SOM Student AffairsThe Office of Admissions

Admission Requirements

  English

6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours. Writing intensive courses taught in departments other than the English department are not acceptable.

  Biological Sciences14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours and 3 quarter lab hours) as required for college science majors.

  Mathematics

3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of college Calculus or Statistics. Statistics must be taught in the Math department.

  Physics

8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

  Chemistry

General Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

Contact Information

Richard Carroll, PhD
Assistant Dean for Admissions
and Recruitment
rcarroll@utmb.edu

Theresa Silva, BS
Director of Admissions
tsilva@utmb.edu

Tammy Bird, BS
Business Coordinator
tmbird@utmb.edu

Addresses

Office of Admissions
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1317

For general admission information:
somadmis@utmb.edu
(409) 772-6958
(409) 747-2909 fax

Applicants must complete at least 90 semester hours. Preference is given to those applicants who complete a baccalaureate degree. Although a minimum grade of C is required in each course, the average GPA is approximately 3.80. Coursework is acceptable only if completed at regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The MCAT is required of all applicants. UTMB will not accept a score older than 5 years. It is advisable that you take the MCAT during the Spring in order to increase your chances of receiving an interview. It is the goal of the UTMB School of Medicine to accept only those students who are guaranteed to complete the full four years of the curriculum based on citizenship or permanent resident status. Therefore, only applicants who are permanent US residents or American citizens will be considered for interview and admission.

In addition to the basic core requirements for medical school, the following courses are highly recommended prior to entering medical school:

  • Biochemistry/Advanced Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Statistics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Microbiology

The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

All applicants to the School of Medicine, at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using your TMDSAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.


Security Clearance

On January 1, 2004, a new Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard became effective requiring criminal background checks for security purposes on all employees, staff, and volunteers who supervise care, render treatment, and provide services. The site governing this policy can be found at: http://www.utmb.edu/policy/ihop/search/03-03-02.pdf

Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. The UTMB School of Medicine policy states that students who are assigned to clinical facilities that require criminal background checks for security purposes must comply with and receive clearance from affiliated institutions in order to participate in clinically related activities. Therefore, in keeping with this policy, all students will be required to undergo a background check for security clearance in order to matriculate into UTMB.