Pre-Health Professions Programs

J. Eric Winterbottom, Pre-Health Sciences Academic Coordinator and JAMP Faculty Director
Alfonso Ramos, Advisor
Kleberg Hall 124
361-593-3797

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Pre-Health Professions Advising Office provides information and assistance to prospective, current and former students of Texas A&M University-Kingsville interested in pursuing health-related careers. Services include one-on-one academic, career and admissions advising, information on professional school selection, seminars on various health professions, access to summer enrichment programs and much more. Interested students should contact the Pre-Health Professions Advising Office as early in their academic careers as possible to take full advantage of the myriad of opportunities available.

Programs and Majors

Although a student may major in any field and if qualified, be accepted into a health professional school, the Bachelor of Science degree in either Biomedical Science or Biology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville provides for the vast majority of prerequisite courses for the following graduate degree programs:

  • Medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Dentistry (D.D.S.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)
  • Physician Assistant (P.A.)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)

Texas A&M University-Kingsville also offers the prerequisite courses for several undergraduate, pre-health professions degrees available at other South Texas institutions such as:

  • Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.)
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (O.T.A.)
  • Radiology Technician (C.R.T.)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Respiratory Care Therapist

And many other allied health fields.

Early Admissions Programs

Dental School Early Admissions Programs

Texas A&M University-Kingsville offers 3+4 Early Admissions Programs in dentistry with University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio Dental School, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center-Baylor College of Dentistry and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch. These programs provide early acceptance to dental school for qualified students during the spring semester of their freshman year and are called 3+4 because students typically spend three years at Texas A&M University-Kingsville meeting the basic degree requirements and then spend the required four years in dental training. Students who complete the program will receive a B.S. from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a D.D.S. from one of the Texas Dental Schools in seven rather than eight years. The requirements for each of these programs are unique to each institution. Interested students should contact the Pre-Health Professions Adviser for specific information.

Partnership for Primary Care (PPC)

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center Partnership for Primary Care Program Webpage

The Partnership for Primary Care Program is available for qualified students. Texas A&M University System Health Science Center-College of Medicine will award Texas A&M University-Kingsville students early acceptance into its medical school prior to the start of the undergraduate freshman year or at the end of the undergraduate freshman year provided:

  • the student’s legal residence is in a federally-recognized, medically underserved region in the State of Texas,
  • the student graduates in the top 10% of his/her high school graduating class,
  • the student earns a minimum high school grade point average of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale,
  • the student scores a 1200 SAT or 26 ACT,
  • the student demonstrates commitment to the medical profession
  • and the student maintains a 3.5 or better college grade point average each year of enrollment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)

http://www.utsystem.edu/jamp/

The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) provides services to support and encourage highly qualified economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical education. Students selected from JAMP will receive undergraduate and graduate scholarships and summer stipends; JAMP also guarantees the admission of those students who are qualified to a participating Texas medical school provided they satisfactorily complete all program requirements (See Pre-Health Professions Adviser for specific regulations). Qualified students must meet the following criteria:

  • be a Texas resident
  • apply for admission to one of the participating universities and enter college as a first-time freshman immediately following graduation from high school,
  • take the SAT or ACT and earn a score not less than the mean for the State of Texas and provide the scores to the participating university,
  • complete and submit the FASFA and be eligible to receive a Pell Grant in the student’s freshman year of college and
  • complete 30 hours of undergraduate credit during the fall and spring semester of his/her freshman year with a 3.25 GPA or higher (no more than 3 hours of AP credit can be counted toward this requirement).

Summer Enrichment Programs

Various summer enrichment programs designed to facilitate and enhance the students’ entry into professional school are available to Texas A&M University-Kingsville students. These programs provide stipends, academic enrichment, clinical experience, admissions counseling, rigorous standardized entrance exam preparation and the opportunity for the professional school faculty and staff to become familiar with their particular strengths well in advance of their application. A sample of the available programs typically attended by pre-health professions students include:

  • The University of Texas Medical Branch/UT Pan American Academic Enrichment Program
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch Medical School Familiarization Program
  • Minority Medical Education Program
  • Texas A&M University System Health Science Center-College of Medicine Bridge to Medicine MCAT Preparatory Program
  • The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Medical School Summer Enrichment Program
  • Baylor College of Medicine Honors Premedical Academy
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Human Anatomy Course for Undergraduates
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio Dental School Summer Dental Research Program
  • Texas A&M University System Health Science Center-Baylor College of Dentistry Pre-Dental Summer Enrichment Program
  • The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston Summer Enrichment Program
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Rural Pre-Health Professional Summer Academy

