Pre-Medical Program (Pre-Health Professions Advising)

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In Short

The Pre-Medical Program encompasses the advising program provided to students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the medical sciences. This includes medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, chiropractic medicine, physician's assistant, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, and other allied health professions.

Program Overview

At Fitchburg State University, the Pre-Medical Program encompasses the advising program provided to students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the medical sciences. This includes medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, chiropractic medicine, physician's assistant, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, and other allied health professions.

Fitchburg State offers a B.S. Degree in Biology with Health Sciences Concentration. This is especially designed for preparing students for admission to postgraduate programs in the health professions. However, it is not required that students opt this major. 

The pre-medical program assists students in pre-professional preparation for careers in the medical sciences, including:

  • Medicine (allopathic and osteopathic)
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Podiatric medicine
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Optometry
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Other allied health professions

Because medical science professions require specific preparation, students must work closely with the Health Professional Advisor to plan a suitable program of study. This generally involves:

  • Selection of an appropriate major
  • Required courses
  • Internships and volunteer service opportunities in the health profession
  • Clinical exposure to medical fields
  • Research

Students are also expected to consult the catalogs (or websites) of the particular health professional schools they are interested to determine the specific requirements for admission. This is the responsibility of the student. The information provided here and elsewhere is only intended to guide you.

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Admission to Health Profession Schools

Admission to most health professions schools is extremely competitive, requiring strong academic performance. Students will also need satisfactory scores on standardized admissions tests (for example, MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, VAT, or GRE). Evidence of leadership, service, and a working knowledge of the health professions is also helpful.

Academic preparation generally includes a minimum of two semesters each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, general physics and English. Beginning with the 2015 admission cycle, AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) is planning to change both the MCAT and prerequisite course requirements for admission to U.S. medical schools. Biochemistry will be required. Additional advanced biology electives, such as cell biology, genetics, developmental biology and microbiology are strongly recommended.

Additionally, the MCAT will be revised to include an additional section: Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. This necessitates that students acquire the necessary competencies by taking courses in these areas. Introductory courses in psychology and sociology will also be required.

Note: at this time these additional requirements apply only to admission to M.D. programs in U.S. medical colleges; however it is anticipated that the others will follow the lead and change their requirements as well.

Preparation for a Health Profession School

To complete this preparation at Fitchburg State, the following courses are recommended:

  • General Biology: BIOL 1800-1900
  • Anatomy and Physiology: BIOL 1200-1300
  • General Chemistry: CHEM 1300-1400
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 2000-2100
  • Mathematics (Applied Statistics and Calculus): MATH 1300, 1700, 2300
  • General Physics: PHYS 2300-2400
  • General Psychology: PSY 1100
  • Introduction to Sociology: SOC 1100
  • English – Writing I and II and possibly two additional courses

Pharmacy, physician’s assistant, dentistry (some), and certain other programs may also require microbiology. It is strongly recommended that students also take courses in cell biology, genetics and developmental biology, if possible.

While it is recommended that students follow the B.S. biology/health sciences program, pre-health professional students can major in any of the available majors at Fitchburg State. However, since many of the above courses are required courses for the biology major, it is likely the student will choose to major in biology. Careful planning is required to complete the required coursework in a timely manner with an excellent grade point average.

Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Matthew Zanghi for completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, MA
  • Dr. Marcos Bachman for completing his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, MA
  • Gloria Addo and Marie Pry for admission to the Pharm.D. Program at MCPHS University, Worcester, MA
  • Mina Daniel for admission to the Pharm.D. Program at Western New England University, Springfield, MA
  • Marlene Ferreira for admission to the Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program at MCPHS in Worcester, MA
  • Marina Konomi and Christina Kosmidis for admission to the P.A. Program at MCPHS in Worcester, MA
  • Christopher Fiske, Georgina Asada, Clever Chaves, Lindsey Farnsworth, and Ethan Borges for early acceptance to the D.O. Medical School Program at LECOM

Volunteer opportunities are available at Fitchburg and Leominster hospitals. Contact Volunteer Services.

Internship/Shadowing opportunities are available at Community Health Centers in Fitchburg, Gardner, and Barre. See Dr. Govindan


Advising

Pre-Medical Advisor: Dr. Meledath Govindan
Antonucci Science Complex, Room 220
Phone: 978.665.3628
Email: mgovindan@fitchburgstate.edu

Curriculum and Other Information

While it is recommended that students follow the BS biology/health sciences program, pre-health professional students can major in any of the available majors at Fitchburg State University. However, since many of the courses are required courses for the biology major, it is likely the student will choose to major in Biology. Careful planning is required to complete the required coursework in a timely manner with an excellent grade point average.

The BS in Biology with Health Sciences Concentration is especially designed for preparing students for admission to postgraduate programs in the health professions.