Pre-Medical Preparation at ACU

Entrance Requirements

  • Most medical schools require candidates to take the MCAT exam. It is the greatest single determining factor in whether a student gains admission to medical school. There are 22 test dates a year, and is usually taken in the spring of your junior year. Plan your schedule so that you have taken the prerequisite classes by that time. For more information visit
  • TMDSAS is the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service that processes the common application for those persons applying to all of the Texas Medical and Dental Schools, except for Baylor College of Medicine. The application process can be completed online at
  • While a minimum of three years of study (90 semester hours) must be completed in a U.S. accredited college or university for admission into medical school, the completion of a B.A. or B.S. degree is highly desirable. Students may major in any academic discipline as long as they have completed the following courses as prerequisites for application. While the basic requirements are very similar, schools do vary in their math and/or liberal arts requirements.
  • Students must apply to the ACU pre-medical program. Applications and requirements will be available on the ACU Health Professions Site.

Dr. Cynthia Powell
ACU Box 28132
325-674-2864 or 2176
Office: SC 121

The following are course requirements for public medical schools in Texas. Out-of-state schools have similar prerequisites. It is highly recommended that the students contact the schools for the latest information about course requirements in order for them to be met by the required time.

Course Prerequisites/MCAT coverage* (Recommended before the MCAT)

General Biology I & II with lab8 hrs (BIOL 112/114, BIOL 113/115)
General Chemistry I & II with lab8 hrs (CHEM 131/133, CHEM 132/134)
Organic Chemistry I & II with lab8 hrs (CHEM 223/221, CHEM 324/322)
Physics I & II with lab8 hrs (PHYS 110/111, PHYS 112/113)
Upper Division Biological Sciences6 hrs min required (Cell Bio-BIOL 312, Physiology-BIOL 492 and Human Anatomy-BIOL 491/493 are recommended)
Biochemistry I3 hrs required by some (CHEM 453)
Statistics3 hrs (Biostatistics-BIOL 483 (preferred), or MATH 123, MATH 377)
English6 hrs (ENGL 111, ENGL 112)
Core coursesIntro to Psych-PSYC 120, Intro to Socio-SOCI 111
* These courses include prerequisite courses and other courses covered on the MCAT.

Medical Schools in Texas

Application through Texas Medical and Dental School Application Services (TMDSAS)   
Refer to:                                                                        

University of Texas Health Science San Antonio
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
University of North Texas Health Science Center (Osteopathic Medical Training)
Texas Tech University Health Science Center

Public Out of State Medical Schools and Private Medical Schools

Application through American Association of Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
Refer to: for list of programs

Private medical School in Texas:    

Baylor College of Medicine

Out of State Osteopathic Medical Programs

Application process through American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Refer to: for list of programs

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