Applications for the CHSU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program will open May 2, 2019 for the class that begins in July 2020 on the AACOMAS website at aacomas.org.

Admissions Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • 1. Obtain a Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
  • 2. Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) and Science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To be competitive, students should have science GPAs over 3.30 on a 4.00 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 their AACOMAS application
  • 4. Achieve a minimum score of 496 or better on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • 5. Submit final Transcripts verifying all completed coursework
  • 6. Provide 2-3 Letters of Recommendation
  • 7. Submit a Personal Statement
  • 8. Pay an Application fee through AACOMAS
  • 9. Satisfactorily Complete the Prerequisite Courses listed below
CourseSemester CreditsQuarter Units
General Chemistry46
Organic Chemistry812
Human Biology812
Behavioral Health46
Physics812
English (e.g. Composition or Literature)69

To apply to the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, visit the AACOMAS website at aacomas.org to begin your application and submit the following:

1. Designate that CHSU COM should receive your primary application. Applications are available on May 2, 2019, for the class that begins in July 2020. The application deadline is March 1, 2020.

2. Submit official transcripts. Please include all colleges and universities attended.

3. Submit your official MCAT scores. Only MCAT exams taken within three years of matriculation will be accepted. For the July 2020 class, the latest official MCAT exam that will be accepted is from 2017. Visit the AAMC for information about the MCAT at https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/

4. Submit your letters of recommendation.

For complete Admissions Requirements, please reference the CHSU COM Admissions policy.

Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

The following requirements apply to all prerequisite coursework identified in section above:

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 applicable to international coursework in the Admissions policy

2. Deadline for Prerequisite Completion While applicants may be in the process of completing prerequisites when they submit their application, all prerequisites must be completed prior to July 1 preceding enrollment in the College, unless an exception is approved by the Dean’s Office.

3. Letter Grade of C or Better Required; Students must earn a minimum grade of at least a “C” or higher to satisfy completion of each prerequisite course. Grades of “C-”, pass/no pass, credit/no credit will not be accepted.

4. Distance Learning/Online Coursework Generally, distance learning or online courses taken with accredited institutions are not acceptable for most prerequisite requirements.

5. Advanced Placement Courses to Satisfy Prerequisites Prerequisite course credit for Advanced Placement (“AP”) examinations taken in high school is not offered at CHSU COM.

6. Courses Must Be Taken Ten (10) Years or Less Prior to Enrollment Generally, all applicants must complete all prerequisite requirements within ten (10) years or less prior to enrollment in the COM. Applicants who have taken prerequisite courses more than ten (10) years prior to enrollment in the COM may be required to repeat that coursework prior to matriculation.

Recommendations for Additional Coursework and Competitive Applications

These additional college courses are recommended, but not required: Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology.

 National averages for qualifying GPA and MCAT scores for matriculating in an Osteopathic Medical College for the current year can be found at https://www.aacom.org/become-a-doctor/applying/general-admission-requirements. 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.
Pre-Application and Timeline

Prior to applying to attend CHSU, applicants are required to explore and gain a thorough understanding of what it means to have a career in Osteopathic Medicine. Importantly, before applying, applicants are required to understand and commit to CHSU’s Team Based Learning model, which emphasizes collaborative learning. Applicants are also required to commit to abiding by all CHSU and CHSU COM policies and procedures upon enrollment, including but not limited to policies regarding smoke-free and drug-free requirements.

CHSU uses a rolling admissions process to select successful applicants. Therefore, admissions decisions will be ongoing throughout the application process. Applicants will be notified by mail and email if they have been accepted into the COM. Instructions and deadlines regarding the AACOMAS application is available from AACOMAS (www.aacom.org).

Letters of Recommendation

CHSU COM requires letters of recommendation to be submitted with the AACOMAS application. Only applicants satisfying this requirement will be considered for admission. The following are the required letters of recommendation:

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 recommended; AND

2. Either of the following:

3. A single letter from a pre-medical advisor or committee letter; or

4. Two academic letters written by college science professors who have instructed the applicant in the prerequisite courses.

Letters must be on letterhead and include the recommender’s academic credentials and a signature. Applicants are responsible for informing faculty 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.

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

COM Admissions Process

Primary Application Review and Invitation to Complete Supplemental Application

Once CHSU COM has received the applicant’s primary application from AACOMAS the applications are screened by the Office of Admissions Staff (“Admissions Staff’) for minimum initial requirements prior to an invitation to complete a supplemental application. These minimum requirements include all of the following:

• Completion of and/or planned completion of all prerequisites prior to July 1 preceding enrollment in the COM, unless an exception is approved by the Dean’s Office.

• Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) and Science GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). To be competitive, students should have science GPAs over 3.30 on a 4.00 scale. If a student has retaken a course multiple times, all grades received for that course will be accounted for in calculating cumulative GPA.

• A minimum MCAT score of 496.

• No score for MCAT sub-sections lower than the 15th percentile.

Applications that meet the minimum initial requirements will receive an email containing login instructions and information on how to complete and submit the supplemental application. The supplemental application will include essay and other questions that may assess the applicant’s knowledge of CHSU COM’s mission and values, as well as their knowledge on topics related to healthcare.

All supplemental application requirements will be published by the COM prior to each admissions application cycle.

As part of the Supplemental Application, applicants will be required to participate in the CASPer Assessment Program. The CASPer test is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that make for successful students and graduates. Results from the CASPer exam are not solely determinative of whether an applicant will be admitted or denied admission and it is one of several tools which the COM uses to make admissions decisions.

The applicant is responsible for paying both the CASPer test fee as well as the fee for the results to be distributed to the COM. Use of the CASPer increases fairness in applicant evaluation by providing the admissions committee with an additional measure of traits such as professionalism, ethics, communication, and empathy.

After the applicant completes the Supplemental Application, the applications are forwarded to the Admissions Staff. Admissions Staff will review the application in a holistic manner to determine if the applicant has the academic ability and experiences to succeed in osteopathic medical school.

Specifically, the Admissions Staff will look at whether the application shows evidence of Non-Academic Factors which support the application.