Completed Application Checklist
The COM Admissions office only reviews completed applications. The following makes an application complete (each detailed further below).
- TMDSAS Application (primary application) and fee paid
- COM Secondary Application and fee paid
- Letters of Recommendation
- MCAT score(s) with no pending scores
- Official Transcripts (sent to TMDSAS)
- Copy of Permanent Resident Card (if applicable; sent directly to TMDSAS)
Pre-requisite courses should be mostly complete upon application, however some courses may be in progress or planned. These courses must be completed prior to matriculation.
The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine participates in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). TMDSAS is a centralized application processing service for applicants to first-year entering classes at participating medical schools. TMDSAS provides one standardized form online at:
The application for admission can be submitted as early as May 3 but no later than September 30. The TMDSAS application has a flat fee of $150. All supporting documents are to be mailed to the address below. In addition to mailing, letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the evaluator using the TMDSAS Advisory Portal or electronically through Virtual Evals or Interfolio.
P.O. Box 2175
Austin, Texas 78768
Questions, corrections, and letters of evaluation regarding admission, should be addressed to:
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
8447 State Highway 47
Bryan, TX 77807-3260
Secondary Application Instructions
The Secondary Application for the entry year 2017 will open May 2, 2016.
The Secondary Application is required for both the MD and MD/PhD programs and is in addition to the TMDSAS and/or AMCAS applications.The Secondary Application can be submitted before the TMDSAS or AMCAS application, provided you have registered and created a TMDSAS and/or AMCAS account and an ID number issued.
A non-refundable $60 fee is required before the Secondary Application can be processed. Only credit cards are accepted for payment of the fee. Credit card payments must be made using the university's secure payment system.
Applicants will not be considered for evaluation until the primary and secondary applications have been properly completed and the secondary payment of $60 received.
Important: Only one secondary application is required if you are applying to the MD and MD/PhD programs.
Secondary Application Instructions
Logging into the TAMHSC Admissions Processing Portal (APP)
- To register and set up an account, access the LOGIN page
- Click on the "Register" link and complete the information required to register as a student
- A password link will be sent to your e-mail address
- Login using your APP Username and Password
- Re-applicants login with your existing username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password click "Forgot Password".
- Be sure to select "COM" or "College of Medicine" and "2017" when initiating the application for the first time.
Your APP Homepage
- Carefully read the information displayed on your APP homepage
- The homepage will also display important messages, status updates, notifications and forms to complete from the Office of Admissions
Starting and Completing the Secondary Application
- In your APP homepage, proceed to the Outstanding Assignments table where the 2016 Secondary Application Form is located
- Click on the View button located to the right and under the Actions column and begin filling out the secondary application
- Save your progress by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the form (it is recommended that you save frequently to avoid losing information as the system will time-out)
- Submit the completed secondary by clicking the Submit button at the bottom of the form.
- Submit payment of $60 via credit card by clicking the link labeled "Click Here" located at the top of the secondary application form.
- Submitting your payment DOES NOT submit your Secondary Application. You must click the “Submit” button.
Letters of Evaluation
Health Professions advisors and/or faculty play an important role in helping the admissions committee assess intellectual ability, personal attributes and promise for medicine as a career. Therefore, prospective applicants are urged to get to know their advisors and teaching faculty early in their undergraduate education experience to ensure support of their application.
Evaluators should submit letters of evaluation or a Health Professions Advisory Committee Evaluation packet directly to TMDSAS. All letters of evaluation submitted by the evaluator or advising office must be written in official school letterhead, and all evaluations must be current, otherwise they will not be considered official. Letters can be submitted to TMDSAS by postal mail in official school/organization envelope or submitted electronically viaor . They can also be uploaded through the TMDSAS Advisor Portal.
A minimum of three evaluations or a Health Professions Advisory Packet are required. Letters of reference from professors are preferred however letters from employment supervisors, physicians, other medical personnel or research mentors are acceptable as well. TMDSAS will authenticate all letters of evaluation/recommendation and health professions advisory committee packets.
If you are no longer in undergraduate school and cannot obtain an evaluation from your former health professions advisor or health professions advisory committee, you should proceed as follows:
- If you are attending graduate school, one of your evaluations must be from your graduate advisor, a major professor or the chairperson of your major department.
- If you have been out of college for more than one year and are currently employed or in military service, one of your required evaluations must be written by your immediate supervisor or commanding officer.
- If self-employed, one of your recommendation letters must be from a business associate. The evaluation must detail your performance.
If you cannot obtain a letter from a health professions advisor or faculty member because you have been out of school for several years, you must then submit at least two letters from employment supervisors or associates, medical personnel, and/or research mentors to complete your evaluation packet.
The Admissions Committee considers the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores as part of its review and decision-making process. Although an applicant's performance on the MCAT is used in the evaluation process, it is not used as the sole or primary criterion for consideration or to end consideration.
Note: The MCAT must have been taken no earlier than five years before the expected date of enrollment. The COM will not accept MCAT scores that are more than five years old. (Scores from years prior to 2011 will not be considered. We will consider the MCAT scores taken through September 2016.)
The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in each of the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences.
The MCAT exam is administered multiple times from late January through September, and offered at hundreds of testing sites in the United States, Canada and around the world. For more information on preparation, registration and application please visit the MCAT Home Page . Once the MCAT is taken, scores must be released directly to the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). For instructions visit the TMDSAS website.
As of April 2015, the latest version of the MCAT includes four sections and will report 4 scores. The four areas to be tested are:
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Total testing time is expected to be at 7 1/2 hours with breaks. The four sections will have numeric score values. The new score reports and scaled scores will be released in conjunction with MCAT 2015.
Although an applicant's performance on the MCAT is used in admissions decisions, it is not used as the sole criterion for consideration. In the evaluation process, MCAT scores are used in combination with academic record and a host of other factors, as well as to compare an applicant's scores with those of other applicants from similar backgrounds.
For questions about registration and test administration, contact the MCAT Resource Center at:
MCAT Program Office
Association of American Medical Colleges
Medical College Admission Test
2450 N. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 828-0690
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (unable to accept attachments)
Undergraduate Course Requirements
Most entering students complete a baccalaureate degree before enrolling. Students, however, may enroll with 90 semester hours of college work or without a baccalaureate degree, provided their academic record and intellectual capacity, dedication to service, capacity for effective interactions, and life experiences are comparable or superior to those students who complete the baccalaureate degree.
The following courses are required with at least a grade of a "C" from a fully accredited college or university in the U.S. and must be completed before or by the time of enrollment:
Required Course Semester Hrs. Quarter Hrs. General Biology (with labs) 8 12 Advanced Biological Sciences 6 9 3 semester hrs. or 5 quarter hrs. of Biochemistry is required and may be used towards fulfillment of the Advanced Biological Sciences requirement.* General Chemistry (with labs) 8 12 Organic Chemistry (with labs) 8 12 General Physics (with labs) 8 12 Math-Based Statistics** 3 5 English 6 9 Total Credit Hours Required 47 71
* The Biochemistry requirement may be used towards fulfilling part of the Biological Sciences requirement.The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department. It cannot be an introductory course, and it must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field and designed for Biochemistry majors or an equivalent course. For a one-semester required Biochemistry course the following need to be covered in the course material for it to satisfy the requirement:
- Protein structure and function
- Nucleic acid synthesis
- Carbohydrate metabolism
- Lipid structures and metabolism
- Amino acid metabolism
- Enzyme kinetics
- Electron transport
- Oxidative phosphorylation
- One carbon metabolism
** The Statistics course should be taught in the Math or Statistics Department. Statistics courses taught in other departments may be considered with appropriate documentation and approval of the Dean of Admissions. Fundamentally, the course should:
- Address methods that set up experiments that maximize a student's ability to draw meaningful conclusions
- Explore designed and un-designed experiments involving factorial, nested, split and repeated measures
- Explore regression and correlation
- Exercise the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data
Policy on AP Credits, Credits by Exam, and Dual Credit
We generally prefer that applicants take the prerequisite courses at 4-year accredited colleges and universities rather than utilize advanced placement credits, credits by exam, dual-credit, pass/fail course work or community college courses. We do not dismiss these credits; and, if they have been taken, we will accept them toward meeting the prerequisites. In fact, if an applicant has placed out of a required level course, we will also accept another course in that discipline at the same or higher level. Again, our preference is that applicants take graded courses at 4-year institutions, particularly the prerequisites in the biological sciences and the chemistry series.