Completed application checklist
The College of Medicine Office of Admissions only reviews completed applications. The following are the requirements for a complete application:
- 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
Prerequisite 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 College of Medicine participates in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). TMDSAS is a centralized application processing service for first-year applicants at participating medical schools. TMDSAS provides one standardized online form.
The application for admission can be submitted as early as May 3, but no later than Sept. 30 (for entering year 2017). The TMDSAS application has a flat fee of $150. All supporting documents should 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, TX 78768
Questions, corrections and letters of evaluation regarding admission should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University College of Medicine
8447 Riverside Pkwy
Bryan, TX 77807-3260
The secondary application for entry year 2018 will open May 1, 2017. The deadline to complete and submit the secondary application and pay the fee is Oct. 1, 2017* at 5 p.m. CST.
*If the deadline falls outside of normal office hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST), there will be no one available to answer questions. Therefore, be sure to make any inquiries during office hours.
The secondary application is REQUIRED for both the M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. 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 the applicant has registered and created a TMDSAS and/or AMCAS account and has been issued an ID number.
A nonrefundable $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 is received.
Important: Only one secondary application is required if you are applying to the M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. 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 email address
- Log in using your APP username and password
- Re-applicants log in 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.
- Carefully read the information displayed on the APP homepage
- The homepage will display important messages, status updates, notifications and forms to complete from the Office of Admissions
Starting and Completing the Secondary Application
- In the APP homepage, proceed to the Outstanding Assignments table where the 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 progress by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the form (it is recommended that users save frequently to avoid losing information, as the system will time-out)
- Submit the completed secondary application 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 payment DOES NOT submit secondary application. Users MUST click the Submit button.
Letters of Evaluation
Health professions advisers 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 advisers 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 on official school letterhead. All evaluations must be current or they will not be considered official. Letters can be submitted to TMDSAS by mail in an 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 and health professions advisory committee packets.
If an applicant is no longer in undergraduate school and cannot obtain an evaluation from their former health professions adviser or health professions advisory committee, they should proceed as follows:
- If attending graduate school, one evaluation must be from the applicant's graduate adviser, a major professor or the chairperson of their major department.
- If an applicant has been out of college for more than one year and is currently employed or serving in the military, one of the required evaluations must be written by their immediate supervisor or commanding officer.
- If self-employed, one of the recommendation letters must be from a business associate. The evaluation must detail the applicant's performance.
If an applicant cannot obtain a letter from a health professions adviser or faculty member because they have been out of school for several years, they must submit at least two letters from employment supervisors or associates, medical personnel, and/or research mentors to complete the 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 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 College of Medicine 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.
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. More information on preparation, registration and application is available on 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.
The MCAT includes four sections and four scores will be reported:
- 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
The four sections will have numeric score values. Total testing time, with breaks, is expected to be seven-and-a-half hours.
Although an applicant's performance on the MCAT is used in admission decisions, it is not the sole criterion for consideration. In the evaluation process, MCAT scores are used in combination with academic record and 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:
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. However, students 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 United States 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 Three semester hours or five quarter hours 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 to fulfill part of the biological sciences requirement. The course may be taught in the biology, biochemistry or chemistry department. It cannot be an introductory course. 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 MUST 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 undesigned 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
It is generally prefered that applicants take the prerequisite courses at a four-year accredited college or university rather than utilize advanced placement credits, credits by exam, dual-credit, pass/fail course work or community college courses. These credits are not dismissed. If they have been taken, they will be accepted toward meeting the prerequisites. If an applicant has placed out of a required level course, another course in that discipline at the same or higher level will be accepted.