PRE-MED PLAN OF STUDY AT TFC
Does TFC have a pre-med major?
No. Actually there is no such thing as an undergraduate pre-med major. Medical schools do not specify one particular major over another. Students may select any major as long as they take the courses listed as prerequisites for entrance to graduate medical schools. TFC allows you to choose any one of our majors and still take the courses necessary for admission to graduate medical schools. What TFC offers is a set of courses that will meet the requirements for entrance to most graduate medical schools. These courses are taken along with those of biblical studies and general studies while taking into account the scheduling of the courses needed for your chosen major.
What major should I select while taking the pre-med plan?
You should select an area of study that will best complement the particular medical career you are contemplating. Biology is an obvious choice, but other majors can also be considered. For example, Counseling Psychology could equip you as a physician with the ability to minister to spiritual and emotional needs as well as the physical. If you are interested in overseas ministry, the Cross-Cultural Studies major would be excellent preparation. Philosophy would give you a strong background in critical thinking and ethics. Music would be an obvious choice for a field such as music therapy. Business would prepare you for management in health services. Communication Studies would enhance your ability to relate well to others. English would open doors for writing in the area of medicine and health services. Others majors would be possible as well. TFC offers a Biology major for those who want a narrower focus on science. This major has the advantage of enabling you to complete all the requirements for pre-med in the fewest number of semester hours. Your choice of a major should also take into consideration the possibility that you may not be accepted into a graduate medical school. Competition for entrance into graduate medical schools is keen. For instance, about 18% of students who apply to graduate medical schools will be accepted. Therefore, a major must be viewed as something that will prepare you for an alternate career or open doors to graduate study in areas of real interest to you should you not get into a graduate medical school program.
What courses are prerequisites for entrance to medical schools?
Different medical colleges vary somewhat in the courses they want a student to have completed before applying. If you have a particular medical school in mind, you should check that school’s admissions website to determine exactly what the prerequisites for that school are. The Medical College of Georgia, for example, requires the following:
- One year of general biology or zoology with lab
- One year of general/inorganic chemistry with lab
- One year of advanced chemistry which includes organic
chemistry and biochemistry with lab
- One year of physics with lab
- One year of English
Many schools also require some advanced math, such as calculus. Others require or recommend such courses as microbiology, cell biology, genetics, or anatomy/physiology, and courses in the behavioral and social sciences. For more details on specific schools, check on the Medical School Admission Requirements book published by the Association of American Medical Colleges. There is a copy in our library. You will also find much helpful information for students on the association’s website at www.aamc.org.
For what kinds of careers will the pre-med plan prepare me?
Medicine is an expanding field with a number of directions you may choose. Some of the most common areas are the following:
- Physician’s assistant
- Dental hygienist
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physical Therapist
- Respiratory Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Medical research
- Medical technology
- Medical missions
- Psychiatrist (with counseling major)
- Nursing (two-year pre-nursing track leading to the
The value of a TFC preparation for medical careers TFC is uniquely positioned to prepare you for a career in medicine. We combine the strengths of both a Bible college and a Christian liberal arts college. Like a Bible college, we require 30 credit hours of Bible and theology for every major, as well as practical ministry involvement of all students. We believe this kind of grounding in the Word of God is essential for all Great Commission believers, not just those going into traditional “fulltime” ministry. So, like a liberal arts college, we offer a variety of majors to prepare students for careers that will further the Kingdom in many areas of life. There are very few Bible colleges that offer a program to prepare you for careers in medicine. On the other hand, there are very few liberal arts colleges that provide the emphasis on Bible and theology you will find in a Bible college. At TFC you can have the best of both worlds. You will learn biblical principles that will form a solid foundation for moral and ethical decision-making throughout your career in medicine. And you will also have the coursework you need to gain entrance to that career. The Service & Outreach involvement at TFC is also a natural fit with the kind of volunteer work that medical schools expect applicants to have. The program at TFC will be quite rigorous, but you’ll have a preparation here unparalleled anywhere else.