College of Science

Health Professions Advising

Please submit your Health Professions advising requests to HPAC@uta.edu.

Preparing To Apply To Professional School

Medical, dental, veterinary, etc. programs are very competitive. For example, only 49.9% of applicants to Texas medical schools with a GPA of 3.76 or better actually entered a Texas medical school in 2016. Applicants with lower GPAs were accepted at even lower rates. (Other professional programs have similar statistics.)

How can one buld a strong professional school application? There is no magic formula for securing entry into professional school. Conversations with admissions staff indicate that these are the qualifications and experiences that are viewed positively:

  • Maintain an excellent GPA
  • Gain experience in a clinical setting that matches your career interests
  • Perform service to diverse communities
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Get involved in research
  • Prepare well for the appropriate admission test and score well
  • Write a compelling personal statement
  • Be aware of the social media imprint you are permanently making on the Internet
  • Practice speaking professionally in front of small groups to prepare for potential admission interviews
A breadth of experiences is helpful, but it is recommended that you have at least one deep experience in one of these extracurricular areas.

Texas Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)

JAMP is a special program created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged Texas resident students pursuing a medical education. Please follow this link for more information about JAMP.

Recommendation Letters Submission Request

To request that UTA send your recommendation letters to a medical or dental application service or school, please use the form at the following link:

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Applications
UTA students do not have to participate in the HPAC process in order to apply to medical or dental school, but they may choose to seek an HPAC endorsement of their application. Aside from possibly earning an endorsement from the committee, successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate in an interview, providing practice for medical or dental school admission interviews.
  • Applications for HPAC consideration will be accepted starting in December 2017 for students seeking entry to medical or dental schools in 2019.
  • This form must accompany all evaluations submitted to the HPAC: HPAC Evaluation form

Please send completed forms to:
Health Professions Advisory Committee
The University of Texas at Arlington
P. O. Box 19047 Arlington, TX 76019

Texas Health Resources Pre-Medical Preceptorship Program

This program allows pre-medical students from UTA to be paired with a physician mentor from Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital for one semester. During that time, the student is able to shadow the physician and this represents the experiential learning component of the program. Our preceptorship program also requires an academic component in which students participate in weekly journal clubs with their peers and a faculty member. Students are required to read and make oral presentations over biomedical publications from the primary literature.

Program applicants must have:
  • A minimum of 60 earned credit hours (completed, not in progress).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • A minimum of one semester out from applying to medical school

For more information, please visit the Texas Health Resources Preceptorship Program web site.

Pre-Medical Studies
Curriculum: In general, medical school admissions committees do not state a preference regarding undergraduate curriculum, leaving the student free to choose a degree program suited to special abilities and interests. Students may select any major, after conferring with an advisor, as long as the minimum requirements stated by the medical schools are met. The minimum credit hour requirements for admission to medical schools in Texas are indicated below:

  • Biology - minimum 14 semester hours (miinimum 12 hours lecture, 2 hours 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 (6 lecture plus 2 lab)
  • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab)
  • Biochemistry - 3 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab)
  • English - 6 semester hours
  • Mathematics - 3 semester hours of statistics - some schools also require one semester of calculus
  • Physics - 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab)

To be considered for admission to medical school, a total of 90 semester hours of undergraduate work in a fully-accredited college in the United States must be completed prior to enrollment.

MCAT and Medical School Information

Medical school applicants must achieve a satisfactory score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The University of Texas at Arlington currently enrolls over 300 premedical students. The University provides a wide range of services for pre-medical students through the Health Professions Counseling and Advising Center in the College of Science. These services include:

  • Pre-admission counseling
  • Recommendation to medical school
  • Career counseling
  • MCAT preparation
  • Visits by medical school representatives
  • Pre-med workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • Individual attention and assistance
  • Application assistance

Pre-Dental Studies

A minimum of 90 semester hours is required prior to application/admission to dental school. Again, maintaining a high GPA is critical. To see the Texas statistics for GPA and admission rates to dental school, please visit the TMDSAS web site.
Required courses include:

English - 6 semester hours
Inorganic Chemistry - 8 semester hours
Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours
Biochemistry - 3 semester hours
Physics - 8 semester hours
Biology - 16 to 20 hours recommended
Math 1308

Applicants are required to make an acceptable score on the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The three dental schools in Texas are:


The optometry schools in Texas are located at The University of Houston and the University of the Incarnate Word.


Pharmacy schools in Texas:


The veterinary school in Texas is located at Texas A&M University.