The Texas A&M Office of Professional School Advising (OPSA) located on campus is one of the best places to start. Our wonderful Pre-Medical advisors will help you determine the steps you need to take in order to apply for medical school and to become a highly competitive applicant.
Location: Career Center on the second floor of the John J. Koldus Building (Room 209)
Do I really want to be a physician?
OPSA can advise you realistically on whether your credentials show promise for admission to medical school, but only you can decide if that is what you truly want to do. One way to explore your interest is to volunteer at a local hospital or office. You can also observe or shadow a physician, here in College Station or back home. Another way is to read information about professional schools and medicine as a career or interact with professionals in the field. Be sure to join one of the campus pre-health organizations such as AMSA, Pre-Medical Society, or AED.
What type of major looks best?
Many applicants believe that medical schools want science majors or that certain programs prefer liberal arts majors. In actuality, medical schools have no preference for what your major is as long as you do well and meet the basic prerequisite entrance requirements. We suggest that you choose a major that leads to what you would select as an alternative career for these reasons: you generally do best at what you enjoy the most; this is another way to determine whether medicine is the right choice; and an alternative career provides good insurance if you should happen to change direction or postpone entry. Texas A&M University offers extensive and exciting majors to choose from in ten diverse colleges.
If your chosen major does not include the prerequisite courses in its curriculum, you must complete the required courses mentioned below either as science credit hours or elective credit hours. Since many higher level courses build upon each other, freshman biology and chemistry are good courses to complete during your freshman year.
Click on the links below for more information on medical schools and the pre med route:
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There are also numerous programs geared specifically towards enabling highly motivated pre-medical students just like you to achieve all of their goals and aspirations. Many programs in Texas and across the nation offer financial support, mentoring, internships, academic enrichment courses, research experience, MCAT preparation and much more. Listed below are some websites to help you start your research for a program that is just right for you:
* Resources marked with asterisks are very important, please look at these sites thoroughly, bookmark them and utilize their information/opportunities.
Medical School Programs/Application
*- Official MCAT Site
- AMCAS Application Service
Information Regarding JAMP
- Joint Admission Medical Program
Texas Medical Schools
- Baylor College of Medicine
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
- Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine
- Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine
- University of North Texas HSC - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Texas Tech University HSC - Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso
- The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School
- The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School
- University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
As a member of the Pre-Medical society there are many resources that can help you decide if the medical field is right for you.
Texas A&M Pre-Medical Society