Pre-Health Professional Programs

Department of Biological and Health Sciences

Pre-Health Professional Programs

  1. Prerequisites for Medical and Dental Schools in Texas
  2. Pre-Pharmacy at TAMUK
  3. Pre-Nursing at TAMUK
  4. Other Pre-Professional at TAMUK

Pre-Health Sciences Advisor/JAMP Faculty Director

Contact the Arts and Science office for information on advisement.
Kleberg Hall Room # 130 MSC 117 Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202 Office (361) 593-2761

Advising Areas

Biology (Pre-Health) Biomedical Sciences(Pre-Health)

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.) and 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-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)
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.
  • 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).

Joint Admission Medical Program (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:

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

This page was last updated on: January 12, 2016