The University of Maine at Farmington has a rich tradition of preparing its graduates to enter a variety of medical and health-related schools.
- Medical School
- Dental School
- Optometry School
- Pharmacy School
- Veterinary School
- Graduate School-related research
While there is no universally recognized pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary major anywhere, medical schools and other health-related professional programs typically require a solid background in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, plus usually one semester of calculus.
Since additional recommended courses include genetics, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and anatomy and physiology, most students choose to major in Biology.
But almost any undergraduate major you choose at UMF will help you gain entrance into some of the finest medical schools in the nation.
The key: selecting and completing the right courses in the right sequence while you’re earning your bachelor’s degree. The University of Maine at Farmington has the background and successful track record to know just what coursework the top medical schools look for.
UMF’s Pre-Professional Health Track: A Proven Record of Success
Here are some health and medical-related schools University of Maine at Farmington graduates have recently attended:
- Brown University
- University of Maryland
- University of Connecticut
- University of Vermont
- Virginia Tech University
- University of New England (Maine)
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
- Rice University – biomed (Texas)
- New England College of Optometry (Boston, Mass.)
- among others
Teamwork, Inspiration, and Partnering
Our special Pre-professional health faculty advising team within our Natural Sciences division will work with you to tailor your course selections to meet the specific academic demands of medical schools. They take the time and interest to understand your goals and help you discover what your inclinations are. Then they work with you to really explore your opportunities.
FAME (Finance Authority of Maine)
Our faculty collaborate with the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), which works with specific professional schools to provide loans for Maine residents:
- University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
- The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
- Dalhousie University School of Dentistry in Nova Scotia (Canada)
Partnering with Tufts School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center
The Tufts University School of Medicine has a special Maine Track Program where students may apply to the medical school but only compete with other Maine resident applicants. Classes are held at Tufts in Boston and clinical work is done at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
UMF also participates in the Tufts Maine Track Early Assurance Program. Through this agreement, UMF Pre-professional health students who are in good academic standing at the end of their sophomore year can apply to secure a seat in the entering Tufts medical school class two years later as part of the Maine Track program.
Participants are offered the assurance of medical school admission without the substantial investments of time and energy that other pre-med students typically make in the process of preparing for optimal scores on the MCAT exam and applying to numerous medical schools. Plus, you’re free to explore other areas of interest during the remainder of your academic career, broadening your overall college experience.
Partnering with World-Renowned Medical and Research Institutions
In addition, UMF is one of a consortia of schools that partners with the world-renowned Jackson Laboratory biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine and the the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, Maine.
Both institutions offer student training and internships promoting bio-medical research. UMF even has an endowed paid internship at the Jackson Laboratory.
What Courses Might You Take?
Generally, medical schools and other health-related schools require a strong foundation in the sciences: biology, physics, chemistry and organic chemistry with lab. In addition, coursework in advanced mathematics (statistics and calculus) is often recommended.
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student — in every major — will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:BIO 150N Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 251 Cell Biology
BIO 252 Genetics
BIO 351 Microbiology
CHY 241 Organic Chemistry I
CHY 374 Biochemistry
Note: There are a number of standardized entrance exams for pre-professional health careers: MCAT (medical), PCAT (pharmacy), VAT (veterinary), GRE (optometry and biomedical research), OAT (optometry) etc., and each are designed to assess your problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of your chosen career.
UMF’s solid foundation in the liberal arts and its specialized upper-level sciences and mathematics courses are ideal for preparing you for these exams.