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Department of Health Services

Department of Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is the cost of tuition? Is the tuition for distance-learning the same as in-state or out-of-state students?

Distance learning students pay the same rate as other students. Tuition information for in-state and out-of-state students can be found on these two sites: Tuition and Fees  and Account and fee payment (

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2. What are the admissions deadlines?

Admission deadlines to Florida Gulf Coast University can be viewed on the Office of Admissions website: Admission Deadlines.

Students interested in applying to Clinical Laboratory Sciences must also apply to and submit a supplemental application to their intended program. 

Supplemental applications for Clinical Laboratory Sciences can be downloaded from the admissions information page:

The admissions deadlines for the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science is June 1st. The deadline for the Certificate program in Clinical Laboratory Science is October 15th.

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3. What programs does your department offer?

Current program offerings can be found on our website:  Department of Health Sciences Program Offerings. At this time, the Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with concentration tracks in Health Science and Health Services Administration. The department also offers a limited-access NAACLS-accredited Bachelor of Science program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The CLS program is also available as a post-baccalaureate certificate. The department offers a Master of Science in Health Science degree with tracks in Health Professions Education and Health Services Administration.

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4. When does the academic year start? What is the last day I can drop a class?

Academic calendars with important dates can be located on the Academic Calendar: (

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5. I am a distance-learning student. How do I get an Eagle ID?

If you live outside the five county service area (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, or Glades), please download and complete the Eagle ID Card form linked below. Please mail the completed Distance User Request Form and a copy of a VALID government issued photo ID to:

Attention: Eagle ID Card Office
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, FL 33965

Once this information is received, the Eagle ID Card Office will send your Eagle ID card to the address listed on your form. For further questions, please call (239) 590-SMILE (7645) or e-mail the Eagle ID Card Office at

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6. What are the registration dates for priority/non-priority students? Will I still have a chance of getting into the classes I want if I’m a non-priority student? (Or, what does it mean to be a non-priority student?)

Priority levels are determined by a student's most recently posted, total earned hours. For example, if you intend to register for summer or fall 2008 classes, the earned hours used to determine your classification and registration date will be the fall 2007 term or prior if you did not attend FGCU during fall 2007. The following chart will assist you in determining your registration schedule as you progress through your educational career at FGCU.

Registration Opens for:


Based on Total Hrs Earned During:

Summer & Fall


The Prior Fall Term... or Last Term Grades Were Posted



Prior Summer or Spring Term... or Last Term Grades Were Posted


Newly admitted, transfer students who have transfer credit listed on their FGCU transcript will be placed in the appropriate priority level based on earned hours accepted by FGCU.
Check earned hours by viewing academic transcripts via Gulfline. You need to check the 'Overall Earned Hours' found under 'Transcript Totals'. Additional information can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage (

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7. I’m a new distance-learning student. How do I use Canvas learning system?

Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) at FCGU.  Canvas is a next-generation LMS for colleges and universities that encourages communication, collaboration and creativity while retaining the essential features of an LMS including quizzes, tests, threaded discussions, assignment upload and more.

This Student Demonstration Course ( covers these essential features to help you become successful with Canvas. You may also find the Technology Orientation resource page helpful.

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8. When do I find out whether or not I have been accepted in the CLS program? If I’m accepted, what do I have to do before I can register for classes?

You will receive an acceptance letter in the mailing address provided on your application. Your advisor will be identified in your acceptance letter. Please read your acceptance letter carefully. You must contact your advisor before registering for classes.

For the CLS program, acceptance letters for getting into clinicals will be mailed in June. Your advisor will register students for all of their courses during the last year.

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9. What can I use a degree in Health Sciences or Clinical Laboratory Sciences for? What careers have some of your alumni gone on to after graduation?

Many of our undergraduates in Health Sciences continue their education in graduate programs such as:

  • Health science
  • Health services administration
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant studies
  • Chiropractic school
  • Law school

Graduates of the CLS program will find opportunities in a variety of settings:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Physician group practices
  • Regional reference laboratories
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Clinical management
  • Medical and pharmaceutical sales
  • Research
  • Laboratory computer information systems
  • Product development
  • Forensic medicine
  • Clinical education
  • Public health laboratories
  • Government
  • Veterinary laboratories
  • Laboratory consultant
    • Infection control

The Department of Health Sciences has graduates working in:

  • Higher education
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Public health departments
  • Community mental health centers
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10. What careers have some of your alumni gone on to after graduation?

Our graduates are working in:

  • Higher education
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Public health departments
  • Community mental health centers
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11. What is the starting salary for someone with a degree in Health Sciences? In Clinical Laboratory Sciences?

For the most updated information, refer to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook  Handbook:  Medical and Health Service Managers in the career field of interest.

For Clinical Laboratory Science, use the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Recent salaries for workers employed in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences field have started at approximately $20-25.00 per hour, or $46,000-52,000 a year.

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12. Where can I go for academic tutoring? Where can I go for help with my writing?

