A female pre-med student learns from a model of the human body in a biology class at The University of Texas at Tyler


Prepare for Medical School Acceptance

At UT Tyler, rigorous coursework and expert advising prepare you for the demanding and competitive process of applying to medical school.

If considering this pathway, understand that the pre-medical program does not constitute a major but rather signals your intentions. Students entering this track and participating in the UT Tyler Academy of Future Health Professionals work closely with a pre-health advisor to discuss related majors and minors, class selection and co-curricular activities to fulfill medical school prerequisite requirements.

What to Expect in UT Tyler’s Pre-Med Program

UT Tyler strives to recruit and train East Texas’ next generation of physicians, medical researchers and healthcare professionals.

The UT Tyler Academy of Future Health Professionals expanded education initiatives include:

  • Hands-on Experience: Pre-med students shadow medical professionals and have access to research opportunities — both critical for medical school acceptance.
  • Specialized Events: Workshops prepare students for job shadowing, community service, developing core competencies, writing personal statements, completing applications and interviewing.
  • Expert Advising: Experienced advisors guide students in planning their classes and extracurricular activities in preparation for applying to medical school. Students receive support from their first day to taking the MCAT to medical school acceptance.
  • Small Classes: Our 19:1 average student-to-faculty ratio ensures a high level of attention and interaction in the classroom.
  • Student Involvement: The UT Tyler Academy of Future Health Professionals sponsors student organizations, such as the Pre-Health Student Association and the American Medical Student Association, which facilitate connection through service, community, networking and events helping all participants become better healthcare professionals.
  • Community Activities: Access enriching opportunities for leadership and service through student government, community service, athletics and other organizations. Medical school admissions committees look favorably upon these kinds of meaningful involvements.


Medical schools do not recommend any one major for students planning to attend. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, just over half of all prospective students majored in the biological sciences. The others selected a course of study in the humanities, math, social sciences or physical sciences.

For your application, a rigorous arts and sciences education shows you have the sharpened skills and values essential for success in medical school. In this direction, we recommend you choose a major you enjoy that demands excellence in critical thinking, writing, oral communication, close reading, research and organization.

You may want to consider one of the following majors: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, english, health and kinesiology, history, mathematics, music, art, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish or speech communication. You then complete all prerequisites through this program of study and by possibly adding a minor.

While each medical school has its own requirements, expect to take at least one year of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics (all with labs), along with biochemistry, upper division biology, math and english classes.

Learn More About Completing Medical School Prerequisites at UT Tyler

See Prerequisite Requirements for Texas Medical Schools

What Does Pre-Med Training Prepare You For?

A pre-med program covers all the science and laboratory requirements needed for acceptance into medical school.

However, a pre-med track is not only for students who want to become a doctor. Due to its comprehensive overview of scientific knowledge and lab work, it also prepares candidates to apply to a variety of health-care-related careers and professional programs, from biomedical research or biotechnology to public health or health administration.

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable universities in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

  • UT Tyler automatically accepts students from the Top 25% of graduating classes in Texas.
  • Students from the 2nd to 4th quartiles must have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

Ready to apply? Review all undergraduate requirements to get started.

Start Your Application

UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

May 1

JAMP application opens for the upcoming academic year.

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

July 15

Deadline for fall Talent Scholarship application.

September 15

Deadline for Pre-JAMP application form, recommendation letter and personal essay.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

October 31

Deadline for completion of the JAMP application at www.texasjamp.org.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships. Deadline for spring Talent Scholarship application.

April 15

Deadline for summer Talent Scholarship application.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.


Dr. Ciera Ward
They say medical school is like drinking from a fire hydrant, and that is true. There is so much information to assimilate in a short amount of time. I transitioned successfully to medical school because of the rigors of my undergraduate studies and the high level of expectations UT Tyler professors had for us as students.

Ciera Ward, MD, Anesthesiology Resident, Oklahoma City, BS in Chemistry, 2012

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