Pre-Med Track

The Pre-Medical track is a focused set of courses which provide students preparing for careers in the health professions with knowledge of foundational concepts in the biological, biochemical, chemical, physical and social and behavioral sciences.  The track in Pre-Med is a specialization within the biology curriculum.  The track incorporates courses required in the current biology curriculum with additional science courses recommended by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and targeted courses in the social and behavioral sciences to provide a foundation in core concept and to prepare premedical students for the 2015 MCAT.

The track will be available to students AY 2014– 2015. The courses will be incorporated in the BA in Biology degree and will provide a focused, rigorous program of study for students pursuing a career in medicine. Students intending to apply following graduation to pharmacy school, dental school or other professional programs in healthcare may also benefit in pursuing this track.

Holy Family University strives to promote life-long learning, values-based education through research, technology and community-based learning experiences and internships. A critical element of the University’s mission is respect the dignity of the human person.  By delineating a focused educational plan for the undergraduate preparation of allopathic and osteopathic physicians this curriculum proposal underscores the University’s mission “to educate individuals to become competent professionals and responsible citizens.”

The track is in response to both a recommendation made by university administration to develop new programs, particularly in healthcare, and to student requests for a designated Pre-Medical program.  The track addresses the recommended pre-medical  curriculum changes and is aligned with medical school requirements.

The 2015 MCAT Exam will include a new section that tests knowledge of introductory concepts in psychology and sociology. Consequently, courses from these disciplines have been added to the track in order to expose students to a variety of foundational courses in the social and behavioral sciences.  A section which tests critical analysis and reasoning also will be added to the new MCAT and students will be required to analyze and evaluate passages from a wide-range of disciplines including ethics, philosophy and cultural studies.  To address this, the new premed track will include coursework in statistics, bioethics as well as the core philosophy course.

More than 100 hospitals are located within or in close proximity to the greater Philadelphia area. The continued expansion of the healthcare industry and advances in biomedical science will provide ample opportunities for careers in medicine and related fields. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that salaries for “physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition). Although physician salaries vary by specialization, the median annual compensation in 2010 for primary care physicians was $202,392. Physicians practicing in medical specialties reported a median annual compensation of $356,885 in 2010.