Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Application Requirements

Admission to PCOM is comprehensive as well as competitive. We seek well-rounded, achievement-oriented persons whose character, maturity and sense of dedication point to a successful and productive life as an osteopathic physician.

We are an institution that has historically sought diversity in our student population. We actively recruit under-represented minority students and non-traditional students who often offer exceptional potential for becoming outstanding physicians. Grades and MCAT scores are important to us as they are some of the best predictors of success in medical school; however, we also look very carefully at research experience, clinical exposure, extracurricular activities, community involvement, motivation to study medicine and letters of recommendation.

Click on the links below for additional information about applying to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at admissions@pcom.edu or gaadmissions@pcom.edu for the Georgia campus program. 

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Admission Requirements

Prior to matriculation each applicant must meet the following admission's requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applications from students with at least three years of exceptional undergraduate work will be considered.
  • Eight semester hours of Biology, including two semester hours of laboratory.
  • Eight semester hours of Physics, including two semester hours of laboratory.
  • Sixteen semester hours of Chemistry, including four semester hours of laboratory; at least four of the sixteen required semester hours must be organic chemistry (with lab) and at least three semester hours must be biochemistry. 
  • Six semester hours of English composition and literature.
  • Official exam scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Prospective students are urged to take the test as early as possible and no later than September of the year prior to matriculation. For those who are submitting an updated test score, a January test date will be accepted. The MCAT must be taken within three years of the desired date of matriculation. For 2017 enrollment, exams taken before August 2014 will not be accepted to complete an applicant record.

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Application Process

AACOMAS: Centralized Application Service

We participate in AACOMAS, the centralized application service for the colleges of osteopathic medicine and adhere to the Applicant Protocol and Admissions Guidelines as adopted by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and published in the College Information Book.  For AACOMAS application questions or assistance, please visit the AACOM customer service page which includes contact information, instructions, and other important details.

Beginning in May, prospective osteopathic medical students may submit their application through a secure Web server, AACOMAS-On-Line. Be advised that your full AACOMAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified by February 1st, 2017 to be considered for admissions to PCOM and/or GA Campus-PCOM.

Applying to Both Campuses

Applicants who wish to apply to both our Philadelphia and Georgia Campuses must submit a separate AACOMAS application for each campus, pay the corresponding AACOMAS fees, as well as submit separate supplemental applications and corresponding PCOM application fee. Letters of recommendation must also be submitted to both AACOMAS applications (Philadelphia and Georgia). Although the requirements and the processes are the same, each application is evaluated for that particular campus by the individual Faculty Committee on Admissions for each campus. Note that the campus-specific PCOM application fee is required in order for the Office of Admissions to process that application.

Supplemental Applications and PCOM Application Fees

We will acknowledge receipt of each AACOMAS application electronically to the email address provided on your AACOMAS application; this message will include the appropriate PCOM supplemental application link as well as instructions on how to pay the PCOM application fee of $75 (per campus). There is no pre-screening process; all applicants receive the supplemental. The supplemental and all required materials (including the application fee(s)) must be received by March 1, 2017. However, early submission is strongly recommended as interviewees are selected and decisions are rendered on a rolling basis.

Application Processing and Assessment 

Your campus specific application will be processed and assessed by the appropriate Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Non-refundable PCOM application fee of $75 (required to begin application processing at PCOM)
  • Completed supplemental application for admission
  • Official MCAT score report which can be sent to PCOM as follows:
    • Send directly from AAMC to AACOMAS so long as AACOMAS accepts updates
    • After AACOMAS stops accepting updates, you can send your AAMC verification code and ID via e-mail to admissions@pcom.edu.
    • The MCAT must be taken within three years of the desired date of matriculation. For 2017 enrollment, exams taken before August 2014 will not be accepted to complete an applicant record.
  • Fulfillment of the Letter of Recommendation requirement which is as follows
    • A letter of recommendation from your pre-health or academic advisor/committee (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate programs). NOTE: This is the preferred letter of recommendation by the DO Faculty Committee on Admissions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OR
    • Three faculty letters of recommendation: Two of those three letters must be from BASIC SCIENCE professors (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate programs). Please note that the faculty letters must be from a professor that issued a grade in a course that appears on the applicant's institutional transcript. The course number and title must be noted in the letter.
      • Please note that this is the only letter REQUIREMENT, however, we will accept a limited number of additional letters from other individuals.
      • All Recommendation letters must be on letterhead and preferably signed by the recommenders.
      • Recommendation letters must be submitted through AACOMAS to each campus selected, or via e-mail to recommend@pcom.edu. We cannot accept letters from other sources.
      • If a letter of recommendation has been added to AACOMAS after you have received this message, please notify us via email to admissions@pcom.edu with your PCOM User ID and the name of the recommender so that the Admissions staff can retrieve your letter from AACOMAS.
      • Letters of recommendation processed through Interfolio may, upon your request, be emailed directly to recommend@pcom.edu.
      • Your Online Application Summary (portal login sent via email upon receipt of application) will not list each letter received. Rather, those listed will only reflect those that will help satisfy the Letter of Recommendation requirement.  The PreHealth letter will remain required until received OR all three faculty letters have been received.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the receipt of all required materials by AACOMAS as well as PCOM.  Candidates are expected to review the applicant portals frequently and to exercise patience during the processing of all application materials. 

