Typical Minimum Requirements for Admission to a College of Osteopathic Medicine
This information is subject to change at the discretion of the admissions committee.
- Applicants must complete courses in biology, physics, both organic and inorganic chemistry, English, and demonstrate the ability to master the subject matter of those courses.
- An applicant’s grade point average (GPA) in required courses weighs heavily in the admissions consideration.
- Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
- In addition to demonstrated knowledge, acceptance is also based on the interview process.
- The applicant’s ability to demonstrate a history of compassion, empathy, dedication, and interest in patient care is considered.
- Applicants with a specific orientation to primary care or rural practice are desired.
- Other qualities that reflect the applicant’s ability to adapt to a rigorous academic environment and to a future as a professional provide an advantage in the application process.
Applicants Must Meet the Following Requirements Prior To Matriculation
- Completed 90 hours or three-fourths of the required credits for a degree in a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body. Candidates must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation.
To be considered a competitive applicant, candidates should have achieved at least a 3.20 science and cumulative grade point average, on a 4.00 scale.
- The only exception to the 90 hour requirement is where the college has a formal articulation agreement with a COM for a combined studies program, and all required courses in the combined studies degree have been completed.
The required undergraduate courses for entry are:
- The minimum overall GPA for acceptance is 3.00 in the last 120 hours; however, students with a GPA less than 3.20 are rarely accepted.
- The admissions process is competitive, and a higher grade point average (above 3.40) results in improved chances for acceptance. COMs place emphasis on the last 120 credit hours and on the science and required courses when choosing between competitive applicants. COMs also place emphasis on the applicant’s interview.
- Biological sciences: one year with laboratory (eight credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Physics: one year with laboratory (six to eight credit hours/nine to 12 quarter hours)
- Inorganic chemistry: one year with laboratory (eight credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- Organic chemistry: one year with laboratory (eight credit hours/12 quarter hours)
- English: one year (six credit hours/eight quarter hours)
- Six additional science hours are recommended
(faculty recommend courses in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, or genetics to enhance the student’s success in medical school).
Note: Courses with equivalent content will be reviewed. Most COMs follow the AACOMAS definition of science courses to determine science GPA and science hours. See the AACOMAS web site for more information.
Applicants must submit scores from the MCAT. For the current admissions cycle, the college will accept the September MCAT administration from up to four years prior to the date of matriculation. A competitive MCAT score usually begins at 24; however the MCAT is weighed in connection with GPA and personal qualities. The overall GPA and the interview are considered of most importance.
All students are required to meet the Technical Standards for Admission and Continued Enrollment. All students must affirm that he or she meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for dismissal.
Students must submit all required paperwork per deadlines. If paperwork is not submitted as required, the offer of admission may be retracted.