Applicant and New Student Frequently Asked Questions 
COVID-19

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The safety and well-being of our community and visitors at each location (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) are our top priorities.

The following admissions-related information is applicable to all locations and will be reviewed and updated as needed. For additional new and matriculating student information, please view the Office of Student Affairs COVID-19 FAQs.

Return to Campus for Fall 2021 Term

To help enable a safe return to campus for the fall semester, as of July 12, 2021, all incoming and returning PCOM students will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

View details in the College's April 14 announcement and within myPCOM.

General Admissions Questions

Will the admissions process be affected by COVID-19?

The Office of Admissions is open and processing applications as usual. Candidates can expect no delay in processing any application materials.

What if I can’t send an official transcript with my final grades and degree conferral until after classes start?

As a confirmed student, you may begin your coursework if the final official transcript has not been received but we would ask you to please send an official transcript to the PCOM Office of Admissions via email to admissions@pcom.edu as soon as it does become available. Should you fail to submit final transcripts within a reasonable time frame, a hold could be placed on your student record.

DO Program Admissions Questions: 2021-2022 cycle

When should I take the MCAT for the DO program?

Applicants are encouraged to continue preparing for the exam and take the MCAT when they are able and confident. For August 2022 admission, we will accept a January 2022 MCAT exam score to complete your applicant record. If January test dates are canceled and no other viable dates exist, we encourage you to register for the next available date. As a reminder, PCOM uses a rolling admissions process; therefore it is highly recommended that candidates complete the exam early in our rolling process. Interviews are generally conducted from September through March. For information and updates on the MCAT exam schedule, please visit the AAMC COVID resource page.

Will the DO program waive the MCAT requirement?

No. MCAT scores will be required to complete an application to the DO programs at any of the PCOM locations. As a reminder, the deadline to complete an applicant record is March 1, 2022. Applications may be reviewed without an MCAT score, and if candidates are selected for an interview the committee will require an official score before a final decision can be rendered.

What is the oldest MCAT score report PCOM will accept?

For the 2021-2022 application cycle, PCOM will accept official MCAT exam scores from an exam 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.

Will PCOM review my application prior to having MCAT scores on file?

The Faculty Committees on Admission for each campus are able to view records pending MCAT scores and may select candidates for an interview. Applications may be reviewed without an MCAT score, and if candidates are selected for an interview the committee will require an official score before a final decision can be rendered. DO candidates will be required to submit an official MCAT score report from the AAMC to either AACOMAS or the Office of Admissions in order for an application to become complete. However, until MCAT scores are received, an admissions decision will not be rendered. Please be sure to have your official test score report forwarded to the PCOM Office of Admissions as soon as they become available to avoid delays in application completion. If you are selected for an interview and receive a Hold for MCAT decision you must submit a MCAT score from an exam taken no later than June 4.

Will patient contact hours and/or shadowing hours change or be updated since we are unable to visit hospitals, nursing homes, etc.?

Admission standards for all DO programs at PCOM do not require minimum patient contact hours. However, patient contact and health care exposure prior to enrollment in preparation for a career as an osteopathic physician is an expectation. The Admissions Committee will evaluate all candidates holistically on the totality of their application taking into consideration any circumstances prohibiting deep experience in this area.

What can I do if I can’t find a DO to shadow?

There are other ways to learn more about the osteopathic tradition including reading books on the topic, reviewing videos online, attending recruitment events at osteopathic medical schools, attending AACOM-hosted webinars and, of course, working/volunteering in clinical environments wherein you are witness to DOs providing patient care. All of these help candidates gain insight into why a career as an osteopathic physician fits with their own mission and values. The Office of Admissions hosts many online and on-campus events throughout the year.

ChooseDO has additional resources for shadowing a DO.

PA Studies Admissions Questions: 2021-2022 cycle

Will patient contact hours and/or shadowing hours change or be updated since we are unable to visit hospitals, nursing homes, etc.?

No, 200 hours of patient care hours will continue to be required to be considered for an interview for the program.

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