The Pre-Med Program is one of HBU’s Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to medical schools. The state of Texas has 13 medical schools which have designated the following set of prerequisite courses. Students must take these courses before being qualified to apply for admissions. Additional courses may be required to be successful on the MCAT.

Selecting Majors
Please be aware that pre-med is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy many of the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, Biology or Chemistry majors are especially compatible with the above designated courses and are recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, are necessary to complete all the pre-medical prerequisites so that students are ready to apply to medical schools.

Receive Advising
Email the Health Professions Office for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment.

Meet with other Pre-Med Students
HBU has a student group for all students interested in a career in pre-medicine. Dr. Hannah Wingate and Mrs. Amy Raimondo co-sponsors AED, Alpha Epsilon Delta, a national honor society for pre-health professions students. You can meet with other students who share your interest in a medical career. At these meetings, you can hear presentations by admissions representatives from the Texas medical schools. You will have opportunities to gain leadership experience, participate in medically related community service projects, and tour Texas medical schools. You will also be able to hear physicians from around Texas speak about their path to medical school and their careers and field of interest. Please contact the Health Professions Office for additional information.

Receiving Letters of Evaluation for application to medical school

Students must acquire a letter(s) of evaluation as part of their application package. The letter(s) can be in either of two forms.

  • Composite Letter of Evaluation Package

    The Composite Letter of Evaluation Package is preferred by the professional schools. This package contains comments by the science faculty, advisors, and evaluations performed by the Applicant Evaluation Committee. In order to obtain this letter, an HBU student must:  

     

    1. Complete 30 semester hours at HBU of which 16 hrs. are science courses.
    2. Complete 13 of the 14 pre-requisites courses (45 hrs. is the total required) listed in the table below. If 13 classes have not been completed, the student will be referred to the Medical Professions Advisory Committee for evaluation.
      1. Register with the Health Professions Office (Science 218 or hpo@hbu.edu) to indicate their intention to apply to medical/dental school. This registration should occur by February 1st of the application year.
      2. Attend the series of three workshops designed to acquaint students with the on-line health professions application services, the format of a successful personal statement and the expectations of the medical school faculty at the interview.
      3. Attend a 30 minute scheduled interview with the Applicant Evaluation Committee during the spring semester prior to application.

    HBU courses to satisfy Texas medical and dental schools requirements

    Texas Required Prerequisites Possible Pre-requisites
    BIOL 2454 General Biology I: SAT/ACT/hrs. requirement
    BIOL 2455 General Biology II: BIOL 2454
    BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology BIOL 2455 and CHEM 2415
    4 hour Biology elective with Lab (3444 recommended) BIOL 3301
    CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I SAT/ACT/MATH 1313
    CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II CHEM 2415
    CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Laboratory CHEM 3313/concurrent
    CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I CHEM 2416
    CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory CHEM 3333/concurrent
    CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II CHEM 3313
    CHEM 4373 Biochemistry (required by some medical and dental schools) CHEM 3333
    MATH 3304 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences MATH 1434
    PHYS 1416 General Physics I      OR

    PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I (if required for major)         

    MATH 1434

    MATH 1451

    PHYS 1417 General Physics II     OR

    PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II (if required for major)

    PHYS 1416

    PHYS 2413

     

    • Students should take an introductory course in both psychology and sociology in order to be successful in the new Behavioral Science section of the MCAT.
    • Students are also strongly encouraged to take a biochemistry course.
    • Contact HBU’s JAMP Director at tfabre@hbu.edu for details on the JAMP program.
  • Individual Evaluation Letter Package

    If a student chooses to submit an Individual Letter of Evaluation, the link directly from application website should be emailed to the evaluator.

Our Successes

Here are some of the places you can find HBU Huskies

  • University of Texas, Medical Branch-Galveston
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Texas A & M University Health Sciences
  • Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • St. George University
  • West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • A.T. Stills University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ross University
  • University of Texas Medical School, Houston
  • Texas Tech Health Science Center
  • Texas Tech, Health Science Center, El Paso
  • University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Houston Baptist University prepared me both for getting into and getting through medical school. The small, close environment allowed me to become friends with the faculty, and let them get to know my true personality. This gave the recommendation letter that was later written to medical schools about me a personal touch. The amount of personal attention that was given to me for advising was a product of the small class size and collegial environment found at HBU. All of the classes were taught by professors with PhDs, and not by teacher’s assistants; this raised the quality of the teaching and knowledge base to which all of the students were exposed. The senior seminars also allowed research exposure for those students who chose not to do outside research. This exposure has proven invaluable in the understanding of complex concepts.”
Dr. Gary Horn, HBU Class of 2006; Baylor College of Medicine Class of 2010; Body Imaging Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 2015-2016; Assistant Professor of Radiology and Director of Abdominal Imaging, UTMB, 2016-2018; Assistant Professor of Radiology Baylor College of Medicine, 2018 – Present

How can I be a strong candidate for medical school?

  • Two-Step Process for Acceptance

    After the application is submitted, competitive students will be invited to move to the second step, the interview. GPA and MCAT scores are most often used to choose students to advance to the interview. The average GPA for students admitted to Texas medical schools in 2017 was 3.75, and the average MCAT score was 509.1 for the new MCAT and 27.8 for the old MCAT. Competitive students are encouraged to fulfill all course prerequisites during their first two-and-a-half years, take the MCAT by the spring of their junior year, and apply to medical school during the summer after their junior year. If students do not have a competitive GPA and MCAT score, we recommend postponing application until the student gains competitive scores.

    • Clinical Experience. The medical schools are looking for evidence that you are already involved in medical service. Begin by volunteering for one shift a week at a local hospital. Add shadowing a physician, going on an HBU medical mission trip or working at a medical clinic.
    • Participate in Campus Activities. Medical schools will be interested in what you did during your undergraduate years inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to AED, participate in Student Government, student groups, service organizations or any other area where you have an interest.
    • Leadership experience. Medical schools will want to know about your leadership experience, so become a chairman of an AED committee, a Scout leader, a leader in your place of worship or your community.
    • Research. Students at HBU can apply for an opportunity to do research with a professor during their junior and senior years. If you are interested, talk to your science professors or apply to a summer research program.