Admissions and Outreach

 

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The Admissions team is ready to help you learn more about the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine application process and answer your questions.  Attend an upcoming admissions event, sign-up for a campus tour or schedule a virtual advising session.  After reviewing the information below, if you have additional questions, please reach out to our admissions office at admissions@unthsc.edu.

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Program Requirements & Admissions

Make sure to carefully read the policies and procedures for both the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) and the Office of Admissions and Outreach.

Please note there will be a $50 Application Processing Fee for all applications.

Required Applications and Documents

Pre-match offers begin October 15th

Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) Online Application

(2022 Application Due November 1, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. CT)
All applicants are required to complete the TMDSAS online application for medical schools, which is available on their web site at http://www.tmdsas.com/ In addition, applicants are required to submit official transcripts of all prior college-level course work, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (see below), evaluations from either the health professions advisory committee of the college the applicant attended or from three individuals, photographs and any other documentation that may be required to expedite your application.

TCOM Secondary Application

(2022 Application Due November 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. CT)
In addition to the TMDSAS application, all applicants are required to submit a Secondary Application directly to TCOM. The Secondary Application is available through the admissions portal.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Scores

Scores from the MCAT must be submitted to the TMDSAS from MCAT.  Applicants must request all scores be sent to TMDSAS.  TCOM will only accept MCAT scores since 2017 and no later than September, 2021 for 2022 admission.

Admissions Schedule

May 3, 2021Application are available online
August 1, 2021Early Decision Program (EDP) applications are due to TMDSAS.  TCOM Secondary applications from EDP applicants are also due. Results of EDP applications will be announced no later than October 1, 2021.
October 15, 2021Texas resident pre-match offers begins.
October 15, 2021Non-resident offers begins. Admissions decisions for non-resident applicants continue on a rolling basis throughout the application cycle.
November 1, 2021TMDSAS Application due no later than 5:00 CT
November 15, 2021TCOM Secondary Application due no later than 5:oo CT
January 28, 2022Pre-match Admissions (Texas Residents) ends.
February 18, 2022Deadline for Texas resident applicants to submit their medical school preferences for the TMDSAS match by 5:00 CT.
March  4, 2022Texas resident applicants will be notified of their match through the TMDSAS web site, however, official offers can only be made by the medical school, which will be the highest ranked medical school that admits them.
March  5, 2022Applicants who are on the wait list will be considered for admission on a space available basis.

Reapplicants

While it is disappointing to not be admitted to medical school, there have been a number of applicants who have been successful in gaining admission as reapplicants. However, those who have been admitted as reapplicants typically made improvements to their application and demonstrated their preparedness for a career in osteopathic medicine.  Below are admissions statistics for reapplicants from the previous year for 2017-2019.

YearApplicantsInterviewsAdmitsEnrolled
2019597965833
2018544714838
20176661038055

There are a number of areas applicants can make improvements on during the reapplication process. While some of the information presented on these pages may be useful to you, it is not to be used as a ‘checklist’ that will eventually lead to an offer of admission. It is for informational purposes only and it is the responsibility of the applicant to identify and address any weaknesses in their application before reapplying.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions by prospective TCOM students:

How many students does TCOM admit each year?
We usually plan to have approximately 230 first-year students. Since we’re a state-supported medical school, we’re required to fill at least 90% of our seats in each incoming class for Texas residents. The remaining 10% are open to non-residents.

What’s TCOM’s minimum GPA for admission? What about MCAT scores?
We don’t use a minimum cutoff score in these two categories. Grade point averages and MCAT scores are only two of the factors we use in evaluating our applicants. However, we do expect applicants to have better than a B average in their prerequisite course work. The most recent entering class statistics are available here.

When will I be notified about a decision on my application?
Notification is typically sent in accordance to a schedule agreed upon by the state-supported medical schools through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service. A schedule for admission notifications is available on this web site.

Does TCOM have an Early Decision Program?
Yes, we offer early admission to applicants who have outstanding credentials. You must apply only to TCOM. You must submit your completed application by August 1. Decisions will be sent by late September. Information for Early Decision is available here.

What if this a second career for me? Can I still go into medicine?
Absolutely. We have always accepted qualified non-traditional students. We think their attitudes and life experiences enhance and strengthen the medical school experience for everyone. You aren’t required to have a degree in any premedical field, but you must have completed the appropriate course prerequisite requirements for admission.

