LA Tech Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee
Premedical/Predental Committee Letter of Evaluation
The Premedical/Predental Advisory Committee Letter of Evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation and supporting document that is written for current students and alumni applying to graduate schools of the health professions. It is designed to provide the admissions committee with a complete understanding of each candidate’s background and experiences both academic and otherwise.
This evaluation is written at a student’s request and includes a personal interview with the committee. In general a student should request an interview and evaluation in the spring of their junior year after completing most of the prerequisites specific to medical or dental school. An initial MCAT or DAT is recommended in the interview application, but is not necessary to request an interview. The interview is conducted in April in the same year that the student intends to apply for admission. Applications to medical or dental school are generally completed in the fall of your junior year for matriculation in the following year.
For premedical and predental students: your overall and prerequisite science GPAs should be 3.0 or better in order to schedule an interview.
• If your overall GPA falls at 3.2 or lower, you should expect that the committee’s letter will state “not recommended” because of academic deficiencies, unless there are extenuating circumstances (you are an engineering major, have an excellent work history in the field, etc.) or you have achieved an unusually high MCAT or DAT.
We do not conduct interviews for other professional schools unless an arrangement has been made with the committee beforehand.
Most professional school admissions committees place a significant emphasis on these evaluations. Admissions committees are very interested in learning more about you as a person and this evaluation can help frame some of your experiences. It is designed to be a comprehensive picture of you as an applicant. Consider the evaluation an important part of your applicant file.
Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry at Louisiana Tech University
If your goal is a career in medicine, dentistry, or other health occupation, Louisiana Tech University can help prepare you for entrance to professional school.
What are the requirements for entrance to professional school?
The minimum requirements for entrance to most medical and dental schools are: general biology with lab (8 hours) general chemistry with lab (8), organic chemistry with lab (8), general physics with lab (8), mathematics, and English. There may be additional courses required by particular schools; check websites!! Furthermore, most schools have a substantial list of courses that are RECOMMENDED prior to admission.
Are the entrance requirements included in my major?
Within the School of Biological Sciences there are two concentrations (Biological Sciences and Applied Biology) that lead to a bachelor’s degree in biology. The requirements for many (but not all) medical and dental schools have been incorporated into the Biological Sciences concentration. The Applied Biology concentration may fulfill the prerequisites for some pre-professional schools other than medicine and dentistry. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the catalog, or Web printout, from the respective professional school and inform the Tech faculty advisor so that a “customized” plan can be made.
What else is required for admission?
In addition to the prerequisite courses mentioned above, students are required to complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), or other pre-professional exam. In preparation for these tests, the student is advised to take a rigorous selection of science courses including genetics, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, and ecology.