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Minimum admissions REQUIREMENTS

  1. Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
  2. An overall cumulative and science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  3. MCAT score of 498 or higher, with no subsection below the 15th percentile.
    • Scores from January 1, 2020 or later will be accepted
  4. Provide 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  5. Satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below prior to matriculation.
  6. U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Resident, or DACA Recipient


Prerequisite CourseSemester HoursQuarter Hours
Behavioral Sciences3 credits4
Biology8 credits / one year12
Inorganic or General Chemistry4 credits6
Organic Chemistry8 credits / one year12
Physics8 credits / one year12
English (e.g. Composition/Literature)
*AP credits for English are accepted if specified on the transcript
6 credits9
Recommended: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, Immunology

The following requirements apply to all prerequisite coursework:

  1. Must Be Taken at Department of Education Accredited College or University
    All prerequisites must be completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 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. CHSU-COM will accept a grade of PASS in a pass/no-pass grading system or CREDIT in a credit/no credit grading system, for courses taken during grading periods affected by COVID restrictions (beginning in Spring 2020).
  4. Courses Must Be Taken within Ten (10) Years of Enrollment
    All applicants must complete all science prerequisite requirements ten (10) years prior to enrollment in the COM. Applicants who have taken science prerequisite courses more than ten (10) years ago may be required to repeat that coursework prior to matriculation.


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*Stats from the Class of 2026

CLASS Statistics

CHSU-COM prides itself on recruiting students who demonstrate superior academic performance, experience and dedication to healthcare. Our diverse student body brings a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and talents to our campus. Learn more about each of our cohorts!

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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 March 1, 2023.

The CHSU-COM Admissions staff screens primary applications to ensure that they meet minimum criteria. Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the Supplemental Application process, which includes two essays, an evaluator identification verification, and payment of the Supplemental Application Fee. The Supplemental Application Fee will be waived for any applicants who have qualified for an AACOMAS Fee Waiver.

Upon receipt of all aspects of the Supplemental Application process, applications will be reviewed in depth and Admissions staff will verify that all required Letters of Recommendation have been received.

Selected candidates will be invited for a virtual interview and will be offered available interview dates. As CHSU-COM utilizes rolling admissions, a candidate may be invited for an interview at any time after the completed primary and supplemental applications have been received and reviewed.

Following the virtual interview, the Admissions Committee will perform a holistic review and consider the entire application package and interview performance prior to making a recommendation to the Dean. The CHSU-COM Dean will make the final admissions decision and COM Admissions staff will notify the candidate of the decision.

Applicants who are offered admission will be provided with additional instructions for securing their seat in the class, including signing an Enrollment Agreement and paying a Seat Deposit. Applicants who are placed on the Waitlist remain eligible candidates and have the potential to receive an offer of admission up to the day before COM Orientation.

Application Dates & Deadlines

AACOMAS Application OpensMay 4, 2022
AACOMAS releases applications to colleges for reviewJune 15, 2022
Fall Academic Update Window in AACOMASSeptember 2, 2022 to October 11, 2022
Winter Academic Update Window in AACOMASDecember 15, 2022 to February 16, 2023
CHSU-COM AACOMAS Application DeadlineMarch 1, 2023
Spring Academic Update Window in AACOMASMarch 14, 2023 to April 10, 2023
Supplemental Application DeadlineApril 1, 2023

Letters of Recommendation

There are 2 letters of recommendation required for admission to CHSU-COM:

  1. One letter from a physician (DO or MD) that details the applicant’s ability to be successful in a medical setting. A letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician is preferred.
  2. One academic letter written by a college science professor who has instructed the applicant. The letter should detail the applicant’s aptitude in a challenging academic setting.

NOTE: A pre-med or pre-health profession committee letter that includes items listed above will satisfy the requirements for those items.

Additional Letter of Recommendation Criteria

Applicants are responsible for informing evaluators of these requirements when requesting letters.

  • Letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, or the applicant’s family physician will not be accepted; authors should be as objective as possible.
  • Letters are also expected to be written on the letterhead of the recommender’s university, company, organization, or practice, with credentials, date, and signature.
  • Letters will only be accepted through AACOMAS or Interfolio. Applicants who wish to utilize Interfolio must coordinate to have their 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 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. Letters of recommendation will be reviewed once the Supplemental Application is submitted.

Technical Standards

Applicants will be required to meet the Technical Standards for admission and continued enrollment and affirm that he/she meets the standards.  Any falsification or misinformation regarding the ability to meet technical standards is a reason for rescinding the offer of admission or after matriculation, dismissal from the program.

Tips for Making Your Application Stand Out

The CHSU-COM Admissions team receives many 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:

  • Experience in 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, this may help you to stand out during the applications process.  For more information, visit

Meet the Admissions Team

Mattie Bendall

Mattie Bendall

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Enrollment and Accreditation

Jennette Munn

Jennette Munn

Director of Admissions

Jacob Moon

Admissions Specialist

Evelyn Evans

Admissions Recruiter

Nicole Contreras

Nicole Contreras

Admissions Advisor

contact the Admissions team

The admissions team at CHSU-COM is here to ensure you have a place to turn for help during the admission process. When you take the first step on the path toward your medical career we are here to guide you.

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(559) 712-4222

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