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. Applicants must also be either U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents to be considered for admission.
Admission into the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is selective. The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate applications. This is done through a careful examination of the application, supporting documentation, and interview results. Applicants who are recommended for admission by the committee are assigned a score. In alignment with the Mission of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, applications are scored through three domains: academic qualifications, personal (humanistic) develpment, and diverse experiences.
The academic qualifications domain assesses the applicant’s record of academic and scholarly activity completed to prepare for the curriculum offered at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to course work and test scores, the committee evaluates the applicant’s ability to develop competency in scientific, social science and health care systems concepts, manage significant demands both in and out of the classroom, and the capacity for improvement.
Personal (Humanistic) Development
The personal development domain assesses applicant’s activities, and interests in preparation for a career as an osteopathic physician. Activities should demonstrate consistent and sincere interest to serve others in a career in medicine. The applicant should be able to explain how these experiences have enhanced one’s ability to understand the nature of medical practice. Personal development also refers to the extent the applicant expresses self-awareness and recognizes the socioemotional dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship. As a part of this domain, the applicant is also assessed on those behaviors that reflect the values of the University of North Texas System.
The diverse experiences domain examines the applicant’s path to osteopathic medicine and the how it relates to TCOM’s mission to enroll a diverse class These experiences include circumstances where an applicant has demonstrated the ability to overcome challenges or engage in experiential learning through socially diverse opportunities. Experiences may also indicate acquired qualities that will prove to be beneficial in medical training such as resilience and cultural competence. This domain also examines how these experiences will enhance the learning of others.
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.
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours (or an equivalent number of quarter credit 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.
(at least 12 semester credits of course work and 2 semester 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.
(at least 6 semester credits of course work and 2 semester 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.
(at least 6 semester credits of course work and 2 semester 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.
(at least 6 semester credits of course work and 2 semester 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.
A minimum of 3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits 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.
(Two 3 semester credit 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.
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.
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.
TCOM participates in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) located in Austin, Texas. 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, pre-health advisors, or other professional acquaintances who can assess the applicant’s suitability for medical school.
TCOM requires completion of its own web-based secondary application that is completed and submitted.
Only selected applicants will be invited to interview.
Admissions Committee Evaluation
In accordance with TCOM’s Mission, a holistic review process is used 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 forwarded to the Dean for approval.