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A

Applicant User Agreement

Applicants will review and agree to the following before proceeding with the application:

On Policies and Procedures Disclosures

  • I have read and agree to the TMDSAS policies and procedures.
  • I understand it is my responsibility to observe all deadlines.
  • I have accessed the TMDSAS Application Guide and will use it to complete my application.

On Communicating with TMDSAS

  • I am responsible for reviewing and responding to messages sent through the application system portal, as this is the official mode of communication with TMDSAS.
  • I understand that it may take two business days to receive a response to my written inquiries.

On Technical Considerations

  • I understand that once the application fee has been paid, my application will be submitted to TMDSAS.
  • I understand that I am able to submit only one application per entry year.
  • I understand that each page will time out after 60 minutes and it is my responsibility to review that each section has been completed to my satisfaction prior to submitting my application.
  • I understand that TMDSAS recommends I print my application and review it in its entirety for completeness prior to paying and submitting in order to avoid having an incomplete application.
  • I understand that TMDSAS does not issue refunds under any circumstances.

On Letters of Evaluation & Test Scores

  • I understand that letters of evaluation can take 7-10 days for receipt and processing, and I will keep this in mind before contacting TMDSAS.
  • I understand that letters of evaluation and test scores are not required for processing, as my application will be transmitted to my select schools without them. However, I also understand many schools may not process my application until these items have been received.

On Coursework Grades

  • I understand that unless I fall into one of the following categories, my Spring 2022 grades must be entered before I can submit my application:
    • I am a graduate student who will not receive grades until after June 1st.
    • I attend a school that follows the quarter system (most recent Winter grades then required).
    • I am taking Study Abroad coursework and grades will not be available until after June 1st.

On Transcripts

  • I understand that transcripts should not be submitted until they have been requested by TMDSAS via email. Transcripts sent prior to request will not be kept on file.
    • EXCEPTION: If I am an applicant to a special program with an expedited deadline (Early Decision Program, JAMP, etc.), or elected the Academic Fresh Start Provision, or have completed foreign coursework, I will send transcripts to TMDSAS once my Spring 2022 grades are available.

On Entering Coursework

  • I will utilize the Course Listings page on the TMDSAS website when coding and completing the college coursework section of my application.
  • I will review the College Coursework section of my application after transmission for changes made to course coding during processing. Please review policy Appealing Course Coding Decisions Made in Processing for more information about the appeals process.
  • I will enter my coursework exactly as it appears on the institution’s transcript from which I initially received the credit.
  • I understand that once my coursework has been validated to my transcripts, there may be additional changes to my PCR.

 

Addendum B-1

Application Certification Statements

Applicants will review and agree to the following before submitting their application:

  1. I certify that the information in this application and all attachments are complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorize the Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS) and any dental, medical, podiatric, or veterinary school to which I am applying to verify the information I have provided.

  2. I further understand that this information will be relied upon by TMDSAS and officials of the dental, medical, podiatric, and veterinary schools in determining my residence status for admission and later for tuition purposes and that submission of false information is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

  3. I certify that I will report to TMDSAS any event which occurs subsequent to filing this application but prior to matriculation that would alter any answer provided on my application. I understand that failure to do so is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

  4. I further certify that all written passages, such as the personal statement, optional essays, essays required of dual-degree applicants, and descriptions of employment/activities, are my own and have not been written, in part or in whole, by a third party. Quotations are permitted if the source is cited.

  5. I have read, understand and agree to comply with TMDSAS Instructions, including the statements that I am responsible for monitoring and ensuring the progress of my application process, by frequently checking the [Status] page of my application. I also understand that I am responsible for knowing and understanding the admissions requirements for each school to which I am applying, and that I am not eligible for a refund of TMDSAS fees if I do not meet the admissions requirements of the schools.

    SCHOOL ADMISSION ACTIONS
  6. I understand that all actions on admission to a professional program are the prerogative of each individual professional school.

    APPLICATION IRREGULARITIES
  7. I understand that application irregularities are documented by TMDSAS and member schools and are reported to the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Osteopathic Medicine, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, American Podiatric Medical Association, and other appropriate professional organizations.

    CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
  8. I understand that, in accordance with the individual school's policy, some or all TMDSAS participating schools require a criminal background check on applicants as a condition of admission or matriculation.

    SUBSEQUENT LEGAL OR INSTITUTIONAL ACTIONS
  9. I understand that I am required to notify TMDSAS and the Admissions Office of each school to which I apply if I am charged, convicted of, plead guilty, or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor crime after the date of my original application submission. I understand that this notification must be in writing and occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction. Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

  10. I understand that I am required to notify TMDSAS and the Admissions Office of each school to which I apply if I become the subject of an institutional action or state licensure board action after the date of my original application submission. I understand that this notification must be in writing and occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the institutional action. Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

    OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE STATEMENT
  11. Texas state law requires entities providing education programs that lead to an initial occupational license to notify each applicant or enrollee: (1) that an individual who has been convicted of certain criminal offenses may potentially render that person ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of their educational program; (2) of the current guidelines by an applicable licensing agency regarding an individual’s ability to be licensed; (3) of any other state or local restriction or guideline used by a licensing authority to determine eligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense to be licensed; and (4) of the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency. If an applicant or enrollee is accepted to an educational program, that individual should contact that institution should he/she need additional information or guidance.

    TECHNICAL STANDARDS
  12. Texas public dental, medical, podiatric, and veterinary institutions are required to develop and publish technical standards for the admission, retention, and graduation of students, in accordance with legal requirements. I have reviewed and am aware of the technical standards for each institution to which I have included in my [Select Schools] page; furthermore, I understand that, in the event that I am unable to meet the requirements, with or without reasonable accommodations, I may be unable to meet the requirements of the degree.

    RELEASE OF INFORMATION
  13. Any information published by TMDSAS that is related to dental, medical, podiatric, and/or veterinary school applications is done so with aggregate statistics. TMDSAS may also share personally identifiable data with peer not-for-profit organizations, certifying boards, licensing bodies, and other organizations involved in health education for research, eligibility determination, verification, and credentialing purposes.

  14. If I am accepted to one of the TMDSAS member schools, I hereby authorize the release of information contained within or related to my application for admission to private entities or individuals who award scholarships or other financial aid to students attending that institutuion. I understand that by selecting 'Yes' and submitting this page that I am providing my electronic signature to release the information in this application for scholarship and financial aid purposes. I understand that NOT checking the box below will prevent the release of this information for scholarship or funding purposes.

    MENINGITIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT
  15. The Texas Legislature requires all public institutions of higher education in Texas to notify all new students about bacterial meningitis. Click this link to the required information that you must review and certify that you have received.

    AAMC RELEASE
  16. I understand that any medical school in which I enroll may release my relevant student records to the AAMC for inclusion in the AAMC Student Records System (SRS), a secure, centralized enrollment database on the national medical student population. Access to SRS is limited to medical school administrators and select AAMC staff. The student records released to the AAMC may include information about my enrollment status, attendance, degree program, graduation plans, and demographic and contact information. Released student records will not include information about my academic performance, such as coursework grades or test scores. The AAMC uses SRS data for accreditation purposes, data services, outcomes studies, program evaluations, research projects, and other data activities in support of the medical education community and may release the data to a limited number of third parties. All AAMC uses and release of data will be consistent with the AAMC’s privacy policies. I have read and agree to the AAMC Release statement.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE
  17. Federal law requires that most male U.S. citizens (regardless of where they live), age 18-25, register with the Selective Service. Generally, any man who is required to register with Selective Service must do so to receive federal student aid, and numerous institutions require Selective Service registration to enroll publicly-funded institutions, or to qualify for state or institutional financial aid. The Veterans Health Administration requires Selective Service registration as an application requirement for males. While this requirement is not new, it is being rigorously enforced in VA Hospitals, so students who do not meet this requirement cannot participate in rotations at VA Hospitals. I understand that by checking this box that I am providing my electronic signature to certify that I have received notification about the importance of Selective Service registration.