How does an osteopathic (D.O.) school differ from an allopathic (M.D.) school?
The key distinction is in a philosophical approach to medicine that “takes care of people, not just symptoms.” Osteopathic medical students are trained to not only to treat illness, but examine a number of different aspects of a patient’s life, including lifestyle and environment. In addition, America’s osteopathic medical schools instruct students on the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment.

In general, the medical sciences portions of an osteopathic medical school and an allopathic medical school do not differ in terms of content.

How do TCOM students perform on national board exams?
TCOM students are required pass the  Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) Levels 1 and 2 to graduate.  Overall, students perform extremely well on this exam.  Data of our pass rates are available online here.

Are there research opportunities for TCOM students?
Yes, students have a number of options available to them to conduct research while attending TCOM.  During the summer between the first and second year, a summer research program is available with a number of faculty mentors here on campus.  Students who have an interest in pediatrics have the opportunity to complete a research program with Cook Children’s Medical Center located in Fort Worth.  Also, an honors research elective is offered to medical students during their second year of study.

Students who have an interest in pursuing a research-oriented career path may have an interest in completing the dual DO/PhD program which takes approximately six to seven years to complete.

What core clinical rotations do TCOM students complete?
TCOM students are required to complete the following clinical rotations:

  • Family Medicine – 8 weeks
  • Internal Medicine – 8 weeks
  • Surgery – 8 weeks
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology – 6 weeks
  • Pediatrics – 4 weeks
  • Manipulative Medicine – 4 weeks
  • Psychiatry – 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics – 4 weeks

In addition, students have the opportunity to complete six (6) elective rotations for 24 weeks. Rural scholars have different requirements.

Where do TCOM students complete their clinical rotations?
TCOM uses a statewide network of hospitals and clinics to complete core rotations.  Below is a list of our affiliated sites and satellite campuses for third year clinical rotations.

Affiliated Sites (Location):

  • Cook Children’s Medical Center (Fort Worth)
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital (Fort Worth)
  • John Peter Smith (JPS) Health Network (Fort Worth and Tarrant County)
  • Methodist Dallas Medical Center (Dallas)
  • Medical City Fort Worth (Fort Worth)
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital (Corpus Christi)

Satellite Campuses (Location):

  • Conroe Regional Medical Center (Conroe)
  • Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area (Corpus Christi)
  • Christus Good Shepherd Health (Longview)
  • Weatherford Regional Medical Center (Weatherford)

How do TCOM students perform in the residency match programs?
TCOM graduates have done extremely well in residency match process with the majority of graduates staying in Texas to complete their training.

Approximately 60% of any given class will enter a primary care residency (family medicine, internal medicine obstetrics & gynecology or pediatrics) while nearly 40% choose to enter a specialty residency program.  Such specialties have included anesthesiology, emergency medicine, pathology, psychiatry, radiology, surgery to name a few.

A summary of our match data by specialty is available here: TCOM Residency Placement Data

How is TCOM’s curriculum formatted?
TCOM uses a modified integrated systems approach. The curriculum is divided into systems. During year one, each system’s anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and other basic sciences are taught together to help students develop a more integrated understanding of its function. At the same time, students work individually and in groups on clinical topics relating to the system. Osteopathic clinical courses are also taught throughout the first two years.

During year two, students are taught primarily through patient presentations.  There are over 100 patient presentations used to study approximately 1,000 different diseases.  Through this approach, students are able to integrate basic medical knowledge through a more clinically relevant approach.

The last two years are devoted primarily to clinical rotations. Students complete a number of core clinical rotations in different specialties including family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, emergency medicine, and geriatrics. Most core rotations are completed in one of our affiliated hospitals and clinics.  Students also have the opportunity to complete elective rotations in hospitals and clinics located throughout the United States.

Can students complete international rotations?
Yes, students can currently complete elective rotations in Malawi, Thailand or Russia.  Other clinical rotations are also available through various organizations outside of the school.

What kind of support programs are offered to assist TCOM students?
There are a number of academic, counseling, professional development and social outlets available to promote student success at TCOM. The Center for Academic Performance (CAP) provides tutoring and other academic support functions.  Each entering student is assigned to one of six advisory colleges.  The advisory colleges offer a network and faculty-student and student-student mentoring covering a wide range of wellness and professional development topics.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application process or any other admissions-related topics, please e-mail Admissions Office: admissions@unthsc.edu.