Pre-Professional Human Medicine Track

  1. Academics
  2. Academic Programs
  3. Biology
  4. Pre-Professional Human Medicine Track

The Pre-Professional Human Medicine (HMED) Track prepares students for subsequent education and training in human medicine, allowing for successful admission to, for example, medical (MD, DO), dental (DDS, DMD), veterinary (DVM), physical therapy (DPT), and physician assistant (MS) programs worldwide.

School of Arts and Sciences
Subsequent education and training in human or veterinary medicine
Program Contacts

Biology at FranU

Program Admission Requirements

A student must declare the Bachelor of Science in Biology program his/her major prior to completing the final 60 credit hours required for the degree. Applicants to the program must meet with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. All degree plans must be approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Requirements for acceptance into the program are the same as for acceptance to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Program Mission

The mission of the Biology Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to create quality educational experiences in all areas of biology and chemistry, especially those integral to the health of the population. The core principles of scientific inquiry and ethics serve to integrate coursework throughout the curriculum.

Program Goals

  • To provide a multidisciplinary education that emphasizes ethical scientific reasoning and problem solving
  • To prepare students for a wide variety of post-baccalaureate paths, including careers in laboratory science or instrumentation and graduate programs in laboratory research or medicine (physician/physician assistant/physical therapy)

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Illustrate the processes of life using natural science (biology, chemistry, physics) concepts.
  • Apply the scientific method to develop and test hypotheses.
  • Evaluate scientific data using mathematics and statistics.
  • Communicate scientific findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Examine the relationship between biology and social problems.
  • Apply scientific and research ethics to decision-making.
  • Examine the relationship between biology and the Franciscan values.
  • Apply anatomical and physiological concepts to the study of human biology and pathophysiology.


What are graduates doing now?

Graduates of the Biology program (tracked since 2013) have been accepted to the following programs:

  • St. George Medical School
  • Midwestern University in Arizona Cardiovascular Sciences/Perfusion
  • University of Southern California School of Social Work
  • LSUHSC-New Orleans School of Medicine
  • LSU Graduate School – Biology
  • Our Lady of the Lake/FranU Physician Assistant Program
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • LSU Graduate School – Biological Engineering
  • FranU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • American University of the Caribbean Medical School
  • University of the Incarnate Word School of Pharmacy
  • University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • LSU Health – Shreveport Medical School
  • FranU Master of Health Administration Program

What percentage of Biology graduates who apply to a graduate clinical program are accepted?

Since 2013, 74% have been accepted to medical schools, physician assistant programs, and DPT programs, among others.


Document Title Type File Size
Document Title: Premedical Advisory Committee Policy Type: pdf File Size: 90.22 KB Download


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.


Curriculum Notes:

*Students who wish to apply to medical school should strive to take BIOL4320 and BIOL4321 Biochemistry I and II in their junior year to prepare for the MCAT. These students should work with their advisor to optimize their schedule.

Humanities electives may be taken from ART, ENGL, MUSI, PHIL, THEO, or SPAN courses; 6 hours must be from the same discipline.

Social Sciences electives may be taken from ANTH, PSYC, or SOCI courses.

Human Biology electives may be taken from the following: BIOL 3320, BIOL 3340, BIOL 3370, BIOL 3380, BIOL 4325, BIOL 4330, BIOL 4335, BIOL 4340, BIOL 4345, BIOL 4350, or BIOL 4365.