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 biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry and physics majors have programs designed to fulfill the admission requirements for medical or veterinary school, while giving students in depth training in a specific academic discipline.
At Florida Tech, students interested in medical sciences receive a hands-on education taught by active research scientists and engineers. 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 and design projects early in their academic careers. Specialty courses let our students earn credit toward their degree for engaging in original research and design projects. Our students present the results of their research projects at local and national conferences, and some even publish papers in major research journals with their faculty advisors, or build and demonstrate a prototype of a biomedical device.
Premedical students also spend their time getting 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 applying students are accepted into a medical or health professional school.
Students are guided throughout their program by the Director of Premedical Studies, who has up-to-date information on admission requirements, admission tests, and professional school application procedures.
Majors: What Will I Study?
There are six programs particularly appropriate for pre-medical students: Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Premedical Biology, Premedical Chemistry and Premedical Physics. However, as long as a student can fit in the pre-requisites for health professional schools, he/she could major in any subject.
What Courses Will I Take?
The courses taken by our pre-medical students depend on the academic area that they choose for their concentration. For students interested in Biology or Biochemistry, there are lectures and laboratories in Anatomy, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Physiology, Developmental Biology, and Immunology. In Chemistry, the students explore Analytical and Physical Chemistry. The Physics students will take advanced courses in Modern Physics, Thermodynamics, and Optics. Upper level Biomedical Engineering majors will explore Biomechanics and Biomedical Measurements and Instrumentation, as well as the Biomedical Engineering Design courses. 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.
Students in the sciences will have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research. Students in biomedical engineering will participate in a capstone experience as part of required courses where they will design and build a prototype of an actual device that will be used for demonstration. All students will get to participate in a year-end research and design showcase at Florida Tech and also attend a national Undergraduate Student Design competition.
You can review all of the core courses online in the University Catalog.
Where do our Students go After Graduation?
Our students go onto health professional schools, doctoral programs in biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering or work in Biotechnology or health-related research. Recent graduates are currently enrolled:
- Johns Hopkins University
- Florida State University
- University of Miami
- University of Florida
- University of Central Florida
- SUNY at Buffalo
- New York Medical College
Other Health Professional Schools
- Baylor College of Dentistry
- University of Florida College of Pharmacy
- LECOM College of Pharmacy
- North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
- SUNY Stonybrook School of Health, Technology, and Management (Physicians Assistant Program)
- NOVA Southeastern University (Physicians Assistant Program)
- Iowa State University college of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Programs (Biomedical Science):
- Florida Institute of Technology
- Georgetown University
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Columbia University
- University of Florida
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- National Institutes of Health
- Centers for Disease Control
- Midwest Research Institute
- Womens and Infants Hospital, Providence RI
- NASA (Kennedy Space Center)
- Peace Corp
- Plus internships and jobs in the academia, research labs, industry and federal laboritories.