Medical School

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-med 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.

 

Interested in Medical School?

Basic Information

What should I be doing?

  • Gain experience in the medical field, whether that is through shadowing, volunteering, or working. You will need this experience to apply for med school.

    • Keep an extensive record of where and who you shadowed/volunteered/worked with, what you learned from it, and when you had this experience.  You will need all of this information when it comes time to complete your med school application.  We recommend that you write these experiences down as soon as you go through them so you don't forget anything when you do complete your OPSA portal and med school application.

  • Choose a major - Medical schools have no preference regarding which major you choose as long as you do well and complete the prerequisite course requirements. Texas A&M does not have a pre-medical academic track, so choose a major that interests you and allows you to be successful while in school.

    If your chosen major does not include the pre-med prerequisite courses, you must work with your academic advisor to work them into your degree plan. It's very important to register for CHEM 119 your first semester and take a CHEM every semester after that.

  • Join a pre-medical student group on campus to learn more about medicine. 

  • Get involved with a student organization.


Also, please view our What Do I Need to be Working On worksheet.


 









 











 

Prerequisite Courses

 

English (6 hrs)

  • Any class taught in the ENGL dept

​Inorganic Chemistry with lab (8 hrs)

  • CHEM 119

  • CHEM 120

  • CHEM 101/111 OR CHEM 107/117

  • CHEM 102/112

Statistics (3 hrs, choose one)

  • BMEN 350

  • INFO/SCMT 303

  • PHLT 315

  • PSYC 203; 301

    • STAT 201; 211, 301, 302; 303; 312

Organic Chemistry with lab (8 hrs)

  • CHEM 227/237

  • CHEM 228/238

 

Introductory 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 (3 hrs)

  • BICH 410**

  • BICH 489:  SPTD Principles of Biochemistry

** For schools that Biochemistry is not a prerequisite, Biochemistry 410 will fulfill one of the Upper Level Biology requirements (with the exception of UT-Southwestern).
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.

The MCAT

What is the MCAT? - The MCAT is a computerized 7.5 hour exam and there are 30 examinations throughout the year. You can register online to take the exam at www.aamc.org/MCAT. Medical schools consider each score, so prepare early and thoroughly the first time. We recommend that you take a practice MCAT before taking the actual MCAT, and NEVER take the actual MCAT for practice.

Registration for the MCAT will open about four to five months prior to the actual test date. You may only take the MCAT up to three times in a calendar year, four times over two consecutive years and seven times total.


What content is covered? - Knowledge and skills tested on the exam are found in prerequisite courses. The total score ranges from 472- 528, and scores are reported within 30-35 days after your exam. If you need to re-take the MCAT; you must wait 48 hours before you can register for another exam date.

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

When should I take the MCAT? - If you are a student on a four 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. 

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.

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.

Texas Medical Schools

Osteopathic Medical Schools (DO degree)

Sam Houston State School of Osteopathic Medicine
Location:  Huntville
Phone:  936-294-1111

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

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

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


Allopathic Medical Schools (MD degree)

Baylor College of Medicine
​Location:  Houston
Phone:  (713) 798-4842

McGovern Medical School
Location:  Houston
Phone:  (713) 500-5116

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

Texas Christian University and
the University of North Texas Health Science Center 

​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 Houston Medical School
Location: Houston
Phone:  713-743-2255

University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
Location:  Austin
Phone:  512-495-5555

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

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

 

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.  

Click here to sign up  for any of our Workshops.

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