Primary Care Pathway Program

So you are interested in becoming a primary care physician within seven years and are willing to serve rural Texas? The Primary Care Pathway Program will allow you to complete medical school in a seven-year, “2+1+4” plan. This unique partnership between Midland College, Midland Memorial Hospital, the University of North Texas and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine provides students an accelerated path to becoming a physician.

This format requires:
• Two years of full-time study at Midland College, Midland Texas
• One year of full-time study at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
• Four years of medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas inclusive of clinical clerkship training in Midland/West Texas

Through this pathway, we have reduced both the time and costs associated with becoming a physician. You will be challenged through a rigorous pre-med curriculum including two summer internships. You will also receive academic advising and guidance on your preparation for medical school. Students who successfully complete all of the pathway requirements in the prescribed timeframe will be granted admission to medical school.

• Texas high school graduates with competitive ACT or SAT scores
• First-time college students enrolled at Midland College
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
• Students ready to answer the high demand for medical professionals

• One less year of undergraduate coursework and reduced overall costs of attendance
• Academic and logistic support through the CoHort model (learning community)
• Community involvement, clinical experiences, and interprofessional seminars
• Successful completion of all prerequisites may result in early admission notification to medical school without taking an MCAT exam

Visit the website, then
1. Create your profile or log in if you have a profile
2. Complete the 2-year application for Midland College
3. Select General Studies – STEM as your major

PCPP Curriculum
PCPP Brochure

Please contact Casandra Luna, Recruitment Outreach Specialist at HSC or Joey Schenkman, Program Recruiter at Midland College for further information or questions.

Casandra Luna. M.Ed.
Recruitment Outreach Specialist
University of North Texas
Health Science Center at Fort Worth
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-735-2679

Joey Schenkman, M.S.
Instructor of Biology
Academic Advisor, PCPP Liaison
Midland College
3600 N. Garfield St.
Midland, TX 79705

MIDLAND COLLEGE (MC) is a leading innovator in learning and student success. In its safe, inclusive and dynamic learning environment, students will be taught by an experienced team of top faculty. For approximately one-third the cost of Texas four-year public institutions, MC offers a quality educational experience at an affordable price. Education is one of the best investments you can make in yourself for your future. At Midland College, we are committed to you.

MIDLAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL has over 400 beds and over 300 active physicians. Midland Memorial Hospital offers many innovative programs, such as the Heart Institute, state-of-the-art imaging services and a comprehensive surgery program.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, DENTON (UNT) is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 38,000 students through its diversity and innovation. UNT is a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification and is rated among the nation’s top 115 research institutions. By offering 227 degree programs, UNT fulfills its mission to lead the way in educating people who will serve the nation in many different ways, not the least of which is providing quality health care providers for Texas and the nation.

TEXAS COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (TCOM) resides on the HSC Fort Worth campus and is a leader in training physicians skilled in comprehensive primary care and rural medicine. Over 60 percent of our graduates practice in one of the following primary care specialties: family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health and general internal medicine. Throughout their education, students are exposed to a clinical environment that emphasizes community medicine and related care issues. TCOM was ranked #11 by U.S. News and World Report for best medical schools in the nation for primary care and #1 in Texas in 2023.