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Academic Prerequisites for Medical and Dental School

Although the academic requirements for entry into medical and dental school are very minimal, most of the schools encourage the applicants to have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to being accepted and enrolling into the school. Our Biomedical Sciences curriculum, which leads to a bachelors degree, meets all of the academic requirements for entry.

Prospective students are are encouraged to strive for an excellent academic record in order to enhance chances for admission. Generally, most students admitted have college GPAs over 3.5. Very few, if any, are admitted with GPAs of less than 3.0.

Admission to these professional schools are highly competitive. As a rule, successful applicants are those who show evidence of consistently performing well academically and who show various extracurricular interests and achievements.

The medical and dental schools in Texas have a standard prescribed course requirement for admission, as stated below (current as of 10/30/2014).

BIOLOGY                         

14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab)

Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY

8 semester hours of General Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab).

Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Inorganic courses include General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab).
BIOCHEMISTRY

3 semester hours of Biochemistry are required ONLY by UT School of Medicine at San Antonio, Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine and Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine. However, it is strongly recommended by all other TMDSAS schools.

Must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.

UT SOM at San Antonio and Texas Tech University HSC SOM:
This requirement may be used towards fulfilling part of the Biological Sciences or Chemistry requirement.
The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department.
Cannot be an introductory course.

Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine:
The Biochemistry requirement may be used towards fulfilling part of the 6 semester credit hours of advanced Biological Sciences. 
The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department.
Cannot be an introductory course.

PHYSICS

8 semester hours of Physics, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab)

Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.

ENGLISH

6 semester hours of college English are required.

Any course accredited by the English Department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or "English As a Second Language" courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

The UT Medical Branch at Galveston WILL NOT ACCEPT writing intensive courses taught in departments other than English to satisfy the requirement.

MATH

The following schools require 3 semester hrs of either Calculus OR Statistics:

Medical Schools Requiring 3 Sem. hrs. Calculus OR Statistics:
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Texas Tech University HSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso

The calculus course can be any calculus course taught by a Math or Physics Department. Business Calculus or any Pre-Calculus courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

The following schools require 3 semester hrs of Statistics to fulfill the math requirement (Calculus will not be an option to meet this requirement):

Medical Schools Requiring 3 Sem. hrs. Statistics:
The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine
Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
UNT HSC – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department. Individual medical schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty.

Refer to the Approved Statistics Courses List for a complete list.  To seek approval for any course not on the list, submit a course syllabus, course listing and course description to TMDSAS for review.