|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 COMAdmissions@chsu.edu.
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 COMadmissions@chsu.edu.
Once applicants have been invited to complete a Supplemental Application, they will gain access to their CHSU-COM Application Portal. We encourage applicants to monitor their status through the CHSU-COM Application portal. 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.
The application cycle is now open for the Class of 2026! To apply to the CHSU-COM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program, please visit www.choosedo.org
- Obtain a Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution.
- Demonstrate an 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 the cumulative GPA.
- Submit all coursework transcripts with the AACOMAS application.
- Submit an official score from an Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with the AACOMAS application. The following are CHSU-COM’s minimum MCAT requirements:
- Overall score of 498 or better
- All subsections must be at least at the 15th percentile. As an example, if an applicant has an MCAT of a 504 but with CARS in the 13th percentile, this MCAT score will not meet our minimum requirements.
- Scores from January 1, 2019 or later will be accepted
- Submit final transcripts verifying all completed coursework through AACOMAS.
- Provide 3 Letters of Recommendation.
- Submit a Personal Statement through AACOMAS.
- Pay a non-refundable Application fee through AACOMAS.
- Satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses listed below prior to matriculation:
|Prerequisite Course||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Inorganic or General Chemistry||4||6|
|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. 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
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
There are 3 letters of recommendation required for admission to CHSU-COM:
- 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.
- 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.
- One additional letter from someone who has interacted with the applicant in a meaningful way and can attest to their fit as an osteopathic physician. Appropriate choices include an additional physician, an additional college professor, or a work supervisor.
NOTE: A pre-med or pre-health profession committee letter that includes items listed above will satisfy the requirements for those items.
All Letters of Recommendation must meet the following requirements in order to be considered complete:
- Written on the letterhead of the recommender’s university, company, organization, or practice
- Include the recommender’s academic credentials
- Include the recommender’s signature. Digital signatures are acceptable.
- Letter must include a date. While there is no expiration date for letters of recommendation, we recommend letters be written recently and reflect a recent relationship or experience with the letter writer when possible.
- Letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, or the applicant’s family physician will not be accepted; authors should be as objective as possible.
Applicants are responsible for informing evaluators of these requirements when requesting letters.
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 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. Letters of recommendation will be reviewed once the Supplemental Application is submitted.
*The COVID-19 pandemic has forced universities to offer instruction and handle grading differently for courses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has released a statement, providing direction on the ways that the nation’s osteopathic medical schools will respond for the 2021-2022 application cycle. To see this letter and read about these changes, please visit https://choosedo.org/osteopathic-medical-schools-adapt-admissions-processes/.
To discuss other effects of COVID-19 on your application, please contact CHSU-COM Admissions at COMAdmissions@chsu.edu.
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 https://choosedo.org/how-to-apply
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, 2022.
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 250-word essays, completion of the CASPer™ situational judgment test and Duet values assessment (takecasper.com) and payment of the Supplemental Application Fee. The Supplemental Application Fee will be waived for any applicants who has 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.
1. What is the status of my application?
The Admissions staff will review all Primary Applications to determine if the minimum requirements have been met. If you are invited to complete the Supplemental Application process, you will receive an email with a link to the CHSU-COM Application Portal, you will use to monitor your application.
Please log into the CHSU-COM Application Portal regularly and be sure to check for completed items. Applicants will be notified via e-mail if they have a change in admissions status or if they are prompted to complete next steps in the admissions process.
2. I would like to speak to someone in the Admissions Office. Can I walk-in or make an appointment?
The best method to find answers to most questions is by reviewing our CHSU-COM Admissions website in its entirety. Questions that are not answered on our website should be emailed to COMAdmissions@chsu.edu
Requests for advising appointments should be emailed to COMAdmissions@chsu.edu. Please keep in mind that the Admissions Office works diligently to review applications, and responses may not be immediate. For urgent matters, please call (559) 712-4222 and leave a voicemail if you are unable to reach someone.
3. I have a CV/Resume and my unofficial transcript. Should I walk into the Admissions Office, or email it to them for review?
The Admissions Office will not review application materials outside of AACOMAS. If an applicant would like guidance in terms of prerequisite planning, we would encourage them to review our prerequisites and contact their academic advisor at their institution.
