Academic Preparation for Admission into Texas Medical (MD) Program

There are eleven medical schools in Texas; ten allopathic medical schools award the M.D. degree and one osteopathic medical school awards the D.O. degree. The academic preparation and clinical experience required is similar at all of the medical schools with primary care (general practice,pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics) emphasized.

MD vs. DO


Medical schools require no specific academic major  but do require a core of:

  • 14 hours biological sciences
  • 8 hours general chemistry
  • 8 hours organic chemistry
  • 3 hours biochemistry
  • 8 hours physics
  • 4 hours statistics
  • 6 hours of English

Most students find additional science and social science coursework to be beneficial in performing well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). All prerequisite courses must be Science Major credible. Medical Schools of other states may have a different slate of core requirements. Some medical colleges do not accept AP credit to meet admission requirements.

Biomedical Science, Biology and Chemistry majors are efficient pathways to medical colleges. Other disciplines 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 requirements for medical school along with satisfying requirements appropriate for your major

Admission to Medical Schools is very competitive.  Click here for a summary of TDMSAS applicant data to determine if you are a competitive candidate.