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  • Education Requirements for Medical School

    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.

    There are certain requirements that are common among all the medical schools in Texas.  The following requirements must be taken into consideration by all applicants.

    • 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 listed in the table below 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.
    • Each required course, listed in the table below, 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.
    • Advanced placement credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. Lump sum credit is not accepted.
    • Graduate courses do not satisfy the 90 hour requirement OR the required coursework.
    • All required coursework must be completed before OR by the time of enrollment into the medical school.
    • 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.
    • The prescribed course requirements are the minimum requirements for admission to medical school.  Applicants are best served to take additional upper-level course work so they are better prepared for the academic rigors of medical school.
    • 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.

    Completion Plan for 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. If students are interested in applying to multiple schools then this plan will meet their needs. It is possible to meet the course requirements at some of the Texas medical schools without having taken all of the following courses. However, students are strongly encouraged to take a pre-medical course plan that has a broad appeal.

    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.

    Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology.

    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).

    Courses such as Physical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis may also satisfy the requirement.

    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. 
    Must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.  Cannot be an introductory course.  The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department.

    Click here for a list of course topics to be covered in an acceptable biochemistry course.

    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)

    Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.  Can be algebra-based or calculus-based Physics.

    ENGLISH

    6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English.

    Any course accredited by the English Department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or "English As a Second Language" courses are not accepted.

    STATISTICS

    3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Statistics. 
    The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department. Individual medical schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty.

    Click here for a list of course topics to be covered in an acceptable statistics course.

    Refer to the Approved Statistics Courses List for a complete list.  To seek approval for any course not on the list, submit a course syllabus, course listing and course description to TMDSAS for review.

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