Academic Requirements

Our first requirement: you must have the passion and drive to become a physician.

TouroCOM uses a holistic approach to admissions. While academic success is important, we also evaluate students based on their research, clinical, and community service experiences, as well as their interest in, and commitment to, practicing osteopathic medicine.

Application Requirements (effective for the 2018-2019 application cycle)

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent if completed in a foreign country. Students who are working toward the completion of their bachelor’s degree, and have completed at least 75% of their undergraduate credits, can be considered for admission.
  • Only scores from MCATs taken no more than 3 years prior to the planned enrollment year are accepted (For example, a January 2016 score for Fall 2019 enrollment is acceptable whereas a December 2015 score is not).

  • Once you have applied, AACOMAS will send TouroCOM a receipt of your submission. The Office of Admissions will contact select qualified applicants with an invitation to complete a supplementary e-application along with the supplementary materials listed below. A $200 non-refundable supplemental e-application fee will be paid at the conclusion of the supplemental e-application submission process.

    These materials will include:

    • An evaluation from a pre-professional advisory committee, OR two letters of recommendation from science faculty familiar with your academic work.
    • One letter of recommendation from a practicing physician (DO or MD). Please note, a letter from a DO is preferred. Also, it is highly encouraged, when possible, to shadow a DO.
    • What is CASPer™? (Computer-based Assessment or Sampling Personal Characteristics)
      CASPer™ is a computer-based situational judgment test designed to evaluate core personal characteristics considered essential for students to be successful in medical school and ultimately, as practicing physicians. Some of these include professionalism, ethical grounding, empathy, compassion, and cultural sensitivity. CASPer™ can be taken anywhere you can access a computer with audio capabilities and a reliable Internet connection in a quiet location.
    • CASPer™ consists of a series of hypothetical everyday situations presented through video or text format. Each situation relates to one or more personal characteristics. Examinees are asked to provide short written responses to a series of questions asked about each situation. No studying is required to take CASPer™.
    • CASPer™ results are considered a reliable and predictive tool for an admissions committee to broadly assess the personal attributes of an applicant.
    • Why has TouroCOM incorporated CASPer™ into our secondary application?
      TouroCOM places a high value on personal characteristics, which we believe are essential to become a capable and compassionate physician. CASPer™ is considered an objective tool to evaluate an applicant’s personal attributes. We believe using CASPer™ makes the application review process fairer for the applicant.
    • The incorporation of CASPer™ into our holistic review process represents the commitment of TouroCOM to evaluate each applicant as an individual – weighing personal attributes in equal measure with academic metrics and foundational experiences.
    • What do I need to do to take CASPer™?
      Advanced registration is required. CASPer™ is administered by an external testing company. There is a total fee of $20 associated with CASPer™, which is not part of the TouroCOM application fee. It consists of a $10 test fee plus a $10 distribution fee, which is paid directly to the testing company upon registration. These fees are waived for applicants eligible for the AACOMAS-FAP.
    • Specific information about registering for CASPer™ can be seen at www.takecasper.com.

Academic Pre-requisites

Candidates applying to the DO program should have met the following prerequisites in their undergraduate or post-baccalaureate study. Please note, a) online coursework cannot be used for any of the subjects below, and b) the minimum grade for any course below is ‘C’ or better.

  • Biology: At least 8 semester hours, including 2 hours of lab work (a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam is an acceptable substitute).
  • Inorganic Chemistry: At least 8 semester hours, including 2 hours of lab work (a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam is an acceptable substitute).
  • Organic Chemistry: At least 8 semester hours, including 2 hours of lab work. 4 hours of Biochemistry may count toward your total.
  • Physics: At least 8 semester hours, including 2 hours of lab work (a 4 or 5 on the AP Physics exam is an acceptable substitute).
  • English: At least 6 semester hours (a 4 or 5 on the AP English Composition or English Literature exam is an acceptable substitute).
  • Mathematics and/or Computer Science: At least 3 semester hours (a 4 or 5 on the AP Pre-Calculus, Calculus AB or BC, or Statistics exams are acceptable substitutes).
  • Behavioral Sciences: At least 6 semester hours. Behavioral Sciences include psychology, sociology, and anthropology, amongst others (a 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology exam is an acceptable substitute for 3 semester hours).

Please note, any AP score being used for a pre-requisite is subject to verification via a copy of your AP scores from College Board or your undergraduate institution.

Please refer to https://help.liaisonedu.com/ for a full listing of which subjects may be used to fulfill each of the above requirements.

Students who have yet to complete all pre-requisites for the DO program may be admitted on a provisional basis, and are expected to earn a grade of B or better in those pre-requisite courses still in progress. All incomplete coursework must be finished prior to matriculation at TouroCOM.