Matriculation Requirements

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

The school of medicine adopts the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) recommendation to ascertain the ability of students to eventually become licensed physicians in the future, enhance the safety and well-being of patients, and to ensure the public’s continuing trust in the medical profession through criminal background checks and substance abuse reviews.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants and candidates for admission must disclose any arrest for and/or criminal charges of criminal activity at application or within five days of the incident. Completion of a criminal background check is required for all candidates for admissions, (at offer and prior to matriculation), and annually thereafter. A criminal background check includes all convictions and conviction-equivalent adjudications, plus all arrests without final adjudication, felonies and misdemeanors.

Drug Screening

Candidates for admission must complete a 10-panel drug screening prior to matriculation and annually thereafter. The drug screening is conducted through a third party vendor contracted with the school of medicine. Any adverse findings are reviewed by the school of medicine and could result in revocation of the admissions offer.

Other Requirements


The school of medicine requires proof of immunity or inoculation to certain diseases for the safety of patients and others. This proof is required at admission and through graduation and must remain up-to-date and compliant in order to be cleared for medical education training. Entering medical students will be provided instruction and deadlines regarding immunizations during the onboarding process. The student is financially responsible for immunizations.

Health Insurance

The school of medicine requires all students to carry health insurance during their enrollment periods.

Technical Standards

Essential abilities and characteristics required for completion of the consist of certain sufficient physical and cognitive abilities, and the mental and emotional stability to assure that students, at admission, promotion, and graduation, are able to complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of medical training, with or without reasonable accommodation.

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.