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 call 979-847-8938 and make an appointment with a PSA Pre-medical advisor.   No matter where you are in your pre-medical journey, the advisor will be help you determine which path is best for you in your pursuit of medicine. 

Student Groups

Joining a pre-medical student group on campus will allow you to learn more about the medical field and how to be come the most competitive medical school applicant possible. Check out one of the groups below to see which would be the best fit for you.

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
​Location:  Houston
Phone:  (713) 798-4842


Dell Medical School
Location:  Austin
Phone:  512-495-5555

Texas A&M Health Science Center
​Location:  Bryan
Phone:  (979) 436-0237


Texas Christian University 
​Location:  Ft. Worth
Phone:  (817) 735-2430

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center  
Location:  Lubbock
Phone:  (806) 743-2297

TTUHSC:  Paul Foster School of Medicine
Location:  El Paso
Phone:(915) 783-1250

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

Location:  Ft. Worth
Phone:  (817) 735-2204

University of Texas-Long School of Medicine
Location:  San Antonio
Phone:  (210) 567-6080

University of Texas Medical Branch 
Location:  Galveston
Phone:  (409) 772-6958

University of Texas- McGovern
Location:  Houston
Phone:  (713) 500-5116

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Location:  Edinburg
Phone:  (956) 296-1600

University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Location: Dallas
Phone:  (214) 648-5617

University of the Incarnate Word
Location: San Antonio
Phone:  (210) 283-6998


 


Application Services 

Texas Medical and Dental School Application Services (TMDSAS)

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)

 

Prepare to Apply

The Application Process

The medical school application process typically takes about two years.  So, getting started early 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 or 107/117

  • CHEM 102/112 ​

Statistics (3 hrs)

  • BMEN 350
  • INFO/SCMT 303
  • PHLT 315
  • PSYC 203
  • STAT 201, 211, 301, 302, 303

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

  • Majors previously requiring PHYS 208 & 218
    Engineering:  PHYS 206/216 & 207/217

    Non-engineering:  PHYS 206/226 & 207/227

Upper-level Biology (6 hrs)

Biochemistry

  • BICH 410 **

*Biochemistry 410 will fulfill one of the Upper Level Biology requirements at all Public Texas Medical Schools EXCEPT UT-Southwestern.

Some out of state institutions and private Texas medical schools require additional or very specific upper-level science 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 at least two positive letters of recommendation from professors you've had in class.  So it is important to get to know your professors, and equally important that they get to know you and your personal aspirations, so your application does not have "cookie cutter" letters of evaluation.

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. Both offer in class and online preparation. 

Students tend to start preparing about 3-4 months prior to taking the test, but preparation time varies student to student based on study needs/styles/preferences.

Application Process

PSA Portal Workshop (Required)

Students are required to attend a Portal Workshop to begin preparing for the application process.    These workshops are held in the fall and early spring semesters prior to the summer in which students will apply for medical school.

Application and Interview Workshops (RECOMMENDED)

We offer Application and Interview Workshops that will help students through the application process.  Sign up using our Workshops page, and select the time and date that works best for you.

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