Students should seek tutoring and academic support early in the semester. While tutoring never replaces course work or class lecture, it does enhance material presented in the classroom.  The underlying objective of tutoring is to assist students in becoming independent and confident learners. The CAA Tutor Leaders develop and expand the skills and resources necessary to fortify student self-confidence and success in the academic environment.  For more information, please call (239) 590-7906 or use the Center for Academic Achievement website (

The FGCU Writing Center assists student writers through free, accessible, learning-based writing consultations. Our primary goals are to help students improve their abilities to think independently, to write critically, and to learn and implement strategies that will assist them in producing effective writing assignments (

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13. Health Sciences is primarily a distance-learning program, but are there any traditional on-campus courses for this degree?

Yes, there are several courses offered in traditional on-campus courses for this degree program (varies by semester) such as:

  • Shaping Healthcare in the 21st Century
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Methods in Health Care
  • Senior Seminar (Hybrid format)
  • University Colloquium
  • Selected other course electives (approved by academic advisor)
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14. Do I have to complete all of my prerequisites before pursuing a degree in Health Sciences? (Can I work them into my electives?)

Prerequisites for graduate level health professions-related programs (Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant studies, and Chiropractic school) can be used as Health Science electives or included in the general education component of the degree in most cases.

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15. If I wanted to go on to Nursing, Occupational Therapy, etc., which degree should I pursue? If I didn’t get into Nursing/etc., can Health Sciences help me to eventually become a _________?

There are several options. Health Science is one of those options. Whichever program you complete, you must maintain a high GPA and complete the prerequisites for your desired program.

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16. What are the common registrations holds that may make it difficult for me to register for classes? How do I get them lifted?

If you have trouble registering through Gulfline as a result of a hold or course restriction  contact the Office of the Registrar.    

For Holds:

For student account most common holds (code/type, description, office responsible for hold and contact information, and hold resolution recommendation) see

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17. If I am a distance-learning student, am I still required to do service-learning?

All students (even distance learning students) are required to complete service learning hours as part of the graduation requirements from FGCU. Right now the rule is 80 hours of service learning for students entering FGCU as freshmen and sophomores and 40 hours of service learning for students entering as juniors and seniors with 60 or more transferable credit hours. Everything you need to know about service-learning can be found on the Eagles Connect website

You can check service-learning hours on GULFLINE

Follow these steps to find the hours on your unofficial transcript:

  1. Go to Student & Financial Aid
  2. Go to Student Records
  3. Go to Academic Transcript
  4. Click Submit
  5. Scroll down to Events (under Transcript Totals just above your GPA) you will see Service Learning Hours Earned
  6. If you see a number, that is the total number of hours that you have.
  7. If you see the word COMPLETED, you have successfully met your service-learning requirements. 
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18. I'm a transfer student that submitted 40 hours and I don't see the word "completed". Why?

Your record won't say "completed" until the graduation list is delivered to us from the Office of the Registrar in the semester in which you are graduating.

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19. If I get into the ________ program, what things can I do on-campus for further involvement?

The Office of Student Involvement provides opportunities, announcements, and activities to enrich your FGCU academic experience. See the student involvement web site:

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20. If I did not attend transfer orientation, what information have I missed?

Transfer orientation is the gateway to a positive FGCU academic experience.  If you were unable to attend the transfer orientation, use these websites:

  1. Office of New Student Programs, Transfer Orientation
  2. Sample Agenda
  3. Sample Pre-orientation checklist

Or refer to the instructions and contacts in your acceptance letter.

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21. What is University Colloquium?

This course is required for all undergraduates.  It is a writing intensive course and students are required to complete ten hours of service-learning related to the natural environment as part of the course.  A three credit hour course, University Colloquium, brings together students and faculty from all disciplines in an interdisciplinary learning experience. 

Distance learning students may complete Colloquium as an online course.  Spaces in the online sections of the Colloquium are reserved for students who:

1) Live outside of the university's five-county service region (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties), or

2) Are enrolled in a degree program that is offered entirely online

Students who meet one or both of these criteria should contact their Academic Advisor for registration in an online section of Colloquium.

Additional information can be located in the FGCU academic catalog.

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22. I am a veteran. What services are available at FGCU for me?

The Office of the Registrar is available to assist veterans eligible for any of the educational benefit programs administered by the Veterans Administration. Students who believe that they are eligible for benefits may receive assistance in applying for them through this office.

Florida Gulf Coast University

Office of the Registrar

Veterans Affairs

Located in McTarnaghan Hall, 1st Floor

Main Line: (239) 590-7980

Fax: (239) 590-7983


Veterans Education Benefits 2015-2016 Catalog Year

Florida Gulf Coast University Official Handbook for Veterans and Veteran Dependents

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23. What are the registration dates and/or priority registration level for veteran students?

Priority levels are determined by a student's most recently posted, total earned hours.  The earned hours used to determine your classification and registration date. Students receiving Veterans' Educational Benefits are coded as Priority 1. Additional information can be found using the Office of the Registrar Eagles Registration link.