Pathway to Medical Dental Pharmacy or Veterinary School

                 Pathway to Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, or Veterinary School


Students intending to pursue a career in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine should work closely with their advisor and transfer institution to select appropriate transfer courses.  Most students pursuing these careers work towards a Bachelor's Degree in Biology or Chemistry prior to applying to medical/dental/pharmacy/veterinary school.  The following courses are generally required in the State of Texas for admission to these programs:


Biology-16 hours as a science major with labs

Chemistry- 16 hours as a science major with labs

English-6 to 8 hours college level courses

Mathematics- 3 to 6 hours (calculus or statistics)

Physics- 8 hours as a science major with labs


After the completion of a Baccalaureate Degree, students desiring admission into a medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school must meet score requirements on entrance exams such as the MCAT, GRE, or other field-related exams.  In addition to admission test scores, professional programs base their acceptance of students on criteria such as:

  • GPA
  • Motivation
  • Diverse experiences in community service; work experience or volunteer service in a related field
  • Leadership skills


For more information about these careers, contact an advisor or the Dean of Science, Kinesiology, and PASS.