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Academic Program Guide

Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences: Clinical Professions

College: Medicine
Degree: B.S.
Limited Access: No

Contact: IMS Advising Office
Address: 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-1843

Description of Major

Description of the IMS B.S. Degree Program

The Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) degree is designed to provide a broad background to develop the scientific and psychosocial knowledge and an understanding of the healthcare team and the healthcare system. So that students may pursue their specialized and professional interests, three (3) interdisciplinary majors in Clinical Professions; Community Patient Care; and Health Management, Policy and Information are offered. The degree program is based on competencies thought to be fundamental for careers in the health professions. These competencies include communication skills, use and knowledge of technology, awareness and respect for the roles of members of the health care team, ability to navigate in the health care system, scientific knowledge, life-long learning skills, and critical thinking skills. Because of the rigorous science-based core all majors prepare students to take advantage of the many career options the healthcare field offers.

The core coursework meets the pre-requisite requirements for entry into a professional training and education program and includes three to five 1-credit hour experiential seminar courses that engage students with the challenges of healthcare in community, clinical, political, and research venues. The medical sciences seminar sequence leads to a senior Capstone Course which requires the submission of a scholarly report, an analytical essay on a healthcare issue, and a poster and oral presentation at a graduation colloquia. The Capstone course meets the Scholarship in Practice and Upper Division Writing liberal studies requirements.

To enter any of the health professions, volunteer, service, and physician shadowing are essential. Resources are available to help students locate opportunities in clinics, community service organizations, hospitals, pharmacies, and physician’s offices for students to engage in the various ways healthcare is accessed. Some of the experiences may occur over the summer following the spring seminars. Students are required to obtain a minimum of 64 hours of experiential learning hours each academic year for a total of 256 experiential learning hours before graduation. These hours must be approved by the Community Coordinator in advance.

Although housed in the College of Medicine, the curriculum is delivered by seven (7) colleges at FSU. In addition to the College of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Human Sciences, the College of Communication and Information, the College of Nursing, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, and the College of Social Work are IMS degree program partners.

The Clinical Professions major expands and develops the solid science foundation needed to apply to medical school, dental school, physician assistant programs, and a number of other healthcare professions that require post baccalaureate training. A student’s program-of-study in the Clinical Professions major is dependent upon the health profession the student wishes to enter. Whether it is medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician’s assistant or another field, pre-requisites, although similar, are different for each program. Students will meet advisors to develop their individual program-of-study according to the admissions exams and requirements of their respective program goals.

Honors in the Major

Because healthcare is a broad field of study and practice and the IMS degree spans 7 colleges and numerous departments, an Honors in the Major thesis can be completed in a variety of disciplines. The Honors in the Majors topics must be health related and approved by the IMS Honors Director for the College of Medicine.

The Thesis Director for Honors in the Major must be full-time tenured or tenure-track FSU faculty member appointed in one of the FSU colleges approved for the IMS majors and meet the Thesis Director requirements of the University Honors Program.

Honors in the Major requires junior standing, a 3.2 GPA on at least 15 semester hours at FSU and all transfer work, and completion and defense of an honors thesis for 6 hours credit under the direction of a faculty committee. To graduate with honors is a worthwhile distinction. For more information, contact the IMS Honors Director, Dr. Elizabeth Foster or the Honors Program office at (850) 644-1841.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better:
BSC X010, X010L Biological Science I and Lab, and BSC X011, X011L Biological Science II and Lab
CHM X045, X045L General Chemistry I and Lab, and CHM X046, X046L General Chemistry II and Lab
PSY X012 General Psychology
MACX105 College Algebra
MACX140 Pre-Calculus
MACX114 Trigonometry

The common degree pre-requisites for other similar majors in the State University System list the BSC X010, X010L or PSY X012, as pre-requisites but do not include CHM X045, X045L and MAC X140. BSC X085 and X086 are not required as pre-requisites for entry into the IMS degree program, but will be accepted as fulfilling major elective requirements.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of


Major Program of Studies and Graduation Requirement
The College of Medicine requires any major in IMS Degree Program to successfully complete the core requirements (54-59 hours), 33 hours of required major upper-division elective coursework, participation in on-going experiential learning activities (including a minimum of 32 hours of experiential learning per semester for a minimum total of 256 hours before graduation), maintenance of a portfolio of experiences, and completion of a capstone project. All courses must be completed with a grade of C minus or better. Any student who receives a grade below C minus in any Medical Sciences Seminar Course is subject to dismissal from the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Program.

General Education

In the first two years at FSU, students should take courses to complete the following requirements: General Education requirements, Writing requirement, Multicultural Course requirements, Prerequisite Coursework requirements, and two (2) required Medical Sciences Seminars and experiential leaning and volunteer/service experiences. Some courses may fulfill requirements in multiple areas. Electives in the first two years should focus on gaining additional exposure to the social and behavioral sciences, and on improving communication and analytical reasoning skills.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major

Students must complete at least:
*52 credit hours with a minimum FSU GPA of 2.00
*Completion of both freshmen English Compositions and both Quantitative & Logical Thinking courses
*Have most General Education requirements met
*Satisfactory completion of all pre-requisite coursework or be on track with Mapping milestones

Admissions Requirements:
An IMS Supplemental Application [] is required when a transfer student applies to any of the majors in the IMS B.S. Degree Program.

