Admission to PCOM's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 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 look very carefully at research experience, clinical exposure, extracurricular activities, community involvement, motivation to study medicine and letters of recommendation.
Click the links below for additional information about applying to the program. Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at email@example.com regarding the Philadelphia campus program or at firstname.lastname@example.org for the programs at our Suwanee and Moultrie, Georgia locations.APPLY ONLINE
Prior to matriculation each applicant must meet the following requirements:
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 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 interested in Fall 2020 admission 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 1, 2020 to be considered for admissions to PCOM, PCOM Georgia, and/or PCOM South Georgia.
Applicants who wish to apply to any of our three locations (Philadelphia, PA; Suwanee, GA; and/or Moultrie, GA) must submit a separate AACOMAS application for each location, pay the corresponding AACOMAS fees, as well as submit to PCOM an institutional application fee for each location applied. Letters of recommendation must be submitted to all AACOMAS applications. The location-specific PCOM application fee is required in order for the Office of Admissions to process that application and assess which letters of recommendation meet the PCOM letter requirement.
There is no Supplemental Application for 2020.
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.
We will acknowledge receipt of each AACOMAS 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 (per location). The application fee(s) and all required materials must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 2, 2020. However, early submission is strongly recommended as interviewees are selected and decisions are rendered on a rolling basis.
Your location specific application will be processed and assessed by the appropriate Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:
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 e-mail to email@example.com.
The MCAT must be taken within three years of the desired date of matriculation. For 2020 enrollment, exams taken before August 2017 will not be accepted to complete an applicant record.
The Letter of Recommendation requirement for DO admission 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.
Three faculty letters of recommendation: Two of those three letters must be from SCIENCE professors (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate programs). The remaining required letter can come from any other faculty member.
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.
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 2020. If you are selected for an interview, you will be sent an email with a proposed date for your interview. A candidate can be selected for an interview at any time throughout the review process 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 and/or PCOM South Georgia will receive their invitation from DOInterviewGA@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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Interviewed candidates are usually notified via U.S. Postal Service within 4-6 weeks of their interview date.
PCOM follows the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines, therefore accepted 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 $1,500 non-refundable deposit by April 15, 2020. 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.
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; 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 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.
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 programs 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: