Important information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 application cycle
The TTUHSC School of Medicine has implemented several changes and updates to our admissions process and timeline that affect the 2021 applicant cycle. Please refer to our coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page for the most current changes and updates. Click here.
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. Applicants who are working towards or have completed an undergraduate degree are preferred.
- 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 and online credit and/or coursework for prerequisite courses is accepted. We encourage
students to take traditional coursework.
- AP credit will be accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of credits granted per course on an official transcript.
- Online coursework must be from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accreditors.
- This excludes all early acceptance programs.
- AP and online credit and/or coursework for prerequisite courses is accepted. We encourage students to take traditional coursework.
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Biochemistry is required by TTUHSC School of Medicine and may be used toward fulfilling the Biological Sciences or General Chemistry requirement.
Prerequisite course notes and guidelines
- 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.
- The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department.
- 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).
- To identify courses that fulfill the prerequisites, please visit with your Pre-Health advisor. Courses listed here have been approved by the TMDSAS participating institutions to meet the education requirements.
- 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.
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 secondary application
Please go to our Secondary Application Questions page for details.
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.
The core foundational value of including the diverse cultures, lifestyles, personal beliefs and ideas of all those we serve ─ and serve alongside ─ provides a positive impact on the health of our regional, national and global societies. As we pursue excellence in health care education, research and patient care, we will be ever mindful of the strength that is gained through unity in diversity. LEARN MORE
*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.
The Casper Test and Altus Suite
All applicants applying to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine are required to complete the Casper test, to maintain admission eligibility for the current application cycle.
We are currently piloting the Casper test for this cycle. Casper is now a part of Altus Suite. Applicants to TTUHSC School of Medicine are only required to complete the Casper test.
To take the Casper test:
Register for Altus Suite for Medicine (UME) (CSP-10111-U.S. Medicine)
For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video.
Access www.TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements.
- Interview invitations are sent via e-mail to the e-mail address in your TMDSAS application.
- MD Applicants are given two 20-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 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.
Pre-Match Rolling Admissions and TMDSAS 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 the beginning of orientation at TTUHSC School of Medicine.
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 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.