Roadmap to the Health Professions
Are you a pre-medical, pre-PA, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, or pre-veterinary student looking for information and resources to help you on your pre-health journey? Attend a fall webinar to get all your questions answered!
- Getting Ready to Apply
- For junior and senior students
- Friday, October 15, at noon
- Staying on Track
- For second-year students
- Friday, October 22, at noon
- Starting Your Journey
- For first-year students
- Friday, October 29, at noon
Upcoming Virtual Events
TWU Career Connections events
- Tuesday, October 12: Quick Stop - Mastering the Art of the Interview
- Wednesday, October 27: Men in Healthcare Panel
- Thursday, October 28: Women in Healthcare Panel
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence events
- Wednesday, October 20: Skillful Learning – Metacognition and Mindset
At a pre-health fair, you can meet admissions representatives, get application tips, and learn about your future career. Whether you are pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-PA, there is a fair for you!
- Optometry Virtual Fair: October 14
- ChooseDO Virtual Medical School Expo: December 8
- Veterinary Virtual Career Fair: January 22
- SAVE THE DATE! Health Professions Week: November 4-11
- SAVE THE DATE! Thursdays in October: Texas A&M Virtual Mini Med School
- Tuesday, October 5: The Path to Physician Assistant – Pre-PA to PA-C
- Wednesday, October 6: Texas Tech Fall Applicant Seminar
- Friday, October 8: Pharmacy Admissions Requirements and PharmCAS with University of Houston
- Saturday, October 9: SHSU College of Medicine Virtual Student Panel
- Wednesday, October 13: Admissions 101 with Texas Tech School of Pharmacy
- Friday, October 22: University of Houston College of Pharmacy Faculty Panel
The Road to Professional School
Admission to the health professions can be a rigorous and complex process. The College of Arts and Sciences is here to assist you in navigating your path to professional school with the following helpful tips and resources. For additional information or to schedule an advising appointment, see the “Faculty Pre-Health Advisors” section below.
Admission to professional programs is highly competitive. Many factors are taken into account, including college GPA, test scores (MCAT, DAT, etc.) and clinical experience. Acceptance rate statistics for medical and dental schools based on GPA and MCAT/DAT scores can be found below. Other professional programs hold similar outcomes.
- Texas Medical School Statistics
- Non-Texas Medical School Statistics
- Texas Dental School Statistics
- Non-Texas Dental School Statistics
GPA Distribution of TMDSAS Matriculants
MCAT Distribution of TMDSAS Matriculants
Data drawn from the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service website at tmdsas.com.
Steps for Success
The following are just a few of the actions you can take to strengthen your prospects:
- Maintain a strong GPA of 3.7 or above.
- Take advantage of opportunities that offer hands-on patient care.
- Gain job shadowing experience that pertains to your desired field.
- Be active in community service organizations that allow you to interact with diverse communities.
- For medical and dental school applicants, participate in research.
- Seek out leadership roles in your extra-curricular activities.
- Take full length, timed practice tests at least four months ahead of the actual admission test date. Plan to take the test twice in order to achieve the best score possible.
- Compose a thoughtful and persuasive personal statement. Request that an advisor or faculty member review the statement and offer feedback.
Texas Medical Schools
- UT Southwestern Medical School- Dallas
- Texas A&M Health Science Center- College Station
- UT Medical Branch School of Medicine- Galveston
- Baylor College of Medicine- Houston
- UT Health Science Center at Houston- McGovern Medical School
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Lubbock
- UT Health San Antonio- Long School of Medicine
- UNT Health Science Center- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine- Fort Worth
- Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at El Paso- Foster School of Medicine
- UT Austin Dell Medical School
- UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
- Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
- University of Houston College of Medicine
- University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
While it’s important to research and find out exactly what your specific school is looking for, many schools have a common set of courses that are required for entry. Despite what you may have been told, a science degree is not required for entry into many medical schools. In fact, choosing a major that will allow you to excel and maintain a great GPA is what is commonly recommended.
To be considered for admission to medical school, a total of 90 semester hours of undergraduate work in a fully-accredited college in the United States must be completed prior to enrollment. It is your responsibility to check each medical school’s website to ensure that your coursework will fulfill the required pre-requisites. Science courses for non-science majors are not applicable to departmental/major requirements. View the TMDSAS prescribed course listing for Texas Woman’s University>>
Medical and Dental School Application Services
- TMDSAS: Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (Texas public medical and dental schools)
- AMCAS: American Medical College Application Service (Texas private medical schools and out-of-state U.S. medical schools)
- AACOMAS: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (Osteopathic medical schools)
- AADSAS: Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (Out-of-state dental schools)
Obtaining a Committee Packet for the Letters Section of Your Application
For Current Applicants: Entry Year 2022
Schedule an appointment with Mehgann Mallory to start a Pre-Health file.
You will need to submit the following:
- Unofficial TWU transcript
- A minimum of 3 recommendations. Please contact one of our pre-health advisors for assistance in selecting your recommenders. Recommendations must be submitted on the TWU Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Evaluation Form. The TWU evaluation forms must be signed by the student.*
- A complete list of schools you will be applying to
- Curriculum Vitae
- A brief autobiographical sketch which includes information about your background, your activities, significant people and events which have influenced your interest in a health career, unique life experiences, and your motivational characteristics.
*We will provide you with our Health Professions Evaluation Form to submit to your evaluators. You will need to fill out your personal information and sign the form before you provide it to your evaluators. They will fill out the recommender section of the form and attach their LOR on letterhead. Completed recommendations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, on-campus evaluators may send their evaluation form and LOR to Mehgann Mallory in the Biology Department through intercampus mail. Off-campus evaluators may mail the evaluation form and LOR to the P.O. Box listed on the form.
The AAMC provides an excellent set of guidelines for letter writers. We recommend that you provide your evaluators with a copy of these guidelines to assist them in writing you a strong recommendation.
Your committee packet can be uploaded to multiple application services. For example, if you are applying to UT Southwestern and Yale University School of Medicine, you will use TMDSAS and AMCAS and the packet may be used for both.
What is JAMP?
The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) is a special program created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical education. Visit our JAMP page to learn more>>
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