Admissions & Aid
COVID-19 Temporary Admissions Adjustments (last updated 4/22/2021)
In conjunction with AACOM’s COVID-19 admissions recommendations, TouroCOM-NY will be temporarily adjusting its admissions requirements for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle as follows:
- All interviews during the 2021-2022 admissions cycle will be conducted remotely.
- Pass/ Satisfactory Grading - TouroCOM will continue to accept “pass/satisfactory” grading for coursework, including pre-requisite coursework fulfillment, for the Spring 2020 semester and onward in the context of your entire academic history. Letter grading is highly encouraged when available;
- Online Coursework – Although TouroCOM places high value in the in-person classroom experience, we will accept all online coursework for the Spring 2020 semester and onward;
- Missing Laboratory Coursework - TouroCOM will review your application without all required laboratory coursework, if you can demonstrate that your institution was unable to provide these courses due to COVID-19; proof of completion will be required prior to matriculation, if accepted;
- Physician Letter of Recommendation - Although TouroCOM normally requires one letter of recommendation from a physician (DO or MD) who has observed you in a patient/ clinical setting, we recognize that live shadowing opportunities have become more difficult to obtain over the past year. Therefore, even though a “shadow*” letter is ideal, in place of this letter we will accept either of the following:
- A letter from a non-physician supervisor who has observed your interactions with patients.
- A letter from a DO or MD who has supervised you in a lab or professional setting and can talk about your professionalism and your interactions with other staff members.
*Please note, virtual encounters will be accepted.
Also, the normal requirement that the physician’s letter of recommendation be on official letterhead
will continue to be waived;
- Health Care and/ or Extracurricular Experience Hours - TouroCOM does not have a set requirement for experience hours. However, applicants should be able to demonstrate how they were able to obtain an understanding of what the clinical environment is like and show evidence of continued online health and extracurricular experience.
For the DO program, we require specific undergraduate coursework, MCAT scores, GPA, other achievements and personal qualities, and, importantly, a strong desire to become an osteopathic physician. Make sure you check out the details on our DO application process, requirements, minimum standards, and interviews. Helping underrepresented minorities practice medicine is a a big part of who we are, and recognizing the high cost of applying to medical school, an application fee waiver may be available.
The MS program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences is designed for students who seek to eventually complete a degree in the health sciences, and is offered on both the Harlem and Middletown campuses. Admission and successful completion of this program will strengthen your prospects for acceptance into medical, PA, PT, OT and pharmacy schools.
Our admissions team is available to answer any questions you may have. We welcome you to contact us or visit campus.