Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Applicant Questions

What is the TUCOM policy regarding who receives supplemental applications and who receives interviews?

It is the policy of the Admissions and Standards Committee that only those applicants who meet minimum application requirements shall receive supplemental applications. In addition, not all candidates who submit supplemental applications will be invited to attend an interview. Applicants that do not qualify for a supplemental application may email the Office of Admissions (lynn.huckle@tu.edu) to determine what criteria were not met.

How may I determine if I am a competitive candidate?

With nearly five thousand applications, admission into the College of Osteopathic Medicine is very competitive. For the best possible chances, applicants should have Cumulative and Science GPA's of 3.30 or greater with a composite MCAT score of 506. Applicants are encouraged to obtain a variety of experiences, either paid or volunteer, that expose them to the health care system in general and, where possible, to Osteopathy specifically. Non-health related volunteer experiences are also beneficial. Demographics for the most recent entering class are available for applicants who desire to compare their specific backgrounds to those who have already been accepted.

How do I determine which courses (course numbers or titles) at my school will satisfy your prerequisite requirements?

We do not require specific course numbers, rather, we require a specific number of semester units within each subject. For example, we require 8 semester units of General Chemistry, which means any General Chemistry (General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry) courses will satisfy our requirement, provided the total number of semester units obtained exceeds 8 semester units and provided such coursework is completed at a regionally accredited institution. Specific academic course requirements may be found in the Minimum Course Requirements section of this website.

Is it possible to apply without having completed all of the requirements and prerequisites at the time of application?

Yes. Candidates who have not yet completed all the program requirements and prerequisites may apply, interview, and be accepted on a provisional basis with the understanding that, should they be accepted, all program requirements and prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of mandatory orientation. This is especially helpful for those candidates who simply have one or two more courses left to graduate and meet the prerequisites.

If my prerequisite courses were completed several years ago, would I be required to retake them to obtain more recent grades? In other words, is there a time limit beyond which a course would no longer satisfy a prerequisite requirement?

While the College of Osteopathic Medicine does not require that prerequisite coursework be completed within a specific amount of time prior to the start of classes, applicants with prerequisite coursework that is several years old will face some challenges. First, it may be difficult or impossible to secure letters of recommendation from a professor of a course taught several years ago. Second, without recent academic experience, Committee members may become concerned with the applicants ability to succeed with a demanding curriculum. For these reasons, it is strongly suggested that applicants with older coursework plan to take a few "refresher" courses. Doing so not only provides a potential source for letters of recommendation, but also helps to mitigate Committee concerns over a lack of recent academic experience.

What course types will satisfy the Behavioral Science requirement?

Generally speaking, any Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology courses will satisfy the Behavioral Science requirement.

My school operates on the quarter system. How many quarter units are required to satisfy your prerequisites?

For general conversion purposes, 8 semester units equals 12 quarter units while 4 semester units equals 6 quarter units.

May I submit my MCAT scores directly to TUCOM if they were not originally included with my AACOMAS primary application?

Yes. You email a copy of the official MCAT Report of Scores to Ms. Lynn Huckle, Admissions Counselor, at lynn.huckle@tu.edu.

How should I submit my letters of recommendation?

Touro University California strongly recommends that letters be submitted with the AACOMAS application (using the AACOMAS letter service) or with the supplemental application (via the TUC application system).  If necessary, letters may also be submitted directly to the University via Interfolio or from the letter writer.  Given consistent issues with the interface, TUC does not participate in Virtual Evals.  Letters submitted directly from the applicant will not be considered.   

If I have applied previously without being accepted, is it worth trying again?

Many students currently attending Touro University California applied previously but were not successful the first time. Those who are unsuccessful during previous application attempts are encouraged to examine their academic backgrounds, volunteer experiences, and interview techniques (if applicable) to determine in what areas they may need to attend.

Financial Aid

What is the current amount charged for tuition? Is this expected to increase yearly?

Current costs of attendance, including tuition, is available at http://studentservices.tu.edu/financialaid/cost.html.  TUCOM does not expect significant tuition increases year to year reserves the right to make an appropriate determination at any time in the future. 

What options are available to fund my medical education?

All TUCOM students are eligible for Federal loan assistance, which is available in various forms. Specific information regarding Federal loans may be obtained by visiting the Financial Aid web site.

Are there any scholarships and/or grants available?

The Financial Aid Office maintains a lengthy list of scholarship and grant opportunities. Though qualifications vary, students are encouraged to apply for any scholarships/grants for which they feel they qualify and the Financial Aid Office is available to assist with the process.

Whom may I contact with specific financial aid questions?

Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office via email sent to tucafinaid@tu.edu.

Student Life

What student organizations/clubs can be found on the TUCOM campus?

Numerous student organizations and clubs may be found on the TUCOM campus, including the student chapter of the American Osteopathic Association, the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association, the American Medical Student Association and many more.

How active is the student government? Do students have a voice in the decision making process at TUCOM?

Student representation is critical to the success of any institution. For this reason, student representatives serve on a variety of TUCOM committees, including the Admissions and Standards Committee and the Curriculum Committee. Students also fully staff their own Education Committee, which provides regular feedback to the Curriculum Committee. In addition, regular meetings are held with the Dean to encourage an open and constructive dialog for various issues.


Where do the majority of TUCOM students live? Is transportation (e.g. a car) required?

The majority of TUCOM students live off campus in Vallejo, Benicia, Fairfield, and surrounding areas. Information on local rentals and apartments may be found on the Housing Services website. Most TUCOM students find it beneficial to have a car while on campus and while on rotations.

What is the learning environment on campus?

The Mare Island location of the TUCOM campus provides a quiet atmosphere that is conducive to studying. Lecture halls include wireless network and internet connections which facilitate speedy access to study materials while the anatomy lab is considered, by many, to be the best ventilated lab in the country.

What non-academic pursuits are available on or near the TUCOM campus?

The Touro University California campus houses basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, students are within a short drive of a variety of outdoor activities, including walking and hiking trails in State parks, beach activities, water skiing, snow skiing, and much more.