Admissions Requirements

Citizenship Requirement

All applicants, including graduates from foreign institutions, must hold either US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application.  Candidates with "pending" citizenship or permanent residency will not be considered.

Letters of Recommendation

The following letters of recommendation are required:

  • One letter from a physician, either D.O. or M.D. (D.O. preferred)
  • One letter from a Pre-Professional Advisory Committee Letter OR two letters from biological/physical sciences faculty members who have taught you in their class (letters from Graduate Teaching Assistants are acceptable).

Touro University California strongly recommends that letters be submitted with the AACOMAS application (using either the AACOMAS letter service or Interfolio) or with the supplemental application (via the Apply Yourself system).  If necessary, letters may also be submitted directly to the University via Interfolio or from the letter writer.  Letters may not be submitted directly from the applicant.  Given consistent issues with the interface, TUC will does not participate in the Virtual Evals service.  Letters from family members will not be considered.  Be sure to submit all application materials prior to their respective deadlines

Letters of recommendation are used for admissions purposes only and do not become part of the official academic record.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the few medical schools that pre-screens off of the primary (AACOMAS) application. Candidates are expected to earn minimum Science and Cumulative GPA's of 3.0 or greater.  Typically, successful candidates earn Science and Cumulative GPA's of 3.3 or greater.

All candidates are required to have obtained a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to the start of the Class for which they are applying.

All candidates are required to submit qualifying scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). For the Class of 2022 (entering August 2018) the Admissions and Standards Committee will accept scores from 2014 and newer. 

Please note the following information:

  • For applicants who apply only with scores from the new version of the exam (MCAT 2015), a minimum combined MCAT score of 502 is required to qualify for a supplemental application.  It is expected that competitive candidates will earn a minimum combined MCAT score of 506 or higher.
  • For applicants who apply only with scores from the old version of the exam, a minimum combined MCAT score of 26 will be required to qualify for a supplemental application.  Competitive candidates will typically earn a combined MCAT score of 29 or above.
  • For applicants who apply with scores from both exams, only the score(s) from the new version of the exam (MCAT 2015) will be used to determine eligibility for the supplemental application.

Data for the new MCAT is very fluid.  TUCOM CA reserves the right to adjust minimum requirements as needed based upon up-to-date data from the AAMC.

Throughout the application process, candidates are evaluated based upon a variety of criteria, including the following:

  • Academic Competence
  • Personal/Professional Achievements
  • Demonstrated Leadership Skills
  • Creative Abilities
  • Experience in Health Care
  • Likelihood to Practice in Under Served Primary Care Areas

Change in AACOMAS Repeat Coursework Policy

Beginning with the 2017-18 application cycle, AACOMAS will no longer exclude repeated coursework from their GPA calculations.  While we understand that this decision may negatively impact some applicants in the short term, it has been our long standing policy here at TUCOM that our pre-screen process regarding minimum application requirements is based largely on the Overall and Overall Science GPA’s as calculated by AACOMAS and we do not recalculate GPA’s locally.  This policy has been in place to assure fair, consistent assessment of each applicant based on data provided by the application agency.  Applicants who pass our pre-screen process will continue to be evaluated on their entire application, including, but not limited to, academics, MCAT, health experience/exposure, and a number of other items.  We cannot establish different criteria for different applicants and our Admissions Committee expects to continue this policy during the next application cycle.   

Applicants negatively impacted by this change in AACOMAS policy are encouraged to seek the advice of their local academic/pre-health advisors to seek alternative strategies via which they may enhance their academic records.  Such strategies may include enrolling in a Master’s level degree program, taking more advanced courses in specific subjects, retaking specific courses (if the original grade was less than a C) or any combination of these suggestions.    

Minimum Course Requirements

Candidates for admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine are required to complete the following coursework with a grade of "C" or better (a grade of C- does not qualify):

  • Biology - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
  • Physics - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
  • Chemistry Option 1 (Must satisfy Option 1 or Option 2)
    • General/Inorganic Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
    • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
  • Chemistry Option 2 (Must satisfy Option 1 or Option 2)
    • General/Inorganic Chemistry - 4 semester units or 6 quarter units, with lab
    • Organic Chemistry - 8 semester units or 12 quarter units, with lab
    • Biochemistry - 4 semester units or 6 quarter units, with lab

Candidates must also complete the following:

  • 2 courses of College English
  • 2 courses of Behavioral Science
  • 1 course (minimum 4 semester units) of Math/Computer Science
For additional preparation, the College of Osteopathic Medicine also recommends that incoming students enroll in the following courses:
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Biochemistry

Though not required, enrolling in these courses will provide a valuable foundation and will ease your transition into medical school.

All required coursework must be completed prior to the start of classes. Candidates missing required coursework at the time of application may be permitted to proceed provisionally in the application process, provided they meet all other requirements. Candidates are informed of this provisional status via email sent with the supplemental application message.

Additional Requirement for Graduate of Foreign Institutions

The Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine considers applications from graduates of foreign institutions.  The College does not, however, evaluate foreign transcripts. Transcripts and coursework from foreign institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).  Evaluations must be sent directly to AACOMAS and must indicate that the foreign degree can be considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Touro University - California accepts advanced placement credit as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. General Chemistry - 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g. Chem 101 - 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted.