2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Pre-Health Professions

TCU offers a curriculum preparing students for programs leading to doctoral degrees in the following health professions: Allopathic Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), Optometry (OD), Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Pharmacy (PharmD), Physician's Assistant (PA), Podiatric Medicine (DPM), and Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) consists of faculty members who teach courses normally taken by students pursuing the above professional goals and presently includes Professors Giri Akkaraju, biology; Gary Boehm, psychology; Jeff Coffer, chemistry; Amanda Hale, biology; Doug Ingram, physics and astronomy; Mike Chumley, biology; Karol Gryczynski, physics and astronomy; Shauna McGillivray, biology; Anna Petursdottir, psychology; David Stone, biology; David Minter, chemistry; Mike Misamore, biology; and Matt Chumchal, biology (chair). Jill Fritchen, administrative program specialist to the program, is housed in SWR 258.

The duties of the committee are to advise students on their curriculum; provide counseling regarding the health professions; and evaluate, both for the student and for the professional schools, the student's suitability for entering the profession. The committee offers "mock" interviews and will write a committee-based letter of evaluation for those students who submit the appropriate biographical materials. Additional information is available at www.prehealth.tcu.edu.

Curriculum

Health profession schools prefer applicants who have completed a four-year curriculum leading to a BA or BS degree. While the health professions schools will accept students in any major, certain courses are required or suggested as described below. In addition, if medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine is a student's primary career goal, the Health Professions Advisory Committee strongly recommends that students major within the College of Science & Engineering.

Required and Suggested Courses

Although each professional program has its own list of required and suggested courses, those shown below meet the requirements of the majority. Students should check the current requirements of schools to which they intend to apply before they begin their junior year at TCU to ensure that new or unusual requirements can be met before graduation.

Pass/No-Credit Option

See the Bachelor's Degree Definitions and Regulations in the Bachelor's Degree section of the University requirements.

Aptitude Tests

Most professional schools require aptitude tests to have been taken at the time of application. Generally, these should be taken 15-17 months before contemplated admission; i.e. , in the spring of the junior year for four-year students or in the sophomore year for three-year students (see below). Information on these exams is available in the Pre-Health Professions Office SWR 258. These include the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).

Alpha Epsilon Delta

The program sponsors the Texas Zeta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national honor society for pre-professional health science students. Additional information is available at http://www.aed.tcu.edu.

Pre-Health Professions Scholarships

The M.D. Anderson Foundation of Houston sponsors several scholarships for pre-health professions students who are at least sophomores; have a GPA above 3.0; are in the top third of their class; have a record of service to TCU, the community or the profession; and have demonstrated a high motivation toward a career in medicine and dentistry. Applications are available from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.