Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Admissions

Important Dates to Remember

February 1 Deadline for application to UNE's COM program through the Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). All applications for admission must be electronically submitted through AACOMAS. Please visit AACOMAS for additional information and detailed instructions for completion of the application.

AACOMAS will send your application to UNE after the application file is completed and verified. Please be sure to check the status of your AACOMAS portal account to be certain that all of your materials have been received and your application has been sent to your selected schools. UNE will notify you via email when your application is received. Additional communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.

Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after weekly interview sessions. Students are encouraged to apply early and to complete the supplemental application as soon as possible after receiving the invitation to submit. Applications are reviewed as they are completed. 

On-Campus Interview Sessions will be held September through March on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, by invitation only.

Deadlines for submitting initial non-refundable deposit ($500.00) to hold place in the class follow the AACOMAS traffic guidelines:

  • Accepted prior to November 15 – Deposit deadline is December 14
  • Accepted between November 15 and January 14 – Deposit deadline will be 30 days after acceptance
  • Accepted between January 15 and May 14 – Deposit deadline will be 14 days after acceptance
  • Accepted after May 15 – Asked for immediate deposit

Additional refundable deposit ($1,500.00) which is first tuition installment is due 60 days from receipt of first deposit: 

  • Tuition installment refundable until June 1 after which it is forfeited if student does not matriculate
  • Initial deposit is not refundable and will be forfeited if student does not matriculate

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: UNECOM is accepting MCAT scores from both the old and new MCAT for this admissions cycle.
To be offered a supplemental application, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • MCAT composite score of 18 (or 488 on the new MCAT)
  • 2.7 Cumulative GPA
  • Total of 90 credit hours completed toward the baccalaureate degree at time of application

Admissions

Applicants to the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) are judged on their demonstration of scholastic abilities, motivation to practice osteopathic medicine in New England, and the emotional stability necessary to study and practice osteopathic medicine. Admission will be denied to applicants who fail to maintain a good scholastic record and personal conduct during the period between their acceptance and matriculation.

PREREQUISITE COURSES

COURSES SPECIFICS SEMESTER HRS QUARTER HRS
General Biology Labs 8 12
General Chemistry Labs 8 12
Physics Labs 8 12
Organic Chemistry Labs 4 6
Biochemistry   3 4
English   6

8

Psychology*    6 8
*New for Fall 2016      

**Courses in Genetics, Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Math/Statistics, Cell/Molecular Biology, Anatomy, or Physiology are recommended

 

  • UNECOM will accept the online science courses offered through UNE's Online Science Prerequisites, as well as many other courses, as fulfilling the prerequisites.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; “C-“grades are not acceptable.
  • All pre-requisite coursework (excluding a pre-enrollment requirement of Biochemistry) must be completed by January 1 of the matriculation year.  Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your AACOMAS application. 
  • Applicants with Advanced Placement credit may use 3 credits of English toward the fulfillment of the English requirement.  No other AP credits will fulfill prerequisites.

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants who meet minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPA and test scores for students accepted into the program are well above the minimum requirements. Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.

  • A minimum of 90 semester hours or 75 percent credit towards a baccalaureate degree from a US regionally accredited university or international equivalent
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale as calculated by AACOMAS
  • Satisfactory completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) taken within two (2) years of application.  MCAT scores must be sent directly from the testing service to AACOMAS (number 600).

Note:  Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status to meet all health immunization requirements.  Please visit Student Health Care  for details.

As required by the College and clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the COM program.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

  • UNE's College of Osteopathic Medicine participates with other osteopathic colleges in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). All applicants must submit applications through AACOMAS.
  • AACOMAS will send your completed and verified application to UNE and other schools you have selected.  UNE will notify you via email when your application is received.
  • Upon receipt of the verified AACOMAS application the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will conduct a preliminary review of your application and offer applicants meeting the minimum requirements an opportunity to submit a supplemental application. The supplemental must be returned electronically to UNE's Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions with an application fee of fifty-five dollars ($55.00)
  • UNECOM Admissions Committee reviews applications as they are completed (with submission of the supplemental application).  Applicants are urged to complete their AACOMAS applications as early as possible in the admissions cycle order to ensure early consideration for an invitation to interview.
  • On-campus interviews are granted to qualified applicants by invitation of the Admissions Committee, and are required for admission. Admissions offers are made on a rolling basis after interview.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution. See International Admissions.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency (see International Admissions). If applicable, the TOEFL requirement must be completed and score received by the application deadline. 

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the COM Website.

POLICY EXCEPTIONS
The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program and the COM Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students in good standing at other colleges of osteopathic medicine may apply for transfer admission into the third year of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at UNECOM. Acceptance of a transfer student will be dependent upon the student's qualifications, academic compatibility, and available space. Credits may be transferred only from colleges accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA).  Transfer application requests should be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME, 04005, not to AACOMAS. The transfer candidate must provide:

  • Letter of application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including the current college of osteopathic medicine.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.
  • Official scores for the Complex I
  • Letter from the Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in which the student is enrolled, stating that the student is in satisfactory academic and social standing.
  • Letters of recommendation from two faculty members at the osteopathic college where the student is enrolled.

ADVANCED STANDING
No advanced standing is available.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.

Criteria and Procedures