There are not many graduate-level, Christian medical schools in Texas, but there are several schools that offer pre-medical/pre-health programs for interested students. These schools vary in size, denomination and other unique characteristics with their medical programs. Explore a handful of the Christian schools in Texas that offer medical programs.
Students can study medicine or pre-medicine at Christian schools in several different cities in Texas, including Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth. Compare a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Texas Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Fort Worth, TX||$44,760|
|Baylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Waco, TX||$43,790|
|Houston Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Houston, TX||$31,730|
|Southern Methodist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Dallas, TX||$52,498|
|Austin College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Sherman, TX||$38,800|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Christian Medical Schools in Texas
The Christian medical schools in Texas offer undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in the field, as well as various spiritual growth opportunities. Here we discuss some of these schools, their programs, school size and other distinct characteristics.
Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University (TCU) had about 9,010 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The school partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) to open the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Forth Worth, which will accept students in 2019. In the meantime, TCU is home to the Pre-Health Professions Institute that provides students with the necessary opportunities for clinical and volunteer work to prepare for medical school. According to the school's website, TCU has an 80% medical school acceptance rate, compared to the national average of around 40%. Students can deepen their faith on campus by participating in chapel services, TCU Disciples on Campus and other faith communities, like International Christian Fellowship, Calling in Action and Word of Truth Gospel Choir.
Baylor University offers a pre-medicine program that allows students to enroll in any major they wish, but has them work closely with the Pre-med/Pre-dent Advisory Committee to ensure they are properly prepared for admission to medical school. Students in this program can also participate in Alpha Epsilon Delta, the student group for Pre-Health Care programs. The university also has the Spiritual Life Team to support students and help them grow spiritually, as well as chapel services, mission trips and community service projects. As of 2017, the university had close to 14,320 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
Houston Baptist University
Students at Houston Baptist University are required to complete the school's Community Life and Worship program prior to graduation, which is designed to help students grow spiritually through activities such as Bible studies, Convocation, service and mission opportunities and Baptist Student Ministry activities. In 2017, the NCES reported that the school had about 2,320 undergraduate students. The university offers a Pre-Med Program with special advising to help students meet Texas's designated prerequisite courses for medical school. The school also has the honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, for pre-health students that provides medical school tours, leadership experience opportunities and service projects.
Southern Methodist University
According to the NCES, Southern Methodist University had a little over 6,450 undergraduate students in 2017. The university offers a Pre-Health Program that includes workshops, advising and health-related student organizations, such as Health Occupations Students of America and SMU Global Medical Brigades. Students opting for pre-med have a variety of healthcare facilities to choose from for volunteer experience, including Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Students on campus can further develop their faith through University Worship, spiritual direction with their Resident Community Chaplain and Campus Ministries, like International Student Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Austin College offers a Pre-Health Program that guarantees qualified applicants an interview to Gateways, the school's professional school programs, and gives students a strong background in science. According to the school's website, 90% of their students who met national GPA and MCAT standards are accepted into medical school and all students in the program have internship opportunities. The college provides students with various spiritual growth opportunities, including a labyrinth for meditation, worship services, Bible studies, volunteer opportunities and different student organizations, like FCA and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In 2017, the college had a little more than 1,210 undergraduate students, per the NCES.