Admissions Requirements and Policies
Applicants are encouraged to pursue their desired interest with respect to a degree and do well in that major. Please note that non-science majors are strongly advised to enroll in additional science coursework beyond the prerequisite requirements.
- Applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (or 134 quarter hours) at a regionally accredited US or Canadian college or university.
- All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited US or Canadian college or university. Foreign coursework will not count towards meeting any of the prerequisites, even if transfer credit has been given for them by a US or Canadian school.
- Each prerequisite course listed in the table below must be completed with a grade
of C or better.
- AP credit will not be accepted for any prerequisite course except for English.
|General Biology or Zoology||6|
|Upper Division Biology||6|
|General Chemistry labs||2|
|Organic Chemistry labs||2|
Biochemistry is required by TTUHSC School of Medicine and may be used toward fulfilling the Biological Sciences or General Chemistry requirement.
Prerequisite courses notes and guidelines
- Prerequisite courses must be completed in a traditional classroom setting. Online coursework will not be accepted as substitute for the prerequisite courses requirement.
- Courses from all Biological Sciences applied toward a Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology are acceptable as "Biology" credits, provided they are what is offered for Biology majors. For instance, the Biology course for "non-science majors" would not be acceptable.
- Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, health professions, etc.) will not satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable towards a traditional science degree.
- Recommended upper-division courses (3000 or 4000 level courses) include: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology,
Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology.
- Applicants are strongly advised to have at least 6 hours of upper-division "Biology" courses (3000 or 4000 level courses).
- The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department. Refer to the TMDSAS Approved Statistics Courses List for approved statistics courses.
- The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a requirement for admission into the TTUHSC School of Medicine.
- The best score from the past 5 years from the year of application submission is used in the evaluation process.
- Test scores older than 5 years from the year of application submission will not be considered.
All applicants to TTUHSC School of Medicine must complete the following:
- A primary application
- The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS) Application is required of all applicants.
- If you are applying to either our MD/PhD or MD/JD dual degree programs, you must complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Application. Please refer to our Dual Degrees page for more information.
- A secondary application
- A TTUHSC School of Medicine Secondary Application is required of all applicants. Make sure you visit our secondary application page to see the most updated and official secondary application questions.
- Eligible candidates will receive an email invitation from our school with the link and instructions to complete our secondary application after we have received their complete application from TMDSAS. Please allow for processing time by TMDSAS.
- A completed CASPer test
- The CASPer test is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that TTUHSC School of Medicine feels is important for medical students and graduates. Three examples of CASPer scenarios.
- A complete CASPer test is required to maintain admission eligibility. Without a complete CASPer test you may receive an interview invitation but will not be eligible for an offer of acceptance to TTUHSC School of Medicine.
- Applicants should plan to spend approximately 90 minutes on the test which is broken down into an introduction, an optional break at the halfway point, and 12 sections.
- The CASPer test has limited test dates. You must sign up to reserve a test date with your TMDSAS or AAMC ID.
- If you did not complete the TMDSAS application you would use your AAMC ID.
- There is a nominal fee associated with the CASPer test. LEARN MORE.
- Please visit www.takecasper.com to learn more.
The TTUHSC School of Medicine carefully reviews applications by applying the concepts of the AAMC holistic review initiative. Holistic review is a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician.
There is no discrimination on the basis of race, sex, creed, national origin, age, or disability. In an effort to recruit a highly qualified and diverse student body, which reflects the demographics of the West Texas region, race/ethnicity as well as a socioeconomically disadvantaged background are among the many factors considered in the admission process.
*It is the goal of TTUHSC School of Medicine to accept only those students who are guaranteed to complete the full four years of the curriculum based on citizenship or permanent resident status. Therefore, only applicants who are permanent US residents or American citizens will be considered for interview and admission.
- Interview invitations are sent via e-mail to the e-mail address in your TMDSAS application.
- MD Applicants are given two 30 minute interviews.
- Dual degree invited applicants are given an additional interview.
- MD/PhD applicants are given two additional interviews for a total of four.
Important technical details
Interview invitations, as well as any communications made to applicants from the TTUHSC School of Medicine will be sent from our e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to mark this sender as safe and check your spam folder as well as your email inbox for correspondence.
Pre-Match Rolling Admissions and Texas Match
For information regarding Texas medical school acceptance and match process, please visit the TMDSAS website.
Post-Match Rolling Admissions and Alternate Pool
- In the event that an accepted applicant leaves his/her seat, an applicant from the
alternate pool will be selected and an offer will be made. This process is generally
very slow and unpredictable.
- The alternate pool is not ranked.
- Applicants may be selected from the alternate pool up until orientation at TTUHSC School of Medicine begins.
Important technical details
Secondary Application invitations, interview invitations, offer letters, and any other communications made to applicants from the TTUHSC School of Medicine will be sent from our e-mail address email@example.com. Please make sure to mark this sender as safe and check your spam folder as well as your email inbox for correspondence.