Pre-Medical Honors College with Baylor College of Medicine

Pre-Medical Honors College with Baylor College of Medicine

Philosophy

The Premedical Honors College (PHC) was established in 1994 as a partnership between The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) to increase the number of physicians serving the medically underserved region of South Texas. Students receive conditional acceptance to BCM upon acceptance into the PHC. Those who successfully complete all PHC requirements and BCM prerequisites will be accepted into BCM upon graduation from UTRGV

Program Success

The number of UTRGV students applying to medical school, and the percentage accepted, has increased dramatically since the inception of the PHC.

Over the years, 20 PHC classes have graduated and matriculated to medical school.  An average of 88.8% of the PHC graduates are accepted to medical school.  The PHC produced its first eight medical school matriculants in 1998.  As of 2018, 159 program students already have earned their medical degrees. 

Application and Selection

High school seniors applying to UTRGV and desiring to enter the PHC must complete the UTRGV application at Apply Texas and a PHC application  https://webapps.utrgv.edu/aa/phc Program selection criteria include: residence in South Texas; strong academic performance; above-average standardized test scores (students must take the SAT to be considered for entrance into the PHC); letters of recommendation from high school teachers, counselors or administrators; interviews with UTRGV and BCM faculty and staff; maturity; motivation and other attributes reflecting exceptional achievement among high school students. Students who have already graduated from high school, or those who will receive their high school diplomas during or at the end of their freshmen year of college, are not eligible for the program. Application deadline for entering Fall 2019 freshmen is January 22, 2019. Interviews on March 1, 2019.

Program Coursework

As part of their undergraduate studies at UTPA, PHC students have been required to major in either biology or chemistry. Students who major in biology are required to minor in chemistry, and vice versa. All students must complete the following BCM premedical requirements by the end of their junior year: one year of English and one year of physics (including laboratory), with no grade lower than a C. Students are also required to maintain a minimum science grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 and minimum overall GPA of 3.5, based on a 4.0 system. Specific academic and counseling support systems are in place at UTRGV and BCM to help assure students' completion of the baccalaureate and M.D. degrees.

Financing Your Education

UTRGV works with eligible PHC students to secure financial aid and scholarships. To be eligible for undergraduate scholarship assistance, students must apply for the UTRGV Excellence scholarships. Application and additional information can be found at http://www.utrgv.edu/ucentral. The financial aid application deadline is March, 15, 2019.

For more information contact:
Dr. Cindy Wedig
UTRGV Biology Department
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78541
Phone: 956-665-7025
cindy.wedig@utrgv.edu