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Admission Requirements

English 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours. Writing intensive courses taught in departments other than the English department are not acceptable.
Biological Sciences 14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours and 3 quarter lab hours) as required for college science majors.
Mathematics 3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of college Calculus or Statistics. Statistics must be taught in the Math department.
Physics 8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.
Chemistry

General Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

Applicants must complete at least 90 semester hours. Preference is given to those applicants who complete a baccalaureate degree. Although a minimum grade of C is required in each course, the average GPA is approximately 3.80. Coursework is acceptable only if completed at regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The MCAT is required of all applicants. UTMB will not accept a score older than 5 years. It is advisable that you take the MCAT during the Spring in order to increase your chances of receiving an interview. It is the goal of the UTMB School of Medicine to accept only those students who are guaranteed to complete the full four years of the curriculum based on citizenship or permanent resident status. Therefore, only applicants who are permanent US residents or American citizens will be considered for interview and admission.

In addition to the basic core requirements for medical school, the following courses are highly recommended prior to entering medical school:

  • Biochemistry/Advanced Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Statistics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Microbiology

Security Clearance

On January 1, 2004, a new Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard became effective requiring criminal background checks for security purposes on all employees, staff, and volunteers who supervise care, render treatment, and provide services. The site governing this policy can be found at: http://www.utmb.edu/policy/ihop/search/03-03-02.pdf

Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. The UTMB School of Medicine policy states that students who are assigned to clinical facilities that require criminal background checks for security purposes must comply with and receive clearance from affiliated institutions in order to participate in clinically related activities. Therefore, in keeping with this policy, all students will be required to undergo a background check for security clearance in order to matriculate into UTMB.

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Rabek, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student
Affairs and Admissions
jrabek@utmb.edu

Theresa Silva, BS
Director of Admissions
tsilva@utmb.edu

Tammy Bird, BS
Business Coordinator
tmbird@utmb.edu

Office of Admissions
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1317

For general admission information:
somadmis@utmb.edu
(409) 772-6958
(409) 747-2909 fax