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Welcome to the Pre-Health Professions Institute

For 100 years TCU has prepared students interested in the health professions for post-graduate study through rigorous coursework, access to high-quality clinical experiences and volunteer opportunities and personalized academic and pre-professional advising delivered by caring faculty mentors from the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Psychology Departments. Our 80% acceptance rate into medical school over several decades is double the national average and a testament to the quality of our program.

Had I not attended TCU, I am not sure that I ever would have been accepted in to dental school.  My personal relationship with the professors helped so greatly with my letter of recommendation and I was told that it was one of the best, letters they had ever reviewed.

-Kris Blodgett, D.M.D – TCU Class of 1996, Dentist in Portland, Oregon

TCU doesn't just give you the degree you need to move on, TCU gives its students an education and the promise that they will succeed.

- Hayden Fuller - TCU Class of 2012, Student at University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

The Pre-Health Professions Team was so supportive and helpful when I was applying to medical school.  That support meant so much and helped me get accepted.

- Diane Hesselbrock, M.D. - TCU Class of 1996, Neurologist in Richmond, VA

The program has done so much to help young people achieve their goals.

- Dan Doss, D.D.S. - TCU Class of 1974, Pediatric Dentist in Fort Worth

Few Pre-Health programs can boast medical school acceptance rates in the range of 80 to 95% that have remained steady for the past ten years.

- Jim Wagner, M.D. -Associate Dean for Student Affairs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

The leadership, mentorship, and extracurricular experience that I gained through the Pre-Health Professions Program was a distinct advantage in helping me gain admission into my first choice medical school.

- Wendy Wright Seigler, TCU Class of 1994, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit at Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • 5/18/2019: One of the most exciting events of the year is our first ever "Mock Multiple Mini Interview" event, taking place all day! This cycle's applicants will have the opportunity to participate in an event that mirrors the multiple mini interview format that many professional schools are now using to interview applicants. Students that are applying this cycle are encouraged to attend if possible, and should indicate this on their "intent-to-apply" form, which is due April 5th.
  • 5/1/2019: Our last Pre-health event for 2018-19, our "End-of-the-year BBQ", will take place outside the Pre-health office doors, in the Sid Rich/Winton Scott courtyard. Stop by and grab a burger on this last day of classes! We will be serving up food from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 4/22/2019: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host a special Senior Celebration at 5 p.m. in Tucker #139. If you're graduating this May or plan to graduate in December, please join us as our guests. We would like to take this day to honor our graduates. Sign up is in the office. We hope you'll join us!
  • 4/2/2019: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host a health professions admission fair. This event runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the TCU Rec Center gymnasium, and will include professional school representatives, deans and directors of admissions, and pre-health-related vendors. We will also provide the opportunity to get a professional photo headshot taken for application purposes. Pre-health students are highly encouraged to attend this event and network with admissions deans, and ask questions of professional school representatives.
  • 3/23/2019: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine's Compassionate Practice Workshop on campus in the Tucker Technology Center, room 139 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will participate in a 3-hour experiential, innovative communication workshop. The Compassionate Practice is an interdisciplinary curriculum in empathetic communication for medical students. Signups are taking place in the Pre-health Professions Institute office with a deadline of Friday, March 22nd. Space is limited.
  • 2/23/2019: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host our annual Pre-health Preview Day event for incoming accepted students for Fall of 2019. This event explores topics of interest for incoming pre-health students. Local professionals (i.e. doctors, dentists, physician assistants, etc.) along with current students and alumni, and the Institute staff will all share information with our incoming students. Registration can be accessed through the invitation sent to students, or by contacting TCU Admissions Department.
  • 12/2/2018: The eleventh annual 'Heroes For Children Christmas Party' will be held in the BLUU Ballroom at 2 p.m. AED students can participate in this event in three ways: 1.) Shopping for gifts for children from Cook Children's Hospital and their siblings on November 10th; 2.) Wrapping gifts for the children at a wrapping party November 27th; and 3.) helping at the actual Christmas party on December 2nd in the BLUU. These three options are great ways to volunteer your time. Students are needed at noon on December 2nd to decorate and set up for the party, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., with minimal cleanup needed afterward. Signups will happen later this semester in the Pre-health Office (stay tuned for details).
  • 9/29/2018: The 5th annual 'Chumchal's Classic Formal Raging Tailgate Party' will be held on Saturday, September 29th (3 hours prior to kickoff of the TCU-Iowa State football game) at Dr. Chumchal's residence, in honor of Family Weekend (parents and families are welcome to attend with their pre-health students). Please join us for some good food and fun before the football game! Signups are now taking place in the pre-health office (see Jill or Jessica).
  • 4/12/2017: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host a health professions admission fair. This event runs from noon to 2:30 in the BLUU Auditorium, and will include professional school representatives, deans and directors of admissions, and pre-health-related vendors. We will also provide the opportunity to get a professional photo headshot taken for application purposes.
  • 2/25/2017: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host our annual Career Day event for incoming accepted students for Fall of 2017. This event explores topics of interest for incoming pre-health students. Local professionals (i.e. doctors, dentists, physician assistants, etc.) along with current students and alumni, and the Institute staff will all share information with our incoming students. Registration can be accessed through the invitation sent to students, or by contacting TCU Admissions Department.
  • 12/4/2016: Alpha Epsilon Delta, our pre-health honor society, will host the annual Heroes For Children Christmas Party, honoring families that have a child at Cook Childrens Hospital. The party will be held in the BLUU Auditorium on TCU's campus from 2 to 4 p.m. All AED students are encouraged to join in and help pull off this tremendous event for these families!
  • 9/21/2016: The third annual 'Chumchal's Classic Formal Raging Tailgate Party' will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Dr. Chumchal's residence, in honor of Family Weekend (parents and families are welcome to attend with their pre-health students). Please join us for some good food and fun before the TCU football game at 11:00 (TCU versus Iowa State)! Signups are now taking place in the pre-health office (see Jill)!
  • 4/6/2016: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host a health professions admission fair. This event runs from noon to 2:30 in the BLUU Auditorium, and will include professional school representatives, deans and directors of admissions, and pre-health-related vendors. We will also provide the opportunity to get a professional photo headshot taken for application purposes.
  • 2/27/2016: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will host our annual Career Day event for incoming accepted students for Fall of 2016. This event explores topics of interest for incoming pre-health students. Local professionals (i.e. doctors, dentists, physician assistants, etc.) along with current students and alumni, and the Institute staff will all share information with our incoming students. Registration can be accessed through the invitation sent to students, or by contacting TCU Admissions Department.
  • 12/6/2015: The eighth annual Heroes For Children Christmas Party will be held in the BLUU Auditorium at 2 p.m. AED students can participate in this event in two ways: Wrapping gifts for the children will take place at a wrapping party (date TBD). The actual party on December 6th is a great way to volunteer of your time. Students are needed at noon to decorate and set up for this great party which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., with minimal cleanup needed afterward.
  • 9/28/2015: The Pre-Health Professions Institute will provide AED students with another opportunity to become CPR certified. The course runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be in Tucker #139. Signups are in the pre-health office beginning Thursday, September 10th. (See Jill for any questions!)
  • 9/19/2015: The second annual 'Chumchal's Classic Formal Raging Tailgate Party' will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Dr. Chumchal's residence, in honor of Family Weekend (parents and families are welcome with their pre-health students). Please join us for some good food and fun before the TCU football game at 7:00 (TCU versus SMU)! Signups will take place in the pre-health office (see Jill) beginning the week of September 7th!
  • 9/13/2014: The first annual 'Chumchal's Classic Formal Raging Tailgate Party' will be held on Saturday, September 13th from noon to 2 p.m. at Dr. Chumchal's residence, in honor of Parent's Weekend. Parents/family/friends are invited along to enjoy some good food and fun before the TCU football game at 3:00 p.m. Signup taking place this week in the Pre-Health Office (see Jill).
  • 4/8/2014: AED students will attend a suture session, instructed by Dr. Loren Lasater, a TCU alum, and sponsored by Kaplan. This will take place in Winton Scott Hall 4th floor biology labs with the help of TCOM physician assistant students assisting with the suture session.
  • 3/27/2014: AED students have the opportunity to become CPR certified on campus in Tucker #139 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • 3/26/2014: The annual "Spring Swing" will makes its way to TCU's Campus from noon to 3 p.m. in the Rec Center. There will be over 70 graduate schools and companies on campus to discuss health career options with our AED students.
  • 3/13/2014-3/15/2014: The AED National Biennial Convention will take place in Nashville, TN. More information is available on the national AED website or you can contact Jill in the Pre-Health office with any questions.
  • 2/22/2014: The Pre-health Professions Institute will host accepted TCU Pre-health students for fall of 2014 at our annual Career Day event. You can find out more information and register online at www.admissions.tcu.edu/careerday. Events include science building tours, breakout sessions about various health-related fields, and a suture session.
  • 12/1/2013: Heroes for Children Christmas Party at the BLUU Auditorium.
  • 10/14/2013: Pre-Health students will be planting pink flags in the Commons area in support of Frogs for the Cure and breast cancer awareness from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • 10/12/2013: Homecoming Tailgate Party, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. (kickoff at 11:00 a.m.)
  • 10/9/2013: CPR certification class available at 3 p.m. by Laura Friend from Cook Children's.
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  • 9/1/2018: Congratulations to TCU Alumni entering professional school 2018. Click here to view the list.
  • 9/1/2017: Congratulations to TCU Alumni entering professional school 2017. Click here to view the list.
  • 9/1/2016: Congratulations to TCU Alumni entering professional school 2016. Click here to view the list.
  • 9/1/2015: Congratulations to TCU Alumni entering professional school 2015. Click here to view the list.
  • 9/10/2014: Congratulations to TCU Alumni entering professional school 2014. Click here to view the list.
  • 9/9/2014: TCU congratulates Dr. Michael Chumley, Associate Professor of Biology and HPAC member, on being awarded the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community today. The Wassenich Award celebrates all those who serve as role models, advisors, and guides to students. The award is in honor of Linda and Mark Wassenich, TCU alumni whose generosity makes this award possible.
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