Medical

The Professional School Advising (PSA) team offers a variety of tools to help you become a competitive medical school applicant. As you explore the medical field, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a pre-medical advisor to discuss your goals and review your professional resume. We also invite you to attend any of our pre-medical workshops, as they are designed to help you become a stronger applicant.


PSA also provides a free service whereby letters of evaluation for students and former students are collected (for medical and dental programs only). This service provides students with the assurance that proper materials are being submitted to the schools they have selected.

 

Thinking about Medical School?

Basic Information

The path to becoming a physician is a long and rewarding one. Once a student determines that medicine might be in their future, we recommend that you come in and make an appointment with a PSA advisor. The advisor will be able to pick you up where you are, whether you are a freshman, junior, or former student, and determine what path is best for you in your pursuit of medicine. 

Student Groups

Join a pre-medical student group on campus to learn more about medicine. Groups bring in physicians to speak; students get to visit medical schools, etc.

What should I major in?

Many applicants believe that medical schools want science majors or that certain programs prefer liberal arts, but honestly medical schools have no preference in what major you choose.  They want you to choose a major that you enjoy and will do well in while completing the prerequisite course requirements. Texas A&M does not have a pre-medical academic track which is why you want to choose a major that leads to what you would select as an alternative career.

Get involved

Schools are very interested in your interests, passions and motivations. So keep up with any hobbies you may have and find different ways to remain involved.

Working while in school

Please understand that if you have to work while in college, that your holding a job will be looked at positively.

Research Medical Schools

Texas Medical Schools

Baylor College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 798-4842
www.bcm.edu

Texas A&M Health Science Center
College of Medicine
8447 State Highway 47
Bryan, TX 77807-3260
(979) 436-0237
medicine.tamhsc.edu

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine
3601 Fourth Street, MS 2B116
Lubbock, TX 79430
(806) 743-2297
www.ttuhsc.edu


Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
4800 Alberta Ave
El Paso, TX 79905
(915) 783-1250
www.ttuhsc.edu/fostersom


University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center at Dallas
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390-9162
(214) 648-5617
www.swmed.edu

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
G.210, Ashbel Smith Building
301 University Blvd.
School of Medicine
Galveston, TX 77555-1317
(409) 772-6958
www.utmb.edu

University of Texas- Houston Medical School
6431 Fannin Street; MSB G.420
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-5116
med.uth.edu/

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
(210) 567-6080
som.uthscsa.edu

University of North Texas Health Science Center
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)

3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ft. Worth, TX 76107-2699
(817) 735-2204; (800) 535-8266
www.hsc.unt.edu/education/tcom

 

Application Services 

Texas Medical and Dental School Application Services (TMDSAS)
P.O. Box 2175
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 499-4785
Info@tmdsas.com

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
P.O. Box 57356
Washington, DC, 20037
202-828-0600
amcas@aamc.org

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 310
Chevy Chase, Maryland, 20815-7231
www.aacom.org

Prepare to Apply

The Application Process

It is important for students to understand that the application process typically takes about two years. So, getting started and developing a timeline will help so that you can achieve your goals in a timely manner.

Texas Medical School Prerequisites

English (6 hrs)

  • Any class taught in the ENGL dept

Inorganic Chemistry with lab (8 hrs)

  • CHEM 101/111

  • CHEM 102/112 ​

Statistics (3 hrs)

  • STAT 201, 211, 301, 302, 303

  • SCMT 303

  • PSYC 203, 301

Organic Chemistry with lab (8 hrs)

  • CHEM 227/237

  • CHEM 228/238

Intro Biology with lab (8 hrs)

  • BIOL 111

  • BIOL 112 ​

Physics with lab (8 hrs)

  • PHYS 201/202

  • PHYS 208/218*

Upper-level Biology (6 hrs)

Biochemistry

  • BICH 410 **

*Physics 208 & 218 are not required by all degree plans. Refer to your departmental Academic Advisor to determine the 8-hours of Physics that are needed to fulfill your degree requirement.
**Biochemistry 410 will fulfill one of the Upper Level Biology requirements at all Public Texas Medical Schools EXCEPT Dell Medical School~ Austin and University of Texas Medical Branch~ Galveston.

Some out of state institutions and private Texas medical schools require additional courses. Please refer to their specific website for detailed information and contact them by email with any questions specific to their course requirements.

Shadow and Volunteer in the field

Students can gain experience by shadowing a physician, volunteering in a clinic or practice, or working in the field.  If looking for shadowing experience we encourage students to join the Pre-Medical Society or look back home and try to complete it while on winter, summer or spring break.

Get to know your professors

You will be required to have 2 letters of recommendation from professors you've had in class.  So it's important that you get to know them and even more importantly, they need to get to know you.  This is great way to work on your communication skills while still in school.

The MCAT

When to take the MCAT

If you are a student on a 4-year schedule and wish to start medical school after graduation then the spring of your junior year will most likely be when you will take your test. Most of the prerequisite courses will be required to take your MCAT exam as well as a sociology and psychology course.

The MCAT changed in April 2015 from an old format and score to a newer score and test. The old test will still be good for a few years if you are applying. 

Score

Test takers will receive 5 scores from their MCAT exams: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score.

Section Scores

Each of the 4 sections will be scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Test takers will receive scores for each of these sections.

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Total Score

Scores for the 4 sections will be combined to create a total score. The total score will range from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500.

Preparation

There are many ways to prepare for the MCAT and a formal preparation course is not required although it can be helpful to students who need the discipline studying. In Bryan/College Station the two preparation companies are Kaplan and Princeton Review. They offer in class preparation as well as online preparation. ExamKrackers is another preparation course that students have found successful but they do not have an in class option here in BCS. If students choose to prepare on their own I do recommend that they purchase the AAMC exams online at www.aamc.org/mcatpractice  so they can test their progress, timing, etc.

Students tend to start preparing about 3-4 months prior to taking the test.

Application Process

PSA Portal Workshop (Required)

PSA will hold Portal Workshops and students are required to attend this workshop to begin to prepare for the application process. These workshops are held in the fall semester and early spring prior to the summer in which they are going to apply. Once students attend this workshop they will be prepared to ask their evaluators for letters of evaluation as well as begin writing their essays.

Application and Interview Workshops (RECOMMENDED)

We offer Application and Interview Workshops that will help students through the application process.  To sign up for one visit our Workshops page and select the time and date that works best for you.

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