Admission to PCOM's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program 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 carefully review a candidate's research experience, clinical exposure, demonstrated leadership skills, extracurricular activities, community involvement, motivation to study medicine and letters of recommendation.
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Prior to matriculation each Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program applicant must meet the following requirements and prerequisites:
PCOM does not have minimum GPA requirements for the DO program. The median for all PCOM Classes of 2024 were (as calculated by AACOMAS):
PCOM Admissions Committees review applications holistically, taking several factors into account when assessing applications for interview and acceptance to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. Interviews and admissions decisions for the DO program are granted not solely on GPAs or MCAT scores, but after consideration of all aspects of an application including but not limited to: letters of recommendation, autobiographical statements, clinical experience and research experience.
See our pre-med student's guide to a competitive application for more information about applying to medical school.
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 online at ChooseDO Explorer. For AACOMAS application questions or assistance, please visit the AACOMAS Applicant Help Center which includes contact information, instructions, and other important details.
There are no supplemental application requirements for 2022 admission. Rather, in the AACOMAS application, visit the Program Materials section of your PCOM application and respond to the questions posed on the Questions tab.
Applicants may apply to any of our three locations:
All DO program candidates must:
Although the requirements and the processes are the same, each application is evaluated for that particular location by the individual Faculty Committee on Admissions for each location.
The Office of Admissions will acknowledge receipt of each DO program application electronically to the email address provided on your AACOMAS application; this message will include instructions on how to pay the PCOM application fee of $75.
The application fee(s) and all required materials must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 1, 2022 in order to have an application reviewed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions. Early submission is strongly recommended as interviewees are selected and decisions are rendered on a rolling basis.
Your location specific DO program application will be processed and assessed by the appropriate Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:
Permanent Residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their Permanent Resident card ("green card") prior to admission. NOTE: Permanent Residency status "pending" is not eligible for admission.
You can send your MCAT exam results 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 email to email@example.com.
The MCAT must be taken within four years of the desired date of matriculation. For 2022 enrollment, exams taken before August 2018 will not be accepted to complete an applicant record.
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 all required items are received and processed, a received date will be populated in each appropriate field. The Office of Admissions cannot verify if applications are complete by phone or email.
PCOM requires all students to adhere to PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation (PDF). For more information regarding Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) Mandatory Course Requirements click here.
The letter of recommendation requirement for DO admission is as follows.
A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation are required from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity and can comment on one's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence, commitment and knowledge of the healthcare environment. The DO Faculty Committee of Admissions strongly prefers that the letters be from the following sources:
Candidates who may not have the ability to submit letters from any/all of the above sources should select letter writers who know them in a professional capacity and can comment on the applicant's character, work ethic, academic history, scientific acumen, empathy, compassion, resilience, emotional intelligence, commitment and/or knowledge of the healthcare environment.
Qualified DO program applicants selected by the Faculty Committee on Admissions are invited for a personal interview on a rolling basis.
Due to COVID-19, we will conduct online interviews only for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle at all PCOM locations.
Interviews for the DO program begin in mid-September and will be conducted through March. If you are selected for an interview, you will be sent an email with required next steps. A candidate can be selected for an interview at any time throughout the review process at each location as deemed competitive by the Faculty Committee on Admissions.
Applicants to our Philadelphia location will receive an email from DOInterviewPHL@pcom.edu. Applicants to PCOM Georgia will receive invitations from DOInterviewGA@pcom.edu, and applicants from PCOM South Georgia will receive invitations from DOInterviewSOGA@pcom.edu.
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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 email if your email address changes.
Interviewed candidates are usually notified within 4-6 weeks of their interview date.
PCOM follows the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines, therefore accepted DO program applicants are asked to send a $250 non-refundable tuition prepayment according to the following schedule:
All accepted candidates are also required to remit a $500 non-refundable deposit by April 15, 2022. The candidate is also asked to review and acknowledge PCOM's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation (PDF) by sending the completed/signed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
PCOM does not routinely accept transfer students for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program; 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 location to which they are applying. Application materials must be submitted before February 1, 2022 and a formal interview with the Faculty Committee on Admissions will be required.
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. Accepted students must be prepared for summer enrollment.
Transfer requests from one PCOM location to another must be discussed with the Dean at the PCOM location 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.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has affiliated DO programs at each of its locations and offers several dual degree programs in fields including business administration, public health and forensic medicine. For the complete listing of available programs, visit our dual degree programs pages: