TUCOM CA Transfer Policy and Procedures

The Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM CA) only considers transfer applications from students who currently attend medical schools/colleges accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).  Transfer applications from students currently attending medical schools/colleges accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or an international medical school/college will not be considered.  Transfer applicants who have been dismissed from the prior medical school/college for any reason will not be considered.  Transfer applicants who previously applied to TUCOM CA, interviewed and who were subsequently denied admission will not be considered.  Applicants assigned to a waitlist who were ultimately not offered acceptance are not included.  

Eligible candidates may only transfer into the beginning of the 3rd year and must obtain a passing score on the COMLEX Level 1 exam, on the first attempt, prior to July 1st.  Failure to obtain a passing score on the first attempt by the required date may result in rescission of the transfer acceptance, delayed start of the clinical curriculum, and/or postponed graduation date, all at the sole discretion of TUCOM CA.  Transfer candidates are strongly encouraged to take the COMLEX Level 1 exam at least four weeks prior to the start of clinical clerkships to avoid a delay in beginning the 3rd year. Transfer students must complete the last two years of instruction at TUC to be granted a D.O. degree. 

Required Documentation

Transfer applicants must provide the following documentation: 

  1. A letter to the Director of Admissions specifying all compelling reasons for requesting a transfer.
  2. A supplemental application and $100.00 application fee.
  3. Most recent format of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score.
  4. Official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary schools and colleges.
  5. Official copy of most current medical school transcript.
  6. A letter from the medical school/college in which the applicant is currently enrolled, stating that the applicant is in good academic standing.
  7. A letter of recommendation from the Dean of the medical school/college in which the applicant is currently enrolled.
  8. A letter of recommendation from an active physician. 

Consideration and acceptance of transfer applications will be dependent upon the applicant’s qualifications, curricular compatibility, and available space.  Submission of application materials and, if invited, attendance at an interview do not guarantee acceptance.

Required Procedure:  

  1. Submission of Transfer Application Materials.   With the exception of transcripts, all materials referenced above are to be submitted using the ApplyYourself system.  Transcripts will be submitted electronically to admit@tu.edu.  The applicant must notify the Director of Admissions (admit@tu.edu) upon submission.  Notify the Director of Admissions (steven.davis@tu.edu) when your transfer application has been submitted.  
  2. Admissions and Standards Committee review.  Once the candidates file is complete, the Admissions Committee will meet and determine admissibility based upon the student’s academic record and compatibility with the mission of the institution.  Admissions may reject the applicant at this stage, or if found acceptable, may send the file on for consideration by the Student Promotions Committee.
  3. Student Promotions Committee review.  The Student Promotions Committee will review the file to determine compatibility with the curriculum and, if appropriate, specify the deficiencies to be addressed.  If the candidate’s records are found incompatible with the curriculum, the file will be returned to the Director of Admissions with the recommendation to deny transfer.  If the candidate’s records are found acceptable at this stage, the transfer application file will be returned to the Director of Admissions in preparation for the Personal interview.
  4. Determination of Capacity.  The number clinical rotation slots varies from term to term.  After a transfer application has been reviewed and the candidate as been determined eligible, the Clinical Education Department must confirm available capacity.  If capacity exists, the transfer applicant will be invited to attend an interview. 
  5. Personal Interview.  The Director of Admissions, on the recommendation of both the Admissions and Standards Committee and Student Promotions Committee will invite the transfer candidate to TUCOM to be interviewed by the Admissions and Standards Committee. 
  6. Final Decision.  Following the personal interview, the Admissions and Standards Committee will either charge the Director of Admissions with advising the candidate that the request for transfer has not been approved, or will recommend to the Dean of the College that the request for transfer be granted.  The Dean shall finally determine admission status and class standing.



  • November 2, 2020
    • Transfer application process opens.
  • January 15, 2021
    • All transfer application materials due by 3:00 pm PDT.
  • February 12, 2021
    • Interview status determined; candidates notified via email 
  • March, 2021
    • Interview Date (TBD)
  • April 1, 2021
    • Interview decisions released; candidates notified via email