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Admissions Process and Interviews

Q: What GPA and MCAT scores will make me competitive enough to be accepted to an osteopathic medical school?

A: True to the profession’s holistic philosophy, osteopathic colleges tend to make admission decisions by looking at the whole applicant, rather than focusing solely on GPA and MCAT scores. Some applicants

have a lower than average MCAT score, but will still be admitted because of a well-demonstrated passion for helping patients through clinical service. Each osteopathic medical school will evaluate your application based on program-specific criteria.

AACOMAS is not involved in setting these criteria or in weighing your credentials. Contact your designated osteopathic medical school(s) directly if you have any questions.

Most candidates to an osteopathic medical school have a BS, with a health or life science focus. Equivalent experiences will also be considered for admission. While many applicants are attending medical school as recent college graduates, about 25 percent of the student body is considered non-traditional. These students include many people with previous careers, international health care experience and other diverse backgrounds.

Q: When and how will I be notified about interviews?

A: AACOMAS does not notify applicants of interviews. If you are selected for an interview by an osteopathic medical school, the school will contact you directly. This contact will happen sometime after your application has been submitted to schools. Please ensure that you can be reached using the information you provided. (This includes making sure your e-mail system is not blocking school responses.)

Q: Can I apply to both DO and MD schools?

A: Yes, you can apply to both osteopathic (DO) and allopathic (MD) schools at the same time. The application processes are similar, but independent. Don’t forget to include the reasons that you want to study osteopathic medicine in your personal statement, and during your interview.

Q: I am a health professional who is certified or educated in the United States or abroad. How can I become a DO or certified to practice osteopathic medicine?

A: The American model of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree differs from the diplomate of osteopathy degree offered in other countries. American DOs are trained as fully licensed physicians. Because of the rigor and uniqueness of the American model of osteopathic medical education, anyone wishing to practice medicine in the United States as a licensed osteopathic physician must graduate from a U.S. osteopathic medical school that is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).


Q: Where should I have transcripts sent and are there forms that must accompany the transcripts?

A: A transcript request form is not required to be submitted with the transcript. However, a form is available for you to download from your AACOMAS application. Submit the form to the registrar and have them mail it along with your transcripts. Transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar’s office. Transcripts from any other source are not accepted.

Please have the registrar’s office mail an official transcript to:

5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Q: Are foreign transcripts required?

A: If you attended a study-abroad program sponsored by a U.S. institution, and all courses, hours and grades appear on the U.S. transcript, list the study-abroad courses in the same way as your other courses from that U.S. institution—do not list them separately under “Foreign College.” If all courses do not appear on your home institution transcript, are listed as transfer credit, appear without assigned grades or if any other irregularity exists, please contact AACOMAS.

Canadian Transcripts: If the transcript from the Canadian university you attended shows grade conversion to a 4.0 grading scale and credit conversion to the semester system, and is written in English, then the transcript is required. If the transcript does not list grade and/or credit conversion and/or is not written in English, please refer to the instructions for Other Foreign Transcripts below. Grade 13 and Canadian college-level coursework normally is not included in GPA calculations, but if the transcript is provided it will be copied and forwarded to your designated colleges. All institutions attended must be listed in the “Colleges and Coursework” section.

Other Foreign Transcripts: Coursework taken at other foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the following evaluation services and an official copy must be sent from the service directly to AACOMAS. You should also have a copy sent to you for completing the AACOMAS application. Request a course-by-course evaluation and list the courses, subject codes, semester hours, and grades on the AACOMAS Academic Record or Professional School Academic Record as per the instructions. Your application will not be complete without an official evaluation. Transfer credit appearing on U.S. institution transcripts, student copies of an evaluation or other foreign evaluations will not be accepted. You should contact one of the following:

World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

Courier Address:
64 Beaver St, #146
New York, NY 10004

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Educational Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400

Courier Address:
101 W. Pleasant St. Suite 200
Milwaukee WI 53212-3963

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
Post Office Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: (310) 258-9451

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Foreign Education Credential Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
(202) 296-3359

All institutions attended (including foreign institutions) must be listed on the application. If there are extenuating circumstances inhibiting this evaluation, you may request a waiver of the requirement of this evaluation. The letter must state the reason why you are requesting a waiver of the evaluation and must include your signature and social security number.

Be sure the reason is extenuating. Also note that transfer credit awarded at U.S. institutions for foreign courses will not be added to your applicant profile Failure. to submit a foreign evaluation or letter requesting a waiver (which is duplicated to your schools) will result in your file being incomplete. Questions should be directed to AACOMAS.
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