Pre-Health Professions

General requirements
General suggestions
Health Care Ethics Minor
Alpha Epsilon Delta

TCU offers a curriculum to prepare students for admission to programs leading to doctoral degrees in the following health professions: Dentistry (D.D.S.), Allopathic Medicine (M.D.), Optometry (O.D.), Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), and Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.).

The Pre-Health Professions program also offers advising services to students interested in other health fields (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy).

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 Tim Barth, Psychology; Doug Ingram, Physics; David Minter, Chemistry; Andrew Paquet, Biology; and Phil Hartman, Biology, Chairman. Ruth Eakin, the administrative assistant to the program, is housed in SWR M16.

The duties of the committee are to advise students on their curriculum, to provide counseling regarding the health professions, and to 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.

Curriculum: Health profession schools prefer applicants who have completed a four-year curriculum leading to a B.A. or B.S. degree. Generally, no particular majors are preferred although certain courses are required or suggested as described below. Students uncertain as to their prospective major should start out in the curriculum for the combination B.S. degree (see below).

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

Pass/No Credit Option. Courses required by professional schools for admission should not be taken on the Pass/No Credit basis.

General Requirements:

Biology: 10504, 10514
Chemistry: 10113, 10123, 10122 (or 10114 and 10124), 30123, 30122, 30133
Math: 10052, 10053 (if not completed in high school)
Physics: 10153, 10151, 10163, 10161
Other: University Curriculum Requirements and requirements of the major/minor


Humanities: ENGL 30223, SPAN 10153, PHIL 10003, 30313, 30363, RELI 30723, NURS 40303
Social Sciences: HIST 40803, SOCI 40523, 40533, SOWO 30853, 30863
Natural Sciences: BIOL 30303, 30404, 30603, 40123, 40133, 40203, 40223, 40404; CHEM 40164, 50133, 50143; MATH 10043; COSC 10403, PSYC 10213, 30463; NURS 30353
Other: NTDT 10403, SPCO 10343, 30153; KINE 10603, 30623, 30633; HLTH 40203; COSD 10303, 10343,30303; NURS 30603

Additional Pre-dental Courses

Required: Two advanced Biology courses as listed under General Suggestions with BIOL 30303, 40123, 40133, 40503 and 50133 especially recommended.

Suggested: ART 10133, 20243

Additional Pre-medical Courses

Required: Biology (same as pre-dental), MATH 10524, CHEM 30132
Suggested: None

Additional Pre-optometry Courses

Required: BIOL 20204-20214 or 30404, 30303, 40404; MATH 10524; PSYC 10213, 30503; CHEM 50133
Suggested: None

Additional Pre-pharmacy Courses

Required: BIOL 30303, 30404; MATH 10524 and 10043.

Additional Pre-podiatric Courses

Required: Same as premed.

Additional Pre-veterinary Courses

Required: BIOL 30303, 30603, 40123, 40253, 50133; MATH 10524; ENGL one literature course plus 30223 (or SPCO 20103); RAMA 30703.
Suggested: MATH 10043

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 4-year students or in the sophomore year for 3-year students (see below). Information on these exams is available in the Pre-Health Professions office SWR-M16: The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT), the Optometry Aptitude Test (OAT).

Health Care Ethics Minor

(See Health Care Ethics)

Combination B.S. Degree Program (The "Three-Year Program")

A few highly qualified pre-health professions students may be accepted by the professional school after the completion of a three-year college curriculum. TCU offers the B.S. combination degree program for these students. The student must complete a minimum of 94 semester hours including the prescribed courses, the UCR, and aptitude tests listed above. The last 45 hours of the 94 must be taken at TCU. The B.S. combination degree will be awarded after successful completion of the first year of professional school. Students uncertain as to their plans or major should start out in this program. Students must declare their interest in this program (i.e., file a degree plan) prior to application to a professional school. A typical curriculum that meets all these requirements is outlined below.

Typical Combination B.S. Degree Program for Pre-Health Professions Students 1

semester hours


BIOL 10504, 10514 8
CHEM 10113,10123,10122 8
Writing Workshop, other UCR 6
MATH 10052**, 10053 and 10524 7-9
Physical Education or ROTC 2
total 31-33


BIOL 30603 3
CHEM 30123, 30122, 30133, 30132 10
PHYS 10151, 10153, 10161, 10163 8
UCR 2*
total 33

APTITUDE TEST should be taken at this point


BIOL 7-9*
UCR 15*
Electives or Additional Requirements 6-9*
Total 29-32

* See Required and Suggested courses for permissible variations and other specific courses.

**Students who have had trigonometry and coordinate geometry in high school may go directly into MATH 10524 if required by chosen field.

Alpha Epsilon Delta. The program sponsors the Texas Zeta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national honor society for pre-professional health science students.

Scholarships. The M.D. Anderson Foundation of Houston sponsors several scholarships for pre-health profession 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 Financial Aid Office with June 15 and December 15 deadlines.