Skip to main content
Skip to main content

Entering Your Coursework Made Easy in 5 Steps

Entering coursework is an important part of your application. Although it may seem daunting, we have provided some great resources to help you along the way!

→ Use the Application Handbook!

It provides step-by-step instructions on how to enter your coursework. You can also watch the Completing the Coursework Section video posted on the TMDSAS website, and you can listen to Episode 50 of the Inside Health Education Podcast (under TMDSAS Advice) for even more information on entering coursework

app tip iconKeep an eye out for more tips listed in the Application Handbook!

These are normally located at the bottom or top of pages and look like this

→ Have all official transcripts from each school you attended ready in hand by the time you start the coursework section of the application.

Unofficial transcripts often show course information differently than official transcripts, so in order to get the best idea about how to enter your coursework, we suggest using official transcripts.

→ If your institution is not listed on the Course Listings, don’t panic!

Use the Prescribed Coursework Definitions located on the TMDSAS website and code your courses using your best judgment.

Remember, TMDSAS will code your courses accordingly when processing your application. There's no need to stress over course area designation if you are unsure.

All coursework should be listed in the [College Coursework] section of your application. 

This includes withdrawn courses. If you've withdrawn from a course and that course appears on your official transcript with zero hours listed, you should list the number of credits the course is worth.

Don’t forget AP Credit!

If you have AP credit, exam credit, and dual credit courses listed on your official transcript, they must be included when entering your coursework. (Application Handbook, p. 27) 

Please be sure to include ALL planned coursework. 

If you are unsure on what to take, you will put a placeholder.

When in doubt, contact us! If you are unable to find the answer you are looking for after going through the resources provided, you can call our main number at 512-499-4785 or email us at with any questions or concerns you may have.

tmdsas logo

About the author: The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) is the centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at all of the public medical, dental, and veterinary schools in the State of Texas.

Audrey Mason

About the author: Audrey J. Mason is an applicant liaison and data specialist at TMDSAS. She assists with managing and analyzing data to provide annual statistical reports and contributes to the development of resources for TMDSAS and applicants. Just like her fellow liaisons, she works with the TMDSAS team to educate, prepare, and support applicants prior to the start of the application cycle and processes applications throughout the duration of the cycle. She also participates in various outreach efforts, including on-campus or virtual health fairs and application workshops. Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Edward’s University.

Inside Health Education

View Related Items


A Must-Do Checklist Before You Hit ‘Submit’ on Your TMDSAS Application

A short, yet extremely vital checklist for reviewing your application BEFORE you hit submit. Because there are no takebacks or redoes!

Extra Credit

TED Talk - What It Takes to Crush a Pandemic

Johanna Benesty presents concepts for global access to treatment by all people in a pandemic.

Extra Credit

You Are Not Alone: Finding a Support Community through TMDSAS

Join the TMDSAS online communities to help you build a competitive application.