Bachelor in Pre-Medicine
Students who are interested in going to medical school (allopathic or osteopathic) typically major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. As these majors include both the required courses for entrance into medical schools as well as additional coursework that will help prepare students for medical programs and for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). However, other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult a Pre-Health Professions advisor about coursework.
Members of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics and the Department of Biology offer guidance to students and write recommendations through our Pre-Health Professional Committee (PHPC) composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physics faculty.
Preparation for Post-Graduate Studies and Careers in the Health Professions
The University of Tampa's undergraduate program provides a strong foundation for post-graduate work in the sciences as students are immersed in their major discipline while also touching on curricula that extend beyond the sciences. Many health science classes also include service learning opportunities to apply classroom learning to service to the community.
Students pursuing degrees in pre-allied health, public health, and athletic training will receive academic advice from faculty in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance. This preparation can lead to further studies in athletic training, physician’s assistant, and physical therapy graduate programs.
Students who intend to pursue graduate professional degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, or pharmacy can major in biology, biochemistry or chemistry at UT and receive excellent preparation for the entrance exams to these programs as well as excellent preparation to succeed in these programs.
In addition, members of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics and the Department of Biology offer guidance to students and write recommendations through our Pre-Health Professions Committee composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics faculty. Students should contact a member of the pre-professions committee no later than the start of their junior year.
Students are encouraged to choose a major that best suits them, so they can excel at their studies to gain admission to professional schools. Students interested in pursuing a graduate professional degree in one of the aforementioned fields, while pursuing a degree outside of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, are also encouraged to contact the Pre-Health Professions Committee for guidance.
Undergraduate International Admissions
With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through UT's online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts of all secondary school coursework and grades translated into English (“Official” means that you must request your school to send transcripts directly to the UT admissions office. If that is impossible, send copies that have been certified by your school as “true copies” of the originals after they are copied. An official at your school should sign the document as “true copy of the original.”)
- Essay written in English.
- A recommendation written by a counselor, teacher or headmaster.
Applicants must submit one of the following:
- TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer based) or 79 (Internet-based) exam.
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5.
- CPE: Certificate of Proficiency in English - grades of “C” or better
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 58.
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample.
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of several ESL programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from UT’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
Average cost for full-time undergraduate students for 2013-2014 academic year (fall and spring).
- Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $23,990
- Mandatory Fees (required): $1,782
- Room and Board (double room, 15 meals per week): $9,388
- Total: $35,160
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