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College of Education

The College of Education regulates and monitors the admissions policies for all undergraduate teacher education programs. Admission to teacher education is a formal process in which certain criteria must be met and the Application for Admission to Teacher Education must be completed and filed. This process must not be confused with admission to the university or acceptance into certain academic units to take courses, since students may take up to five courses in teacher education prior to being officially admitted to a specific teacher education program.
  • Students seeking admission to any undergraduate teacher education program must meet the following criteria.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher for the general education component of undergraduate studies; or have completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 or higher;
  • Have a FAMU cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher;
  • Have evidence of successfully taken and passed all subtests of the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) score requirements (exemptions are not applicable for teacher education majors);
  • Have met all “Gordon Rule” requirements;
  • Have a grade of a “C” or better in the required courses taken as a part of the General Education Preparation Program; and
  • Must successfully complete a pre-admission interview by the College of Education Admissions Committee.
  • Since it is possible for students to apply for admission to teacher education at several points in their academic career, the following policies have been adopted for these variations.
  • Students completing their freshman and sophomore years at Florida A&M University should apply the first semester of their sophomore year or after having completed at least thirty (30) semester hours of coursework.
  • Students transferring from a community or junior college or another four-year institution should apply the first semester they are enrolled at Florida A&M University.
  • Students who change their majors to teacher education after enrolling in other programs at Florida A&M University for one or more semesters should apply at the same time that they request approval of a change of major.
  • Students seeking admission will be classified as:
  • Regular Teacher Education Major.

Students who are interested in majoring in teacher education but do not meet all of the criteria for admission may petition the Admissions Committee to be considered under the ten percent (10%) exception policy. This policy allows the College of Education to admit 10% of the students who do not meet all of the requirements for admission to teacher education.
NOTICE: Students must be fully admitted to a professional teacher education program prior to internship and graduation.

Florida Statutes require individuals applying for a Florida teaching certificate to be finger printed and to reveal all criminal history record(s) including sealed or expunged record(s). Section 943.0585, F.S.

Students applying for admission to a teacher education program should reveal all criminal history record(s) including sealed or expunged record(s). Students interning in certain school districts will be required to clear a criminal background check prior to interning.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a supervised classroom teaching experience in an accredited elementary or secondary school for at least fourteen weeks that is required of all teacher education majors. Prerequisites, including the completion and filing of an Application to Student Teaching, for participation in this culminating experience are as follows:
  •  Admission to teacher education (for students seeking a baccalaureate degree from Florida A&M University);
  •  A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50;
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses; and
  • Evidence of having passed all parts of the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) examination and all parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) the semester before student teaching.
Application for student teaching must be made during the semester preceding the semester in which the student desires to complete the student teaching experience with one exception. Students who desire to participate in student teaching during the Fall Semester of any academic year must apply during the preceding Spring Semester. Deadline dates are: March 1 for the next Fall Semester and October 1 for the next Spring Semester.

Admission to teacher education and student teaching is administered through the College of Education’s Center for Teacher Preparation and Career Development. Application forms and information concerning these processes may be obtained through that office, which is located in the Gore Education Center, Unit B, Room 203.


College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Doctor of Pharmacy

Pre-Pharmacy Program Admissions Criteria- Admission to the Pre-Professional program is administered by the Florida A&M University Office of Admissions in conjunction with the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Student Services. Acceptance into the pre-professional program does not guarantee acceptance into the upper division of the Pharm.D. Program.

A high school graduate interested in pharmacy programs should apply for admission through the Office of Admissions for the University. A copy of the student’s application materials, including high school and/or college transcripts, is sent to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Student Services to determine admission eligibility.
 Admissions Eligibility-Applications are reviewed on an individual and holistic basis. First and foremost, applicants must be prepared academically for the rigors of college and the academic demands of a pre-professional core curriculum.

All students entering the pre-professional program must meet or exceed the same entrance requirements as the First-Time-In-College applicant, even when transferring from another major institution.

All applicants must meet upper-half quality requirements for admission. This is based on grades, test scores and courses taken in excess of the minimum.

