Entering college students have the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in seven years. This is one year less than the traditional eight-year track students take to complete both degrees. This intensive program is designed for students who both have a strong aptitude in the sciences and an interest in a career in medicine.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) currently has agreements with the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas. Students admitted into either of these universities may complete a degree plan that meets both their undergraduate degree requirements and prerequisite course work for medical school. For the first three years, students complete a sequence of study towards a degree in the biological sciences at the four-year university as required by their academic advisor. This track includes courses in biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, mathematics, biochemistry, humanities and social sciences.
After the second year of undergraduate study, students in the program are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and submit an application for admission into UNTHSC-TCOM. During the third year of study, UNTHSC-TCOM will consider applicants for admission based on their academic performance and other criteria as deemed appropriate by the admissions committee. This includes, but not limited to: interview scores, letters of evaluation, motivation for medicine, health care experiences, and overall quality of the application. After the first year of medical school, credits earned at UNTHSC-TCOM are transferred to the undergraduate institution to complete the bachelor’s degree. Students complete the remaining three years of medical school to earn their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree.
This is not an assured admissins track, however, those admitted into UNTHSC-TCOM will be allowed to enter one year early and complete both their bachelor’s degree and first year of medical school simultaneously. The average overall grade point average of incoming students at UNTHSC-TCOM is approximately 3.52 (on a 4.0 scale) with a 28 composite score on the MCAT.
Essential Steps to Completing the Seven-Year Program:
-Gain admission into either the University of North Texas or University of Texas at Dallas.
-Contact the prehealth advisor at the university (see contact information).
-Complete the degree plan and other premedical activities as outlined by the advisor.
-Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at the end of the second year of undergraduate study.
-Apply for admission between the second and third year of undergraduate study.
-Interview at UNTHSC-TCOM (interviews are by invitation only).
-Gain admission into UNTHSC-TCOM.
-Complete the four-year D.O. degree program.
For more information about this program visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact:
|Mike Kennedy, EdD
Director of Admissions
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Admissions and Outreach
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817.735-2204 or 800.535.TCOM
|Debrah Beck, PhD
University of North Texas
College of Arts and Sciences
Office of Student Advising
General Academic Building, Room 313
P.O. Box 305189
Denton, Texas 76203-5189
|J. Scott Wright, EdD
Associate Dean and Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities
University of Texas at Dallas
Health Professions Advising Center
P.O. Box 830688 – JO 30
MS MP 11FN 32
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688