Take Your First Step to Landing a Job in the Medical Profession

In recent years, FSC graduates have gained admittance to some of the most competitive medical, dental and veterinary schools in the country because they have taken rigorous courses and have had well-rounded college experiences.

Medically Allied Pre-Professional Program for the MD, DO, DDS, DVM and related degrees

Top Reasons to Choose FSC For Pre-Health Studies

  • Our graduates are accepted into the nation’s top medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools.
  • You’ll have the advantage of local and national career-related internships.
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio ensures personal attention from
    professors who are committed to your success.
  • Our labs and research give you hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • We offer a BS/MD program that guarantees qualified students admission to USF’s College of Medicine.
  • FSC offers dynamic student-faculty research, which is exciting and
    strengthens your application.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

  • In your labs and lecture courses, you’ll participate in guided inquiry experiments, collaborative learning and problem solving, team-based laboratory projects, experiment design, and peer teaching.
  • In the classroom, you’ll expand your abilities as a scientist by engaging in discussions, group projects, and case studies where you’ll apply theories to real-life situations and hone your critical thinking skills.

Course Information

Medical schools desire students with a broad range of academic interests, pre-medical students may major in any department or division—the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences—as they prepare for medical school as long as they complete several courses that medical schools require such as organic chemistry and introductory biology.


Many of our majors are interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and physical therapy. Students seriously thinking about applying to professional schools do some type of internship, shadowing, or volunteer work. As a result, our majors graduate having observed and worked with medical professionals in hospital settings, clinics, and private practice.

Even our students considering other paths outside of direct patient contact have had amazing experiences in venues such as:

  • Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Polk County Health Department
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida
  • Reedy Creek Improvement District
  • Center for Cancer Care and Research
Nurse and Doctor


Scholarships are available for our majors. These awards include:

  • Helen and Charles McConville Scholarships
  • Southern Bio Research Award/Sokoloff Scholarship
  • Charlene Poland Holt Scholarship
  • Herman and Theresa Teiser Baum Scholarships

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Dr. Nancy Morvillo

Dr. Nancy Morvillo
Chair of Biology


Cheryl Lodwick '07

talks about her FSC experience preparing for medical school.


Pre-Medicine at Florida Southern

Education and experiences that prepare students for the real world.

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Study-abroad experiences have included travel to Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Peru

Our agreement with the University of South Florida College of Medicine means pre-med students in the Honors Program who qualify are guaranteed entrance into USF’s medical program. Three-year and four-year undergraduate tracks are also available.

We offer two unique inter-disciplinary team-taught courses: Dialogs in Science and Religion and Disasters, Civilizations and the Environment. These courses challenge you to integrate different fields and vastly expand your horizons to see the world in new ways.

Our students have conducted research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stanford’s Summer Research Program in the Biomedical Sciences and presented their work at local, regional, and national conferences and in professional journals.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Our biology majors attend a wide variety of graduate and professional schools, including:

  • Duke University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Boston University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Auburn University
  • Howard University
  • National University of Health Sciences, Illinois
  • New England College of Optometry
  • University of South Florida
  • Methodist College
  • Nova Southeastern University

Our graduates also go on to study everything from nanobiotechnology to ecology to hospital administration in graduate programs at top-tier institutions such as:

  • Columbia University
  • Boston University
  • University of Florida
  • Duke University
  • Northeastern University
  • National Institutes of Health
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • North Carolina State University
  • Tel Aviv University


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