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Pre-Health Programs

The University of Tampa has a strong science curriculum that prepares students for success in professional school. With small laboratory and class sizes, students learn directly from faculty who are experts in their respective fields. The nearly one-on-one environment fosters an opportunity for greater depth of knowledge and enables students to succeed in the following careers:

Allopathic Physician (M.D.)
Osteopathic Physician (D.O.)
Dentistry
Optometry
Pharmacy
Podiatry
Veterinary Medicine
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physician Assistant
Chiropractic

Students who intend to pursue graduate professional degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, physician assistant, pharmacy or chiropractic medicine can major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or allied health with a concentration in medical sciences.

Students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in the allied health fields of physical therapy or occupational therapy can major in allied health with a concentration in physical therapy sciences or occupational therapy sciences.

These majors at UT provide excellent preparation to succeed in these professional programs and help the student fulfill many prerequisites necessary to apply to graduate programs in the health professions.

The biology major is housed in the Department of Biology, and the biochemistry and chemistry majors are housed in the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics. The allied health majors are housed in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance.

Students interested in nursing should visit the Department of Nursing.

Academic Requirements

Competitive applicants to health-related professional schools usually...

Competitive applicants to health-related professional schools usually possess the following record:

  • High overall and science-specific (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics) GPA
  • High score on standardized entrance exam
  • Extensive record of relevant extracurricular activities: student organizations, volunteering and/or community service
  • Working in clinical or research settings, direct patient care and/or shadowing
  • Demonstrated leadership activities

Students who are interested in going to professional school in medicine often major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry.

Students who wish to pursue graduate or professional training in allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and chiropractic medicine, in addition to other areas of interest can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in allied health. Students will choose one of three specific concentrations within the allied health major including physical therapy sciences, occupational therapy sciences and medical sciences.

Other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus, students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult the pre-health professions advisor about course work.

The following courses are typical core requirements of many professional schools in the health sciences. It is important to note, each health profession (e.g. medicine vs. pharmacy) differs in their academic requirements for admissions. Not all classes listed below are required for every student, nor are the classes listed below a comprehensive list as other classes may be required. Additionally, each professional school's requirements may vary as well; for example, classes required for the University of Florida's Doctor of Physical Therapy program may differ from classes required for the University of Central Florida's Doctor of Physical Therapy. It is imperative for students to check admission requirements for each school of interest.

Ideally students should complete these core courses before the start of their junior year by taking course loads of about 15-18 credit hours per semester. Summer school may be necessary. Students should realize that certain professional schools may not recognize credits earned from AP exams or community colleges, especially if higher-level coursework in that discipline was not taken at a four-year college or university.

Biology

BIO 198 Gen Bio I

BIO 199 Gen Bio II
Chemistry

CHE 152 Gen. Chem.

CHE 154 Gen. Chem. II

CHE 232 Organic Chem. I

CHE 234 Organic Chem. II
Physics

PHY 200/205 Gen. Phys. I
(with or without calc.)

PHY 201/206 Gen. Phys. II
(with or without calc.)
Mathematics

MAT 260 Calc. I
Anatomy and Physiology
(needed for most physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant schools)

HSC 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

HSC 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology II


Most math and science classes have prerequisites. In addition, many courses are only offered during one term of the academic year. If students have a major outside of biology or chemistry, they may want to consult with a faculty member in one of those departments for advice in scheduling math and science courses.

View UT's Catalog for degree requirements.

Internships

UT partnered with Tampa General Hospital to provide a unique experience...

Career Services

The Office of Career Services can also assist in internship preparation and has many helpful resources on its website with advice on how to get an internship, a student internship guide and internship frequently asked questions, along with many other useful tools.

Tampa General Hospital

The University of Tampa has partnered with nephrologists and hepatologists at Tampa General Hospital to provide a unique experience for some of our top pre-medical students. For the past three years, at least 15 UT undergraduates have participated in this summer internship program where the students participate in retrospective research studies with the physicians, shadow the physicians and participate in a series of lectures on medically important topics. The program occurs during the summer, but many interns continue to work with these physicians on their project during subsequent school years. In addition, students have completed internships with local physicians, dentists and veterinarians in the Tampa Bay area.

Read more: Summer Surgeries, Research Boost Confidence of UT’s Pre-Med Students

Allied Health majors

Allied Health majors intern with public and private corporate and health organizations. More information on allied health internships can be found through the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance.

Where are UT graduates now?

A list of schools attended by UT alumni in recent years...
Below is a list of schools attended by University of Tampa alumni in recent years:

American University of the Caribbean
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Charles University
Drexel University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lock Haven University
Marshall University
New York University
Nova Southeastern University (Optometry)
Ross University (Veterinary Medicine)
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Tufts University
Tufts University (Veterinary Medicine)
University of Alabama
University of Albany
University of Central Florida COM
University of Chicago-Pritzker
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida
University of Florida (Pharmacy)
University of Florida (Veterinary Medicine)
University of Kentucky
University of Miami
University of Pennsylvania (Dentistry)
University of South Florida (Physical Therapy)
University of Toledo College of Medicine
University of Vermont
University of Texas-Galveston
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Wake Forest University
Washington State University (Veterinary Medicine)

Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC)

For most biology, chemistry or biochemistry majors...

The University’s Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC) is composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics faculty, and offers advising and guidance for students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. The committee also conducts practice interviews for medical school admissions.

Students attending The University of Tampa who intend to pursue professional doctoral studies in any of the following health professions: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry and pharmacy, are required to request a letter of recommendation from the PHPC. This letter should be requested at least 60 days prior to the date it is needed. Most students should turn in the letter request form by May of their junior year to ensure the letter is prepared in time to apply to schools in June. Please note the PHPC does not typically write letters for students with BCPM GPA’s below 3.2. Students with a BCPM GPA below 3.2 are urged to contact the co-chairmen of the PHPC for advising.

UT Pre-Health Advising Guide PDF

Committee Contact:

For more information about the committee or to seek advice, please contact one of the committee’s co-chairmen:

Pad Mahadevan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Co-Chairman of the Pre-Health Professions Committee
Office: SC230
Phone: (813) 257-5036
Email: pmahadevan@ut.edu

Scott Witherow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Co-Chairman of the Pre-Health Professions Committee
Office: SC204
Phone: (813) 257-5034
Email: dwitherow@ut.edu

Allied Heath majors:

Allied Health majors do not need to go through the PHPC and will receive academic advice from faculty in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance.

Student Organizations

There are several health related student organizations available...

Pre- Health Advising Contact

Pre- professions advising has a dedicated program specialist...

Jackie Mikulski
Academic Program Specialist
Academic Success Center
Office: North Walker Hall
Email: Jmikulski@ut.edu

Pre-professions advising has a dedicated program specialist to help students prepare for professional school in the health sciences who would like to see all pre-health students early on to ensure they are on the path for success. Current University of Tampa students, please email Jmikulski@ut.edu to schedule an appointment. Please include your student ID number in the email.

For academic advising questions regarding your major, please speak with your faculty advisor or academic advisor.

"Attending The University of Tampa has been the best decision I have ever made. It gave me a place to have community, learn and prepare for my future career as a medical doctor."

- Jessica Fernandez ’13, B.S. in Biology, University of Central Florida College of Medicine