COM Admissions

The application cycle is now open for the Class of 2025! To apply to the CHSU-COM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program, please visit 

Welcome to CHSU-COM Admissions. On this webpage, you’ll find some helpful information to guide you through the admissions process. Below are some guidelines and resources that can assist you in applying to our DO program. If you have any questions, please email .

We welcome all inquiries regarding applications. Materials pertaining to applications should be directed to the Admissions Office at 559-712-4222 or via e-mail at

We encourage applicants to check their status through the AMP portal once they have been invited to complete a Supplemental Application. Applicants should be sure to check for missing or incomplete items. Applicants will be notified via email if there is a change in their admissions status, or with a request to complete the next step in the admissions process.

When contacting the Admissions office, it is considered most professional to call once and leave a voicemail and/or send one email; repeatedly calling or emailing is unnecessary. Similarly, any type of direct communication to the CHSU-COM Deans or Admissions Committee members is prohibited, whether by the applicant, the applicant’s parents, employers/supervisors, faculty members or advisors. Any attempt to do so is considered “inappropriate communication” and unprofessional.

CHSU-COM Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  1. Obtain a Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution.
  2. Overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. If a student has retaken a course multiple times, all grades received for that course will be accounted for in calculating cumulative GPA.
  3. Submit all coursework transcripts with the AACOMAS application.
  4. Achieve a score of 498 or better on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with no sub-section below the 15th percentile (e.g. If an applicant has an MCAT of a 504 but with CARS in the 13th percentile, this MCAT score will not be accepted). Please have Official MCAT scores sent to AACOMAS. Scores from January 1, 2018 or later will be accepted.
  5. Submit final transcripts verifying all completed coursework through AACOMAS.
  6. Provide 2-3 Letters of Recommendation (see handout or requirements section below).
  7. Submit a Personal Statement through AACOMAS.
  8. Pay a non-refundable Application fee through AACOMAS.
  9. Satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below prior to matriculation:
Prerequisite Course Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Behavioral Sciences 3 4
Biology 8 12
Inorganic or General Chemistry 4 6
Organic Chemistry 8 12
Physics 8 12
English (e.g. Composition/Literature) 6 9

Recommended: Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, Immunology

Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

The following requirements apply to all prerequisite coursework:

1. Must Be Taken at Accredited College or University

All prerequisites must be completed at an accredited four-year undergraduate university, four-year undergraduate university extension program or two-year community college located in the United States prior to enrollment in the COM. For international students, please see separate provisions in the Admissions Policy applicable to international coursework.

2. Deadline for Prerequisite Completion

Applicants must complete or plan to complete all prerequisites prior to July 1 preceding enrollment in the COM, unless an exception is approved by the Dean’s Office. If courses are not complete and shown on transcript at the time of application, please provide a plan for completing them prior to July 1.

3. Letter Grade of C or Better Required

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” or higher to satisfy completion of each prerequisite course. Grades of “C-”, pass/no pass, credit/no credit will not be accepted.

4. Courses Must Be Taken within Ten (10) Years of Enrollment

Generally, all applicants must complete all prerequisite requirements within ten (10) years of enrollment in the COM. Applicants who have taken prerequisite courses more than ten (10) years ago may be required to repeat that coursework prior to matriculation.

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

1. One letter from a physician (DO or MD) that details the applicant’s exposure to patients and the applicant’s ability to be successful in a medical setting. It can reflect shadowing, volunteer, or  work experience. A letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician is preferred.


2. Two academic letters written by college science professors who have instructed the applicant. A pre-med or pre-health profession committee letter that includes all items listed above will satisfy these requirements. For example, one letter from a physician plus a committee letter with contributions from at least two science faculty members.

Additional Requirements

Letters must be on letterhead and include the recommender’s academic credentials and a signature, as well as a date. Applicants are responsible for informing evaluators of these requirements when requesting letters.

Letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, or the applicant’s family physician will not be accepted – authors should be as objective as possible.

Letters will only be accepted through AACOMAS or Interfolio. Applicants who wish to utilize Interfolio must have letters sent to AACOMAS. CHSU-COM does not accept paper letters of recommendation or letters sent directly from the evaluator or applicant via either mail or email. CHSU-COM reserves the right to refuse any letter that is not submitted on professional or College/university letterhead and signed by the evaluator. Digital signatures are acceptable.

CHSU-COM is not responsible for receipt or processing of materials that do not conform to these guidelines.

Application packets will only be reviewed by Admissions after all required letters are submitted to AACOMAS.

Questions regarding Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to

*The COVID-19 pandemic has forced universities to offer instruction and handle grading differently for courses taken in early-mid 2020, and it has also forced the cancellation of certain MCAT test dates. In response, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has released a statement, providing direction on the ways that the nation’s 36 osteopathic medical schools will respond for the 2020-2021 application cycle.  To see this letter and read about these changes, please visit

To discuss other effects of COVID-19 on your application, please contact CHSU-COM Admissions at .

Tips for Making Your Application Stand Out

The CHSU-COM Admissions team receives a lot of questions from applicants about what they can do to set themselves apart and make their application stand out. Generally, we have found that a competitive applicant will demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • A commitment to or understanding of a career in health care
  • A commitment to or understanding of osteopathic medicine
  • Service to the community
  • Research and other scholarly activities

If you are able to clearly communicate one or more of these experiences, you will have a better chance of standing out during the applications process.  For more information, visit

CHSU-COM Admissions Process

CHSU-COM seeks to admit those students who possess the academic, professional, and personal qualities necessary to become exemplary osteopathic physicians. CHSU-COM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. To be competitive within this process, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the cycle. The AACOMAS application and all other required materials, which include MCAT scores, official transcripts, and required letters of recommendation, must be received by the Office of Admissions on or before February 1, 2021.

Qualified applicants will then be invited to complete the Supplemental Application process, which includes completion of the CASPer™ situational judgment test ( and payment of the Supplemental Application Fee. Upon completion of the Supplemental Application process, selected candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview. Taking a holistic approach to admissions, the Admissions Committee will review the entire application package and interview performance prior to making a recommendation to the Dean. The Dean will make the final admissions decision and the candidate will then be notified by the Admissions Office.

COM Admissions Process Flowchart