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Admission Requirements

Student Statistics

Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Female 38 38 37
Male 7 7 8
Resident 37 35 43
Non-Resident 8 10 2
Age Range 20-24 30 34 29
Age Range 25-29 14 8 12
Age Range >30 1 3 4
Hispanic 25 15 20
Non-Hispanic 20 30 25
Average Overall GPA 3.41 3.52 3.41
Average Science GPA 3.32 3.42 3.31
Average GRE Verbal 151 161 163
Average GRE Quantitative 151 165 155

Admission Requirements

  • Domestic Applicants

    Applicants to the HWCOM MPAS program must meet all of the following requirements to be considered. The program requires full time attendance and does not accept transfer credits or grant advanced placement.

    • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university. Baccalaureate degrees can be from any academic discipline but must meet the prerequisite requirement and must be completed by the spring semester prior to matriculation.
    • Minimum Upper Division Grade Point Average (UG60), Overall GPA and Science GPA of 3.0. Applicants with GPAs of less than 3.0 for either overall or science will not be considered. Applicants with GPAs of less than 3.0 for either overall or science will not be considered.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Standardized Test; official scores must be valid within the past five years and should be sent directly by ETS to CASPA code 0554.
    • Three letters of recommendation - letters should be from Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Professors or any individual who has worked with the applicant in a professional or educational environment.
    • Completion of all prerequisite courses within the last seven years, these courses can be completed at any accredited College or University but must meet the course level and description as detailed in the prerequisite requirement. These courses must also be completed by the application deadline i.e. no courses completed in spring will be acknowledged. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. 
    • While previous experience in the medical field is not required it is highly recommended.  Selected applicants usually have more than 1000 hours of direct patient care experience. Note: Only shadowing hours submitted at the time of application will be applicable.

    FIU students and alumni who are interested in determining their eligibility for the HWCOM MPAS program can schedule an appointment with Pre-Health Advising Department at 305-348-0515.

  • Foreign Applicants

    International and foreign medical graduates interested in applying to the HWCOM MPAS must complete all the requirements listed for domestic applicants as well as the requirements listed below:

    • Completion of all science prerequisite requirements within seven years at a college or university in the United States.
    • Applicants must have their transcripts translated in accordance with CASPA guidelines. Visit CASPA - Foreign and French Canadian Transcripts.
    • Applicants whose studies were completed outside of the US must demonstrate proficiency of the English Language by presenting a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper – based version, 80 internet based or 6.5 overall on the International English Language Testing System (IETLS).

Prerequisite Requirements

All prerequisite courses listed below must be completed by the fall semester prior to application deadline, i.e. applications for 2018 must have prerequisite courses completed by December 2017.

All prerequisite courses must be completed 7 years prior to matriculation, with a "C" higher; these courses may have prerequisite requirements that need to be completed before enrollment.

For more information on courses offered at FIU visit 

Course Course Number Description
Statistics (any ONE of the following courses) (3 semester hours) STA 2023 Statistics for Business and Economics: Starting with an introduction to probability, the course provides an introduction to statistical techniques used in management science. It includes descriptive statistics, probability distributions, estimation and testing of hypotheses.
STA 2122 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Science: probability distribution of discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling distributions. Large sample estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions.
STA 3111 Statistics I: Descriptive statistics. Basic probability rules. Discrete and continuous probability distributions. Point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing based on a single sample. Comparison of two proportions using independent and large samples.
Medical Terminology (1 semester hour) HSC 3537 Medical Terminology
General Chemistry I and Lab (4 semester hours) CHM 1045 & CHM 1045L General Chemistry I: Fundamental principles of general chemistry: states of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, acid-base reactions, and gas laws.
General Chemistry II and Lab (4 semester hours) CHM 1046 & CHM 1046L General Chemistry II: Fundamental principles of chemistry: thermodynamics, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium and electrochemistry.
General Biology and Lab OR Zoology and Lab (4 semester hours) BSC 1010 & BSC 1010L OR BSC 1011 & BSC 1011L General Biology I: Biomolecules, cells, energy flow, genetics, and physiology. Science background or Biology major recommended. OR General Biology II: A survey of organismal biology with emphasis on botany and zoology.
ZOO 3021 & ZOO 3021L Zoology: Characteristics, evolutionary relationships and physiological adaptations of metazoan animal groups from porifera through the chordates.
General Microbiology (4 semester hours) MCB 3020 & MCB 3020L General Microbiology: Introduction to the principles and techniques of microbiology, genetics, taxonomy, biochemistry and ecology of microorganisms.
Human Anatomy and Lab (4 semester hours) ZOO 3731 & ZOO 3731L Human Anatomy: Survey of organ systems of the human body with major emphasis on the skeletal, muscular, and peripheral nervous system. Guided examination of prosected human cadavers.
Intermediate Human Physiology and Lab (4 semester hours) PCB 3702 & PCB 3702L Intermediate Human Physiology: Functions of the human body and the physio-chemical mechanisms responsible for each organ’s function.
**If taking Human Anatomy and Physiology combined course both Human Anatomy/Physiology I and II must be taken.
Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4 semester hours) CHM 2210 & CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I: An introduction to chemical bonding and atomic structure theory as it pertains to the chemistry of carbon compounds. Correlation between structure and reactivity of organic molecules followed by a systematic look at the various reaction types using reaction mechanisms as a tool for study.
Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4 semester hours) OR Biochemistry and Lab (4 semester hours) CHM 2211 & CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II: Continuation of CHM 2210, 2210L. Concurrent registration in lecture and laboratory is required.
CHM 4304 & CHM 4304L Biochemistry: Structures and functions of nucleic acids and proteins and cellular processes such as metabolism, replication and transcription are examined from a chemistry perspective.
Genetics (3 semester hours) PCB 3063 Genetics: Mendelian inheritance and introduction to molecular genetics.