The College of Science and Engineering has academic advisors who maintain the official records of students and certify that students have fulfilled all requirements for graduation. The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Life Sciences have academic advisors, whose offices are in the Faculty Center. Students should visit with their advisors at least twice during their undergraduate years: during their freshman year to obtain a degree plan and during their senior year for an exit interview at which time they will be certified for graduation.
student has been assigned a faculty mentor to guide him/her through the
undergraduate years and help him/her prepare for professional school. Students
are matched with faculty mentors who have expertise in advising for particular
careers. It is important that students indicate which professional area
(medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, optometry, pharmacy, physical
therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, graduate school, etc.) they plan to
enter so that the appropriate mentor can be assigned.
Students should see their faculty
mentor each semester, preferably as soon as the schedules for the next semester
are published.It is to the student’s advantage to establish a relationship with
his/her faculty mentor who will help the student prepare for graduate or
professional school application process. The faculty mentor is responsible for
writing the important letter of evaluation for professional school.
Partnership for Primary Care (PPC) Program is designed to help the areas and
population of Texas that are underserved by healthcare providers. It does this
by offering guaranteed admission into Texas A&M College of Medicine for
qualified students, from these areas. The individual must be Texas resident
from certain designated areas/regions, meet and maintain stringent GPA
standards, have above average SAT or ACT scores, be predicted to graduate in
the top 10% of their high school class, want to become a primary care physician
and commit to attend one of the seven partner universities of the Texas A&M
the student meets the criteria for entry into the program, and successfully
completes the academic and other requirements of the program, the student will
automatically be accepted into the TAMU College of Medicine.
goal of the program is to provide primary care physicians in medically
underserved areas. To find more information, visit the PPC
Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) is designed to assist economically
disadvantaged students achieve a medical education. To qualify for the JAMP
program, students must achieve SAT or ACT scores at least the Texas mean, go
directly from high school to a participating undergraduate institution, complete
27 SCH by the end of their freshman year, maintain a 3.25 GPA overall and at
least a 3.0 science GPA, and qualify for a Pell grant. Students may be Pre-JAMP
students if they are enrolled in a public or private participating university,
have an ACT or SAT score that is not less than the mean for the State of Texas,
complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and be
eligible to receive a Pell Grant for the student’s freshman year of college.
These students can apply to be in the JAMP program beginning March 1 of their
freshman year until September 1 of their sophomore year.
Students who meet the requirements
for this program receive scholarships as well as summer stipends for
internships, and must take the MCAT in the spring of their junior year. Click
JAMP for more
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (230 seats)
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Texas Health Science Center Medical
School at Houston (209 seats)
University of Texas health Science Center Medical
School at San Antonio (200 seats)
Texas A&M University System Health
Science Center College of Medicine (200 seats)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine (133 seats)
University of North Texas Health Science Center
at Fort Worth – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (230 seats)
Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso (81 seats)
Baylor College of Medicine at Houston (168
Baylor College of Medicine Matriculation
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medical schools in Texas have the same requirements for admission. Students are
required to have a bachelor’s degree, which can be in any field of concentration
as long as the science requirements are fulfilled. Exceptional students with
only 90 hours of undergraduate courses are considered for admission at a few
medical schools, such as Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
College of Medicine. Any courses for non-science majors or courses taught for
health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health Sciences) are not
are considered the bare minimum science requirements for application and for
which the student must have a "C" or better.
- Biology: two years as
required for science majors; one year must include formal lab experience
- Minimum of 14 semester credit
hours,12 lecture hours and two lab hours.
- Includes all Biology courses
applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science field.
- Includes courses in General
Biology, Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology,
Parasitology, Ornithology, Anatomy and Physiology (Comparative Anatomy of the
Vertebrates preferred), Entomology, Pathophysiology, Marine Biology and
semester of Biochemistry (if taught in Biology Department) will be accepted
toward fulfilling this requirement.
- Minimum of 16 semester credit hours
(8 hours of inorganic and 8 hours of organic chemistry).
be a course that is applied toward Baccalaureate degree in any traditional
science field. Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric
- Inorganic courses include General
Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis.
- Organic courses must have "Organic"
in course title.
semester of Biochemistry (if taught in Chemistry Department) will be accepted
toward fulfilling the organic chemistry requirement, but must have laboratory
experience included. The Medical school at Houston does not accept Biochemistry
as part of the Chemistry requirement.
- Minimum of 8 hours of General
Physics with labs
be science major courses
- Calculus I or Statistics:
- Three semester hours of calculus or
statistics taught by a math or physics department.
- Business Calculus or any
pre-calculus courses are not accepted.
general, medical schools frown on applicants with the bare minimum of science
courses. Their experience has indicated that these students have trouble in
medical school and may not complete the curriculum. Thus, take as much science
as possible. Generally, ~80% of accepted students are science majors.
Medical schools prefer science
courses taken at the university level, rather than community college. However,
most medical schools indicated that they look at the entire application to
evaluate the candidate’s chances for success in the medical
Texas medical schools view the student’s performance in Organic Chemistry as an
indicator of ability to perform in the medical school curriculum so be sure to
do your best in this course.
Medical schools accept advanced
placement and CLEP credit in lieu of taking the course at the university.
