Admissions Process & Requirements

CUSOM is committed to educate and prepare community–based osteopathic physicians to care for the rural and underserved population. To that end, the CUSOM is committed to selecting applicants who will be an asset to the profession of osteopathic medicine. The goals of the admissions process are to:

  1. Understand each applicant as a whole person
  2. Evaluate the potential for success in the Doctor Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Program
  3. Assess the candidate’s commitment and aptitude as a future practicing osteopathic physician
  4. Consider the applicant’s interest in serving rural and underserved populations

The CUSOM Admissions Committee under the direction of the Director of Admissions will consider applicants’ academic background, achievements, personal statement, Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores, and letters of recommendation, health-related work or research and volunteer experience. In addition to academic performance, the Admissions Committee places emphasis on the ethical treatment of all humanity, the demonstration of personal merit, compassion, community involvement, communication skills, teamwork, leadership, professionalism, integrity, dedication to professional goals and the promotion of diversity.

The CUSOM Office of Admissions will maintain academic and demographic data for each class.  Upon graduation the Office of Admissions will work in conjunction with the CUSOM Alumni Association to track board certification rates, post graduate employment and career activities for each graduating class. Through this process CUSOM will be able to evaluate and adjust recruitment practices and policies to ensure the mission and goals of the institution are being met.

Each applicant’s academic background and achievements, personal statement, Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores, letters of recommendation, and diverse work and volunteer experience will be considered by the Admissions Committee. In addition to academic performance, the Admissions Committee places emphasis on personal merit, leadership, community involvement, maturity, communication skills, and dedication to professional goals.

Non-Discrimination Admission Policy

The CUSOM Office of Admissions will make every effort to recruit students from a diverse background to foster this richness to meet its mission, goals and objectives. The CUSOM Student Admission Policy stipulates CUSOM applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, religion, veteran or military status, national origin, age or disabilities or any other class protected by applicable law.

Technical Standards

Each student must meet the Technical Standards to assure they have the ability to succeed in the medical curriculum.  Click here to view the Technical Standards.

Minimum Requirements For Admission

CUSOM applicants for admission will be required to complete a minimum of 75 percent of the required credits for a degree in a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in order to be considered for an interview. Applicants must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation.

Applicants should have achieved at least a 3.2 sciences and cumulative grade point average (GPA), on a 4.0 scale. The minimum overall GPA for acceptance is 3.2. The admissions process is competitive, and a higher grade point average (above 3.2) results in improved chances for acceptance. CUSOM places emphasis on the last 120 credit hours and on the science and required courses when choosing between competitive applicants.  CUSOM also places emphasis on the applicant’s interview.

The required undergraduate courses for entry will be:

  • Biological Sciences: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • Physics: One year with laboratory (6 to 8 semester hours/9 to 12 quarter hours)
  • Inorganic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • English: One year (6 semester hours/8 quarter hours)
  • Six (6) additional science hours are highly recommended. CUSOM recommends courses in the 300/400 level or beyond in subjects that will enhance performance in medical school such as
    Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology

NOTE: Courses with equivalent content will be reviewed.

NOTE: Students must obtain a “C” or better in each of the required courses above to fulfill the pre-requisite course requirement.

Applicants must submit scores from the MCAT. For the current admissions cycle, CUSOM will accept the August MCAT administration from up to three years prior to the date of matriculation. A competitive MCAT score usually begins at 24; however, at CUSOM the MCAT is weighed in connection with grades and personal qualities. The overall GPA and the interview are considered of most importance.

Applicants will be required to meet the Technical Standards for admission and continued enrollment and affirm that he or she meets the standards. Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for dismissal.

Applicants must submit all required paperwork per deadlines. If paperwork is not submitted as required, an offer of admission may be retracted.

Applications Deadline

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest filing date: Opening date of AACOMAS
  • Latest filing date:* March 1, 2015

* For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to this school’s latest filing date.

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