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.

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, though the Admissions and Standards Committee will consider slightly lower academics on a case by case basis.  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 2019 (entering August 2015) the Admissions and Standards Committee will accept scores from 2011 and newer.

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

New MCAT Requirements for 2015-16 Admissions Cycle (Class of 2020)

Beginning in February 2015, a new version of the MCAT (MCAT 2015) will launch.  The launch of this new version of the exam necessitates a change in our admissions requirements regarding MCAT scores.

  • For applicants who apply only with scores from the old version of the exam, a minimum combined MCAT score of 23 will be required to qualify for a supplemental application.  Competitive candidates will typically earn a combined MCAT score of 27 or above.
  • For applicants who apply only with scores from the new version of the exam (MCAT 2015), a minimum combined MCAT score ranked within the 50th percentile will be required to qualify for a supplemental application.  It is expected that competitive candidates will earn a minimum combined MCAT score ranked within the 64th percentile 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.

For the August 2016 entering class, the admissions committee will consider scores from 2012 and newer.     

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:
  • 8 semester/12 quarter units of Biology/Zoology with lab.
  • 8 semester/12 quarter units of Inorganic (General) Chemistry with lab.
  • 8 semester/12 quarter units of Organic Chemistry with lab. 4 semester units of Biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of Organic Chemistry.
  • 8 semester/12 quarter units of Physics 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 a recognized evaluation agency. 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.