Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission to the first-year class must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation:

  1. Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A minimum of 90 semester hours of accepted work from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for admission.
  2. Have successfully completed the following with a grade of 2.0 or higher:
    • 8 semester hours of Biological Science (includes biology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, etc.)
      • 8 semester hours of General Chemistry with laboratory
      • 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry with laboratory (biochemistry may be substituted for all or part of Organic Chemistry II)
    • 8 semester hours of Physics
    • 6 semester hours of English/Humanities (must include 3 semester hours of English)

      These are minimum academic requirements for admission. Students are encouraged to take additional courses such as biochemistry, physiology, behavioral sciences, and the humanities.
  3. A minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 is required.
  4. Have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and have scores no more than three years old prior to the date of matriculation (entering medical school). For example, applicants wanting to matriculate in August 2015, must have taken the MCAT no later than August 2012. This examination evaluates the applicant's knowledge of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning. We strongly recommend that the examination be taken in the spring of the junior year, so that, if applicants feel that the test scores are unsatisfactory, they may retake the examination in the fall of the senior year. January scores will not be considered. Only the best set of test scores will be considered. All scores should be forwarded to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).

    Applicants may obtain applications for the MCAT online.

    Medical College Admission Test
    2450 N. Street NW
    Washington, DC 20073
    (202) 828-0690
  5. Letters of recommendation from:
    • A letter from a physician is required with your application (doesn't matter if it's MD or a DO).
    • A letter of recommendation from the pre-professional committee, (no other variations of this will be accepted) or if such a committee does not exist then three letters of recommendation are needed (two from a science professors and one non-science letter).

      Examples of a non-science letter include but are not limited to English, Psychology, Mathematics, and Humanities.

      It is recommended that letters are signed or submitted on official school letterhead.

Any variations of the admissions requirements can be approved by the dean.

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