Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have at least 90 semester hour credits from a United States or Canadian college or university with no grade lower than a C in required course work. Web-based applications are available through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) in Austin. Applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and submit other required documents to the TMDSAS, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts, in order to have a complete application.  Refer to the TMDSAS to obtain specific information about application instructions, and important dates and deadlines.

Acceptance & Education Requirements

The Long SOM Admissions Committee uses a holistic review process to assess each and every application.  Balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics, and consideration is given to how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician. The Long SOM Admissions Committee evaluates each candidate’s application to assess these elements of the holistic review and values evidence of academic strength, broad and varied experiences in healthcare, leadership and community service, and the development of an applicant’s personal attributes.  Demonstration of integrity, maturity, motivation, judgment, resilience and resourcefulness is also of value.  The personal interview is a required component of the application process, invitations for which are issued by the Long SOM Admissions Committee.

Only applicants who are American citizens or possess official status as Permanent Residents of the U.S. can be considered for interview and acceptance at this time.

Prerequisite Coursework

Each required course must be completed with a grade of C or better.   Courses taken Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit do not count towards meeting the requirement.  Advanced placement credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. In certain circumstances a limited amount of online course work not required for the major and not a prescribed course for application to medical school may be considered.

On-line courses: Require to be from approved universities via the 6 regional accreditors(NEASCNCACASI;   MSCHESACS;  WASCWEB). You can find out if an online school is accredited by a regional accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education by searching the United States Department of Education database.

Acceptance to the Long School of Medicine is conditional upon satisfactory completion of all requirements as listed by The University of Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service. In particular, if coursework or degree completion is listed as planned in the TMDSAS application, this must be accomplished. Failure to inform the Office of Admissions & Outreach of any changes may result in withdrawal of acceptance.

Biological Sciences 14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of Biological Science.
Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology.
Biochemistry 3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Biochemistry.
Must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.  Cannot be an introductory course.
The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department. Click here for a list of course topics to be covered in an acceptable biochemistry course.
General Chemistry 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of General Chemistry, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).
Courses such as Physical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis may also satisfy the requirement.
Organic Chemistry 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Organic Chemistry, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).
Physics 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Physics, including the corresponding laboratory experience. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).
Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.  Can be algebra-based or calculus-based Physics.
English 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English.
Any course accredited by the English Department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or “English As a Second Language” courses are not accepted.
Statistics 3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Statistics.
The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department. Individual medical schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty. Refer to the Approved Statistics Courses List for a complete list.  To seek approval for any course not on the list, submit a course syllabus, course listing and course description to TMDSAS for review.

 

For additional information on admissions requirements visit our Catalog.