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Pre-Health Professions

Arkansas Health Education Grant Program

The Arkansas Health Education Grant was created for Arkansas students seeking degrees in health and medical fields not offered in the state. The grant covers the additional out-of-state tuition charged to Arkansas students in Chiropractic Medicine, Dental Medicine, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.



The University of Arkansas College of Medicine accepts AP credit for prematriculation requirements, but it does not accept CLEP credit, correspondence courses, or on-line courses for prematriculation requirements. It requires two semesters each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, English, and math. However, either Pre-calculus Math or Calculus 1 is accepted as the equivalent of two semesters of math. UAMS strongly recommends developmental biology, histology, genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry. It also recommends psychology, statistics, and a computer keyboarding class (Microcomputer Applications).


Students planning to apply for medical school must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT is scored in each of the following areas:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

A variety of sources is available to help students prepare for the MCAT. Enter MCAT help in a search engine to find such sites.

Application Process - Allopathic

The University of Arkansas College of Medicine and many other allopathic medical schools require students to apply for medical school through AMCAS, the American Medical College Application Service. The Association of American Medical Colleges provides additional information for applicants. Specific medical schools will subsequently send a supplemental application to students who apply through AMCAS. Deadlines for AMCAS applications vary depending on the medical school. The deadline for the University of Arkansas College of Medicine is Nov. 1. Click here for a list of AMCAS medical schools.

Non-AMCAS Medical Schools

The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service is used for all applications to Texas medical schools.

  1. Yale University - School of Medicine
  2. Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine
  3. University of Missouri - Kansas City - School of Medicine
  4. Columbia University - College of Physicians and Surgeons
  5. New York University - School of Medicine
  6. University of Rochester - School of Medicine and Dentistry
  7. University of North Dakota - School of Medicine
  8. Brown University - School of Medicine
  9. University of Tennessee, Memphis - College of Medicine
  10. Baylor College of Medicine
  11. Texas A&M University Health Science Center - College of Medicine
  12. Texas Tech University Health Science Center - School of Medicine
  13. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas - School of Medicine
  14. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - School of Medicine
  15. University of Texas, Houston - Medical School
  16. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Medical School

Application Process - Osteopathic

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) provides information for prospective applicants to osteopathic medical colleges. Osteopathic medical colleges require students to apply through AACOM's application service, AACOMAS. The application is available online at AACOM's site. Links to all osteopathic medical colleges are also available at the site.

The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service is used for all applications to Texas medical schools.

Physicians Assistant Programs

Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs employed by the federal government are credentialed to practice. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states can write prescriptions. The American Academy of Physicians Assistants (AAPA) has information about physicians assistant programs.




Students planning to apply to dental school must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). The test covers four areas: Survey of the Natural Science (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry), Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. Sample tests and additional information are available at the DAT site.

Application Process

The application process varies among dental schools. Many dental schools use AADSAS, the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service. The AADSAS site lists participating dental schools. The University of Tennessee - Memphis and Louisiana State University do not use the service.  Contact each dental school directly to check their application procedure. The American Association of Dental Schools has changed its name to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Click here for a list of U. S. dental schools.

The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service is used for all applications to Texas dental schools.



Standardized Exams

Veterinary medical schools typically require either the GRE or the MCAT. Check with each school for their requirements. Click here for links to colleges of veterinary medicine.

Application Process

Many veterinary medical schools require students to apply through VMCAS, the Veterinary Medical College Application Service. The VMCAS site lists participating veterinary medical schools and the particular standardized tests required by those schools. VMCAS is supported by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, AAVMC.

The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service is used for all applications to Texas A&M Veterinary Medical School.

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