What is Premed?
At Florida Tech, "Premed" refers to a pathway with the minimum courses that fulfill the rigorous admission requirements of medical, veterinary, dental, and pharma schools while delivering in-depth knowledge and training in a specific academic discipline. Premed alone is not a major at Florida Tech, it is a pathway. We offer different science and engineering degrees that are considered premed programs. Additionally, Florida Tech provides pathways to TWO Medical Schools: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).
Important: All Florida Tech students can be premed even though their majors are not biomedical sciences or biomedical engineering. To be premed, students need to complement their major with the requirements for medical school application.
What are the minimum requirements for admission to medical schools?
- 2 semesters of Bio courses with lab
- 2 semesters of general chemistry with lab
- 2 semesters of organic chemistry with lab
- 2 semesters of physics with lab
These courses are requested by institutions such as the University of Florida, UCF, Miller School of Medicine (Miami), USF, Burrell, and LECOM. Note that these requirements are the minimum and might be different according to the institution.
UF and Miami require only one semester of Organic chemistry with lab, but they require Biochemistry and the Biochemistry lab is highly recommended. Most medical schools either require or highly recommend two courses in Psychology/Sociology. All medical schools recommend additional courses in Cell and Molecular Biology and a few other Bio courses such as Immunology. Some recommend a course in computer science.
Overall, a MCAT of 496-500 and a GPA of 3.2 is the minimum recommended to apply for medical school. Dental schools require a DAT (Dental Admission Test) administered by the American Dental Association.
Dental Admission Test (DAT, ranges from 1-30), administered by the American Dental Association. An average of DAT is around 20-21.
All medical college institutions require a minimum of 2-3 letters of recommendation.
Why Premed at Florida Tech?
Our outcomes are excellent—far above the national rate. Students who complete a premed pathway at Florida Tech and apply to a medical or health professional school are accepted at a rate of about 70%. Nationally, only about 40% of students who apply to medical school are accepted.
This makes Florida Tech an ideal place for students interested in pursuing a health-related career in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or any of the other allied health professions. Although Biomedical Science is the degree that best meets the requirements for medical schools, students who want to major in biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, or physics may take the premed pathway. However, the student will need to take extra courses beyond the ones necessary by their chosen degree to fulfill the requirements.
All premed students at Florida Tech receive a hands-on education with courses, labs, and projects led by active research scientists and engineers. By combining the scientific laboratories and resources of a large research university with the small size and personal attention of a private college, Florida Tech provides a unique undergraduate learning experience that includes:
- Learn from expert faculty who involve you in important research and mentor you towards greatness and success.
- Specialized courses that allow you to earn credit toward your degree by engaging in original research and design projects.
- The opportunity to participate in local and national academic conferences, publish papers in major research journals with their faculty advisors, or build and demonstrate a prototype of a biomedical device.
How to Build a Premed Experience?
- Beyond their coursework, students in the premed pathway should spend their time building medically related experience that aligns with their career interests. Volunteering at local hospitals and spending time shadowing physicians is strongly advised. Many medical schools require 100 hours of interaction with patients.
- Extracurricular activities and employment both during the academic year and summers are seen as a significant contribution to an individual’s development and strengthen the application.
- Medical-related research might be a plus, and it is desirable for many institutions.
- Students can join the Premed Club, our campus chapter of the American Medical Student Association.
- Some institutions expect community voluntary work.
Dedicated Premed Advisement
Our premedical advisor (Dr. Kenia Nunes) maintains up-to-date information about medical school admission requirements, admission tests, and professional school application procedures and guides premed students throughout the process. She mentors students throughout their time at Florida Tech, helping them select electives and research activities to bolster their chances of getting into medical school upon graduation.
The courses that premed students take depend on their major. For biomedical sciences students, there are lectures and laboratories in anatomy, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, developmental biology, and immunology. In chemistry, students explore analytical and physical chemistry. Physics students take advanced courses in modern physics, thermodynamics, and optics. Upper-level biomedical engineering majors explore biomechanics, biomedical measurements, and instrumentation. They take classes in biomedical engineering design, anatomy, and physiology.
To round out their background, all of our students take courses in the humanities and social sciences. Our curriculum not only works to get students admitted into medical or veterinary school but also makes these professional school courses easier. You can review all of the core courses in the Catalog.
Real Biomedical Research Experience
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 attend a national undergraduate student design competition.
Sites to apply to medical, veterinary, dental, and pharma schools other than Florida Tech direct pathways:
- Traditional Medical School: The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
- Osteopathic Medical School: The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
- Podiatric Medical School: American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPMAS)
- Dental School: American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
- Pharmacy School: Pharma College Application Service (PharmaCAS)
- Veterinarian School: American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
- Work closely with your undergraduate advisors and Premed Advisor
- Taking the proper courses in the appropriate sequence should prepare you to take the MCAT at the earliest possible time. Optimally, students will prepare to take the MCAT during the spring of their junior year in college.
- Keep your GPA high.
- Interact with your instructors. They need to know you if you plan to ask them for a recommendation letter.