Medical schools in Texas offer traditional Doctor of Medicine programs as well as research-oriented master's and doctoral degree programs. Some schools offer dual program options that lead to both a Doctor of Medicine degree and a degree or certificate in a related field, such as public health, medical research, surgery or medical sciences. Students in Doctor of Medicine programs complete medical coursework and clinical rotations, and dual programs include additional research, coursework and sometimes clinical practice. Research-oriented programs often offer several concentrations in which students can focus their studies and research projects.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has numerous degree programs available to students who wish to pursue a career in medicine. In addition to several programs geared toward those aspiring to become doctors, there is a clinical research master's degree program that provides students with experience in advanced scientific and medical theories. Several dual-degree doctoral programs are available too.
The standalone Doctor of Medicine program includes three years of courses in the sciences and a fourth year clerkship during which students gain training in ambulatory and critical care techniques. Those seeking a Doctor of Medicine degree can enroll in a dual program that also leads to a Master of Public Health in Sciences degree or an oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate. The latter option is available as a 4-year or 6-year program and requires a dentistry degree for admission. Finally, students can enroll in the combined Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy program that provides a background in both clinical practice and medical research.
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Texas A & M University Health Science Center
Prospective medical students at Texas A & M University Health Science Center, located in Bryan, can choose from two medical degree programs. The first option is a standalone Doctor of Medicine program with seven areas of emphasis available, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, neurosciences and space life sciences. Students participate in laboratory rotations, gain experience in a variety of research areas and environments and select topics based on personal interests or career objectives.
The second option is a combined Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences program, which takes 7 to 8 years to complete and has two completion options. Students can either spend two years focusing on research and study and completing electives the remaining years, or they can spend three years in medical school, participate in the medical sciences program's coursework for three or four years and then return to medical school to finish their last year.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||4-year, public; large city|| MS in Clinical Research,
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health in Sciences,
Doctor of Medicine/Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
Doctor of Medicine,
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
| $1,152 (in-state), $6,048 (out-of-state) for MS in Clinical Research
$20,795.50 (in-state), $31,395.50 (out-of-state) for Doctor of Medicine programs*
|Texas A & M University Health Science Center||4-year, public; fringe rural|| Doctor of Medicine,
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences
|$17,592 (in-state), $30,692 (out-of-state)**|
Source: *The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, **Texas A&M University