Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Admissions

Important Dates to Remember

February 15th Deadline for application to UNE's COM program through the Central Application Service for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (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 15th – Deposit deadline is December 14th
  • Accepted between November 15th and January 14th – Deposit deadline will be 30 days after acceptance
  • Accepted between January 15th and May 14th – Deposit deadline will be 14 days after acceptance
  • Accepted after May 15th – 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 1st 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.

Admissions

Applicants to the University of New England College’s 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

Biology I & II

Labs

8

12

Physics I & II

Labs

8

12

General Chemistry I & II

Labs

8

 

Biochemistry

 

3

4

Organic Chemistry

Lab

4

6

English

 

6

8

 

Recommended courses

  • Molecular Biology, Genetics, Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Math/Statistics
  • All prerequisites must have been completed successfully with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades are not acceptable).
  • On-campus interviews are given to qualified applicants upon invitation so that the Committee on Admissions can further evaluate candidates. Preference is given to qualified applicants from the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • A minimum of 90 semester hours or 75 percent credit towards a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale in both elective and required subjects.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), taken within two years of application

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 clinical training sites, students may be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the COM program.

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • On-campus interviews are given to qualified applicants upon invitation so that the Committee on Admissions can further evaluate candidates. Preference is given to qualified applicants from the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
  • The College of Osteopathic Medicine participates with other osteopathic colleges in a centralized application processing service called the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). All applicants must submit applications through AACOMAS
  • AACOMAS will send completed and verified application to the UNE and other schools of choice
  • Once the processed AACOMAS application is received, UNE provides all applicants meeting the minimum requirements an opportunity to submit supplementary materials that must be returned directly to the College of Osteopathic Medicine with a $55.00 application fee.
  • The College reviews and interviews students on a “rolling admissions” basis beginning in the fall. Applicants are urged to complete their applications as early as possible in order to receive early consideration for an interview.
  • Complete official transcripts of scholastic records from all colleges and universities attended. Required courses must be completed by January 1 of the year for which admission is sought.
  • The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores, taken within two years of application, sent directly from the testing service. AACOMAS' number is 600.
  •  Official transcripts from all college and universities attended must be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME, 04103
  • 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 for a list of educational credential evaluators. 
  • International Applicants must submit the International Student Supplemental Application Form at time of acceptance to the university and not before then.
  • 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.

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 Osteopathy 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 Admissions, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME, 04005, not to AACOMAS. The transfer candidate must provide:

  1. Letter of application.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including the current college of osteopathic medicine.
  3.  Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.
  4. Letter from the dean of the college of osteopathic medicine in which the student is enrolled, stating that the student is in satisfactory standing.
  5. 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.

Policy exceptions

The Doctor of Osteopathy program and the COM Admissions Committee 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.

Criteria and Procedures