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Prepare to Apply

  • It is important for students to understand that the application process typically takes about two years. So, getting started and developing a timeline will help so that you can achieve your goals in a timely manner.
  • The prerequisites that are required of students who are applying to any Texas medical school are listed below:
English ENGL 104 & any literature or tech. writing  
Statistics
STAT 201, 211, 301, 302, 303, INFO 303 or
SCMT 303, PSYC 203
 
Intro Biology w/ Labs BIOL 111 & BIOL 112  
Inorganic Chemistry w/ Labs CHEM 101/111 & CHEM 102/112
Organic Chemistry w/ Labs CHEM 227/237 & CHEM 228/238 
Physics w/ Labs PHYS 201 & 202 or 208 & 218  
Upper-level Biology  (see handout or OPSA Advisor for list) 
Biochemistry BICH 410

If applying to out of state programs students will have to check their websites for more information on required courses. However, about 90% of out of state schools have the same prerequisites that the Texas schools have.
 
  • MCAT – Figure out when you will take your required exam, the Medical College Admission Test https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ .  If you are a student on a four year schedule and wish to start medical school after graduation then the spring of your junior year will most likely be when you will take your test. Most of the prerequisite courses will be required to take your MCAT exam as well as a sociology and psychology course.
  • The MCAT will be changing in April 2015 from an old format and score to a newer score and test. The old test will still be good for a few years if you are applying. Here is more information on the new scoring for the MCAT –
     
    Score - Test takers will receive five scores from their MCAT exams: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score.
     
    Section Scores: Each of the four sections—Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior—will be scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Test takers will receive scores for each of the four sections.
     
    Total Score: Scores for the four sections will be combined to create a total score. The total score will range from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500.
     
  • Get out in the field and try to shadow and volunteer in the field. Students can gain experience by shadowing a physician, volunteering in a clinic or hospital, working in the healthcare field, etc.  The OPSA office has a list of options for students who are looking to volunteer while in school. If looking for shadowing we encourage students to look back home and try to complete it while on winter, summer or spring break.
  • OPSA will hold File Workshops and students are required to attend this workshop to begin to prepare for the application process. These workshops are held in the fall semester prior to the summer in which they are going to apply. Once students attend this workshop they will be prepared to ask their evaluators for letters of evaluation as well as begin writing their essays. Advertising for the workshop will be accomplished through our website, individual listservs as well as through student groups and the campus paper, the Battalion.
  • Other workshops that will help students through the application process are the Application Workshop and Interview Workshop. 
  • Get to know your professors so that you can ask them for a letter of evaluation. Typically students will need two professors they have had in class, as well as others, when they apply. So, it is important to start working on your communication skills while in school.