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HPAC Eligibility Requirements

To be undergo the HPAC evaluation, you must meet the following minimal eligibility requirements.

HPAC Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Plan to apply to medical or dental school in upcoming application cycle.
  2. 30 hours of coursework completed at UH. (In progress Spring 2023 courses will not count towards the 30 hour minimum, with the exception of students in the BMS graduate program.)
  3. Complete required coursework with at least C or better:
    • Completion of freshman year science-major biology (BIOL 1306/1106, 1307/1107), chemistry (CHEM 1311/1111), CHEM 1312/1112) and physics (PHYS 1301/1101, PHYS 1302/1102; or PHYS 2325/2125, PHYS 2326/2126).
    • Completion of Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 2323/2123) and completion or current enrollment in Biochemistry (BCHS 3304).
    • Completion of at least 3 hours of advanced biology coursework (e.g., Biochemistry II, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Cell Biology, etc.).
  4. Minimum overall GPA of 3.5.**
  5. Minimum science (BCPM) GPA of 3.4.**
  6. Attendance at the three following events (must attend each event once):
    • Writing Center's Personal Statement Orientation
    • Writing Center's Personal Statement Workshop
    • Pre-Health Advising's HPAC Orientation
  7. All HPAC Application materials must be completed and submitted before deadline. Applications will be accepted starting January 17, 2023. Please see HPAC Application materials link for more information on submission and deadlines. 

HPAC will consider exception requests for students who do not fully meet eligibility requirements. These requests must be submitted by November 21, 2022; decisions will be made by December 9 and students will be notified no later than December 13. To make your request, please complete the online exception request form. (Link removed, as deadline has passed.)

**Please use the GPA Calculator provided by the Pre-Health Advising Center to calculate your overall and science GPA. GPA should be calculated using TMDSAS guidelines: all college-level coursework should be included (even non- UH courses), pluses (+)/minuses(-) should be removed from letter grades, and science GPA should follow the BCPM conventions. BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) is defined as coursework designated with BIOL, BCHS, CHEM, PHYS, or MATH prefixes. Coursework in non-science, engineering, health, kinesiology, and technology majors should not be included in these calculations unless listed here. IDNS and HONS courses should also not be included. If you have a question about inclusion of a specific course, you may contact our office.

Questions can be directed to the Pre-Health Advising Center.

A reapplicant is any student who has applied to a medical or dental program in a prior application cycle.

All reapplicants seeking an HPAC evaluation are required to meet the current requirements and submit all current paperwork, even if an evaluation was completed for a prior application year.

  • If you have not previously completed the HPAC Review:
    • Begin completing the required HPAC Application and associated materials (available after October 14).
    • Submit a reapplicant statement with your HPAC materials explaining why you believe you were not accepted into medical or dental school during the previous application cycle and what you have done to improve the strength of your new application.
  • If you have previously completed the HPAC Review:
    • Begin completing the required HPAC Application and associated materials (available after October 14) using updated information including any new grades received, new MCAT/DAT scores, if applicable, and revised versions of your personal statement and activities/experiences. New (or updated) Letters of Evaluation must be submitted. Letters of Evaluation received during a previous application cycle cannot be used again, per TMDSAS policy.
    • Submit a reapplicant statement with your HPAC materials explaining why you think you were not accepted into medical or dental school during the previous application cycle and what you have done to improve the strength of your application.

A post-baccalaureate (“post-bacc”) is a student who has graduated with a bachelor’s degree and is actively attending UH and taking undergraduate classes, but is not necessarily pursuing a degree. A graduate student includes any student pursuing an MS or PhD at the University of Houston.

HPAC will evaluate post-bacc or graduate student applicants if they meet the above eligibility requirements, including the 30 hours of coursework completed at the University of Houston. Students in the Biomedical Sciences MS program are exempted and will be evaluated after their final grades are posted in May. 

Applicants who have already graduated from the University of Houston are not obligated to undergo the HPAC evaluation or obtain a Committee Letter of Evaluation.

Alumni of the University of Houston are eligible for an HPAC evaluation for one year post-graduation.