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Application Requirements

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.

  • Primary Application

    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: www.tmdsas.com

    The application for admission can be submitted as early as May 3 but no later than October 1. The TMDSAS application has a flat fee of $140. 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.

    TMDSAS
    P.O. Box 2175
    Austin, Texas 78768
    (512) 499-4785
    info@tmdsas.com

    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
    (979) 436-0237
    admissions@medicine.tamhsc.edu

  • Secondary Application

    The Secondary Application for the entry year 2015 has closed.

    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

    The deadline to submit a Secondary Application for Entry Year 2015 was October 1, 2014. Secondary Application submission is now closed. Login and submission instructions will be reposted when the Secondary Application for Entry Year 2016 opens on May 1, 2016.

  • 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 business 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 via Interfolio or Virtual Evals. They can also be uploaded through the TMDSAS Advisor Portal. A minimum of two evaluations from professors are required. Letters of reference from employment supervisors, physicians, other medical personnel or research mentors are acceptable, but they must not be used in lieu of the minimum two professor letters. 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 three letters from employment supervisors or associates, medical personnel, and/or research mentors to complete your evaluation packet.

  • MCAT

    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 exam scores that are more than five years old. (Scores from years prior to 2010 will not be considered.)

    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 November (for 2014), 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.

    If you are testing in 2014 or January 2015, you will take the current MCAT exam. However, unlike past test takers, you will not take the MCAT Writing Sample section.

    Note: Medical schools will also accept current MCAT scores for 2016 and 2017 admission.

    If you are testing in 2015 and 2016 for the entering classes of 2016 and 2017, you will take MCAT 2015 which will be released March 2015 and includes four sections and will report 4 scores. The four areas to be tested are:

    1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
    3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
    4. 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: mcat@aamc.org (unable to accept attachments)
    http://www.aamc.org/students/start.htm

  • 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.

    Required Courses

    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 CourseSemester 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

    Notes

    * 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:

    • pH
    • Protein structure and function
    • Nucleic acid synthesis
    • Carbohydrate metabolism
    • Lipid structures and metabolism
    • Amino acid metabolism
    • Enzyme kinetics
    • Electron transport
    • Oxidative phosphorylation
    • One carbon

    ** 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.

Last edited by: ebutton 12/03/2014

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