You bring an intense interest in medicine and a desire to help people…

…we help you foster the skills you’ll need to succeed in medical school and beyond. At Florida Southern College, you’ll obtain all the necessary academic training that medical schools require.

Although you do not have to major in any particular field, most students major in Biology or related disciplines for two reasons: they are interested in the science of the human body, and the intensive coursework in Biology is excellent preparation for the MCAT and for the courses they will take in medical school.

No matter what major you choose, you will apply to the Pre-Professional Program in your sophomore year. Your application will be evaluated by knowledgeable faculty members who understand what it takes to succeed in your chosen career. Your acceptance into the program will provide you with outstanding advising and guidance to further your experience and strengthen your medical school application.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC For Pre-Medicine

  • Our accelerated program agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine provides priority admission to qualified students.
  • We provide all the academic courses medical schools require for admissions, and classes that will help you succeed on the MCAT.
  • Our extracurricular experiences will help broaden your knowledge and understanding of the world around you. Junior Journeys, internships, shadowing and research will prepare you for working with people and contribute to your development into an excellent health care provider.
  • Our Pre-Professional Program will help to guide you in your quest to become a physician. You will be paired with an advisor who knows what it takes to achieve your goals.
  • Our local chapter of AMSA (The American Medical Student Association) is very active, sponsoring talks throughout the year by health care professionals and field trips to local venues of interest. You’ll meet other students with the same interests as you, and network with your future colleagues.
  • Most students entering medical school (over 80%) have significant research experience. At Florida Southern College, all Biology majors are required to do original research of their own design, and many of our students have presented at regional and national meetings, and have had papers published in scientific journals. This places our students in excellent standing with the medical school admissions boards.

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.

Pre-Medicine Internships

Students find many opportunities in and around the city of Lakeland, as well as across the country and even internationally to gain experience. One of our most popular venues is Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM), a facility only 10 minutes from campus that allows students to experience firsthand many aspects of providing health care to the working uninsured in Polk County. Our local hospital, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and several large health care clinics (including the Watson Clinic and the Clark and Daughtrey Medical Group) as well as local physicians have provided excellent experiences for our students. Outside of Florida, students have interned at one of the premier joint replacement practices in the country, Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc. in Ohio, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic in Texas, and have traveled overseas on medical mission trips to places such as Costa Rica and Africa. And our students have been trained as Medical Scribes in emergency rooms, allowing them to be with the physician and patient at all times.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

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

Medical Schools

  • Florida State University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • McGill University
  • Medical University of Warsaw
  • St. George University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Trinity School of Medicine
  • Tulane University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin

Osteopathic Medicine

  • Edward Via College, Virginia
  • Kansas City University
  • Lake Erie College (LECOM)
  • Lincoln Memorial, Tennessee
  • Turo University
  • William Carey University

Our accelerated program agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine provides priority admission to qualified students.

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Dr. Nancy Morvillo
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology; Nelson C. White Chair in the Life Sciences; Pre-Medical Studies Coordinator

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Cheryl Lodwick ’07

talks about her FSC experience preparing for medical school.

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Pre-Medicine at Florida Southern

Education and experiences that prepare students for the real world.

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Special Features

Study-abroad experiences

Study-abroad experiences have included travel to Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Italy.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Our accelerated program agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine provides priority admission to qualified students.

Brookhaven National Laboratory

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.


Program Requirements

Pre-Medicine Pre-Requisites*

The minimum course requirements for medical schools typically include:

BIO 1500 Biological Essentials
BIO 2230 General Zoology
CHE 1111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHE 1112 Principles of Chemistry II
CHE 2221 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 2222 Organic Chemistry II
PHY 2010
PHY 2020
General Physics I (Algebra Based)

General Physics II (Algebra Based)
PHY 2110
PHY 2120
General Physics I (Calculus Based)

General Physics II (Calculus Based)
Additional courses in Math, English, Social Sciences and the Humanities.

* Many medical schools also require or recommend upper level science courses such as Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Cell Biology.

Students majoring in Biology can apply all of these courses towards their graduation requirements. Students not majoring in Biology will take many of these courses as electives.

Students need to begin investigating the requirements at specific medical schools early in their career to be sure they take these classes prior to graduation.


Course Descriptions


Four hours. The first in a three-course sequence required for biology majors. A rigorous introduction to the principles that lay the foundations for the biological sciences. Examines the relationships between metabolism, genetics, cell biology, and evolution. Students learn the mechanics and style of scientific reporting on laboratory exercises in cell and molecular biology utilizing techniques such as spectrophotometry and electrophoresis. Gen Ed: NW

Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 1500 or permission of the instructor. Adaptational biology of animals, with emphasis on the vertebrates; group relationships of major phyla; principles of development, ecology, and evolution.


Four hours. Prerequisites: CHE 1000 or one year of high school chemistry. Quantitative treatment of the principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, states of matter, energy, atomic structure, periodicity, ionic compounds, and molecular structure. Gen Ed: NW

Four hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1111. The topics covered in this course will include: intermolecular forces, kinetics, equilibrium, acid, bases, buffers, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and introduction to basic organic chemistry.

Four hours. Prerequisite: CHE 1112. Detailed study of carbon compounds approached through the study of structure, functional groups, reactions, and mechanisms. In the laboratory, emphasis is placed upon illustrating chemical reactivity through experimentation and molecular characterization utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Four hours. Prerequisite: CHE 2221. Continuation of the study of carbon compounds approached through the study of structure, functional groups, reactions, and mechanisms. In the laboratory, emphasis is placed upon synthesis illustrating chemical reactivity and molecular characterization utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation.


PHY 2010 GENERAL PHYSICS I (Algebra Based)
Four hours. Prerequisite: High school mathematics through pre-calculus or permission of the instructor. Algebra-based physics. Topics include mechanics, fluids, vibrations, waves, and sound. Gen Ed: NW

PHY 2020 GENERAL PHYSICS II (Algebra Based)
Four hours. Prerequisite: PHY 2010. Algebra-based physics. Topics include heat, kinetic theory of gases, electric fields, AC-DC circuits, magnetism and light.

PHY 2110 GENERAL PHYSICS I (Calculus Based)
Four hours. Prerequisite: MAT 2311. Calculus-based physics. Topics include introduction to Newtonian mechanics, fluids, harmonic oscillators, vibrations and sound. Gen Ed: NW

PHY 2120 GENERAL PHYSICS II (Calculus Based)
Four hours. Prerequisite: PHY 2110. Calculus-based physics. Topics include temperature and heat, kinetic theory of gases, electromagnetism, AC-DC circuits, Maxwell’s equations and optics.