A PRIME TIME

FAQ's

A-PRIME TIME BACHELOR’S/M.D. PROGRAM

APPLICATION

Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)

When do I apply to the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)?

You will need to apply to the PHPP during your senior year in high school.

How do I apply to the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)?

The application system is hosted through our online server. You can apply by clicking on the "Apply Now" button from our homepage.

Can I apply to more than one Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)?

Yes, you can -- but if you are accepted at multiple institutions, you will ultimately have to choose one for the duration of the program.

Is there an application fee for the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)?

No, at this time, there is no application fee.

TIME Academy

When do I apply to the TIME Academy?

Apply to the TIME Academy during your second year of the PHPP.

How do I apply to the TIME Academy?

The application system is hosted through our online server. You will receive detailed application information from the Program Manager when applications open.

Is there an application fee for the TIME Academy?

No, at this time, there is no application fee.

ADMISSION

Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)

What are the admission criteria to the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)?

  • Acceptance to academic institution
  • High school cumulative GPA 3.25/87% or higher
  • High school science and math GPA 3.25/87% or higher
  • SAT score 1500 or higher (this includes all 3 scores) or ACT score 21 or higher
  • College dual credit GPA 3.25/87% or higher (if applicable)
  • Complete application packet needs to be received by the deadline set by each academic institution

How many students will get accepted?

Each General Academic Institution (GAI) can accept a maximum of 50 students into their PHPP program.

Does the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP) accept college credit?

Yes, with some variations per campus, depending on institutional policies. Please contact us for more information at aprime@utep.edu.

Does admission to the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP) guarantee admission to the TIME Academy?

No, applying to the PHPP is only the first part of the process. You will need to apply to the TIME Academy during your second year of the PHPP.

Does admission to the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP) guarantee admission to medical school?

No, admission to the PHPP only makes you eligible to apply to the TIME Academy during your second year of the PHPP.

TIME Academy

What are the minimum admission criteria to the TIME Academy?

  • Minimum of 45 semester credit hours earned at UTEP or UTRGV
  • Cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher, based on the methodology used by the TMDSAS
  • Science GPA 3.5 or higher, based on the methodology used by the TMDSAS
  • Complete application packet needs to be received by the deadline

How many students will get accepted?

The partner medical schools will determine the number of positions available in the TIME Academy and the number of students provisionally accepted to each medical school on a yearly basis. The number of positions filled in TIME Academy ultimately depends on the number of applicants determined to be acceptable to both partner medical schools. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the TIME Academy. Admission decisions are made based on a holistic review of each candidate's qualifications, including personal statement, letters of reference or evaluation, individual interviews, and other factors in addition to grades and test scores.

Does admission to the TIME Academy guarantee admission to medical school?

Admission to the TIME Academy includes provisional acceptance to medical school. Conditional acceptance is defined as acceptance to an APT-partnered medical school upon successful completion of the transition parameters as detailed in the TIME Academy Student Agreement. Provisional acceptance does not guarantee admission to a specific medical school. A matching process, conducted by the TMDSAS, will occur in the spring of the TIME Academy year, among applicants who have fulfilled the remaining provisional requirements.

FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS

Can/Should a student work while in the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP) / TIME Academy?

It is very strongly recommended that students NOT be employed since they will be expected to participate in numerous academic and professional activities in addition to their coursework.

Aside from financial aid, are there any scholarships available?

Scholarships are offered by each academic institution at large, not specifically for A-PRIME TIME students. Please check under the Scholarships & Financial Aid section of the website.

Note on cost savings: Keep in mind that the length of time in school contributes to educational debt. You will be saving up to 1 year of tuition/fees at the academic institution.

ACADEMIC INSTITUIONS

General

What is offered in terms of academic advising?

Each academic institution has a PHPP academic advisor.

Are there research opportunities?

Yes, the PHPP/TIME Academy will offer research opportunities.

When do students begin their clinical experience?

Clinical experiences will vary by academic institution. Some opportunities will be available in the PHPP, with more advanced opportunities available in the TIME Academy.

Will students have access to volunteer experiences?

Yes, the PHPP/TIME Academy will offer opportunities for volunteer experiences.

Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)

What if I’m not sure I want to be an M.D.?

The program is structured for ALL pre-health professions so you will have other options that include Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental, PA school, Optometry, etc., not just Pre-Med.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP)?

To be eligible, you must be a senior in high school and be accepted into one of the academic institutions (UTB, UTEP, or UTPA).

  • High school cumulative GPA 3.25/87% or higher
  • High school science and math GPA 3.25/ 87% or higher
  • SAT score 1500 or higher (this includes all 3 scores) or ACT score 21 or higher
  • College dual credit GPA 3.25/87% or higher (if applicable)
  • Complete application packet needs to be received by the deadline set by each academic institution

How is the Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP) structured?

The PHPP is the first two years of your undergraduate studies at your academic institution. Your completion of multiple requirements and activities in years 1 and 2 of the PHPP will be expected, and you may then be eligible to apply to the TIME Academy at your academic institution for year 3.

TIME Academy

What are the eligibility requirements for the TIME Academy?

To be eligible, you must have been admitted, enrolled, and completed multiple requirements and activities in the 2nd year of the PHPP at your academic institution.

  • Minimum of 45 semester credit hours earned at UTB, UTEP, or UTPA
  • Cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Science GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Complete application packet received by deadline

How is the TIME Academy structured?

The TIME Academy will be year 3 of the program. The TIME Academy is structured during a 15 month period that includes 2 summers, fall, winter intersession, and spring.

MEDICAL SCHOOLS

If admitted into the TIME Academy, will I need to take the MCAT?

Students will still be required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during the TIME Academy.

Note: Conditional acceptance to medical school does not occur until admission to the TIME Academy (year 3) and admission is based on continuous success and achievement of transition milestone competencies.

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