Students planning to enter the pre-professional program should have the following recommended minimum credentials:
•    A minimum academic grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (on a 4.0 Scale) in the core academic subjects at the secondary school level, including:

    1.    Four (4) units of high school level math with a 2.75 or better GPA  in the following course equivalents:
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
    2.    Three (3) units of high school level science with a 2.75  or better GPA in the following course equivalents:
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
    3.    Additional advanced level math and science classes are strongly recommended.
  • At least a 1010 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT.
Transfer Admissions Information-Students should inquire no later than October of the year prior to the expected date of admission in order to receive an application packet that contains specific information concerning the application period and deadline dates. Official transcripts are needed from all schools attended.

It is impossible to accommodate all of the qualified transfer applicants. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that alternate plans be made in order to facilitate career objectives if admission is not granted for this academic period. All completed applicant folders are reviewed by the College of Pharmacy’s Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. In recognizing its responsibility to impact upon the shortage of health professions, the committee considers the applicant’s academic background, character, motivation, commitment, extra curricular activities, and other important factors.  Admission is in the Fall Semester only.

Requirements:
  1. An applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale), based on all college work completed in order to be considered.
  2. An applicant must submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Transcripts must be official and mailed directly from the registrar of the college/ university attended. (Hand-carried transcripts are not acceptable.) If a pharmacy school/college has been attended, a letter of recommendation from the dean of the school/college of pharmacy is also required, indicating eligibility to return to its pharmacy program in good standing.
  3. A student must spend a minimum of eight (8) semesters as a full-time pharmacy student at Florida A&M. A minimum twelve (12) semester hour course load, including required pharmacy courses as outlined in our curriculum, must be taken each semester.


*False or Fraudulent Statements-In addition to any other penalties which may be imposed, an individual may be denied admission or further registration, and the university may invalidate transferred college credit work done by a student at an SUS institution and invalidate the degree based upon such credit, if it finds that the applicant has made false or fraudulent or incomplete statements (omissions) in his or her application, residence affidavit, or accompanying documents or statements in connection with, or supplemental to, his or her application for admission to or graduation from one of the SUS institutions.

Specific inquiries concerning admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program should be sent to Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, New Pharmacy Building - Room 354 Tallahassee, Florida 32307, Attention: Admissions Information Request.

NOTE: It must be understood that admission to the College of Pharmacy is not determined solely on the basis of a superior academic record or a cumulative G.P.A. in previously completed college work. While academic achievements are of utmost importance, the Admissions Committee will also consider the career objectives of the applicant .

Failure to accurately, completely, and truthfully execute the application for admission to the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University, or the omission of any information, will result in the cancellation of admission and/or expulsion from the College of Pharmacy.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences /School of Business and Industry
Dual Pharm.D./M.B.A. Program

Admission into the dual degree program is contingent upon an acceptance to both programs formally and independently.  For admission, an applicant must meet the requirements of FAMU COPPS, the School of Graduate Studies, and SBI.  In order to gain admission to the School of Graduate Studies, those without a bachelor’s degree must garner a total  of 90 credit hours.  Further, admission to the School of Graduate Studies must be attained prior to commencing with requisite core courses in SBI.

MBA
Students must apply and be admitted to SBI.  All students must meet the minimum grade point average required by the School of Graduate Studies and SBI.  Admission to the MBA program requires the following: students must pass (1) the Gordon Rule requirements for University graduates; (2) the prerequisite courses at FAMU or comparable courses at another institution;(3) and the college-level examination program (CLEP).

Prior to admission, all applicants must  successfully complete the GMAT exam; a minimum of 1100 points is required using the following formula:  GPA over the last 60 hours X 200 GMAT score.  SBI’s admissions committee will consider an applicant’s grade point average and GMAT score prior to admission.  Applicants will also be required to participate in a formal inter view process.

PharmD
Students must apply and be admitted to the FAMU COPPS.  All students applying for the dual degree program must attain the minimum grade point average of 3.25/4.0 and complete the prerequisite courses prior to admission; the College currently requires that applicants complete 36 credit hours of prerequisites.  Prerequisites for the College of Pharmacy may be found within the FAMU PharmD curriculum.  Applicants will be required to participate in a formal interview process.

