The Road to Medical School
Medical school admissions can be a rigorous and complex process. The College of Arts and Sciences is here to assist you in navigating your path to medical or dental school with the following helpful tips and resources.
Fall 2019 Events
- November 16-21: Health Professions Week
- November 18: Suture Clinic, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in ASSC 251
- November 23-24: Pre-Med Fest
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
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
- Bay 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
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.
- Biology: Minimum 14 semester hours (minimum 12 hours lecture, 2 hours lab); Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology (BIOL 1113, 1123), Microbiology (BACT 3113), Molecular/Cell Biology (4813/4823), Ecology (BIOL 4223), Immunology (BACT 4113), Anatomy & Physiology (ZOOL 2013/2023)
- General Chemistry: 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab); CHEM 1113 and CHEM 1123
- Organic Chemistry: 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab); CHEM 2213 & CHEM 3223
- Biochemistry: 3 semester hours; CHEM 3633
- English: 6 semester hours; ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302
- Mathematics: Statistics MATH 1703 or Calculus MATH 2014
- Physics: 8 semester hours (6 lecture plus 2 lab); PHYS 1133 and 1143, or PHYS 2153 and 2163
- Psychology and Sociology: PSY 1013 and SOCI 1013 are considered good courses for MCAT preparation.
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 may not be accepted. View the TMDSAS prescribed course listing for Texas Woman’s University>>
Consult Your Advisor
Your advisor is an invaluable resource when it comes to organizing your thoughts and executing your plans in preparation for the next step in your education.
Department Faculty Advisors
Ann Davis, Ph.D.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Richard Sheardy, Ph.D.
Curatio Club is a student-led organization that assists students with preparation for pre-health programs.
AMWA is a student organization that supports female pre-medical students. We are a welcoming community of like-minded students providing admissions advice, mentoring, tutoring and community service opportunities. TWU is home to the undergraduate branch of AMWA, offering membership that will serve you throughout the rest of your medical career.
The vision of Women in Healthcare Organization is to encourage, empower, and inspire women to maximize their potential in every field in healthcare. WHC will promote forums to develop professionalism, service projects that benefit the community while instilling leadership, awareness, and fostering valuable alliances. We are the Empowered Woman's Movement!
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 2020
Schedule an appointment with Mehgann Mallory to start a Pre-Health file.
You will need to submit the following:
- Unofficial TWU transcript
- Recommendations from at least three college professors, two of whom must be science instructors. 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.
*You will be given copies of our Health Professions Evaluation Form to submit to your evaluators. They will fill out the form, attach their LOR on letterhead, and return to Mehgann Mallory. On-campus evaluators may place the form and LOR in the Chemistry/Biochemistry box in intercampus mail located in ACT. Off-campus evaluators will mail the evaluation form and LOR to the P.O. Box listed on the evaluation form.
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>>
Page last updated 9:42 AM, November 4, 2019