Pre-Medical (PMED)

Academic Preparation for Admission into Texas Medical (MD) Programs

There are eight medical schools in Texas; seven allopathic medical schools award the M.D. degree and one osteopathic medical school awards the D.O. degree. Seven of the eight schools are state- supported. Baylor College of Medicine is the only private medical school in the state. Baylor receives a subsidy from the Texas legislature that allows Texas residents to pay the same tuition to attend Baylor as to attend state-supported medical schools. Texas medical schools have a four- year professional curriculum that continues as a residency-training program lasting from three to seven years, depending on the specialty. The core of basic sciences and clinical clerkships is similar at all of the medical schools with primary care (general practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics) emphasized. Medical students awarded the M.D. or D.O. degree chooses to enter either allopathic or osteopathic residencies, depending on their choice of specialty.

Medical schools require no specific academic major, but do require a core of 14 hours biology, 8 hours chemistry, 8 hours organic chemistry, 8 hours physics, 4 hours of calculus and 6 hours of English. Most students find additional science coursework to be beneficial in performing well on the MCAT exam. All prerequisite courses must be Science Major credible. Medical Schools of other states may have a different slate of core requirements. Most medical colleges do not accept AP credit to meet admission requirements. All Natural Science majors are efficient pathways to medical colleges. In addition to the majors in the Physical and Biological Sciences, other disciplines, such as anthropology, community studies, sociology, psychology, and environmental studies may offer a variety of interesting courses appropriate for students interested in medical school. However, if you choose a major outside of the Physical and Biological Science area you must include the basic science requirements for medical school along with satisfying requirements appropriate for your major. A widespread misconception suggesting it is necessary to major in a science, especially biology, or that medical schools prefer science majors is not accurate. The truth is that a majority of medical school applicants are natural science majors, but any academic major is suitable and acceptable for medical school as long as the prerequisite coursework is complete.

Serious students seeking career opportunities in the field of Medicine should seek advisement from the Office of Medical & Allied Health Programs. The specialized sequence of coursework meets basic prerequisite needs of the Texas MD programs within the scope of a generalized natural science major and minor. This approach provides the greatest flexibility for alternative strategies should they be necessary.

The pre-medical curriculum listed here serves to as a guide for the biology major / chemistry minor. Other academic majors and minors can be used, but may require more coursework than the usual 120-hour baccalaureate.

For further information on medical programs in Texas:

Baylor College of Medicine (BCOM)
Office of Admissions
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, Mail Stop 110
Houston, TX 77030

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center (TAMU)
College of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
159 Reynolds Medical Bldg.
College Station, TX 77843-1114

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (TTSOM)
Office of Admissions
3601 4th St
Lubbock, TX 79430

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Paul L Foster School of Medicine at El Paso
Office of Admissions
4800 Alberta
El Paso, TX 79905

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (TCOM)
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Admissions and Outreach
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699

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