Undergraduate SSTRIDE


Undergraduate SSTRIDE, or U-SSTRIDE, is the college component of the FSU College of Medicine Outreach Programs and serves as extension of the pre-college program. U-SSTRIDE is open to students from Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College, and post-baccalaureate students. Premedical students who are interested in applying to our medical school and working in rural, minority, or underserved communities are invited to participate in U-SSTRIDE.

Application for Membership

To be admitted to U-SSTRIDE, students must be interviewed by the College Outreach and Advising Office, have a SAT score of at least an 1100, a 3.3 GPA or higher, complete an application for membership, and submit two letters of recommendation. Any SSTRIDE students who have been in the Outreach Programs through their matriculation to Florida State University are automatically admitted into U-SSTRIDE. There are approximately 50 spaces available for new members each academic year. Students must apply for membership in the Spring term.

U-SSTRIDE offers a course in clinical assisting through a partnership with Florida Health Science Consulting. It is a one-semester intensive clinical training experience which focuses on the fundamentals of electrocardiography, phlebotomy, and assessment and management skills of patient care and is followed with an externship in a physician’s office or a clinic for uninsured patients. Once students complete the course and pass the certification exam, students are certified clinical assistants. Certification often leads to gaining part-time, paid employment in a physician's office or medical clinic, gaining valuable clinical experience which is important for admission to medical school. Each year, between thirty and forty-five students are trained through this program. All undergraduate premedical students are also provided assistance with the overall medical school application process and a recommendation letter service in which letters of recommendation for medical school are forwarded to the medical schools on the student’s behalf.


Undergraduate SSTRIDE, as an extension of the pre-college program, includes:

  • Comprehensive pre-health professions advising
  • Tutoring in the science and pre-medical gateway courses (e.g. chemistry, pre-calculus, biology)
  • MCAT preparation classes
  • Mock interview sessions
  • Participation in volunteer opportunities
  • Mentoring opportunities with middle and high school SSTRIDE students
  • Access to the tutorial Learning Center and mentoring Program with medical students
  • Study skills and time management
  • Professional development workshops
  • Assistance with medical and professional school applications
  • Public speaking training
  • Networking opportunities with students and staff
  • Clinical assisting course with FL Health Science Consulting 
  • Membership in MAPS

Students must apply for membership to U-SSTRIDE in the Spring term.


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Parties wishing to participate in, or use all or any aspects of the program should contact:
Thesla Berne-Anderson, M.S.
Director of Undergraduate Advising and Outreach
P.O. Box 3064300, 1115 West Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300
Email: thesla.anderson@med.fsu.edu