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Pre-Medical Studies

Pre-Medical Studies

THE JOURNEY OF A PRE-MED STUDENT

Preparing and planning to apply into medical school can be an overwhelming process. It is important to become familiar with the process and different resources available. Below are links to the National Organizations and resources with helpful information. All pre-med students should visit these pages along with the additional links on this page to gain knowledge in the medical school process! ALL PRE-MED STUDENTS SHOULD READ: ANATOMY OF AN APPLICANT

UTA PRE-MED ORGANIZATIONS

  • Global Medical Training (GMT)
    • Meetings are biweekly on Wednesdays in LS 122 from 12-12:50p
    • Next Meetings: 10/23, 11/6, 11/20

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

  • 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. One of the many benefits to this wonderful program is the opportunity for guaranteed acceptance to one of the Texas Medical Schools. Read more about JAMP.
  • PRE-MEDICAL PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM
    • This program allows UTA students with a medically related interest an opportunity to be paired with a physician mentor from Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital for one semester through a competitive application process. In addition, the program also requires an academic component in which students participate in weekly journal clubs with their peers and a faculty member. Find out more information about the PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM.

 

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

While grades and MCAT scores are important, competitive applicants are well-rounded with hundreds of hours of healthcare experiences. This typically includes shadowing, volunteering, working in a healthcare setting with direct patient interation, and research. However, a well-rounded student should also include non-healthcare related activities! Choose extracurricular that interest you. Below are some recommendations for pre-med students. Visit the links at the bottom of this page for additional resources.

  • Shadowing MDs and DOs (2-3 different specialties recommended)
  • Scribing
  • RN or CNA
  • Hospice Volunteering
  • Military Medic
  • EMT or Paramedic
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • ER, EKG, or Patient Care Technician
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Shadowing other Healthcare Professionals

PREREQUISITES

The prerequisites below are the typical requirements for all public Texas medical schools based on TMDSAS. Each medical school may vary in their requirements. It is the students’ responsibility to check admissions requirements for each specific school. Prerequisite requirements must be for science majors completed with a C or better (most schools DO NOT accept a C minus). Most have no expiration date, however, recent course work is preferred. It is important to do well in ALL your courses as your Overall GPA includes ALL college courses taken. A competitive GPA is around a 3.8. Non-Traditional/Post Bacc Students should also visit this page.

See TMDSAS Approved Course List (Note: This is not an inclusive list and each medical school may have different requirements)

REQUIRED HOURS

ACCEPTED UTA Course Codes

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 

minimum 14 semester hours (12 hours of lecture & 2 hours of formal lab) for traditional science majors. (Nursing, Kinesiology, and any other allied health course DOES NOT SATISFY prerequisite)

***Note: Competitive candidates typically take more than 14 hours in Biology

BIOL 1441 - Cell and Molecular Biology

BIOL 1442 - Evolution and Ecology

BIOL 3315 - Genetics

BIOL 3444 - Microbiology

BIOL 3442 - Human Physiology

BIOL 3446 - Human Anatomy

BIOL 3301 - Cell Physiology

BIOL 3312 - Immunobiology

BIOL 4312 - Intro to Virology

BIOL 4331 - Molecular Biology

***Note: Additional Biology courses may count towards this requirement

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 

8 semester hours General Chemistry, including the corresponding lab(6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab) for traditional science majors. (Nursing, Kinesiology, and any other allied health course DOES NOT SATISFY prerequisite)

CHEM 1441 - General Chemistry I OR CHEM 1341/1181 - General Chemistry I (for CHEM majors) 

CHEM 1442 - General Chemistry II OR CHEM 1342/1182 - General Chemistry II (for CHEM majors) 

***Note: CHEM 1465 (for ENG majors) can count towards 4 hours

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 

8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab)

CHEM 2321 - Organic Chemistry I & CHEM 2181 - Organic Chemistry I Lab

CHEM 2322 - Organic Chemistry II & CHEM 2182 - Organic Chemistry II Lab

BIOCHEMISTRY 

3 semester hours of Biochemistry  

CHEM 4311 - Biochemistry I

PHYSICS

8 semester hours of Physics, including lab (6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab) 

PHYS 1441 - General College Physics I OR PHYS 1443 - General Technical Physics II

PHYS 1442 - General College Physics II OR PHYS 1444 - General Technical Physics II

ENGLISH

6 semester hours of college English

ENGL 1301 - Rhetoric & Composition I

ENGL 1302 - Rhetoric & Composition II

STATISTICS 

3 semester hours of Statistics

NOTE: Additional courses may satisfy this requirement

MATH 1308 - Elementary Statistics

BIOL 2300 - Biostatistics

PSYC 2443 - Research and Design I

IE 3301 - Engineering Probability

            

APPLICATION SERVICES

Become familiar with the application service(s) used to apply to medical schools:

 

TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOLS

ADMISSION TEST

The Medical College Admissions Test is required of most medical schools. Scores can range from 472-528. A competitive MCAT is typically around a 510. Additional statistics can be found at http://tmdsas.com/Resources/ApplicationStats.html.  Some preparation resources are available in the Science Education and Career Center (Room 106 Life Science Building). Many MCAT resources are available online:

MCAT Guides/TEST Prep: