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    Each participating schools determines its own course requirements for admission. While there is significant similarity among the medical schools, differences do occur. Students should refer to the respective medical school’s website for the  official  and  most current  requirements for that particular school.

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    Medical Education Requirements

    Each medical school determines its own course requirements for admission.  While there is significant similarity among the medical schools, differences do occur. Students should refer to the respective medical school’s website for the  official  and  most current  requirements for that particular school. Review the  medical schools' course requirements or  contact the schools.  

    The following requirements must be taken into consideration by all applicants. 

    Medical School Course Requirements  

    Accepting that course requirements vary somewhat, the following plan (if taken in its entirety) would meet the admission requirements for all of the TMDSAS participating medical schools.  

    To learn more about which courses are counted towards the pre-requisites, please review our course definitions.


    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 

    14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of Biological Science.  

    GENERAL CHEMISTRY 

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of General Chemistry, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab). 

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Organic Chemistry, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab). 

    BIOCHEMISTRY 

    3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Biochemistry.   

    PHYSICS 

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Physics, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab) 

    ENGLISH 

    6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English. 

    STATISTICS 

    3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Statistics.   

     

    Prescribed Coursework  Requirements 

    • Each required course must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses taken Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit will  not  count towards meeting the requirement. 
    • Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, etc.) will not satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable towards a traditional science degree. 

    Education Eligibility 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 pre-medical requirements must have been completed at a regionally accredited US or Canadian university/college.  
      • 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. 

    Course Requirements by School

    Official and current course requirements for each medical school can be found at:  

    FAQs

    Can I be accepted to medical school without an undergraduate degree? 
    Baccalaureate degrees are highly desirable. However, exceptionally mature students without a degree, who have outstanding academic records, superior performance on the respective admissions test and highly desirable personal qualifications may be considered for admission. 

    I have a deficiency with my prescribed coursework but my school only offers certain courses/tracks? 
    If your institution follows a sequence different from above, which potentially causes a deficiency, provide a statement or information from your university registrar or advisor, and this information will be included with your application to the schools.  

    Do I have to take all of the coursework listed to be eligible for admission? 
    It is possible to meet the course requirements at some of the Texas medical schools without having taken all of the above courses. However, students are strongly encouraged to take a pre-medical course plan that has a broad appeal. 

    Do I have to complete all of the prescribed coursework before submitting my application? 
    No. All required coursework must be completed before OR by the time of enrollment into the medical school. 

    Will my graduate coursework count towards the education requirements for medical school? 
    Graduate coursework does not satisfy the 90-hour requirement OR the required coursework. 

    Will my AP credit count towards the prescribed coursework requirements? 
    AP credit is only accepted if the school granting the credit lists the specific courses and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. 

    Please note that some TMDSAS partner schools do not accept AP/IB credit. Please contact each of the schools to which you are applying regarding their specific policies on AP and IB credit.  

    Dental Education Requirements

    1. Accepting that course requirements vary somewhat, the following plan (if taken in its entirety) would meet the admission requirements for all of the TMDSAS participating medical schools.  

    To learn more about which courses are counted towards the pre-requisites, please review our course definitions.


    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 

    14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of Biological Science.  

    UT School of Dentistry at Houston and Texas A&M University College of Dentistry require 3 semester hours (or 5 quarter hours) of Microbiology.  This requirement will count toward fulfilling part of the 14 semester hour Biological Science requirement.

    GENERAL CHEMISTRY 

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of General Chemistry, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab). 

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Organic Chemistry, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab). 

    BIOCHEMISTRY 

    3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Biochemistry.   

    PHYSICS 

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Physics, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab) 

    ENGLISH 

    6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English. 

    STATISTICS 

    3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Statistics.   

     

    Prescribed Coursework  Requirements 

    • Each required course must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses taken Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit will  not  count towards meeting the requirement. 
    • Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, etc.) will not satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable towards a traditional science degree. 

    Education Eligibility 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 pre-dental requirements must have been completed at a regionally accredited US or Canadian university/college.  
      • 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. 

    FAQs

    Can I be accepted to dental school without an undergraduate degree? 
    Baccalaureate degrees are highly desirable. However, exceptionally mature students without a degree, who have outstanding academic records, superior performance on the respective admissions test and highly desirable personal qualifications may be considered for admission. 

    I have a deficiency with my prescribed coursework but my school only offers certain courses/tracks? 
    If your institution follows a sequence different from above, which potentially causes a deficiency, provide a statement or information from your university registrar or advisor, and this information will be included with your application to the schools.  

    Do I have to take all of the coursework listed to be eligible for admission? 
    It is possible to meet the course requirements at some of the Texas dental schools without having taken all of the above courses. However, students are strongly encouraged to take a pre-dental course plan that has a broad appeal. 

    Do I have to complete all of the prescribed coursework before submitting my application? 
    No. All required coursework must be completed before OR by the time of enrollment into the medical school. 

    Will my graduate coursework count towards the education requirements for medical school? 
    Graduate coursework does not satisfy the 90-hour requirement OR the required coursework. 

    Will my AP credit count towards the prescribed coursework requirements? 
    AP credit is only accepted if the school granting the credit lists the specific courses and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. 

    Please note that some TMDSAS partner schools do not accept AP/IB credit. Please contact each of the schools to which you are applying regarding their specific policies on AP and IB credit.  

    Veterinary Education Requirements

    For Veterinary Education Requirements, please refer to the Texas A&M CVM website.