Pre-Professional Opportunities


Applying to a professional health graduate program is competitive. The successful candidates for medical and other professional schools have to bring much more to the table than good grades in the pre-requisite courses and entrance exam for his/her chosen field. The student’s portfolio should include clinical experience, research experience and evidence of leadership. The University of West Florida has several special programs to assist students in attaining their goals. Students should meet with the Pre-professional Advisor early in their career at UWF to establish a path for success.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS

The University of West Florida is dedicated to promoting the success of our pre-professional students seeking admission to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs  as well as other health professional schools.  We offer a plethora of opportunities to assist pre-professional students in achieving this goal and we continue to develop new platforms to prepare students for admission to professional school.      

Pre-Health Professional Advisor and the Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee

The Pre-Health Professional Advisors and Pre-Health Professional Advising Committee serves students from all majors on campus who are seeking admission to professional schools. The Pre-Health Professional Advisor provides guidance for students and evaluation of their credentials in their efforts to apply for professional schools. Students should meet with the advisor in their sophomore year to establish a path to success in their application to a health professional program. The Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee conducts interviews and writes committee letters of recommendation for qualified candidates seeking admission to professional schools.

Who is my Pre-Health Professional Advisor? 

Pre-Dental and MLS students: contact Dr. Kris Behan at kbehan@uwf.edu

Physician's Assistant, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy students: contact Lauren Greska at lgreska@uwf.edu

Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Medical, and Pre-Veterinary students: contact Dr. Peter Cavnar at pcavnar@uwf.edu

Pre-Health Professional Student Organizations

Five student organizations focusing on pre-health professional professions are available for students. These organizations establish an atmosphere of camaraderie and provide opportunities for students to engage in health-related community service, support net-working opportunities that assist students in understanding and assessing the profession of their choice and in applying to professional schools, sponsor talks by recruiters from professional schools, as well as create a foundation for mutual support among students regarding academic issues. These organizations include:

Research Opportunities

Many pre-health professional students engage in scientific research. Our faculty provide many opportunities for students to engage in research and are happy to have students participating in research projects for credit (Directed Independent Studies), as paid assistants, or through an Honors’ Program thesis project.  

Agreements Between UWF and Professional Schools

Several agreements are currently in place between the University of West Florida and professional schools that promote admission of qualified UWF graduates into the targeted professional programs.

American University at Antigua

AUA  offers admission to its medical school to qualified UWF graduates, culminating in the Doctor of Medicine degree.  In addition to completing one of the Approved Programs, a student also must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be admitted to AUA.

a.         An overall Grade Point Average of 3.25 or higher;

b.         A Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher in pre-requisite courses required by AUA;

c.         No “F” or “D” grade in any pre-requisite course required by AUA;

d.         A score of 500 or higher on the Medical College Admission Test; and

e.         A recommendation for admission by an AUA Admission Officer who has interviewed the applicant in person.

This program affords students who for a variety of reasons may not have been able to achieve the GPA and MCAT scores required for admission to most U.S. Medical schools, an opportunity to realize their goal of earning an M.D.

Post-Baccalaureate Resources   

The Pre-Health Professional Advisors act as an essential resource for students who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not have the science courses necessary to qualify for admission to a professional school.  They now have a platform at UWF for taking the courses necessary to make successful application to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, physical therapy and other professional schools in the health sciences arena. The resources open a broad mosaic of support for these students which includes the Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee, the Pre-Health Professional Advisors, as well as access to the five pre-professional student organizations.

Argo-Noles Medical Mentors Program

In cooperation with the medical students at FSU College of Medicine- Pensacola campus, we have created the Argo-Noles Medical Mentors program.  There are no dues for membership in this program and once each semester the med mentors will meet with all of the UWF members of the program to provide “tips” for applying to medical school, on what was most useful to them once they entered medical school, on what to expect in the clinical setting, etc.  UWF program members may attend grand rounds with their med mentors, will be invited to attend lectures and case discussions at the medical school, and be provided with mock interviews by the med mentors.

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