Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine evaluates applicants for admissions on individual demonstration of scholastic abilities, motivation to practice osteopathic medicine in New England, and emotional intelligence necessary to study and practice osteopathic medicine.

Enrollment in the DO Program assumes certain essential cognitive, emotional and technical skills. In addition to the academic admissions requirements, the Academic Policies and Technical Standards delineate the abilities and skills that degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities.

Application for 2019

  • All applicants must apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
  • On May 3, 2018 the AACOMAS application portal opens for submission of applications.
  • February 1, 2019 is the UNE COM application deadline for electronic submission through AACOMAS.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed and submitted to AACOMAS for verification by January 1, 2019.
  • Interview sessions are typically held September through March on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • On-campus interviews are offered to qualified applicants by invitation only, and are required for admission.

Processing of applications

  • It is highly recommended for candidates to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle to ensure consideration for invitation to interview.
  • Application is completed online and submitted electronically to AACOMAS for verification.
    • The verification process begins as soon as official transcripts from all schools attended, and are received at AACOMAS (it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure AACOMAS has all of the documents to verify all information provided on the application).
    • AACOMAS will communicate with you via email regarding any missing documents or other concerns related to the verification of your application. (Please check your email frequently or contact AACOMAS if you are concerned about the status of your application prior to confirmation from UNE that your verified application has been received.)
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application. Additional email communications will be sent from UNE as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as received.
  • Applicants are invited to interview as verified applications are reviewed.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session.
  • Upon acceptance, applicants will be asked to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class (deposit will be forfeited if student does not matriculate).
  • Following AACOMAS traffic guidelines initial non-refundable deposit deadlines are:
    • If you were accepted prior to November 15, your deposit deadline is December 14.
    • If you were accepted between November 15 and January 14, your eposit deadline is 30 days after acceptance.
    • If you were accepted between January 15 and May 14, your deposit deadline is 14 days after acceptance.
    • If you were accepted after May 15 you deposit is requested immediately.
  • A second deposit of $1,500 will also be required. The second deposit is refundable until May 1, after which it will be forfeited if the student does not matriculate.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and any other supporting materials.

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


program Admissions Requirements

coursework prerequisites

  • Science
    • General Biology (with labs, 8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
    • General Chemistry (with labs, 8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
    • Physics (with labs, 8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
    • Organic Chemistry (with lab, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits)
    • Biochemistry (3 semester or 5 quarter credits)
  • Other 
    • Behavioral Science (6 semester or 9-10 quarter credits)
    • English (6 semester or 9-10 quarter credits)
  • Additional recommended coursework
    • Genetics,
    • Humanities
    • Math/Statistics
    • Cell/Molecular Biology
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Microbiology
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades, not acceptable); Pass/Fail coursework not accepted for prerequisite requirements
  • Prerequisite courses may be in progress or planned at the time of application by must be completed by January 1 of the year of expected enrollment
    • Planned or in progress prerequisites must be listed on the AACOMAS application at submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting minimum requirements
    • Upper level coursework (with labs) acceptable to fulfill general science requirements
    • UNE COM accepts online science courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as courses from other U.S. regionally accredited colleges or universities
    • No AP credit accepted for science prerequisites
    • AP credit accepted for English and Behavioral Science only, 3 credits for each
    • No International Baccalaureate (IB), CLEP, or other test credits are accepte

Academic/experience requirements

  • Completion of 90 semester (135 quarter credits) at time of application, equaling 75% credit towards a baccalaureate degree to be earned at a U.S. regionally accredited institution
  • Degree earned and awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and minimum science GPA of 2.8, at time of application, as calculated by AACOMAS (factoring in all courses taken with no forgiveness for repeated coursework)
  • Completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) completed January 2016 through December 2018
    • Minimum score of 490 (no 2-digit scores will be accepted)
    • Score report sent directly from AAMC to AACOMAS, code # 600
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Submitted through AACOMAS, preferred (letters also accepted through Interfolio, or mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions)
    • Required academic recommendation: pre-health committee letter OR pre-health advisor letter OR 2 letters from faculty members of the hard sciences
    • Required professional recommendation: letter from someone outside of the classroom who can speak to your professionalism on the job or in a volunteer position (e.g., M.D. or D.O., allied health professional, or professional colleague/supervisor)
    • D.O. recommendation, highly recommended, not required
    • Letters of recommendation from friends or family members will not be accepted
  • Only those applicants meeting minimum requirements will be considered for admission
    • Just meeting minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee an invitation to submit supplemental application fee, further review, or an invite to interview
    • Average GPAs and MCAT scores for students accepted into the program are well above published minimums
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted/deposited students will be expected to
  • Pass criminal background checks and drug screenings prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the program as required by the College and clinical training sites
  • Meet Academic Policies and Technical Standards of the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine

procedures and policies

  • Applications for admission are accepted through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) only 
    • AACOMAS application portal opens annually in early June
    • For more information and detailed instructions for completion of the application visit AACOMAS
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit and complete applications as early as possible in the cycle to ensure consideration for an invitation to interview
    • Once your application is verified:
      • AACOMAS will send your application to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions
      • UNE will notify you via email that your verified application has been received
      • Preliminary review begins (overall and science GPA, credit hours, MCAT scores, and prerequisite requirements must meet minimum standards)
      • Meeting minimum standards does not guarantee an invitation to submit supplemental application fee, further review, or an invite to interview)
      • Qualified applicants will be invited to submit the supplemental application fee ($55.00) by a required deadline to be considered for further application file review
  • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only
    • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after interview sessions
    • Deposits to secure your place are requested in compliance with the AACOMAS traffic rules
  • International applicants and applicants with international coursework or degrees (including Canadian applicants)
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. regionally accredited institution (International Admissions)
      • Applicants from English Speaking Canadian Institutions must have transcript evaluations submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions
      • All other international applicants must submit transcript evaluations to AACOMAS
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application

policy exceptions

  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates


  • 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 UNE
    • Acceptance of a transfer student is dependent upon the qualifications, academic compatibility, and available space
    • Credits may be transferred from colleges accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA), only
  • Transfer application
    • Mail requests to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME, 04005, not to AACOMAS
    • Provide the following application materials:       
      • Letter of application
      • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including current College of Osteopathic Medicine
      • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores
      • Official scores for the COMLEX USA- Level 1
      • Letter from Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in which the student is enrolled (confirmation that student is in satisfactory academic and social standing
      • Letters of recommendation from two faculty members at current Osteopathic College where enrolled

advanced standing

  • No advanced standing placement available

experiental learning

  • No credit awarded  for experiential learning


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