Early Acceptance Programs
About the Programs
For students who are considering enrolling in medical school after their undergraduate education, an attractive opportunity is available. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Early Acceptance Program (EAP) is open to residents of the State of Texas only. It is a joint effort between several Texas colleges and universities and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine for qualified, highly motivated students to obtain an early acceptance to medical school.
The objectives of this joint early acceptance program are: to attract academically talented high school students to these selected participating colleges/universities and later to the medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine; to provide an exciting incentive to the gifted students interested in medicine; and to encourage students to broaden their educational experience before they enroll in their professional studies. The waiver of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) should allow more time to include coursework in the humanities, mathematics, business, languages, or in other areas, which make for well-rounded professionals.
This Program is designed for outstanding high school graduates who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. It has the possibility of enabling a student to be interviewed during his/her third year of undergraduate education and to receive notification of admission by the end of that academic year. It would also include the waiver of the MCAT. Students who are interested in pursuing early selection and waiver of the MCAT must meet the EAP criteria.
This is not an accelerated program. Therefore, the School of Medicine reserves the right to deny acceptance through this program to students who may contemplate early graduation.
- Texas residents
- Graduated from a Texas high school
- U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
- Earned a composite score of 1360 on the SAT (Verbal and math portions only), or a 30 on the ACT upon matriculation from high school (composite score must be earned in one test administration)
School specific program details
Regardless of Departmental or Freshman College advising assignments, all Angelo State EAP candidates must be advised by Dr. Russell Wilke as pre-health advisor and Dr. Shirley Eoff as Honor's advisor. This applies to all students, but especially to freshmen.
For more information please contact:
Dr. Shirley Eoff, Director Honors Program
Porter Henderson Library 332
(325) 942 - 2722
Dr. Cynthia Powell (EAP Advisor)
Applications and requirements
Register an account and create a full primary application with the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS).
A complete primary application consists of:
- Filled and submitted TMDSAS application
- Letters of Recommendation
- Application fee
* The MCAT requirement is waived for all Early Acceptance Program applicants.
|General Biology or Zoology||6|
|Upper Division Biology||6|
|General Chemistry labs||2|
|Organic Chemistry labs||2|
Refer to the School specific details section for coursework required by each individual institution.
Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine Secondary Application
After submitting your TMDSAS application, you will receive an email from the TTUHSC School of Medicine with a link to log in and fill the secondary application. You can find the secondary application questions here.
All applicants applying to the Medicine program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences - Lubbock are required to complete an online assessment (Casper), to assist with our selection process.
Casper is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
In order to take Casper, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:
● Government-issued photo ID
● Valid email address
● Working webcam
● Working microphone
● Reliable high-speed internet connection
Please go to https://www.takeAltus.com to sign up for the Medicine test (CSP-10111 - U.S. Medicine), under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your TMDSAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.
You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admissions timeline and requirements. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test, and you must select Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takeAltus.com.
To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for Casper, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding Casper accommodations can be found here.
The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.
Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
|May 1||TMDSAS application opens|
|June 1||First applications transmitted to schools|
|November 1||Submission deadline for TMDSAS application|
|November 15||Letters of recommendation should be posted by this date|
|November 30||Submission deadline for the secondary application|
School of Medicine Interview decisions and rejections given.*
|December-January||Medicine Interviews for Early Acceptance Program applicants.|
|Admission decisions given*|
* All EAP applicants receive an email notification with their decision to the email address on their TMDSAS application.
Students wishing to apply to the Early Acceptance Program must maintain 100 hours of community service per academic year.
Volunteer, shadowing, and research hours are earned by the academic year: September 1st through August 31st. Hours earned before September 1st of a student's First-year student year (i.e., the summer between graduating high school and attending college) do not count.
The TTUHSC School of Medicine prefers the majority of volunteer/shadowing hours be conducted in a health-care setting. As well, no more than 20% of the hours should be dedicated to research activity.
Students should keep track of their volunteer hours and be prepared to provide them on TMDSAS application.
Students admitted to EAP will be required to continue maintaining 100 hours of volunteering/shadowing annually and will submit this update directly to the SOM Admissions Office.
Note that TTUHSC School of Medicine registration begins in June and we encourage all
matriculating participants to complete and submit their hours in May to avoid any
holds. Hours will be saved in an institutional cloud service and should be organized
by year and type.
Filename example: [Academic Year - Activity Type].pdf
All EAP students admitted to the Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine must
maintain a GPA minimum as stated in their EAP contract.
In order to verify their grades and keep their acceptance current, final transcripts must be submitted at the end of every semester.
After graduation in May, submission of final transcripts MUST be sent to TTUHSC School of Medicine and TMDSAS for final verification of grades and eligibility in the summer before matriculation to medical school.
After transcripts are submitted and verified by TMDSAS, if the cumulative and/or science GPA falls below the requirement stated in their contract, the medical school will review the student's ability to raise and maintain his or her GPA and Early Acceptance seat.
If granted acceptance, a student MUST NOT take the MCAT. If they choose to do so, their Early Acceptance seat will be rescinded at the discretion of the School of Medicine Office of Admissions.
Contact the Office of Admissions
(806) 743 - 2297