Austin College has a long history of excellence in preparing students for entry into a variety of health science programs throughout the United States. Our program focuses on providing students with a solid background in the sciences within the context of a broad liberal arts education. Our graduates are broadly educated, well-rounded individuals who are prepared to meet the challenges of professional programs in the health sciences.
90% of qualified* applicants are accepted into medical school.
(*meet average GPA and MCAT score of annual U.S. applicant pool)
We are the only independent college in Texas offering an early acceptance program at Texas Tech School of Medicine eliminating the need to take the MCAT.
Qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview to our health science Gateways professional school programs.
Pre-Health students can select any major and even design their own! Recently students have majored in Biophysics, Biomechanics, Eastern & Western Medicine, Health Policy, Neuropsychology, and Systems Biology.
100% of pre-health students have healthcare internship opportunities. Find out more about health science internships.
So you want to be a doctor?
- Austin College Health Professions Advising Guides
[MD, DO, DDS, PA]
- Exploring Health Careers JanTerm course
This course, designed primarily for freshmen, offers an in-depth exploration of various healthcare careers. Healthcare is a growing and complex field comprising numerous and varied professions beyond primary care and surgery. Through reading, discussion, collaborative work, and presentations by local practitioners, students will expand their understanding of healthcare and engage with difficult social, ethical, economic, scientific, and political issues facing the healthcare system today.
- Advising begins your first week on campus and continues until you matriculate to professional school.
- The Pre-Health program at Austin College provides advising and support for all students (and alums) who are interested in applying to professional school in a healthcare field. We meet regularly with students, in both group and one-on-one settings, beginning in the first week of a student’s first semester.
- During the application year, we offer workshops on: readiness evaluation; the application process; professional school interviews; gap-year options; and the personal statement. In addition, the Pre-Health committee will conduct mock interviews with students applying to professional programs.
- Experienced advisors across all the curricula
Meet Our Alumni
Marlene Garcia, Austin College Class of 2006, grew up in a poor community of El Paso, Texas, and doctor visits were rare, but the occasional encounter was life changing: she determined to become a physician—and she’s almost there. In her final year of internal medicine training at UT Southwestern Medical School, she has been accepted… [Read More]
Amit Masand ’04 enrolled in University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas after completing his Austin College degree with majors in business and biology. He completed his M.D. in 2008 and is an internal medicine resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Amit’s education, including international study, prepared him for more than medical… [Read More]
Tanishia Choice ’04 attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, completing her degree in 2008 as a co-recipient of the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Award for the outstanding student in psychiatry. She continued fellowship work at UT Southwestern and was one of only 10 psychiatric residents nationwide to receive the 2010-2012 American… [Read More]
Andrew French ’01 completed his medical degree at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and then began participating in the prestigious Denver Health Residency Program in Emergency Medicine. There he began a leadership development program for young doctors that could be implemented for doctors across the country.
Sarah Chilmeran says her Austin College education played a big role in helping her achieve her dream of becoming a dentist. She was able to explore her future career, shadowing dentists during Career Study Off Campus (CSOC) experiences in Syria, Costa Rica, and North Texas. She was president of the Pre-Dental Society, which also allowed… [Read More]
Alex came to Austin College in 1986 knowing he wanted to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. He had already worked in biomedical research as a high school student and earned a scholarship to Austin College from the King Foundation. So, he took all the required math and science for medical school, but beyond that, he pursued a… [Read More]
A degree in mathematics and a four-year college football career might not be the background for most physicians. Not only was Matthew Ellington on the Austin College NCAA Division III football team, he started at center for four years and served as a team captain as a senior. He knows well the important lessons a… [Read More]
Rathna Nuti ’09 was accepted to Texas Tech University School of Medicine (TTSOM) in Lubbock through the early acceptance agreement between Austin College and TTSOM. After medical school, she spent three years in a Family & Community Medicine residency at UT Southwestern and then a Sports Medicine fellowship at Drexel in Philadelphia. In August 2017, she… [Read More]
George Zoys ’91 is one of the best in his craft—no bones about it. Actually, he’s all about bones. George is one of Dallas’ top orthopedic surgeons; he’s been included in D Magazine’s Best Doctors list five times. As an orthopedic surgeon, he focuses on repairing bones and joints. He performs hip replacements, sports medicine,… [Read More]
$4500 Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Erwin Fellowship for an Outstanding Student in Pre-Medical Studies
Established in 1960 by Mrs. Boude Storey, Mrs. E. M. Munroe, Dr. J. C. Erwin Jr., and Mrs. T. Wilson Erwin in memory of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Erwin. Awarded to a student or students engaged in research.
$2100 Hanschen Scholarship for an Outstanding Student in Pre-Medical Studies
Established in 1992 by Dr. Stephen Hanschen ’74 and Rev. Amy Isbell Hanschen ’75. Awarded to a pre-health student majoring outside the sciences.
$3750 Knox Foundation Award for an Outstanding Student in Health Sciences
Established in 1978 by the Robert W. Knox Sr. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation of Houston, Texas. Awarded to a rising junior and to a rising senior.
$1300 Anna L. Anderson Endowed Scholarship for an Outstanding Student in Health Sciences
Established in 1987 by Miss Anna L. Anderson of McKinney, Texas.