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. 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 credit will not be accepted during the 2018 application year for any prerequisite course except for English.
- Beginning the application year 2019 TTUHSC School of Medicine will begin accepting
AP and online credit and/or coursework for prerequisite courses. 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 change excludes all early acceptance programs.
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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
- For the 2018 application year, 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 our MD/PhD dual degree program, you may complete either the Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS) Application or the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Application
- Please note that if you apply through the AMCAS application that you will only be considered for the MD/PhD program.
- 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.
All applicants to the School of Medicine, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle.
CASPer is an online test which assesses for 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 computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com, and select 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using your TMDSAS ID (If you only have an AMCAS ID, you may use that) 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.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to email@example.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.
The CASPer test is comprised of 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 takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take 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.
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.
- 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 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 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 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.