Dual Degree Program
Foundational courses for both the PharmD and MBA have been integrated within the first two years of undergraduate study and must be completed prior to admission.  For admission, a minimum score of 1100 points is required using the following formula: GPA over the last 60 hours X 200 GMAT  score.  Students are required to take the GMAT during the summer after the second pre-professional year.  Additionally, to avoid academic sanctions while matriculating through the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

 
School of Allied
Health Sciences

Admission to the School of Allied Health Sciences is a two-step process. An applicant must first be accepted by the university and then must apply for admission to the professional division of his/her choice. Admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance into any of the professional divisions. The requirements and procedures for admissions to the university are outlined under the heading “Special Admissions, Requirements of the Colleges and Schools.”

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
A student seeking admission to a professional undergraduate division in the School of Allied Health Sciences must:
  1. Have completed and maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or better in all pre-professional course work.
  2. Secure and complete an application for admission to the professional division of his or her choice within deadline as prescribed by each division.
  3. Submit an autobiographical essay of at least 300 words to the division director, along with the completed application.

Admission to a professional undergraduate division in the School of Allied Health Sciences is based on an applicant’s selection by the applicable admissions committee. Selection will be based on the evaluation of a number of factors, including the student’s overall grade point average, grade point in all science courses (where applicable), work experiences, grade trends, a personal interview, leadership activities, and the mission of the university.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

A student seeking admission to a graduate program in the School of Allied Health Sciences must at a minimum:
  1. Have successfully earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  2. For Occupational and Physical Therapy:  Have a combined score of a 1,000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), OR a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate preparation, OR possession of a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  3.    
  4. Submit to program of interest a brief, typed, autobiographical essay (300-500 words) describing self and indicating reasons for desiring admission to the profession, three letters of recommendation for Physical and Occupational Therapy and Health Administration, and official transcript(s) from all colleges and/or universities attended. 
  5. Provide evidence of a minimum of twenty (20) hours of volunteer/observation/inquiry into the profession or work experience in a health care setting for the Division of Physical Therapy and a minimum of thirty (30) hours of volunteer/observation/inquiry into the profession or work experience in a health care setting for the Division of Occupational Therapy.
  6. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science does not guarantee admission into the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs.
  7. Transfer students seeking admission to the Occupational Therapy program must complete the equivalent of FAMU’s Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in Wellness and Occupation.
  8. Transfer students seeking admission to the Physical Therapy program must     complete the equivalent of FAMU’s Health Science degree (concentration - Pre-Physical Therapy).
  9. Students seeking admission to any graduate program within the School of Allied    Health Sciences may be required to take additional courses to satisfy certain pre-requisites and competencies for entering these graduate programs.  These additional courses will not count towards fulfilling any of the other requirements of the professional graduate programs.

Also see information pertaining to the School of Allied Health Sciences graduate programs under the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Continuing Education. 


School of Architecture

The School of Architecture is a professional school committed to preparing its graduates for excellence in the practice of architecture and landscape architecture. All students who wish to become creative and active leaders in either field are welcomed to the School’s programs.

Admission to the School is by formal application. All applications are evaluated individually on the basis of the applicant’s academic achievements. Additional consideration may be given for work experience in the fields of architecture or landscape architecture, design and graphic ability evidenced in a portfolio and written and oral communication skills. As a limited access program with a fixed facility, admission to the School is competitive.

Applications will be considered by the admissions committee according to the following calendar:

Summer semester admission    Applications received by February 1.
Fall semester admission            Applications received by May 1.
Spring semester admission       Applications received by November 1.

Please note that these deadlines are earlier than the general University’s deadlines. All applications may be considered on a space-available basis.

I.    UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

  A.    Freshman Admissions-In addition to the University’s requirements for admission, a freshman who wishes to be considered as an architecture major must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 in academic course work and 1010 on the SAT I or 21 on the EACT.  Applicants with lower scores may also be considered on a space  available basis. The University admits qualified applicants to the Pre-Architecture program of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program.

  B.    Transfer Applicants-All applicants who wish to transfer into the School of Architecture will be evaluated individually for admission. Transfer students must have an overall 2.50 GPA and a minimum 2.50 GPA in all architecture courses. Previously earned college credit will be transferred if it is equivalent to the architectural curricula and carries a grade of “C” or better.
    No credit for architecture course work can be granted if it was completed at a vocational-technical school or institute. If appropriate, other course work may be used toward general education or elective credit. Applicants must send curricula and course descriptions to the School of Architecture for evaluation. Only those transfer students who have received an associate of arts degree from a “pre-architecture” program with approved articulation will be considered for admission to the third-year level.

