What are the Premedical Studies Programs?

Florida Tech is an ideal place for students interested in pursuing a health-related career, such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and other allied health professions. The premed programs in biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, molecular biology and biomedical engineering are designed to fulfill the admission requirements for medical or veterinary school within the first two years. Courses in the student's junior and senior years give students in depth training in a specific academic discipline, and also prepare them for their future careers.

At Florida Tech, students interested in medical sciences receive a hands-on education taught by active research scientists. By combining the high-powered research labs usually found only in big universities, with the small size of a private college, Florida Tech gives undergraduates the opportunity to interact with faculty and become involved in important research projects early in their academic careers.

Our student researchers are winning awards at national conferences, and even publishing papers with their faculty advisors. Other premedical students prefer to spend their time getting more medically-related experience, and most volunteer at local hospitals, and spend time shadowing physicians. On campus, you can join other premedical students in the Pre-Med club, our campus chapter of the American Medical Student Association. In many ways, our students are getting practical, hands-on experience as well as taking interesting courses.

The acceptance rate for qualified students is excellent-over 70% of students with a GPA over 3.5 and above average MCAT scores are accepted into a medical or helath professional school.

Students are guided throughout their program by the Health Professions Advisor, who has up-to-date information on admission requirements, admission tests, and professional school application procedures.

Majors: What Will I Study?

There are three majors specifically designed for pre-medical students: Premedical Biology, Premedical Chemistry, and Premedical Physics.

These majors have the requirements for most health professional schools build into the first two years of coursework. Other related majors include Biomedical EngineeringMolecular Biology and Biochemistry. However, as long as students can fit in the pre-requisites for health professional schools (this link will go to Health Professions advising page), the student could major in any subject that interests them.

What Courses Will I Take?

The courses taken by our pre-medical students depend on the academic area that they choose for their concentration. In Biological Sciences, our premedical students have lectures and laboratories in Anatomy, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Physiology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, and Cell Biology. In Chemistry, the students explore Analytical and Physical Chemistry. The Physics students will take advanced courses in Modern Physics, Thermodynamics, and Optics. Further, to round out their background, all of our students take additional courses in the humanities and social sciences. Our curriculum not only works in getting students admitted into medical or vet school, it also makes these professional school courses easier.

Review the core courses online in the University Catalog. In addition to the required program core courses, elective courses can be selected in biology, chemistry, environmental science and oceanography.

Where do our Students go After Graduation?

Our students go onto health professional schools, doctoral programs in biomedical sciences, or work in Biotechnology or health-related research. Recent graduates are currently enrolled:

Medical Schools

  • Boston University
  • Florida State University
  • Howard University
  • State University of New York at Syracuse (Upstate)
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • Washington University (Saint Louis)

Other Health Professional Schools

  • Baylor College of Dentistry
  • University of Florida College of Pharmacy
  • University of Lousiana College of Veterinary Medicine

Doctoral Programs (Biomedical Science):

  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • University of Florida
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Employment:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Midwest Research Institute
  • Womens and Infants Hospital, Providence RI
  • NASA (Kennedy Space Center)
  • Peace Corp