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Had I not attended TCU, I am not sure that I ever would have been accepted in to dental school.  My personal relationship with the professors helped so greatly with my letter of recommendation and I was told that it was one of the best, letters they had ever reviewed.

-Kris Blodgett, D.M.D – TCU Class of 1996, Dentist in Portland, Oregon

TCU doesn't just give you the degree you need to move on, TCU gives its students an education and the promise that they will succeed.

- Hayden Fuller - TCU Class of 2012, Student at University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

The Pre-Health Professions Team was so supportive and helpful when I was applying to medical school.  That support meant so much and helped me get accepted.

- Diane Hesselbrock, M.D. - TCU Class of 1996, Neurologist in Richmond, VA

The program has done so much to help young people achieve their goals.

- Dan Doss, D.D.S. - TCU Class of 1974, Pediatric Dentist in Fort Worth

Few Pre-Health programs can boast medical school acceptance rates in the range of 80 to 95% that have remained steady for the past ten years.

- Jim Wagner, M.D. -Associate Dean for Student Affairs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

The leadership, mentorship, and extracurricular experience that I gained through the Pre-Health Professions Program was a distinct advantage in helping me gain admission into my first choice medical school.

- Wendy Wright Seigler, TCU Class of 1994, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown

The Pre-Health Curriculum

Pre-Health at TCU is a career track, not a major. Although most Pre-Health students major in Biology, Chemistry or Neuroscience, some students major outside of the sciences and take pre-requisite courses as elective hours for admission to a professional school. Thus, the incoming student has the opportunity to explore many career options as well as prepare for admission to post-baccalaureate programs. Click here to learn more about majors commonly selected by Pre-Health students.

Academic pre-requisites for admission to Professional School
Most professional programs require at least two years of coursework in Biology and Chemistry, a year of Physics and some coursework in Psychology or Sociology, Math and English. TCU has excellent science departments that offer cutting edge courses in most areas of biology, chemistry, neuroscience and physics. In addition the TCU core curriculum requirements expose to students to courses in the humanities and social sciences – disciplines valued by professional schools.

Non-cognitive requirements for admission to Professional School
In addition to course work, professional programs expect students to develop a deep understanding of their chosen field and demonstrate their commitment to serving others. An understanding of health careers can be achieved by observing health care professional or working in a clinical setting. Students demonstrate their willingness to serve others by sustained participation in altruistic activities. The Pre-Health Institute is well connected to the local health care community and can help students find ways gain clinical experience. Click here to learn more about our clinical observation program. The TCU campus provides ample opportunities for students to become involved in service activities. Click here to learn more about some of the service opportunities available at TCU.