Health Professions Advising
You may make an appointment with the health professions advisor using this link: https://calendly.com/greghale. If you would like to speak by phone, please type "PHONE APPOINTMENT" before your phone number and call 817-272-3807 at the appointed time.
The 2018 HPAC Application Cycle is open. The application deadline is February 18. Details are below.
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 matriculated at even lower rates. (Other professional programs have similar statistics.)
How can one build a strong professional school application? There is no magic formula for securing entry into professional school. Conversations with admissions staff indicate that these qualifications and experiences are viewed positively:
Completing your Pre-Health Profession Prerequissite Courses as a Post-Bacc Student
If you already have an undergraduate degree and want to take your pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-PA, etc. coursework at UTA, you will do so as a post-baccalaureate sudent (post-bacc). You can do so as a non-degree seeking (sometimes called transient or visiting) student or as a student seeking a second degree. Students seeking a second degree may be eligible for some forms of financial aid if taking at least a half-time course load (6 credit hours per semester).
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.
Please send completed evaluations to:
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:
Applications are being accepted now for Spring 2018 preceptorships. The application deadline is October 27 at 5:00 p.m.
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:
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.
Prior to taking the MCAT, you should also take the following courses:
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:
The eleven medical schools in Texas are:
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
Statistics - MATH 1308, MATH 3316, MATH 3351, BIOL 2300, BIOL 5314, PSYC 2441, PSYC 2443, PSYC 2444, KINE 1308, or IE 3301
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 College Admission Test (PCAT): PCAT Web Site
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) content: PCAT Test Blueprint and Sample Items
Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS): PharmCAS Web Site
Pharmacy schools in Texas:
The veterinary school in Texas is located at Texas A&M University.
UT Southwestern SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
National Science Foundation REUs: NSF Funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates
UT Health Science Center at Houston SHPEP: UTHSC Houston Summer Health Professions Education Program
Other Useful Health Links
ExploreHealthCareers.org: A great overview of careers related to all aspects of health care