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How to Apply to a Osteopathic Medicine School?

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) operates AACOMAS, a centralized application service for the osteopathic med-ical schools. The service reduces the number of initial application forms, transcripts and fees required, and streamlines the verification of your personal and academic information.

After you have consulted with your health professions advisor and determined that you wish to apply to osteopathic medical school, you should use the college information section of this book as a reference. It contains a profile of each college of osteopathic medicine, including a brief description of the campus and the curriculum, admissions criteria, minimum entrance requirements, class size and enrollment, supplemental application material requirements and application dead-lines.

Osteopathic medical schools require scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to consider applicants for admission. You should arrange to have your MCAT scores forwarded to AACOMAS. Admission to an osteopathic medical school is competitive. The schools are able to select their entering class from a large number of highly qualified applicants. For 2011, there were approximately 92,500 applications designated by more than 12,600 applicants for approximately 5,100 seats.

APPLY EARLY! The application cycle begins in May. The schools operate on a rolling admissions basis, so classes may be filled before the deadline dates. By applying early, you can ensure that your materials will be processed in a timely manner.

U.S. Transcripts

You must request the registrar of each U.S. institution you have attended to submit one complete set of official transcripts directly to AACOMAS. Include all institutions in foreign countries and U.S. territories and posses-sions that are operated by U.S. institutions. If an official transcript is unavailable, a letter of explanation from that school is required.

Student copies of transcripts or copies sent to AACOMAS by the applicant are not accept-able. Requests should be made to the registrar of each U.S. institution you have attended. Transfer credit(s) appearing on a transcript cannot be accepted in lieu of an original tran-script from the institution where the course-work was completed. See the AACOMAS instructions on https://aacomas.aacom.org for more details on Study Abroad Programs, Canadian Transcripts and Other Foreign Transcripts. Transcripts should be mailed to:


5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 968-4190
E-mail: aacomas@aacom.org

Application Fees

The fee for using AACOMAS is based on a graduated scale that varies according to the number of colleges you designate when you submit your application. You may request that we send a completed application to more schools for an additional fee. Payment may be made by credit card or money order only.

Application materials will not be processed until payment is received.

1 - $175
Add $32 for each additional designation at the time of submission.
Additional designations after the initial submission of the application are $50 each.

Money orders should be made payable to AACOMAS and sent to:
5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 968-4190
E-mail: aacomas@aacom.org

Application Fee Waiver

A limited number of fee waivers are avail-able to those who apply early and qualify. Fee waiver requests must be received and processed prior to submitting an AACOMAS application. Processing for fee waivers takes approximately two to four weeks from the date of receipt, so applicants should take this into consideration when planning submission of an AACOMAS application.

As a rough guide, you may wish to apply for a fee waiver if your annual income level is within the U.S. Bureau of Census low-income threshold for your family’s size. The number of fee waivers is limited, however, and finan-cial need does not guarantee a fee waiver.

The AACOMAS application fee waiver is for the AACOMAS fee only. If you receive an AACOMAS fee waiver, your name is forwarded to the osteopathic medical colleges (some may grant a waiver of their supplemental application fee). Applicants who apply for a fee waiver and qualify financially, but whose materials are received too late to receive an AACOMAS waiver, also will have their names forwarded to osteopathic medical colleges requesting such information. Meeting AACOMAS’ eligibility criterion for a fee waiver, however, does not guarantee a waiver will be granted for the supplemental fee.
Learn more about the application process here.

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