 

C

Approved Application Changes Post-Submission

Yes: TMDSAS will make the change.
No: TMDSAS will not make any changes.
Update: No changes in application; will provide an update uploaded to application file.

*Last updated 06/21/22

 

Application Section Specific Areas Changes: Yes/No/Update
 Account Information Creating or activating an account Yes
 Application History

Add TMDSAS Application History If Schools Not Included (excluding essay)

Correct TMDSAS Schools Applied To

Remove Application History

Yes


Yes

No

 Application Status

Withdraw Application Following Applicant Request

Reinstate Withdrawn Application Following Applicant Request

Yes

Yes

 Colleges Attended Questions

Fresh Start Information

Fresh Start Coursework Deletion

Release of Information

Yes

Yes

Yes

 College Coursework

Grades/Hours

Academic Status

Courses/Course Coding

Last Time Taken

Edit Terms Attended

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 Colleges Attended

Add/Remove School

Adjust Dates Attended

Fix Graduation Date/Status

Add Major/Minor

Non-Degree Seeking?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 Contact Info

Adding a Previous Name

Correcting a Misspelled Name

Legal Name Change

Update Address

Capitalization of Names

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 Demographic

D.O.B.

Place of Birth

Yes

Update

 Education History Non-Traditional (excluding essay)

Education Interruptions (excluding essay)

Disciplinary Action
Yes

Yes

Update
 Essays

Personal Essay

Personal Characteristics

Optional Essay

No

No

No

 Felonies & Misdemeanors

Question: Are you currently under charge or have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or have you ever received a felony or misdemeanor deferred adjudication?

Update

 High School

High School Name

Graduation Date

ACT/SAT Dates or Scores

Update

Update

Update

 Letters of Evaluation

Individual Letter Writer Information

Change To or From Committee Packet

Add/Delete an Extra Letter

Yes

Yes

Yes

 Meaningful Experiences

Activities

No

 Military Service

Entrance/Discharge Dates

Update

 Parent/Legal Guardian

Family Contact Information

Parent Doctor Designation

Parent Physician Question: Name, Relationship, Medical School, Degree Type, and Date of Graduation

Siblings

Yes

Yes


Yes

Yes
 Personal Biography

Academic Recognition
Animal Experience
Community Service
Employment
Extracurricular
Healthcare Activities
Leadership
Non-Academic Recognition
Research
Veterinary Supervised Experience

 No
 Planned Activities

Activities

No

 Proof of Residency

Correcting VISA Information

Residency Status

Yes

Yes

 Residency Documents

Add/Remove/Edit Residency Documents Provided by Applicant

Yes

 Select Schools*

Add/Remove TMDSAS Schools to Apply to, Based on Applicant Request

Add/Remove Non-TMDSAS Schools

Add UTRGV SOPM

Add UT Tyler SOM

Yes

No

Complete Form

Complete Form

 Socioeconomic Info

Socioeconomic questions

Update

 Tests: DAT/MCAT/GRE

AAMC ID/DENTID

Test Dates

Yes

Yes

 Transcripts

Add/Remove

Change Dates Attended

Yes

Yes

 Upload Photo

Upload photo

Yes: only by request of TMDSAS when current photo is missing or does not meet requirements

 

D

Prescribed Coursework Definitions

Biology

Includes all biological science courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields. This includes courses where the following subject matter is the main point of focus:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Biophysics
  • Botany
  • Cellular Biology
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • General Biology
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Parasitology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Virology
  • Zoology

 

 

 

 

 



If courses are taught in departments other than the Biology/Microbiology department, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement. Please note: Courses that are introductory, elementary, and/or for non-science majors may count toward BCPM GPA, however, science courses intended for non-science majors will not count towards pre-requisite coursework requirements for the TMDSAS schools.


Chemistry

Includes all General Chemistry courses applied toward a Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields. The following courses will count towards the pre-requisite if taught in the Chemistry department:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Qualitative Chemistry
  • Quantitative Chemistry

 

 




If courses are taught in a department other than Chemistry, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement. Please note: Courses that are introductory, elementary, and/or for non-science majors may count toward BCPM GPA, however, science courses intended for non-science majors will not count towards pre-requisite coursework requirements for the TMDSAS schools.