Deadlines to submit IMS Supplemental Application:
Fall: June 1st
Spring: November 1st
Summer: March 1st

In addition to the requirements set forth by FSU, students without an AA degree from a Florida Public Institution or transferring with less than 60 credit hours must meet FSU admissions requirements, have completed or be in the process of completing with a final grade of C minus or better: PSYX012 General Psychology, MACX105 College Algebra, and at least CHMX045/L General Chemistry I or BSCX010/L General Biology I, and must be on track with the appropriate Mapping milestones. (

Requirements for upper-division transfer students with 60 - 90 credit hours or with an AA Degree from a Florida Public Institution
• Meet FSU admissions requirements
• Earn a C minus or better in the following courses:
o General Psychology
o College Algebra
o Trigonometry
o Pre-Calculus (or higher math, not statistics)
o General Chemistry I and Lab - for science majors
o General Chemistry II and Lab - for science majors
o General Biology I and Lab - for science majors
o General Biology II and Lab - for science majors (recommended, not required)
o Two English courses (FSU requirement)
• Be on track with Mapping milestones for appropriate Map terms 1-5
• Complete IMS Supplemental Application by appropriate deadline
• Before admission to FSU we highly recommend students complete about 96 -128 experiential service hours in health related fields, that are patient centered and hands-on experiences.

*This program is not recommended for students transferring with over 90 credit hours or for students only interested in obtaining the prerequisites for a professional health school.

Major Change Requirements:
Students, desiring to change their major into one of the majors in the IMS B.S. Degree Program must submit an IMS Supplemental Application by the appropriate due date (the 12th week of classes) and must be on track with the appropriate Mapping milestones.

Note: Students may not transfer into an IMS major from another major at FSU or add an IMS major as a second major after the first semester of their junior year (Fifth Term). Students interested in the IMS majors should contact the IMS Mapping Coordinator with specific questions about major and Mapping requirements.

For more information about the IMS Supplemental Application including how to apply: []

Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Course Requirements (54-59)

Seminars (3 - 5 hours) and Capstone, (3 hours)
IHS 2121 Intro to Explorations in Medical Sciences Seminar (1) (Taken 2 times)
IHS 3931 Enquiry in Research/Field Experiences Seminar (1) (Taken 2- 3 times)
IHS 3122 Intro to Medical Sciences (1) Transfer students only (Taken 1 time)
IHS 4901 Medical Sciences Capstone (3)

Prerequisites (27 hours)
*Some Requirements fulfill Liberal Studies Requirements.
PSY 2010 General Psychology (3)
MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
MAC 1114 Trigonometry (2)
MAC 1140 Pre-calculus (3)
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3)
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3)
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
BSC 2010 Biological Science I (3)
BSC 2010L Biological Science I Laboratory (1)
BSC 2011 Biological Science II (3)
BSC 2011L Biological Science II Lab (1)

Core Requirements (21-24 hours)
CHM 3217 One Semester Organic Chemistry (3) or CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHM 3217L One Semester Organic Chemistry Lab (1) or CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab (3)
CHM 3218 One Semester Biochemistry (3) or BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I (3) (Only for students who have completed CHM2210 and CHM2211)
CHM 3120 Analytical Chemistry (3)
CHM 3120L Analytical Chemistry Lab (1)
PHY 2053C College Physics A (4)
PHY 2053L College Physics A Laboratory (0)
PHY 2054C College Physics B (4)
PHY 2054L College Physics B Laboratory (0)

Upper Division Major Electives (33 hours)
Students must include in the 33 hours of electives required at least six credits of upper-level science courses and six credits of upper level non-science courses from the Major Electives List.

Minor Requirements
There is no minor required for any of the IMS majors, however, IMS students may choose to complete a minor (other than Chemistry or Biology) in consultation with an advisor. Students may consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for details for minor requirements for each department. No overlap will be allowed between minor courses and major, liberal studies, or language requirements.

Computer Skills Competency: BSC 2010L (1)

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Foreign Language Recommendation
To prepare for a role in the healthcare of Floridians, the College of Medicine recommends proficiency in Spanish through the intermediate level (2220) or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 27*
Major Coursework 58-65*
Minor Coursework 0
Foreign Language 0-12 (recommended, not required)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3

*24 to 27 hours of Liberal Studies, Prerequisite, and Major Coursework may overlap.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semesters to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors.

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, at least 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. At least half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University. After enrolling at this University, all remaining major course requirements must be completed at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Allergist/Immunologist, Cardiologist, Chiropractor, Dentist, Dermatologist, Endocrinologist, Epidemiologist, Exercise Practitioner, Gastroenterologist, Geneticist, Gerontologist, Gynecologist/Obstetrician, Hematologist, Medical Examiner, Naturopathic Doctor, Neonatalist, Neurologist, Oncologist, Ophthalmologist, Orthopedic Medical Physician, Pathologist, Pediatrician, Podiatrist,, Psychiatrist, Rheumatologist, Surgeon, Urologist, Clinical Nurse, Emergency Room Nurse, School Nurse, Registered Nurse, Audiologist, Genetic Counselor, Inhalation/Respiratory Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist, Mental Health Counselor, Personal Trainer, Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical Sales Worker, Pharmacologist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Sports Psychologist, Medical/Physician Assistant

Representative Employers: Hospitals, Clinics, Assisted Living and Extended Living Facilities, Lobbyists, Public Health Offices, Healthcare Organizations, Federal, State, and Non-profit Organizations.

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