Admissions Requirements

Admission into the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is selective.  Each year, TCOM admits students from a pool of well-qualified applicants.  The Office of Admissions and Outreach, located in the Student Service Center, provides advising, tours, application processing, and other related assistance.  TCOM encourages future applicants to use these services in order to assist them in making informed decisions about pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine.

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, an applicant must meet the minimum academic and entrance examination requirements.

Course Prerequisites
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours (or an equivalent number of quarter hours) towards a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or Canadian equivalent) is required. Strong preference will be given to applicants who earn a bachelor’s degree before matriculation.  In addition, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) has established the following prerequisite course requirements for admission.

Biology
(at least 12 semester credits of course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work)  This includes biology courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in a traditional science field. Courses for non-science or health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health) are not acceptable towards the prerequisite requirements. Courses in human physiology and anatomy, cell and molecular biology, and microbiology are highly recommended.
Chemistry
(at least 6 credits of semester course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work). These must be courses that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. These courses should provide familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Inorganic courses include: General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Quantitative Analysis.  Courses for non-science or health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health) are not accepted towards the prerequisite requirements.
Organic Chemistry
(at least 6 semester credits of course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work) These must be courses that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Organic courses must have ‘Organic’ in the course title. Courses for non-science or health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health) are not accepted towards the prerequisite requirements.
Physics
(at least 6 semester credits of course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work). This includes all physics courses applied towards a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Courses for non-science or health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health) are not accepted towards the prerequisite requirements.
Statistics
(a minimum of 3 semester credit or 5 quarter credit course) in statistics is required. Course may be taken in any academic discipline;  course content should include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, sampling techniques, measures of relationship, regression models and other tests for significance.  Course must be completed prior to matriculation.
English
(Two 3-credit semester courses) Any course accredited (approved) by the English Department that fulfills the general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will meet this requirement. Remedial or developmental courses or ‘English As a Second Language’ courses are not accepted.

Courses completed through a pass/fail option will not count towards meeting a prerequisite requirement.

Foreign Coursework
Applicants must complete at least 90 undergraduate credit hours at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or Canadian equivalent).  Transfer credit from a school outside the U.S. or Canada may apply to this requirement only if the individual courses appear on the transcript of an accredited U.S. or Canada college or university-lump sum credit is not allowed.  Transfer credit from a school outside the U.S. or Canada will not apply to a prescribed course requirement.  State law requires that academic work taken at foreign colleges, universities or preparatory schools be excluded from the calculation of the grade point average for students seeking admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate professional school.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Examination
All applicants are required to take the MCAT, which is administered throughout the year. Information on the MCAT may be obtained online.

 

Admissions Procedures
TCOM requires both a primary and secondary application.  Only completed applications are considered for admission.  Applicants should carefully read all of the information about the process.

Primary Application
TCOM participates in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) located in Austin, Texas. Early applications are strongly encouraged. The primary application can be completed and submitted electronically through the TMDSAS web site at: http://www.tmdsas.com. The processing of an application may be delayed if either the grades from courses or the MCAT scores are not included at the time of application.

Official transcripts from all prior college-level course work and MCAT scores must also be submitted to the application service. In addition, TMDSAS requires that an applicant’s premedical/health professions advisory committee submit a written evaluation directly to the service. Letters from three (3) people who are familiar with an applicant may satisfy this requirement if no advisory committee is available. The letters should be from faculty members and/or an advisor who can assess the applicant’s suitability for medical school. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician familiar with the applicant; the physician may submit this recommendation directly to TCOM.

Secondary Application
TCOM requires completion of its own web-based secondary application that is completed and submitted.

Interviews
Only selected applicants will be invited to interview.  Interviews are conducted at the UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) located in Fort Worth.  Applicants typically tour the school and meet with current medical students.  Interviewees may also sit in on medical school classes held that day.

 

Admissions Committee Evaluation
TCOM uses a holistic review to admit a diverse class with the academic credentials and humanistic qualifications to become skilled osteopathic physicians dedicated to patient care and service to their communities.

Applicants who are recommended for admission by the committee are assigned a score. The applicant’s score is the mean among those members who scored the application. Scores range from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest (Cognitive values: 5, Non-cognitive values: 5). Decimal values may be given. The following variables are assessed when an applicant is scored.

Admissions Criteria for D.O. Admissions
Cognitive Values Academic performance as an undergraduate student; academic performance as a graduate student; academic performance while attending high school; and scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Non-cognitive Values Interviews scores; geographic diversity; socioeconomic background; commitment to the field of study; community activities; availability of members of the osteopathic profession while the applicant attended elementary and secondary school; first generation to go to college; letters of evaluation; and contributes to the diversity of the class*.

*Contributes to the diversity of the class includes race, ethnicity, or any other unique personal life experience(s), including but not limited to experience abroad, foreign language skills, hardships and adversities overcome, community service, or previous career experience, that will enrich the educational environment of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Applicants who are recommended for admission by the committee are forwarded to the Dean for approval.  The Dean may approve or may place an applicant on hold for future consideration.  Applicants who are held are placed on the wait list but are not offered admission until the hold is released.

As a matter of policy, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age or disabilities, and religion in its application and admissions processes.

This page was last modified on April 19, 2018