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 starting the 2021-2022 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 2019 score for Fall 2022 enrollment is acceptable whereas a December 2018 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 natural science faculty (e.g., biology, chemistry, or physics) familiar with your academic work. A letter from a science/research laboratory supervisor can be used as a substitute for one natural science faculty letter. Also, an applicant who has not been in school for five years or more may submit one letter of recommendation from a current supervisor in place of the second natural science faculty letter. If the applicant is working in a medical career field (e.g., nursing or pharmacy), a letter of recommendation from a medical/ healthcare supervisor is preferred.
    • One letter of recommendation from a physician (DO or MD) who has observed you in a clinical/professional setting. Please note, a letter from a DO is preferred. Also, it is highly encouraged, when possible, to shadow a DO.

    Please note, all letters should be on letterhead and must be signed. Letters from relatives will not be considered.

    • 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 $24 associated with CASPer™, which is not part of the TouroCOM application fee. It consists of a $12 test fee plus a $12 distribution fee, which is paid directly to the testing company upon registration. 
    • Specific information about registering for CASPer™ can be seen at

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 or a 6 or 7 on the IB Biology are acceptable substitutes).
  • Inorganic Chemistry: At least 8 semester hours, including 2 hours of lab work (a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam or 6 or 7 on the IB Chemistry are acceptable substitutes).
  • 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 6 or 7 on the IB Physics are acceptable substitutes).
  • English: At least 6 semester hours (a 4 or 5 on the AP English Composition or English Literature exam or a 6 or 7 on the IB Language A are acceptable substitutes).
  • 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, or 6 or 7 on the IB Mathematics 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, a 6 or 7 on the IB Psychology, or a 6 or 7 on the IB Social and Cultural Anthropology are acceptable substitutes for at least 3 semester hours within this category).

Please note, any AP or IB score being used for a pre-requisite is subject to verification via a copy of your AP scores from the College Board or the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Please refer to 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.