Admissions Requirements and Selection

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.  The processing of an application may be delayed if either grades from prerequisite courses or the MCAT scores are not included at the time of application.

In addition, TCOM requires completion of its own web-based secondary application.

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 (some courses may be in progress). In addition, the following prerequisite courses in the sciences and humanities must be satisfactorily completed in order for us to properly evaluate your application:

General or Inorganic Chemistry
(at least 6 credits of semester course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work). Must be courses that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field. Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Courses for non-science or health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health) are not accepted towards the prerequisite requirements.
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. One semester of biochemistry may be accepted toward fulfilling this requirement. Courses for non-science or health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health) are not accepted towards the prerequisite requirements. Courses in human physiology and anatomy, cell and molecular biology, and microbiology are highly recommended.
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.
Organic Chemistry
(at least 6 semester credits of course work and 2 credits of laboratory course work)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.
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.
Statistics
One 3-credit semester course in statistics is required. This prerequisite may be met with a course from a regionally accredited college or university in any academic discipline.  The course content should include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, sampling techniques, measures of relationship, regression models and other tests for significance.

Strong preference will be given to applicants who earn a bachelor’s degree before matriculation.

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

We also urge prospective students to broaden their education by taking courses in the behavioral sciences and the humanities. Prospective medical students should strive to become proficient in scientific problem solving, critical thinking and writing.

Foreign course work may apply towards the admissions requirements only if individual courses appear on an official transcript of a U.S. regionally accredited college or university (or Canadian equivalent).  Foreign course work cannot be used to satisfy a prerequisite 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 prospective 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.

Selection Factors
Each year, the Admissions Committee looks for students who demonstrate the greatest promise of becoming skilled osteopathic physicians. Applicants will be evaluated on their personal integrity, compassion, maturity, interpersonal and communication skills, creativity, motivation for and interest in a medical career, ability to work cooperatively, and dedication to service of others.

These qualities and attributes will be evaluated by several means, including letters of evaluation, the scope and nature of extracurricular activities, the breadth of the undergraduate education, and personal interviews. All aspects of the entire academic record, including trends in scholastic performance, will be examined. Personal experiences, job history (if applicable) and motivation to become an osteopathic physician will also be considered.

As a state-supported medical school, TCOM is required to enroll 90% Texas residents for each entering class. Up to 10 percent of each entering class may be filled with non-residents.

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

Committee Evaluation of Applicants
Applicants who are recommended for admission are assigned a committee score. Because this score affects the ultimate status of the applicant, careful consideration is given to each applicant when assigning a score.

The score is derived by assessing both the cognitive and non-cognitive values of the applicant. Committee members will submit an individual score for each applicant at the meeting. The applicant’s score is the mean among those members who scored the application. Applicants accepted by the committee will be recommended to the Dean for approval. 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.

Texas Resident Admission Notification Process
TCOM processes applications through procedures agreed upon by the participating medical schools in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). Texas resident applicants are generally notified in one of three periods during the admissions cycle:

Pre-Match Admissions Selected applicants will be notified between November 15 through December 31 on a rolling basis.
Match Admissions Applicants who interviewed, but did not receive an offer of admission through Pre-Match Admissions, may be considered for February 1 Medical School Admissions Match.
Wait List  Admissions Applicants who were not admitted on or before medical school admissions match may be placed on the Wait List and considered for admission as seats in the class become available.

 

Notification of Early Decision Program (EDP) Applicants
Applicants who apply through the Early Decision Program are notified of their status on or before September 15.

Notification to Non-resident Applicants
Non-resident applicants may be admitted on a rolling basis on or after October 16.

Notification to DO / PhD Applicants
Applicants to the DO / PhD Medical Scientist Training Program may be admitted on a rolling basis on or after October 16.

Deferred Matriculation
Any accepted applicant can request a deferment of entry for one academic year. The applicant must make the request before June 1st.

 

This page was last modified on October 30, 2017