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Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Entrance

  • 90 undergraduate hours at a university in the United States or Canada
  • All pre-medical requirements listed below must have been completed at a United States or Canadian University. Courses which do not conform to this requirement will not be accepted, even if credit has been given for them by a U.S. or Canadian school.
  • Graduate courses do not satisfy this requirement.
  • It is required that applicants take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) within 5 years of applying to medical school. Registration for the MCAT is coordinated through the AAMC. Directions are available on the AAMC website. MCAT scores are evaluated in compliance with Texas House Bill 1641.

Premedical Course Requirements


Semester Hours

Biology (with lab) 14 (12 lecture, 2 lab)
Inorganic Chemistry (with lab) 8 (6 lecture, 2 lab)
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 8 (6 lecture, 2 lab)
Physics (with lab) 8 (6 lecture, 2 lab)
English 6
  • Biology courses must be as required for science majors. One year may be completed by Advanced Placement credit. The other year must be completed in residence at a college and must include a full year of corresponding lab experience.
  • If you have a question about whether or not a specific course will fulfill a requirement, please contact the TMDSAS!

Recommendations for Applicants

  • Students should plan college work with an emphasis on obtaining a broad educational background. Knowledge is an end in itself. It is important that evidence of scholarly interest and achievement in some branch of academic endeavor be demonstrated.
  • The study of medicine is based upon science, so the medical student must be a capable student of science. Therefore, majors in the scientific disciplines such as, but not limited to, chemistry, biology, and physics are satisfactory.
  • A liberal arts education is an excellent basis for a medical career. Accordingly, applicants may have majored in such areas as classics, languages, history, English literature, belles letters, music, or philosophy, provided the specific scientific requirements listed below are fulfilled. All applicants are expected to be well educated and able to demonstrate the intellectual interests associated with entry into a learned profession.
  • Although the minimum requirement for admission is 90 undergraduate hours at a university in the United States or Canada, preference is given to students who obtain a baccalaureate degree prior to admission to medical school.
  • Any action taken with respect to your application is based upon the expectation that you will complete the published requirements, and any degree program that you have outlined in your application. If the requirements are not completed or the degree specified in your application is not received, then any acceptance to medical school may be withdrawn, at any time, even after matriculation.