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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. Complete required coursework with at least C or better:
    • Completion of freshman year science-major biology, chemistry and physics.
    • Completion of Organic Chemistry I and completion or current enrollment in Biochemistry.
    • Completion of at least 3 hours of advanced biology coursework (e.g., Biochemistry II, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Cell Biology, etc.).
  3. Minimum overall and science (BCPM) GPA of 3.0.**
  4. All HPAC Application materials must be completed and submitted before deadline.

**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 are required to complete the HPAC evaluation, even if an evaluation was completed for a prior application year.

  • If you have not previously completed the HPAC Review:
    • Contact the Pre-Health Advising Center to initiate the HPAC Open File Request.
    • Begin completing the required HPAC Application and associated materials.
    • 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:
    • Contact the Pre-Health Advising Center to initiate the HPAC Open File Request.
    • Submit updated HPAC Application materials, 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-bac”) is a student who has graduated with a bachelor’s degree and is actively attending UH and taking classes, but is not pursuing a degree. A graduate student includes any student completing an MS or PhD at the University of Houston.

HPAC will evaluate post-bac and graduate applicants if they meet the above eligibility requirements and have at least 20 credit-hours of completed coursework in residence at the University of Houston.

While committee letters are preferred by most medical and dental schools, 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.