About Us

The A PRIME-TIME (APT) program is a partnership between three undergraduate institutions (UT-Brownsville, UT-El Paso, and UT Pan American) and two medical schools (UT Medical School in Houston, and UT Medical Branch in Galveston). The program is a B.S./M.D. program designed to decrease the time needed to earn a medical degree to as little as six years.


  • Produces competent, compassionate physicians
  • Enables academic and medical institutions to jointly create and share more efficient,coordinated curriculum with a shortened time frame.
  • Produces physicians trained and assessed in a range of knowledge, skills, and behaviors
     throughout their undergraduate and medical education.


The University of Texas-Pan American is a nationally recognized Hispanic serving institution located in the middle of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the southern tip of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. It ranks first nationally in Biomedical Science bachelor’s degree awarded to Hispanics and offers some of the highest-performing health related programs in the state.

The University of Texas at Brownsville not only offers a direct pathway for admission to UT Medical School, but is currently developing and implementing a new model for medical education appropriate for the 21st century as the core of its new College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions. It ranks number 20 nationally in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is on course to becoming the first national research (Tier One) university serving a 21st century student demographic. To this end, the campus is transforming as UTEP makes unprecedented investments in its research and academic infrastructure. In partnership with hundreds of community-based clinical faculty, the University’s College of Health Sciences offers a range of nationally-accredited professional education programs in the health, rehabilitation, education and human service fields.

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston has been consistently named one of the top 10 best medical schools for Hispanic students. Since its inception, more than 5,000 physicians have earned their medical degree at this institution. The Medical School also provides residency and fellow training as well as continuing education programs for practicing physicians.

Throughout its long history, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has provided a diverse and highly skilled health professions work force, nurtured advancements in the understanding and treatment of illness and injury, and been an important source of medical care for patients from throughout the state. The university’s academic programs in medicine, nursing, allied health and biomedical sciences have conferred nearly 25,000 degrees—supplying more health care practitioners than any other university in the state. UTMB is regarded as a national model for many of its innovative programs in health care education.


Undergraduate Program at UTPA - Students will receive a strong foundation in the basic sciences, learn how to communicate with patients and other professionals involved in patient care, and develop a strong sense of professional identity.

Innovative approach - Learn clinical, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Coursework will include clinical applications, communication skills, learning communities, and flipped classrooms.
Summer Enrichment Programs
- Following the first year of undergraduate study, students will participate in an enrichment program held at a medical school campus. They will see patients as part  of a medical team that includes medical students, residents, and an attending physician. They will also receive instruction in gross anatomy in preparation for medical school. 

MCAT  - Students will participate in an MCAT review and complete the MCAT exam following their second year of undergraduate education.  

Student Progression and Promotion – Progression through the program is dependent on mastering competencies that will be assessed continuously throughout undergraduate years.  Students may earn a B.S. in as little as three years. 

Medical School - Based on conditions set by the various medical schools and mastery of competencies, students are expected to matriculate to one of the participating medical schools where they will earn their medical degrees.  

Criteria for Admission:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and legal resident of Texas
  • Be able to attend UTPA from July 1 through August 25,2014
  • Demonstrate a genuine desire for a career in medicine
  • Strong college prep high school curriculum
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • GPA and class rank