Organic Chemistry

Includes all Organic Chemistry courses applied toward a Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields. The following courses will count towards the pre-requisite if taught in the Chemistry department:

  • Organic Chemistry         
  • Bio-Organic Chemistry

 




If courses are taught in a department other than Chemistry, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement. Please note: Courses that are introductory, elementary, and/or for non-science majors may count toward BCPM GPA, however, science courses intended for non-science majors will not count towards pre-requisite coursework requirements for the TMDSAS schools.


Biochemistry

Must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Cannot be an introductory course. The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department. The following topics must be covered by the course in order for it to be approved:

  • Carbohydrate metabolism

  • Amino acid metabolism

  • One-carbon metabolism

  • Lipid structures and metabolism

  • Nucleic acid synthesis

  • RNA transcription
  • pH
  • Amino acid structure

  • Protein structure

  • Enzyme kinetics and metabolism

  • DNA replication

 

 

 

 

 

 




In general, an appropriate organic chemistry course/sequence should be required as a prerequisite/co-requisite for the acceptable biochemistry course. Please note: Courses that are introductory, elementary, and/or for non-science majors may count toward BCPM GPA, however, science courses intended for non-science majors will not count towards pre-requisite coursework requirements for the TMDSAS schools.


Physics

Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Can be algebra- based or calculus- based Physics. If courses are taught in a department other that Physics, further review will need to be done to determine whether they fulfill the requirement. 


Statistics

Most acceptable statistics courses are taught in the Statistics or Math department of your institution. More important than the department it is taught in, are the contents of the course. The following topics must be covered:

  • Inferential Statistics
  • Descriptive Statistics 
  • Multivariate Methods
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Linear Models & Regression

If courses are taught in a department other that Math or Statistics, further review may be required to determine whether they fulfill the requirement.  


English

Any course that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Reading or writing intensive courses taught in the Humanities may also be considered.

Remedial, developmental courses, or "English as a Second Language" courses will not fulfill the requirement.


Natural & Physical Sciences

Any course taught in the departments below. These courses will only be included in the BCPM GPA for Veterinary applicants.

  • Agriculture
  • Animal & Avian Sciences







Engineering


Any course taught in the Engineering department. All engineering courses will be included on the Prescribed Coursework Report (PCR), but will not be included in the BCPM GPA. Engineering courses will be included in a separate engineering GPA. Unless an engineering course is already approved as a pre-requisite in the Course Listings, it will be coded as the section it falls under (Biology/Chemistry/Physics) and included in the BCPM GPA.

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering












Other Science

Courses coded as Other Science typically fall into these categories. This is not a complete list, and depending on the department or subject matter covered, a course may be classified differently. Please refer to the Requirements for Inclusion in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (BCPM) GPA for further understanding which of these courses will be included in the BCPM GPA.

  • Astronomy
  • Chiropractic
  • Computer Science
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Medical Technology
  • Meteorology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Physical Geography
  • Physical Science
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiology
  • Research Seminars
  • Respiratory Therapy

 

 

 

 

 




Non-Science

Courses coded as Non-Science can include but are not limited to these topics/subject matter.

  • Acting
  • Archeology
  • Art
  • Astrology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Bioethics
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Cultural Geography
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Emergency Med-Tech Ethics
  • First Aid
  • Meteorology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmacy
  • Foreign Language
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Health
  • Personal Hygiene
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Kinesiology
  • Law
  • Logic
  • Medical Terminology
  • Music
  • Military Science
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Speaking
  • Religion
  • Social Ethics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Requirements for BCPM Inclusion

Biology

Courses taught in the departments of an undergraduate institutions typically regarded as biological in nature. Depending on the institution, these departments might include the following:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Zoology

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, certain courses from other departments may be considered for the BCPM GPA if the course content is essentially biological in nature and more than 50% of the course covers such content. Examples of this may include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Kinesiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

 

 

 

 

Consideration of courses not in traditional biological departments will be made on an individual basis by TMDSAS staff. Outside content experts may be consulted in some cases.

