Specialty Programs

Junior Honors Medical Program (JHMP) Track and Rural and Urban Underserved Medicine (RUUM) Track

This is a combined B.S.-M.D. degree for students interested in pursuing an accelerated medical training program. Typically students will complete three years of undergraduate study and then begin medical school in the fourth year. The first year of medical school will count towards the undergraduate degree program and as the first year of medical school at University of Florida College of Medicine. At the end of the seven years, the student will have earned both a Bachelor of Science and a M.D. Learn more about JHMP at University of Florida College of Medicine.


This option is geared towards students who have an interest in a career as a physician scientist or those who have an interest in pursuing a combined degree program while in medical school training. Students in this combined degree program are truly exceptional. They have met the stringent admissions requirements of both the Medical Admissions Committee of the College of Medicine and the Advisory Committee of the MD/PhD program. Over 30 applicants vie for each position in our medical school class. Of the applicants selected for interview each year, 20-25 express interest in the combined degree and are evaluated independently by both committees. Successful applicants have demonstrated academic superiority, a strong humanitarian commitment, and significant prior research experience. The latter is documented by one or more years of independent research that may have led to scientific publications or presentations or to an undergraduate degree with special honors. Applications are encouraged from women and under-represented minority students. Please see the UF College of Medicine for further information.


The University of Florida College of Dentistry has a program for outstanding college freshmen who know they are interested in becoming dentists, the Honors Combined BS/DMD Program, that saves one year of college. Students accepted in this program complete a BS degree and a DMD degree in 7 years, instead of 8 years. During the first three years of this program, students enroll in a carefully sequenced series of courses to meet both their undergraduate university's Baccalaureate degree requirements and the College of Dentistry's admissions requirements. A limited number of majors are available at the University of Florida: you can choose either Microbiology or Nutrition. During what would have been the senior year of college, Honors Combined BS/DMD Program in Dentistry students transfer to the freshman class at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Credits from the dental program are transferred back to the undergraduate college to complete the Baccalaureate degree requirements. Approved students spend a minimum of 90 hours in the bachelor's program and four years in the dental program. Please refer to the UF College of Dentistry for more information.

Post baccalaureate

The University of Florida now offers a Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate program for students who have not yet completed pre-requisite coursework for entrance into medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school. Please see the website for more details.

I have completed all of the prerequisite courses, but want to improve my GPA.

If you have already completed the prerequisite courses you have multiple options for improving your GPA. If you did not take many additional upper-level science courses you may enroll in any college or university that allows postbac status (NOT UF) and take additional upper-level science courses or earn a second bachelor's degree in a science major. If you have already taken multiple science courses beyond the prerequisites or you prefer graduate level coursework, you can apply to either Special Masters programs or traditional Master's programs.

Special Masters Programs
Special Masters Programs are one or two year programs designed for students who want to improve their science GPA for admission to a health professional school. They are usually non-thesis based programs. In Special Masters programs you:

  • Take classes which are the same or approximate to those taken by first year medical students.
  • Must have earned a BS/BA degree. Minimum GPA and MCAT may be required. Letters of recommendation are usually required.
  • May receive assistance in obtaining additional clinical experience.
  • May get MCAT prep and personal statement essay writing help.

You can search for programs on the AAMC website (search for "academic record enhancers") or see the list of programs offered in Florida below.

Traditional Masters Programs
Traditional Masters Programs are a good option for students who have an interest in research or a career in science as a backup to professional school. Most programs are 2-3 years in length and include research and thesis requirements. Minimum GPA requirements, GRE scores, and strong letters of recommendation are typically required. Master's programs in non-science areas (Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Business, etc.) can complement medical programs but are not recommended for students who are trying to improve their science GPA. Below are some options for programs in Florida, however, this is not an exhaustive list. Please see university websites for additional program options.

I have not completed the prerequisite courses.

If you have not completed the prerequisite courses you can either enroll in any college or university that allows postbac status (NOT UF) and take the prerequisite courses, or you may apply to structured postbac programs. You can search for programs on the AAMC website (search for "academic record enhancers") or see the list of programs offered in Florida below.

Florida Programs

I do not need to improve my science GPA, but I will have time off after graduating. What should I do during that time?

Having a "Gap Year" between undergraduate studies and beginning professional school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests. Many students work during this time and continue service activities as volunteers. Others choose a formal service program such as Teach for America or the Peace Corp. Students with a strong interest in research may want to look at research internships. Below is just a sample of the many programs available for students looking for gap year opportunities.

*Please note that OHLPA does not endorse any particular programs. Students should do due diligence when investigating and choosing programs.

International Opportunities

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