March 17, 2020
Important Information Concerning TBI and the Coronavirus:

Our main concern is the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff. As of yesterday, we are moving all classes and operations to an online/remote environment as much as feasible beginning Monday and extending until further notice. The Academic Calendar will remain the same but all events and sports activities have been canceled or postponed indefinitely including our annual silver cording ceremony. All Friday lectures are canceled for this semester and everyone will receive full credit for attendance of the Friday lectures, community service, and job shadowing. A silver cord will be awarded to all seniors regardless of completion of these requirements.

At this time, TBI will be closed to all students. All TBI classes will be online for the remainder of the spring semester. The lab classes such as BIOL and CHEM will conduct their lab virtually through D2L. Tutorial help is available through Smart Thinking tutorials which is accessed through the Temple College website. Students will conduct testing at home following instructions provided by their instructor. It is imperative that students check their emails, log-in to their D2L for class assignments, and remain in contact with their instructors for daily updates, or if you have any questions.

There may be some areas at the college that remain open to students in limited capacity such as the Library, Testing Center, and some computer labs but the majority of college business will move to electronic delivery. Any student who needs to utilize computer labs, testing facilities, tutoring, or the library will need to go to the Temple College main campus after checking to make sure the service is available. Temple College has a Coronavirus webpage that will be updated regularly. This page has FAQs for instruction as well as containment and resource information. I would recommend reading the FAQ document as it addresses a number of questions students may have about operations.  Refer to your counselors should your school re-open to determine who to report to for attendance.

Temple College is committed to your success and we are here to support you as you adjust to these changes so please be patient and let us know how we can help.

If you have any questions, or need additional support, please contact Mr. L at .  As we continue to monitor the situation, we will send you updates and let you know if there are any changes. Again, feel free to check the website and make sure that you are in communication with your instructors. 


The TBI Middle College program offers highly motivated high school students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credit hours in a STEM–focused (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) foundational curriculum. Many program participants earn an associate degree from Temple College before they even graduate from high school!

The program is located at the Texas Bioscience Institute on the Scott and White West Campus and draws students from all over Central Texas who want to become more college-ready. It is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers such as nursing, medicine, engineering and computer science.

All classes are taught by members of the Temple College faculty.


Contact TBI

Texas Bioscience Institute

Texas Bioscience Staff


Admissions Criteria

TBI Checklist

Students must submit the following forms to apply:

  1. TBI Application
  2. Temple College Application
  3. Dual Credit Registration Sheet
  4. Three Teacher Evaluations (One math, one science, and one general)
  5. Appropriate test scores
  6. Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination (must be current within 5 years)
  7. High School transcript

Students interested in attending the TBI Middle College program are required to meet certain admissions requirements. Admission to the TBI program is competitive, so meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  1. Students are required to be entering juniors.
  2. Students must have taken Pre-AP Algebra II, Biology I and Chemistry I before entrance into the TBI. These three classes must be completed with an 80 or higher average.
  3. Students must pass a college readiness exam: TSIA, SAT, ACT, etc.
TSI Assessment
READING – 351+
WRITING –W-5 or W-4 plus 340 MC

Scores less than 5 yrs old

Algebra II – 4000
English III Reading – 2000
English III Writing – 2000


Scores less than 5 yrs old

Composite – 23
English – 19
Mathematics – 19


Scores less than 5 yrs old

Combined Reading/Math score – 1070
Reading (Verbal) – 500
Mathematics – 500

Students who meet the above minimum requirements are eligible to submit an admission packet. Admission packets can be provided by a high school counselor, and students must submit the forms referenced in the TBI Checklist above.

Students in the Middle College program are eligible to apply for scholarships and loans offered by the Temple College Foundation. For details, visit   or call 254-298-8765.

Experiential Learning

In addition to college credit, TBI encourages students to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of job shadowing and 16 hours of community service. Additional opportunities include:

Summer Math Institute
This is a month-long, math-intensive program that provides a curriculum and instructional methodology to helps students master as much mathematics beyond Algebra II as possible. Independent work with whole class, small group, and individual instruction based on diagnostic testing will concentrate focus on the areas that students have not yet mastered in Algebra II and above.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
Students selected for this experience become an active, working member of an established STEM researcher’s group. They devote full-time to an assigned research project for a 10-week period and receive a stipend during their participation.
Friday Lecture Series
Throughout the academic year, practicing professionals representing all STEM fields present seminars to and provide interactive sessions with the students at the TBI.
Student Experiences
Student Preparatory Orientation Training Sessions (SPOTS) Camp is a mandatory orientation for new students to the TBI, usually scheduled 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class.
White Coat Ceremony

TBI White Coat



White Coat Ceremony is the ceremonial induction for new students into the TBI. It is usually scheduled 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class.

Ambassador Program
The Ambassador Program is an opportunity for current TBI students to earn training in public speaking, community service hours, and experience for their resume. Ambassadors assist with the recruitment of TBI participants and honestly represent the attributes of the TBI. Ambassadors are asked to share their experience as a Middle College TBI student and participate in a variety of recruitment events including high school visits, campus tours, SPOTS Camp/White Coat Ceremony, Silver Cording Ceremony, Open House, TC Graduation, and other recruitment activities.
Silver Cording Ceremony

Silver Cording Ceremony


The Silver Cording Ceremony is the ceremonial award of the Silver Cord marking successful completion of the TBI Middle College program.