 

Chemistry

Courses taught in the chemistry and/or organic chemistry departments of an undergraduate institution. Depending on the institution, other departments where applicable courses might be taught include the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering

 

 

 


Consideration of courses not in traditional chemistry departments will be made on an individual basis by TMDSAS staff. Outside content experts may be consulted in some cases.

 

Physics

Courses taught in the physics and/or physical science departments of an undergraduate institution. In addition, certain courses from other departments may be considered for the BCPM GPA if the course content is essentially Physics in nature and more than 50% of the course covers such content. Examples of this may include:

  • Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

 

 


Consideration of courses not in traditional physics departments will be made on an individual basis by TMDSAS staff. Outside content experts may be consulted in some cases.

 

Mathematics

Courses taught in the mathematics and/or statistics departments of an undergraduate institution.

Consideration of courses not in traditional mathematics/statistics departments will be made on an individual basis by TMDSAS staff. Outside content experts may be consulted in some cases.

 

F

Entering Study Abroad Coursework in the TMDSAS Application

Definition of a “Study Abroad” experience:

You are a student at a U.S. college/university and you go abroad to study at a foreign institution for a period of time (summer, one semester, or an entire academic year). Typically, study abroad experiences do not result in the awarding of a degree from the foreign institution. Study abroad experiences can be sponsored by your primary college/university, another college/university in the U.S., or by a commercial study abroad company (such as ISA – International Study Abroad, Inc.).

Identify which of the following scenarios best matches your situation and follow the directions listed in RED when completing the TMDSAS online application.

SCENARIO 1

The individual coursework from your study abroad experience is listed on the transcript of your primary U.S. college/ university.

Example: You are a student at the University of Texas at Austin and the individual coursework from your study abroad experience is listed on the UT Austin transcript with course designations and credit hours awarded.

In this case, you will enter the courses indicated on your UT Austin transcript as courses from UT Austin for the semester in which they are listed. Enter the courses exactly as they appear on the UT Austin transcript into the TMDSAS application. TMDSAS must receive an official transcript from UT Austin but will NOT need a transcript from the foreign institution.

SCENARIO 2

The individual coursework from your study abroad experience is listed on the transcript of a different U.S. college/ university (one other than your primary institution).

Example: You are a student at Baylor University but the courses from your study abroad experience are not listed on the Baylor transcript but were credited through the University of Nebraska and are listed on a transcript from that school. Alternatively, the credits may appear on the Baylor transcript as transfer credit from the University of Nebraska.

In this case, you will enter the University of Nebraska as one of your colleges/universities attended and enter the courses included on the U of N transcript into the TMDSAS application just as they are listed on that transcript. TMDSAS will need an official transcript from the University of Nebraska but will NOT need a transcript from the foreign institution.

SCENARIO 3

The individual coursework from your study abroad experience is NOT listed at all on any U.S. college/university transcript but only on a transcript from the foreign institution you attended.

Example: You are a student at Lamar University and you went to France to study culinary arts during the summer of 2016. The courses you took in France did not transfer to Lamar and therefore are not on that transcript nor are they on any U.S. college/university transcript.

In this case, you will NOT enter the individual courses into the TMDSAS application at all since they were only credited by a non-U.S. institution. TMDSAS will NOT need a transcript from the foreign institution. The study abroad experience with details on the courses you took can be entered in various places in the TMDSAS application depending on the type of courses and experiences you had during the program.

SCENARIO 4

The coursework from your study abroad experience is ONLY listed on your U.S. institutional transcript as LUMP SUM credit with no individual course designations, credit hours awarded, or grades.

Example: You are a student at Austin College and you participated in a study abroad experience during your junior fall semester. The AC transcript simply lists “Study Abroad at Beijing University” with a total of 14 credit hours awarded/transferred but with no course titles or grade designations.

In this case, you will NOT enter the coursework into the TMDSAS application at all since they were only credited by a non-U.S. institution. TMDSAS will NOT need a transcript from the foreign institution. The study abroad experience with details on the courses you took can be entered in various places in the TMDSAS application depending on the type of courses and experiences you had during the program.