College of Science

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 Texas Health Resources Preceptorship Program is now acceptiong applications for Spring 2018 preceptorships! Please see below for details.


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 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 (especially for medical and dental applicants; less important for other health professions)
  • Prepare well for the appropriate admission test and earn a high score
  • 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 important, but it is recommended that you have at least one deep experience in an extracurricular area.

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
  • A strong foundation in the sciences as displayed by credit hours earned. Our most common majors participants are those from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Psychology, Kinesiology and Bioengineering. The program is not restricted to these intended majors, however.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of participation in prior healthcare-related shadowing, volunteer, work or research experiences.
  • A well-articulated motivation toward medicine as presented in the personal statement below.
  • The ability to engage in learning outside of the classroom as demonstrated by curiosity and communication with instructors/preceptors.

Applications are being accepted now for Spring 2018 preceptorships. The application deadline is October 27 at 5:00 p.m.

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 (BIOL 1441, 1442), Microbiology (BIOL 3444), Molecular Biology (BIOL 4331), Genetics (BIOL 3315), Ecology, Immunology (BIOL 3312), Parasitology, Anatomy (BIOL 3446), and Physiology (BIOL 3442)
  • General Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab); CHEM 1441 and CHEM 1442
  • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab); CHEM 2321/2181 and CHEM 2322/2182
  • Biochemistry - 3 semester hours; CHEM 4311
  • English - 6 semester hours; ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302
  • Mathematics - 3 semester hours of statistics; MATH 1308, MATH 3316, MATH 3351, BIOL 2300, BIOL 5314, PSYC 2441, PSYC 2443, PSYC 2444, KINE 1308, or IE 3301 - some schools also require one semester of calculus
  • Physics - 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab); PHYS 1441 and 1442, or PHYS 1443 and 1444

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:
  • PSYC 1315 - Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCI 1311 - Introduction to Sociology

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
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 schools in Texas:


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