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College of Science

Pre-Medical Studies

Pre-Medical Studies

WHAT IS A PHYSICIAN?

A physician is a healthcare provider that prevents, diagnosis and treats many physical and mental healthcare conditions. They can provide emergency care, perform surgery, create treatment plans, conduct research, take histories, prescribe medication, and promote health wellness. They are typically the primary healthcare provider. There are different branches in medicine: Allopathic Medicine (MD), Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Podiatric Medicine (DPM), and Naturopathic Medicine (DNM). 

EDUCATION: DOCTORATE (MD, DO, DPM, DNM)

TRADITIONAL COMPETATIVE PRE-MED STUDENT: 

  • GPA: 3.7-3.9 and/or positive trend
  • MCAT: >510
  • AVG CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: 100+ hours clinically related experience
  • AVG COMMUNITY SERVICE: 200+ hours
  • Research, non-clinical experiences, strong letters and essays
  • Strong in areas such as: communication, interpersonal skills, professionalism, maturity, problem-solving, empathy, intrapersonal skills, and cultural competency

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THE JOURNEY OF A PRE-MED STUDENT

Planning to pursue a career as a physician can be an overwhelming process. It is important to become familiar with the process and different resources available. Below are links to resources with helpful information. ALL PRE-MED STUDENTS SHOULD READ: ANATOMY OF AN APPLICANT & the FAQ PAGE

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UPDATES ON COVID-19:

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RESOURCES:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR NON-TRADITIONAL/POST BACC APPLICANTS:

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UTA PRE-MED ORGANIZATIONS

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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.
  • PRE-MEDICAL PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM
    • This program allows UTA students with a medically related interest an opportunity to be paired with a physician mentor from Arlington Memorial Hospital or John Peter Smith 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. 
  • PARKLAND HOSPITAL OBSERVATION PROGRAM
    • The experience is designed to increase career awareness, fulfill education/application requirement and help model behavior through example. Eligibilty and additional information can be found on the website.

 Visit the Special Programs Page for more opportunities.

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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 extracurriculars that interest you. Below are some recommendations for pre-med students. Visit the Special Programs Page for more opportunities.

  • 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

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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 3.7. 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

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APPLYING & APPLICATION SERVICES

Students typically apply at the end of junior year but your application cycle may be different depending on your circumstances. This is a competative, year long process, therefore it is important to apply only when you are a competative candidate. Student should become familiar with the application service(s) used to apply to medical schools early.

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TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOLS - Admissions 

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ADMISSION TEST - Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

  • SCORE: 472-528 in 4 sections (132/section)
  • SECTIONS: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological of Living Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)
  • COMPETATIVE SCORE: >510
  • COST: $315
  • IDEAL time to TAKE: Jan-May of application year when prepared! 
  • Register at: AAMC Website

Additional statistics can be found at http://tmdsas.com/Resources/ApplicationStats.html

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MCAT Guides & TIPS

MCAT PREP

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CASPer: Some programs also require the CASPer Test, an assesment of an applicants personal qualities. This test is taken during the application cycle and valid for 1 year. More information can be found on the CASPer Website. The following Texas Schools currently require this test:

  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center