Are you thinking of applying to medical school or another health professions school in Texas after receiving your undergraduate degree? Here you will find information on medical and dental school minimum credit hour requirements and other helpful information, as well as links to the various professional schools located in Texas.
You may make an appointment with the health professions advisor using this link: 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.
Preparing to Apply to a Professional School
Medical, dental, veterinary, and other health profession 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 a professional school. However, 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
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. Read more 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: Recommendation Submission Request Form
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.
- 2018 medical and dental school applicants seeking to enter medical or dental school in the fall of 2019 may seek an HPAC endorsement by completing the form found here: www.uta.edu/php-lib/machform/view.php?id=3834
- Applications must be completed by Sunday, February 18, 2018.
- There are two required and one optional essay in the application:
- Personal Statement- 5,000 characters with spaces - Required
Your personal statement should include the factors that influenced you to apply to medical or dental school and your philosophical approach to the practice of medicine or dentistry. This statement should be the one you plan to use on your medical or dental school application
- Personal Characteristics Essay- 2,500 characters with spaces - Required
Learning from others is enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe your personal characteristics (background, talents, skills, etc.) or experiences that would add to the educational experience of others.
- Unique Circumstances or Life Experiences Essay- 2,500 characters with spaces
Briefly discuss any unique circumstances or life experiences that are relevant to your application which have not previously been presented. This is not an area to continue your essay or reiterate what you have previously stated: this area is provided to address any issues that have not previously been addressed.
- Personal Statement- 5,000 characters with spaces - Required
- This cover sheet must accompany all evaluations submitted to the HPAC: HPAC Letter of Evaluation Form.
Please send completed evaluations 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
Access the application at the following link. (NOTE: Applications are now closed for Spring 2018 preceptorships.)
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 (minimum 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 pre-medical students. UTA 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
The 11 medical schools in Texas are:
- UT Southwestern Medical School - Dallas
- Texas A&M Health Science Center - College Station
- UT Medical Branch School of Medicine - Galveston
- Baylor College of Medicine - Houston
- UT Health Science Center at Houston - McGovern Medical School
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock
- UT Health San Antonio - Long School of Medicine
- UNT Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine - Fort Worth
- UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
- Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at El Paso - Foster School of Medicine
- UT Austin Dell Medical School
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 website.
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:
- Texas A&M University - College of Dentistry
- UT Health Science Center at Houston - School of Dentistry
- UT Health Science Center at San Antonio – School of Dentistry
The two optometry schools in Texas are:
- University of Houston – College of Optometry
- University of the Incarnate Word – Rosenberg School of Optometry – San Antonio
The eight pharmacy schools in Texas are:
- University of the Incarnate Word – Feik School of Pharmacy - San Antonio
- Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy - Kingsville
- Texas Southern University – College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Houston
- Texas Tech Health Sciences Center – School of Pharmacy - Lubbock
- University of Houston - College of Pharmacy
- UT Austin - College of Pharmacy
- UT Tyler – Fisch College of Pharmacy
- UNT Health Science Center – College of Pharmacy – Fort Worth
The veterinary school in Texas is located at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine – College Station.
Allied Health Programs
- Clinical Dietetics
- Dental Hygiene – Texas A&M Caruth School of Dental Hygiene
- Medical Technology
- Occupational Therapy – Texas Woman’s University
- Occupational Therapy - All Accredited Programs
- Physical Therapy – All Accredited Programs
- Physician Assistant – UT Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas
- Prosthetics and Orthotics – UT Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas
- Public Health – UNT Health Science Center – Fort Worth
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Dental Admission Test (DAT)
- AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Applicant Information
- AACOMAS Applicant Information
- Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
- ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service
- ExploreHealthCareers.org - A great overview of careers related to all aspects of health care