Forensic Medicine
Application Requirements

The forensic medicine programs at PCOM allow students to explore the rapidly growing field of forensics. Designed for the working professional, courses are offered in a combination of weekend and online sessions. These courses cover aspects of forensic medicine, death scene investigation and clinical pathology skills.

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Before Applying

All applicants to any of the graduate programs in forensic medicine must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Please review the descriptions below to determine which program for which you qualify. If you are unsure, simply submit the application for that which seems most appropriate. The Admissions Committee will determine the an applicant's start date and program level based on submitted application materials and the admissions decision will reflect any change necessary.

Pathway Program Overview

The Pathway program is an online course designed for those who are interested in forensic medicine and who possess a bachelor's degree in a forensic-related field (i.e. criminal justice, psychology, sociology or anthropology) but lack coursework in the core sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology). This program was devised to allow those without a strong science background to receive the necessary information to be successful in the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine program.

The Pathway program is a 10-week course in general biology and human anatomy and physiology, which lasts from June to August. Once completed and successfully passed, the student will enter in the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine degree program starting the following fall term. (Please note that no degree is awarded upon completion of the Pathway program.)

Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Overview

The degree program is a on campus instruction 40-credit program leading to a Master of Science in Forensic Medicine. Applicants to the program will have a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology. It provides a solid foundation in the theory, concepts and principles of forensic medicine, the medico-legal and technical aspects of death scene investigations and clinical pathology skills. The emerging demands, roles and responsibilities of medico-legal investigators and clinical forensic specialists are also addressed. Please note that a strong health care and/or law enforcement background is recommended to apply directly to the MS degree program.

Admission Requirements

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participates in GradCAS, the centralized application service for graduate study.

Beginning in September, prospective graduate students may submit their application through a secure web server, GradCAS, which is similar to a "common app". In order to connect your general GradCAS application to PCOM, visit the ADD PROGRAM tab, search for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and select your program of interest from the list. Also, be sure you complete the fourth quadrant of PCOM custom questions and click SUBMIT when completed. There is a $99 fee to apply. Be advised that your full GradCAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified to be considered for admission to PCOM.

Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

Letters of Recommendation can be sent through the evaluator portal on GradCAS or directly to PCOM Admissions in .pdf format to recommend@pcom.edu. Recommenders can be directed to our "For Recommenders" page for guidance.

Instructions on how to use GradCAS can be found here.

Once your application has been downloaded from GradCAS, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process. 

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

  • One letter of recommendation (if not already submitted through GradCAS)
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less) 
  • Writing sample (preferably graded)
  • Current professional, state or federal license, certificates or registration documents, if applicable

Admissions Process

There is no hard deadline to apply as we use a rolling admissions process, however, applicants are encouraged to apply early. The Admissions Committee screens the applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students.

Classes begin for each program as follows:

  • Pathway: Summer term only (June start)
  • Master of Science in Forensic Medicine: Fall term only (August start)

In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to accept or reject applications to the chosen program based on merit. Following completion of the admissions process, applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment. Once admitted, candidates who wish to enroll are asked to review and acknowledge PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation along with a $150 non-refundable deposit. The acceptance packet will contain all materials required for enrollment.

Visit the Forensic Medicine Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at admissions@pcom.edu.

 


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