TCOM Orientation Information



Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)

Orientation Dates

TCOM Class of 2021 Orientation Dates: July 12th-15th, 2017

Immunization Requirements

Immunization requirements for ALL UNTHSC students can be found here.  

Screening for tuberculosis is an annual requirement of all UNTHSC students. Students who have not received a vaccination against tuberculosis or who have not tested positive in the past to tuberculosis can easily be screened for tuberculosis via a skin test (PPD). Skin tests will be provided at several events on campus. This service is completely free and optional. Those who do not attend the mass screening events must get screened by their primary care provider by skin test, blood test, or chest x-ray. New students must provide 2 skin tests due to the boosting effect of latent tuberculosis. This means that new students may need to get an additional skin test after their first screening. More information can be found on the website: Questions about immunization and screening requirements can be made to

White Coat Ceremony

All incoming DO, DPT, and PA students must attend.  Please click here for more information on White Coat Ceremony and click here to submit your white coat size.


Booklists will be provided to you before classes begin usually 4 weeks prior to the first day of class.

Here are a few guidelines which you may wish to consider as you purchase your textbooks:

[1] Consider buying used textbooks from current students at the beginning of each semester.

[2] Some of your textbooks might be available for free through our campus library. If a textbook is available for free through the library, the booklist will indicate that information.  The complete list of TCOM books available electronically can be accessed HERE.  Additionally, students can receive a 35% discount on several Thieme books.  Click HERE for more information.

[3] Don’t be afraid to consult current students within your program for advice on textbooks and about the possibility of borrowing/buying their books.

[4] The Online Bookstore usually has enough of the required textbooks in stock.  UNTHSC does not have an on-campus bookstore.  However, we do offer an Online Bookstore for students to purchase or rent new and used textbooks:

Additional offerings include Digital Textbooks and specially priced Microsoft and Adobe software.

UNT Health Science Center and Alumni Association merchandise are also available for purchase through the Online Bookstore.  Shop the website to purchase a t-shirt, car decal, coffee mug and much more!

Required HIPAA & CITI Training

All incoming TCOM students need to complete HIPAA Training.  HIPAA Training will be available for completion during the week of orientation.  Instructions on how to complete this training will be communicated via email.

All incoming TCOM students are required to complete CITI training prior to New Student Orientation. Be prepared to turn in your CITI training certificate of completion during New Student Orientation. Click HERE for more information regarding required trainings. Instructions for completing registering and completing the CITI Training is available by clicking here.

CITI Training for Continuing Education: When you create a new account with CITI, one of the steps mentions Continuing Education (CE) credits.  Unless you would like the CE credit, you need to check “NO” regarding CE.  There is a charge for CE credit that you will be responsible for paying if you select “YES”.  The required CITI Human Subjects Research Training course does not cost anything to students.

More information regarding CITI is available via this website: 

Background Checks

As a new TCOM student, you are required to complete a criminal background check prior to New Student Orientation. You will receive an email that instructs you on how to complete the background check. Please do not attempt to complete the background check until you receive the email.

If you need assistance locating your Student ID Number, please click here for instructions.

Note: You will not have access to the site to submit your background check until you have been
officially accepted into the TCOM program. 


All incoming TCOM students will receive a university-issued technology package. More information about your technology package can be found HERE

Medical Equipment

The following list is required medical equipment for incoming TCOM students:

  • Stethoscope
  • B.P. Cuff
  • Reflex hammer or neurologic hammer
  • Tuning fork — 512 HZ & 128 HZ
  • Diagnostic kit (includes otoscope and ophthalmoscope; panoptic ophthalmoscope recommended, otoscope should have
    a bulb for insufflations)

As a convenience, Welch Allyn and Heine will be on-campus with equipment available for purchase during New Student Orientation. Students are not required to purchase equipment from Welch Allyn, but should be prepared to purchase equipment the week of New Student Orientation in order for it to be delivered in time for class use.

Alternatives are available at such websites as

AOA Membership

Osteopathic medical students are required to register and receive their American Osteopathic Association (AOA) ID number. This number will be used for registering for COMPLEX exams starting in their second year, but it is necessary as well to join various Osteopathic student organizations on campus. If you have not yet registered for an AOA number, please visit If you have registered for an AOA number, it should have been emailed to the email address you provided when you registered on the website. If you are having trouble registering for your AOA number, please contact the AOA Customer Resource Center via email at or by phone at (800) 621-1773, option 1. Please come to Orientation with this process already completed and with your AOA number in hand.


Pre-Matriculation workshops are not required but are highly recommended for incoming TCOM students. The workshops generally take place during the two weeks prior to New Student Orientation. The website for the Pre-Matriculation courses- Click HERE!

The full schedule, workshop descriptions, pricing and registration information will be available on the website.


You do not need to register for your classes. TCOM students are placed in their classes each semester.

TCOM Advisory College Information

The Advisory College Program is a mentoring network designed to promote greater interaction between faculty and students at TCOM.  Each college serves as a learning community where faculty advisors facilitate curricular and co-curricular activities to develop skills which will aid medical students as future physicians.

As part of the program, medical students are placed into one of six colleges within TCOM where faculty members serve as advisors and mentors.  Each college will work with students on activities to promote professionalism, wellness and professional development through one-on-one and group meetings.

Please visit the Advisory College website for more information.

Student Veterans Information

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we would like to invite our incoming military affiliated students (veterans, reserve, active, etc.) to learn about the veteran and military-specific resources and opportunities that are available here at UNTHSC. More information about opportunities to learn about these resources will be provided prior to new student orientation.

Admissions Office

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Student Service Center, Suite 180
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-735-2204 817-735-2204
Fax: 817-735-2225

This page was last modified on April 11, 2017