Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences: Clinical Professions
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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) Bachelor of Science degree program 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 are offered in Clinical Professions; Community Patient Care; and Health Management, Policy and Information. The IMS Degree Program’s rigorous science core curriculum, individualized advising, experiential service learning, and developmental seminar and capstone course sequence enable students to reach their potential academically and personally, to determine a career path best suited for them, and to develop the skills, attitudes, and acumen to attain their career goals.
The program includes three to four 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.
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. 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 with 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 seven colleges and numerous departments, an Honors in the Major thesis can be completed in a variety of disciplines. The Honors in the Major 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.
The state of Florida has identified common program pre-requisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.
At the time this document was published, some common program pre-requisites were being reviewed by the state of Florida and may have been revised. Please visit https://dlss.flvc.org/admin-tools/common-prerequisites-manuals for a current list of state-approved prerequisites.
The following lists the common program pre-requisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program.
These courses must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better:
1. BSC X010, X010L Biological Science I and Lab
2. BSC X011, X011L Biological Science II and Lab
3. CHM X045, X045L General Chemistry I and Lab
4. CHM X046, X046L General Chemistry II and Lab
5. PSY X012 General Psychology
6. MACX105 College Algebra
7. MACX140 Pre-Calculus
8. 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 http://www.flvc.org .
Major Program of Studies and Graduation Requirements
The Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Degree Program requires students to successfully complete, the prerequisite courses (28 hours), the core requirements (20- 24 hours), 33 hours of required major upper division elective coursework (to include 6 hours of science electives and 6 hours of non-science electives), 3-4 seminars (3-4 hours), 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 (3 hours). All courses counting toward major curriculum must be completed with a grade of C minus or better.
In the first two years at FSU, students should take courses to complete the following requirements: General Education requirements, Writing requirement, Diversity 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 and be on track with Mapping milestones to include experiential learning hours
An IMS Experiential Seminar Placement Form is required when a transfer student applies to any of the majors in the IMS B.S. Degree Program. Students must be on track with the appropriate Mapping milestones (http://www .academic-guide .fsu.edu/). Requirements for admission can be found at https://med.fsu.edu/imsDegree/home under the Prospective Students section.
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 Experiential Seminar Placement Form 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 (Term Five). Students interested in the IMS majors should contact the IMS Mapping Coordinator with specific questions about major and Mapping requirements.
More information can be found at https://med.fsu.edu/imsDegree/home under the Prospective Students section.
Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Course Requirements (87-92 hours)
All courses required for the IMS B.S. Degree program must be competed with a grade of C minus or better.
Prerequisites: (28 hours)
Some prerequisite courses fulfill General Education Requirements.
PSY 2010 General Psychology (3)
MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
MAC 1114 Trigonometry (3)
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: (20-24 hours)
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)
Students must choose one of the following Organic Chemistry sequences to complete.
It is best if students successfully complete MAC1105 College Algebra, MAC1140 Pre-Calculus, AND MAC1114 Trigonometry before enrolling in any Organic Chemistry course. It is recommended CHM3120 and Lab be taken before starting any Organic Chemistry course.
Organic Chemistry Option 1: (12 hours)
Any students interested in Dental, Pharmacy, and Veterinary schools will need to take this sequence.
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab (3)
BCH 4053 General Biochemistry I (3)
Organic Chemistry Option 2: (8 hours)
This sequence is for students who have earned a grade of B or higher in both CHM1045 and Lab AND CHM1046 and Lab.
CHM 3217 One Semester Organic Chemistry (3)
CHM 3217L One Semester Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
CHM 3218 One Semester Biochemistry (4)
Any student who receives a grade below C minus in any Medical Sciences Seminar Course is subject to dismissal from the IMS Program.
IHS 1100 Exploring Health Professions Seminar (1) (Freshman Seminar)
IHS 2121 Delivering Patient Care Seminar (1) (Sophomore Seminar)
IHS 3122 Intro to Medical Sciences Seminar (1) (Augmented Seminar for Transfer students only
IHS 3931 Problems and Issues in Healthcare Seminar (1) (Junior Seminar)
IHS 4501 Inquiry in Healthcare Research Seminar (1) (Senior Seminar)
Senior Capstone:(3 hours)
IHS 4901 Medical Sciences Capstone Course (3)
Science and Non-Science Major Electives: (33 hours)
6 hours of Science Electives from approved list (https://med.fsu.edu/imsDegree/resources)
6 hours of Non-Science Electives from approved list (https://med.fsu.edu/imsDegree/resources)
21 hours from approved Science and/or Non-Science Elective lists
Students majoring in Clinical Professions are NOT required to complete a minor for their IMS Degree. The FSU Registrar does not recognize, certify, or document minors in any way on a transcript. Therefore, the IMS Degree Program will not certify, document, or clear minors for students.
The IMS program does not offer any minors.
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.
Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 28*
Major Coursework 59-64*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
*24 to 27 hours of General Education, 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 (30 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.
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
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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