4. Can I take a tour of the campus?
At this point, we are not offering campus tours. CHSU-COM is a closed campus and visitors who have appointments must check in with the front desk.
5. How can I receive more information about CHSU-COM?
We offer COM Info Nights on a quarterly basis. Please be sure to check our website for announcements of these events. If you would like to join the CHSU-COM Interest List to be informed of upcoming events, please click on this link.
6. How can I be a more competitive applicant?
A competitive applicant will likely have one or more of the following or similar qualities:
- A demonstrated commitment to health care as evidenced by volunteer or employment in a health care setting
- A demonstrated commitment to or understanding of the osteopathic medical profession (e.g. shadowing one or more osteopathic physician)
- Service to the community (e.g. volunteer humanitarian/altruistic works)
- A determination to learn the continued advancements in biomedical sciences through research and other scholarly activities
7. What is a competitive GPA and MCAT for CHSU-COM?
National averages for qualifying GPA and MCAT scores for matriculating in an Osteopathic Medical College can be found at choosedo.org/admission-requirements. You can also see the average for the Class of 2024 here.
8. What is CHSU-COM’s accreditation status?
CHSU-COM has achieved Pre-Accreditation status from the Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), which is the highest level of accreditation awarded to a new COM until graduating its first class. Once full accreditation is granted, it is retroactively applied so that graduates receive their degree from a fully-accredited institution. Graduates receiving the DO degree will have participated in the Residency Match, will be eligible for entry into all residency programs, and may achieve licensure in all 50 states.
9. My current GPA and/or MCAT is below CHSU-COM’s minimum requirements. Will I still be considered for admission?
Our minimum requirements were intentionally set at a level that will attract a more diverse applicant pool, while staying at a level where applicants are more likely to achieve passing grades and board scores. Applicants must meet minimum requirements in order to be moved further in the admissions process.
10. Does CHSU-COM accept international students?
Currently, CHSU-COM is accepting only U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and DACA recipients. Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with licensing requirements in the state where they plan to practice, to ensure that their residency status will not limit them from obtaining a medical license.
11. I have a foreign transcript. How do I submit this?
Applicants who have done coursework at a foreign institution must receive an evaluation through World Education Service (WES). WES transcript evaluations should be sent directly to AACOMAS.
12. I have an update to make to my application. Where can I submit this?
Updates such as test scores, experiences, achievements, and/or certifications can be made directly in AACOMAS.
Academic Updates for in-progress/completed coursework can be made during the following timeframes for the 2021-2022 cycle:
- September 3, 2021 to October 13, 2021
- December 15, 2021 to February 16, 2022
- March 14, 2022 to April 11, 2022
Applicants are responsible for submitting and updating their application material through AACOMAS.
13. I would like to submit a Letter of Interest/Intent. Where can I submit this?
We DO NOT require a Letter of Interest/Intent. Applicants who wish to submit a Letter of Interest/Intent should do so in the CHSU-COM Application Portal, in the Upload Documents section. Documents should be in .pdf format.
14. I am a current CHSU-COM applicant from out-of-state. Would I still be considered a competitive applicant?
CHSU-COM welcomes applicants from across the country. While we do highly value local applicants, we also recognize the importance of a diverse student body. We look at each applicant on an individual basis and we encourage out-of-state applicants to apply.
15. I am planning on taking the MCAT soon. Should I still submit my application without an official score?
The timing of applying to our program is completely at the applicant’s discretion. Please keep in mind that it can take up to three weeks for official MCAT scores to be received after having taken the test. Please be advised that applications will not be considered complete until they include an official MCAT score which meets CHSU-COM’s minimum requirements. CHSU-COM uses a rolling admissions cycle, so we encourage all applicants to apply early for best consideration.
Thank you for your consideration of CHSU’s College of Osteopathic program! Our student body consists of many individuals from the Central Valley, California, and beyond. Here’s a snapshot of CHSU-COM’s Inaugural Class of 2024 medical students:
- 79 future Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are enrolled after receiving over 4,000 applications
- 81% of students are from California and 34% are from the Central Valley
- Student age range is 21 – 42
- 27 languages are spoken by our students
- Over 30% of our students speak Spanish
- Average Undergraduate GPA is 3.4
- Average MCAT Score is 505.5
To learn more about our inaugural class, please download our Class of 2024 infographic.
For more information, please email us at COMAdmissions@chsu.edu.