FAQ

As a private medical school in Texas, we only accept applicants via AMCAS.

Applicants who indicate retaking the MCAT exam as posted on the AMCAS will be reviewed once the new score is received, regardless of any prior scored exam. If multiple scores are presented, the most recent will be used.

Applicants for the entering class of 2020 must have taken the MCAT in 2017, 2018, or 2019.

The minimum threshold established by the Admissions Committee is a score at the 40th percentile and an overall grade point average of 3.0.

Yes, you can submit the AMCAS application while you wait for the MCAT score; however, we will not begin reviewing the application until a score is received.

An applicant must have completed at least 90 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours), including at least 30 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of upper division coursework, by the time of matriculation. All coursework must be completed at a fully-accredited college or university in the United States or Canada by the time of matriculation. A bachelor’s degree is not required.

Applicants can apply prior to having all courses completed; however, any outstanding courses must be completed and graded prior to the start of medical school. The final official transcript with graded coursework must be received no later than June 1 prior the start of medical school in July.

An applicant must submit at least three letters of recommendation.  Individual letters, letter packets containing at least three letters and/or a committee letter with two additional letters will meet our requirement.  We highly encourage submitting additional individual letters if your committee letter does not include additional letters of recommendation.

An applicant is required to report any arrest, *fine, charge or conviction or a crime, indictment, imprisonment, placement on probation, or receipt of deferred adjudication during the active application cycle.  The disclosure must occur on the supplemental application or within five calendar days of the incident by email to the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Diversity. 

The Admissions Committee will consider requests for deferred/delayed admission, a process that begins after the Commit to Enroll deadline.  If granted, the student will not be able to apply to other AMCAS schools the following cycle and must adhere to future deadlines and processes to retain their seat. 

The following abilities and characteristics are defined as technical standards, which in conjunction with the educational program objectives (EPOs) established by the faculty, are requirements for admission, promotion and graduation.  Requests for University-provided accommodations will be provided if the requests are reasonable, do not cause a fundamental alteration of the medical education program, do not cause an undue hardship on the University, are consistent with the standards of the medical profession, and are recommended by the Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Center for Academic Services. 

Observational skills:Students must be able to observe demonstrations and participate in experiments of science, including but not limited to: dissection of cadaver’s, examination of specimens in anatomy, pathology and neuroanatomy laboratories, and microscopic study of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. Students must be able to accurately observe patients and assess findings. They must be able to obtain a medical history and perform a complete physical examination in order to integrate findings based on these observations and to develop an appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan.

Communication skills:Students must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with patients, their families, and members of the health care team. They must be able to obtain a medical history in a timely fashion, interpret non-verbal aspects of communication, and establish therapeutic relationships with patients. Students must be able to record information accurately and clearly, and communicate effectively in English with other health care professionals in a variety of patient settings.

Motor skills:Students should have sufficient motor function to gather information and conduct physical examinations including, but not limited to inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.  Students should be able to complete routine procedures using universal precautions without risk to patients. Students should be able to do basic laboratory tests (urinalysis, complete blood count, etc.), carry out diagnostic procedures (proctoscopy, paracentesis, etc.) and read electrocardiograms and X-rays. Students should be able to execute motor movements reasonably when required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular coordination, equilibrium, and meticulous use of the senses of touch and vision.

Intellectual-conceptual skills:Students must have sufficient cognitive (mental) abilities and effective learning techniques to assimilate the detailed and complex information presented in the medical student curriculum. They must be able to learn through a variety of modalities including, but not limited to classroom instruction, small group team and collaborative activities, individual study, preparation and presentation of reports, and use of computer technology. A student must be able to interpret causal connections, and make accurate, fact-based conclusions based on available data and information. A student must be able to formulate a hypothesis, investigate the potential answers and outcomes and formulate appropriate and accurate conclusions. 

Cognitive skills: Students must be able to memorize, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and transmit information across modalities. They must recognize and draw conclusions about three-dimensional spatial relationships and logical sequential relationships among events. They must be able to formulate and test hypotheses that enable effective and timely problem-solving in diagnosis and treatment of patients in a variety of clinical modalities.  A student must be able to perform these skills in a timely fashion. 

Behavioral attributes, social skills and professional expectations:Students must demonstrate the maturity and emotional stability required for full use of their intellectual abilities. They must accept responsibility for learning, exercising good judgment, and promptly completing all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients. They must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and long work hours, to function effectively under stress, and to display flexibility and adaptability to changing environments.  They must be aware that, at times, their presence is required during the day, evening and night hours, seven days a week. They must be capable of regular, reliable, and punctual attendance when required for their training. Students must be able to contribute to collaborative, constructive learning environments; accept constructive feedback from others; and take personal responsibility for making appropriate positive changes. Students must understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within both the law and ethical standards of the medical profession. Students must be able to work effectively, respectfully, and professionally as part of the healthcare team, and to interact with patients, their families, and health care personnel in a courteous, professional, and respectful manner.

Student and Patient Safety:Students must demonstrate and maintain the required immunization standards set forth by the school of medicine.  A student who has or develops a chronic disease or condition will be expected to seek and continue under the care of a physician. 

Students who believe they may need to request accommodation in order to meet the standards, are encouraged to contact the TCU Center for Academic Servicesas soon as possible.  The University shall provide reasonable accommodations for each eligible student who (a) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, (b) has a record or history of such impairment, or (c) is regarded as having such impairment.