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College of Health Professions and Social Work - Academic Advising

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1. Who is my Academic Advisor?

If you have completed 24 or more college credits and your pre-major is within the College of Health Professions and Social Work you can locate the name of your Academic Advisor based on your last name:

Students with the Last Name Beginning with:

A-D: Silvia Guerrero, Academic Advisor, Marieb Hall 213G

E-L:  Lorie Hickox, Academic Advisor, Marieb Hall 213D

M-R: Maxine Faatz, Academic Advisor, Marieb Hall 213C

S-Z: Christina Jordan, Academic Advisor, Marieb Hall 213A

Special Population: Brendan Bevins, Academic Advisor, Marieb Hall 213B
Please Note:
Students with less than 12 earned credit hours are advised in First Year Advising. Please contact this office at 239-590-7875 or check with your Pre-Major Advisor for additional information.
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2. How can I arrange to meet with my CHPSW Academic Advisor?

For appointments contact:

Sonnie Straw, CHPSW Advising Executive Secretary, (239) 590-7391 or by e-mail:


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3. What is a limited access or selective access program in the College of Health Professions and Social Work?


All CHPSW majors are either Selective or Limited Access Programs.  Although students are initially accepted into FGCU as a pre-major for the program of their choice they must complete either a Supplemental Application or Declaration of Major Form to be considered for acceptance into the full-major.  All supplemental applications must be submitted by the specific departmental deadline, please visit the for links to the various departmental programs. 

A selective access major is one where a student must meet certain selection criteria to be considered for admission as a full major. In contrast, a limited access major is one where a student must meet certain selection criteria to be considered for admission as a full major, but there is a limit to the number of students that can be accommodated in the program. Therefore, in a limited access program some students who meet the selection criteria may not be admitted. Limited access program admissions are very competitive.

All General Education courses and Program Prerequisites, as well as other program-specific requirements, must be completed to be considered for acceptance into a Limited Access or Selective Access Program.

Please Note:
• The B.S.A.T in Athletic Training, B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science, and B.S.N in Nursing, are Limited Access programs and require a Supplemental Application by a specific deadline.
• The B.S. in Health Science, the B.S. in Community Health, the B.S. in Exercise Science, and B.S.W Social Work, are all Selective Access, but still require a Supplemental Application or a Declaration of Major by a specific deadline.
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4. How do I find a supplemental application?

You can access the Supplemental Applications by clicking on the major below:

Make sure to inquire as to the departments deadline date for Supplemental Applications and plan accordingly.  Supplemental Applications are not typically accepted after the deadline date.     

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5. What is a degree program Fact Sheet?

A Fact Sheet is available for each degree program. This information lists the lower level common course prerequisites and the upper level coursework required for a given major.

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6. I have a Fact Sheet. Is there anything else I need to know?

Yes! It is important to have all the information needed to graduate in the shortest possible time. There are requirements beyond coursework that you need to fulfill before you will be able to graduate. To help in this process, it is important to meet with your Advisor prior to scheduling classes each semester to ensure you are registering for the correct courses in the right sequence.

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7. Do I need to have a FGCU Catalog?

Yes! The FGCU catalog is your “contract” for the degree program you are considering as it includes the requirements you need to complete for entrance into your academic program. The current catalog along with previous versions may be viewed using the following link: Please be aware that you can access the catalog for the academic year that you are accepted to the University and you enroll in classes online. If you “stop out” for any reason and have to reapply to the campus, you will be admitted under the catalog for the academic year in which you are seeking to re-enter. This catalog will be your new “contract”.

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8. How should I select the classes I need to schedule each semester?

While a pre-major in CHP, you should select courses based on the following priorities: General Education Requirements and Common Course Prerequisites for your major.

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9. How do I take a course at another Institution and have the credits count toward my Degree?

It is important that the course you wish to take at another institution fulfills a requirement for your FGCU degree. For all Florida institutions your transient form can be completed electronically. The College of Health Professions Advising Office will have copies of this process and can email you the directions as well. For all out of state schools hard copy Transient Student Forms or Cross Enrollment Forms (must be signed by your Advisor and the Registrar) can be found at the Office of the Registrar. Please do not schedule a course elsewhere before completing your electronic transient form. This form is your guarantee that the course completed elsewhere will meet a requirement here at FGCU.

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10. What If I want to take courses at FGCU, but graduate from another institution?

You need to follow the requirements of the institution granting the degree. Your main contact should be an advisor at that institution.

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11. May I take more than 18 credit hours during one semester?

Only with an Advisor’s approval and if there are extenuating circumstances. Please see your CHP Advisor for additional information.

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12. I want to take a class that is closed. What do I do?

Advisors cannot permit students into closed sections. Generally, students need to contact the college in which the closed section is offered. For example, if College Algebra MAC 1105 is the course you are trying to register for, you would contact the College of Arts & Science.

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13. I cannot register because there is a hold on my record. What do I do?

You need to check Gulfline to determine the source of the hold and contact the appropriate FGCU office to do what is necessary to have the hold removed. Advisors cannot over-ride holds from another office to schedule students in classes. Please check holds in advance of on-line scheduling, as Holds may prevent you from scheduling classes.

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14. When should I register for classes?

As early as possible, and preferably on the first day of your Priority Eagle Registration date for web scheduling. This will give you the best chance of registering for the courses you want at the times you want them. You can change your registration via Gulfline at any time until the end of the drop/add period at the end of the first week of classes. Please meet with your CHP Advisor to discuss the classes you plan to schedule and if you want to make any changes to your schedule.

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15. Do I need a “C” or higher in the courses in my major?

You must earn a “C” or higher in all Communication and Computation Skills courses, the common course prerequisites for your major, and all course work in your major.

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16. What If I receive a grade of C- or below in a course?

You should repeat the class, and hopefully, receive a higher grade that will help raise your GPA. You must complete a Grade Forgiveness Form, which should be signed by your CHP Advisor and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The form is due prior to the last day of classes in the semester you are repeating the course. Students are only allowed to file two (2) Grade Forgiveness forms as an undergraduate student.

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17. What if I need additional help in a class?

You can contact the Center for Academic Achievement at 239-590-7906 for tutoring and/or Supplemental Instruction (SI). You can also visit the center in The Library #103.

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18. Can I complete my Associates of Arts (AA) degree while working on my B.S. Degree?

Yes, once you have completed the required General Education Courses, Communication and Computation Skills (formerly Gordon Rule), and a total of 60 credit hours, you can file an AA application with your CHP Advisor. This form can be obtained at the Registrar’s Office or on-line at