take it 3 months later, you will be able to do so. Dental schools have rolling admissions, which means that the earlier your application is complete, the earlier it can be evaluated and the earlier you may be invited for an interview and the earlier you are accepted!

September through Fall/Spring:

  • Interviews and acceptances