However, most schools said that they expected the student to demonstrate the
ability to perform in that discipline by taking university courses above the
level earned by advanced placement and/or CLEP credit. Thus, if a student has
advanced placement or CLEP credit for Calculus I, it would improve his/her
application to take Calculus II at the university
The medical schools are looking
for outstanding students. Some points to consider are:
at least 15 hours/semester. It is acceptable to begin freshman year with only 12
hours/semester, but it is necessary to increase your course load to prove that
you are capable of handling the medical school curriculum. Most degree plans
require 120-125 semester credit hours for the degree; it is impossible to
complete such a degree plan in the four years (eight semesters) without taking
~16 semester credit hours/semester.
to finish in four years. Most students accepted into medical school have
completed their undergraduate training in four years or less. Finishing in four
years demonstrates that you can handle the rigorous medical curriculum.
"As" or "Bs" in science courses.
- Avoid "Ws." Withdrawals are
perceived by some members of the admission committee as "red flags," and must be
addressed in the application essay.
- Consider re-taking courses with
grades below "C."
- Maintain a high GPA. The average
GPA of medical applicants for the entering class of Fall 2004 was 3.65.
- Assume leadership roles in campus
and/or community organizations. It is better to devote your time to one or two
organizations in which you have an active, leadership role than to be a member
of five or six organizations for which you just attend meetings.
- Demonstrate hands-on health care
experience either by working part time in a medical field or by
- Participate in undergraduate
research opportunities, but ensure that you know what is going on in the lab. If
you mention your research experience, you will be asked about it in the medical
school interview. Having research experience is critical for the application to
you have to choose between health care experience and undergraduate research,
choose health care experience.
the Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT) in April.
common code for the release of MCAT scores to the Texas Medical and Dental
application Service is 500. The MCAT website is http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm
- Prepare for the (MCAT). The average
MCAT score of texas medical matriculants is given in the following table.
Prepare, dress and act
professionally for the medical school interview.
Medical school applications are due
one year before anticipated matriculation. All Texas medical schools -- except
Baylor – have one application form/process, the Texas Medical and Dental Schools
Application Service (TMDSAS, 512-499-4785). The common application becomes
available on May 1 at TEXAS MEDICAL
& DENTAL SCHOOLS APPLICATION SERVICE. The application is available only
on the website; you will fill out and submit the application on-line and when
ready to submit, click the "submit" button. back to
- Print out a copy of the application
and assemble all required materials before starting to input your data on the
complete transcripts of all your college coursework from every college attended.
You will enter undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses and grades. You
will not enter developmental, remedial, pre-college or audit courses.
- Ensure that your computer is
capable of on-line application:
version 4.01 or higher, Internet Explorer version 4.01 or higher.
(Special note for AOL users -
There have been a few problems reported by people using some AOL browsers.
You must be sure that you are running in Netscape or Internet Explorer, not in
an AOL browser. AOL users with this problem have been successful in using our
application by opening up a new window (while still connected to AOL) that has a
non-AOL browser in it, such as Netscape or Internet Explorer. If you encounter
this problem, you may wish to contact AOL directly to see what they
- Apply early. Getting your
application in early does count. Medical schools select their first round
of interviewees from the first set of completed applications received. A
completed application includes the application form submitted on the web, all
official transcripts sent by the colleges/universities, official MCAT scores and
letters of evaluation. Some schools TMDSAS
require secondary applications.
- Print out and submit via snail mail
the signature page; enclose your photos (one/school plus one extra) and the
filing fee. The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service does not
grant application fee waivers. The cost to apply to all seven medical schools
handled by the application Service was $115 for Texas residents in 2007.
- Apply to all medical schools. Not
applying to all schools is perceived as a lack of judgment and a lack of
first round of interviews begins in August; apply in early summer so that you
can get one of the first rounds of interviews. Statistics indicate that the
early interviewees were more likely to get into medical school.
- Application deadline: October 10 in
the year prior to admission.
- Medical schools send out letters of
acceptance on February 1, but most medical schools have a website that lists the
accepted students. These websites become operational on February 1.
Texas statute, 90% of medical acceptances to the seven public medical schools
must go to Texas residents. In practice, it is actually 96-98%.
general, Texas medical schools do not accept transfer students.
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TESTING PROGRAM TUTORIAL
TEST SESSION FACTS
medical schools require the MCAT, which is a multiple choice test composed of
four sections: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and
Writing Sample administered for the Association of American Medical Colleges by
the MCAT Program Office. Each section is scored and the schools consider the
scores in all four sections, however the Writing Sample score is perceived to be
not as important as the scores of the other three sections. MCAT packets are
available from your pre-med advisor in February.
MCAT Information Sheet (Pdf)
are several preparation courses for the MCAT. In general, these courses have
been shown to improve students’ scores. However, these courses are expensive and
the student is encouraged to speak with students who have take the prep course
and the MCAT to decide if the investment is worthwhile.
Prospective medical applicants take
the MCAT during junior year. Medical schools will not evaluate your application
until in receipt of your official MCAT scores. Students are strongly encouraged
to take the April MCAT; they have the option to re-take the MCAT in August if
they want to try to improve their scores. However, if a student waits until
August, there is no option to re-take the MCAT for that application period.
Another consideration is that if a student waits until August and cannot take
the MCAT then (illness, death in family, accident, etc.), the student has to
wait another year before applying to medical school. There are no exceptions. If
you do delay taking the MCAT until August, do not have your scores held; by the
time you receive your scores and release them to the medical schools, most
interviews have been conducted or scheduled and your chances of an interview are
MCAT Practice test online -
visit www.e-mcat.com for
° These are real MCATs, from other years
° Scoring is automated
Purchase individual tests or become a full member and receive access to all the
practice tests available from the American Association
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