Pre-Professional Health Careers
The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) 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 (research)
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 medical schools to reserve seats especially for Maine residents:
Dartmouth Medical School
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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 (CAN).
- Partnering with Tufts School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center
UMF participates in the Tufts Maine Track Early Assurance Program - an innovative joint venture between the Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center in Portland.
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. And you don't even need to take the MCAT.
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.
- Going the Extra Mile - a UMF Hallmark
Your Pre-Professional advisors at the University of Maine at Farmington truly go the extra mile - coordinating off-campus field trips, connecting students with UMF alumni who work in health, medical and research fields, and assisting with internships.
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 UMF is a liberal arts college, every student - in every major - will take courses in the Natural Sciences, the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Sciences. This rich variety of academic disciplines will help you to develop the skills vital to a career in medicine, health and research.
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 the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.
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.
|• Cell Biology|
|• Comparative Anatomy|
|• General Zoology|
|• Plant Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems|
|• General Chemistry I, II|
|• General Physiology|
|• Analytical Chemistry|
|• Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|• Organic Chemistry I, II|
|• Developmental Biology|
|• General Physics I, II|
|• And other science courses|
For additional information about Pre-Professional health and medical offerings at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the UMF Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994