Please note that the PCOM applicant portal will not provide status updates nor indicate that a record is “complete”.  Once required items are received and processed, a received date will be populated in each appropriate field.  Note that applications missing “required” information are incomplete and will not be reviewed by the committee for interview eligibility. The Office of Admissions cannot verify if applications are complete by phone or email.

Interviews

Qualified applicants selected by the Faculty Committee on Admissions are invited for a personal on-campus interview on a rolling basis. Interviews begin in mid-September and will be conducted through March 2017. If you are selected for an interview, we will send you an email with a proposed date for your interview.

Applicants to the Philadelphia Campus will receive an email from DOInterviewPHL@pcom.edu.
Applicants to the Georgia Campus will receive their invitation from DOInterviewGA@pcom.edu.

Please add these addresses to your directory so they will not be captured in any email filters.

Again, we will use the email address provided on your AACOMAS application. Please check your account on a regular basis. It is your responsibility to notify us, in writing via e-mail to admissions@pcom.edu, if your email address changes.

PCOM requires all students to adhere to PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation. For more information regarding Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) Mandatory Course Requirements click here. We ask that you also please review the following video to become familiar with the expectations of students in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine component of the DO degree program.

Admission Decisions and Enrollment Confirmations

Interviewed candidates are usually notified via U.S. Postal Service within 4-6 weeks of their interview date.

Accepted applicants are asked to send a $250 non-refundable tuition prepayment according to the following schedule:

  • those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
  • those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
  • those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
  • those accepted on or after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit

All accepted candidates are also required to remit a $1,500 non-refundable deposit by April 15. The candidate is also asked to review and acknowledge PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation by sending the completed/signed forms to TechStandardsPHL@pcom.edu or TechstandardsGA@pcom.edu, depending on the campus to which one was accepted. 

To ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships during their third and fourth clinical years, and thus ensure them the opportunity to successfully complete their DO degree requirements, as well as to ensure the safety of the PCOM community, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation using only the PCOM vendor of choice. This process must be completed by the student prior to the start of their first year classes by the posted deadline or the candidate will not be permitted to begin their course work. Directions for this process will be forwarded to accepted and confirmed students in the spring prior to matriculation.

English Proficiency

Proficiency in written and oral English appropriate to graduate and professional study is expected of all PCOM students. Any applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must demonstrate objective competency in English within the past two years by satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum required score for the IBT (Internet Based Testing) is 79 and a minimum score of 26 is required for the speaking component. Your score is considered too old, and will not be accepted, if it is more than 2 years old from the start of your admission term. Country of citizenship does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Language of instruction at the college or university level, and how recent it has been, are the determining factors in meeting this requirement. General writing assistance is available for theses and dissertations, however, as an institution offering only graduate and professional programs, PCOM does not offer remedial ESL coursework.

Applicants are exempt from this requirement if:

  • English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate level; or
  • they have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment; or
  • they have completed at least two full-time semesters of graded course work, exclusive of ESL courses, in a U.S. college or university, or at an institution outside the U.S. where English is the exclusive language of instruction, not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

 

Transfer Students

PCOM does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on seats available in the class.  Consideration will be given only to a student who is in good standing at an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine or who is eligible for re-admission to the previously attended college of osteopathic medicine.  COMLEX I must have a passing grade prior to matriculation at PCOM if the student is accepted by the faculty committee on Admissions.

The initial request for transfer must originate from the dean of the college or university from which the student wishes to transfer and must be directed to the dean of the PCOM campus to which he or she is applying. Application materials must be submitted and a formal interview with the Faculty Committee on Admissions will be required once this conversation has occurred.

If accepted, a transfer student will be given credit for courses successfully passed at the previous college that meet PCOM's curriculum requirements. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM for a student to be eligible to receive the DO degree.

Intra-campus transfer requests between Philadelphia and Georgia must be discussed with the Dean at the campus of enrollment.

For all other students entering the DO program, PCOM does not grant advanced standing or credit for prior learning or for courses completed at other institutions.

Affiliated Programs

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has affiliated programs and offers several joint degree programs in fields including business administration, public health and forensic medicine. For the complete listing of available programs, visit our joint degree programs pages:

 


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Contact the Office of Admissions


Philadelphia Campus Office of Admissions

4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Toll Free: 800-999-6998
Local: 215-871-6700
Fax: 215-871-6719

Philadelphia Campus Programs
admissions@pcom.edu

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Georgia Campus Office of Admissions

625 Old Peachtree Road
Suwanee, GA 30024

Toll Free: 866-282-4544
Local: 678-225-7500
Fax: 678-225-7509

Georgia Campus Programs
GAAdmissions@pcom.edu

Pharmacy Program
PharmDAdmissions@pcom.edu 

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