  C.    Admission to the Professional Bachelor of Architecture Program-Transfer students and FAMU students applying for admission to the Bachelor of Architecture program must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in upper division courses. All students currently enrolled at the FAMU School of Architecture must complete all third-and fourth-year course work prior to entering the fifth year. Transfer students must have completed the equivalent of FAMU’s Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree.


II.    GRADUATE STUDIES IN ARCHITECTURE
-The School of Architecture has three graduate degree programs:
  A.    Master of Architecture (professionally accredited program)

  B.    Master of Science in Architecture
  C.    Master of Landscape Architecture (professionally accredited program)

The admission requirements vary for these degree programs. Applicants should write or call the School of Architecture for details about the curricula, areas of graduate emphasis, and admission requirements.

Also see the School of Architecture section in this catalog under the “School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Continuing Education.”


School of Journalism & Graphic Communication

The school comprises two divisions - journalism and graphic communications. Admission requirements for the Division of Graphic Communication are the same as general University admission requirements. However, requirements for admission to the Division of Journalism are somewhat more restrictive, as described below.

A high school graduate interested in programs in journalism should apply for admission indicating that interest through the Office of Admissions for the university. A copy of the student’s application materials, including high school or latest college transcripts, is sent to the journalism division director to determine admission eligibility.

Students will be admitted to FAMU journalism studies if they have at least 2.5 high school grade averages, “2.5” averages or better in English composition courses, and at least 1010 on the SAT , or 21 on the EACT.

Florida community college transfer students with AA degrees likewise will be required to have 2.5 GPAs and “2.5” averages in English composition to become journalism majors.
Journalism at FAMU is officially designated a limited access program by the Florida Board of Governors.

Majors must also demonstrate typing proficiency, earn “2.5” averages in freshman English composition courses and maintain 2.4 overall GPAs, with at least 2.5 GPAs in professional course work.

The Division of Graphic Communication requires its majors to maintain 2.5 GPAs or higher in all graphic communication courses and have at least a 2.0 GPA overall to be graduated.

The Division of Journalism requires its majors to have minimum 2.5 grade averages in professional courses and at least 2.4 overall to be eligible to apply for graduation. No “D” grades in major courses are allowed.


School of Nursing

I.    Pre-Professional Level Applicants

   A.    Unconditional Admission
  1. Applicants who have met the University college entrance exam(s) and high school grade point average requirements are given preference for admission to the School of Nursing.
  2. Applicants who have followed a college preparatory high school curriculum with supporting science courses and who have maintained an average of 2.7 or above are considered acceptable candidates for admission to the program.
  3. A combination of exam scores and high school performance will be evaluated on an individual basis.
   B.    Community College and Transfer of Other College Level  Credits
  1.  Applicants must have earned a 2.7 or above average (4.0 scale) in all college work attempted.
  2.  Deficits in the student’s course of study must be corrected prior to admission to the professional level course of study in nursing.

II.    ADMISSION TO THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL OF NURSING

  A.    Please note that admission to the pre-professional level in the School of Nursing does not guarantee admission to the professional level.

  B.    Review specific admission requirements in the catalog (School of Nursing link).

Reconsideration of Denial of Special Admission

Applicants who are denied special admission may request reconsideration, providing they meet the minimum admission criteria for the following schools and colleges at Florida A&M University: the College of Education, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the School of Allied Health Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Business and Industry, the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, and the School of Nursing.Timely notice of denial of special admission shall be sent by letter to the applicant. Applicants who are denied admission and who meet minimum standards of admission for these schools and colleges may request reconsideration of the denial as follows:
  1. Written requests for reconsideration must be received by the pertinent school or college within thirty (30) days of the date of the letter of denial. Specific reasons for the requested reconsideration must be submitted in writing and supporting evidence, if any, must be included with the request.
  2. The pertinent school or college will forward the request for reconsideration to the chairperson of the Admissions Committee for that school or college.
  3. Whenever possible, the request for reconsideration will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of receipt of the request and, if the request for reconsideration is denied, notification shall be sent to the applicant within seven (7) days of the decision.
  4. A decision denying reconsideration is final.