Required Course Prerequisites for Medical and Dental Schools in Texas

In addition to the General Educational and Specific Degree Requirements as the vast majority of students accepted to medical and dental school earn a baccalaureate degree prior to acceptance, the following courses represent the minimum requirements for acceptance as declared by the medical and dental schools in Texas. However, numerous additional courses and nonacademic activities are just as critical to be a successful pre-medical or pre-dental student. Frequent consultation with the Pre-Health Professions Adviser is very important. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and Dental Admissions Test (DAT) are also required for medicine and dentistry, respectively.

NOTE: Graduate schools in medicine and dentistry differ greatly in their entrance requirements. After deciding on a school or schools, the student should write to the Director of Admissions for the latest catalog and follow the program outlined as nearly as possible.

Biology
Required
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1106
General Biology I
and General Biology Laboratory I
4
BIOL 1307
BIOL 1107
General Biology II
and General Biology Laboratory II
4
Adv. BIOL6
Strongly Recommended
Human Anatomy and Physiol
Human Anat and Physiology II
Animal Physiology
Molecular Biology
Vertebrate Embryology
Bacteriology
Immunology
Cellular Physiology
Total Semester Credit Hours14
Chemistry
Required
CHEM 1311
CHEM 1111
Gen Inorganic Chemistry I
and Gen Inorganic Chem Lab I
4
CHEM 1312
CHEM 1112
Gen Inorganic Chemistry II
and Gen Inorganic Chem Lab II
4
CHEM 3323
CHEM 3123
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
4
CHEM 3325
CHEM 3125
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
4
Strongly Recommended
Biochemistry I 1
Biochemistry II
Biochemistry I 1
Total Semester Credit Hours16
 English
ENGL 1301Rhetoric and Composition3
ENGL 1302Rhetoric and Composition3
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Courses in literature strongly recommended.

Mathematics

(not required for Dental School) 

MATH 2413Calculus I 14
Total Semester Credit Hours4
Physics
Select 2 of the following:8
College Physics I
and Coll Physics I Laboratory
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
University Physics II
and University Physics II Lab
Total Semester Credit Hours8
Math-based Statistics 
STAT 4301Biostatistics3
Total Semester Credit Hours3

Pre-Pharmacy Generic Curriculum

The Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum consists of at least two years of college credit; however, the number of students gaining acceptance to pharmacy school that complete at least three years of college or a baccalaureate degree prior to entry is growing rapidly as the general applicant pool becomes more competitive every year. The following courses represent the combined minimum requirements for acceptance as declared by pharmacy schools in Texas. Students are encouraged to complete the prerequisites to apply to all pharmacy schools in Texas in order to increase their overall chances of acceptance. However, students should consult with the Pre-Health Professions Adviser for requirements specific to each school. The applicant will be evaluated on the quality of overall academic performance, letters of recommendation and interviews. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is also required.

Note: Students attending institutions other than Texas A&M University-Kingsville for their undergraduate studies that wish to apply for admission to the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy should consult with the School of Pharmacy staff and the Pre-Health Professions Adviser at their parent institution for the specific courses at that institution that meet the prerequisites specific to the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy.

Biology
Required
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1106
General Biology I
and General Biology Laboratory I
4
BIOL 1307
BIOL 1107
General Biology II
and General Biology Laboratory II
4
BIOL 2421Elementary Microbiology4
BIOL 3402Genetics4
Recommended
Human Anatomy and Physiol
Human Anat and Physiology II
Animal Physiology
Bacteriology
Immunology
Cellular Physiology
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Hours vary depending on the specific pharmacy college.

Chemistry 
Required
CHEM 1311
CHEM 1111
Gen Inorganic Chemistry I
and Gen Inorganic Chem Lab I
4
CHEM 1312
CHEM 1112
Gen Inorganic Chemistry II
and Gen Inorganic Chem Lab II
4
CHEM 3323
CHEM 3123
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
4
CHEM 3325
CHEM 3125
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
4
Recommended
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Total Semester Credit Hours16
Physics 
Select one of the following:4
College Physics I
and Coll Physics I Laboratory
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
Total Semester Credit Hours4

Hours vary depending on the specific pharmacy college.

Mathematics
MATH 2413Calculus I 14
Total Semester Credit Hours4
Statistics
STAT 1342Elementary Statistics3
Total Semester Credit Hours3
English
ENGL 1301Rhetoric and Composition3
ENGL 1302Rhetoric and Composition3
ENGL 2342Reading in Poetry and Novel3
or ENGL 2362 Read in Short Story and Drama
Total Semester Credit Hours9

Hours vary depending on the specific pharmacy college.

History 
HIST 1301American History to 18773
HIST 1302American History since 18773
Total Semester Credit Hours6
Political Science 
POLS 2301Government and Politics of US3
POLS 2302Government and Politics of TX3
Total Semester Credit Hours6
Social/Behavioral Science 
Select 1 of the following:3
Introd to Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Total Semester Credit Hours3

Hours vary depending on the specific pharmacy college.

Visual/Performing Arts
Examples of; not inclusive:3
ARTS
Structure of the Arts
Structure of the Arts
Structure of the Arts
Art History I
Art History II (Or any 3 hour lab or studio course from ARTS, MUSI or THEA.)
Total Semester Credit Hours3

Hours vary depending on the specific pharmacy college. 

Communications
COMS 1311Intro to Oral Communication3
or COMS 1315 Bus and Professional Comm
Total Semester Credit Hours3

Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Clinical Lab Sciences Generic Curriculum

Students interested in the careers listed above must complete the General Education Requirements in addition to the following courses. However, there are variations in those requirements for each institution offering the respective graduate degrees. The listing below itemizes only the common courses required of all four careers listed in this section. Additional courses and nonacademic activities are just as critical in order to be successful. Therefore, frequent consultation with the Pre-Health Professions Adviser is very important. The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) is required for optometry school. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant schools.

Biology
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1106
General Biology I
and General Biology Laboratory I
4
BIOL 1307
BIOL 1107
General Biology II
and General Biology Laboratory II
4
BIOL 2401Human Anatomy and Physiol4
BIOL 2402Human Anat and Physiology II4
BIOL 2421Elementary Microbiology (Not required for Physical or Occupational Therapy.)4
Total Semester Credit Hours20

Hours and specific courses vary depending on the specific program.

Chemistry
CHEM 1311
CHEM 1111
Gen Inorganic Chemistry I
and Gen Inorganic Chem Lab I
4
CHEM 1312
CHEM 1112
Gen Inorganic Chemistry II
and Gen Inorganic Chem Lab II
4
CHEM 3323
CHEM 3123
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
4
Required for Optometry
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
Biochemistry I
Total Semester Credit Hours12
Physics
Not required for Physician Assistants
Select 2 of the following:8
College Physics I
and Coll Physics I Laboratory
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
College Physics II
and College Physics II Lab
University Physics II
and University Physics II Lab
Total Semester Credit Hours8
Additional Mathematics
Only required for Optometry
MATH 2413Calculus I 14
Total Semester Credit Hours4
Statistics
STAT 1342Elementary Statistics3
Total Semester Credit Hours3
Additional English
Only required for Physical Therapy
ENGL 2314Technical Writing3
Total Semester Credit Hours3

A Medical Terminology course may also be required for some graduate schools (usually available as an Internet course from various institutions).

Psychology
Select 1-3 of the following:3-9
Introd to Psychology
Sel Topics in Psychology (TOPIC: Developmental Psychology)
One additional advanced PSYC
Total Semester Credit Hours3-9

Hours and specific courses vary depending on the specific program.

Sociology
SOCI 1301Principles of Sociology3
Total Semester Credit Hours3

Hours and specific courses vary depending on the specific program.

Pre-Nursing Generic Curriculum

The curriculum for a nursing degree depends on whether a student is interested in applying to a two-year nursing program (Associate Degree in Nursing) or a four-year nursing program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Students interested in pursuing a two-year degree in nursing are not required to complete the general education courses, though it is recommended. Schools of nursing differ greatly in their entrance requirements. After deciding on a school or schools, the student should write to the Director of Admissions for the latest catalog and follow the program outlined as nearly as possible. Students should consult the Pre-Health Professions Adviser for specific course programs.