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Criteria/Procedures

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Admissions

The University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) 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 D.O. 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 2020

  • All applicants must apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
  • June 1, 2019: AACOMAS application portal opens for Fall 2020 admission
  • February 1, 2020: Deadline for electronic submission of AACOMAS application to UNE COM
  • Campus interview sessions will be held September through March, 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
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application from AACOMAS and additional email communications will be sent from UNE as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
  • Verified applications undergo preliminary review for minimum requirements as received
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to submit the supplemental application fee
  • Applicant files will be reviewed once the supplemental application fee and required letters of recommendation are received
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session
  • Upon acceptance, applicants will be required to submit an initial non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class. A second non-refundable deposit will also be required

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 other supporting materials.

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

Admissions

DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (DO) ADMISSIONS 

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 4 quarter credits)
  • Upper-level coursework with labs, acceptable to fulfill general science requirements
  • Other 
    • Behavioral Science (6 semester or 9 quarter credits)
    • UNE COM will accept coursework classified as behavioral science by AACOMAS (AACOMAS Official List)
  • English/Humanities (6 semester or 9-10 quarter credits)
    • UNE COM will only accept coursework in the following subjects, as classified by UNE COM English/Humanities Prerequisite Subject List
  • Additional recommended coursework
  • Anatomy, Cell/Molecular Biology, Genetics, Math/Statistics, Microbiology, Physiology
  • AP/IB Test Credits
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test credit accepted toward all prerequisite requirements; no other test credit accepted
  • To use test credit for your prerequisite requirement it must be listed on your undergraduate transcript, separately by subject, or a breakdown must be provided by your undergraduate institution
  • Prerequisite Policies
    • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades, not acceptable); Pass/Fail coursework not accepted for prerequisite requirements
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed by January 1, 2020; no exceptions made to this policy
    • All planned or in progress prerequisites must be listed on the AACOMAS application of submission
    • Applicants who do not list prerequisite coursework that is planned or in-progress will be withdrawn for not meeting the minimum requirements

 

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of 90 semester hours or 75% credit towards a baccalaureate degree to be earned at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or international equivalent, at time of application
    • Degree must be earned and awarded 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)
    • Average overall and science GPAs for those accepted into UNE COM are well above the published minimums
  • Minimum score of 490 on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) 
    • Scores from January 2017 through December 2019 only
    • No January 2020 scores accepted this cycle
    • Score report sent directly from AAMC to AACOMAS, code # 600
    • Average MCAT scores for those accepted into UNE COM are well above the published minimums
  • Only 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
    • Qualified applicants will be invited to submit the non-refundable supplemental application fee ($55.00) to be considered for further application review
  • Letters of recommendation
  • UNE COM prefers letters of recommendation be submitted through AACOMAS
  • Letters are also accepted through Interfolio or mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the letter writer
  • UNE COM requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation.  From these letters we seek a holistic description of the applicant including information on engagement as a student (especially teamwork within academic settings), interpersonal skills, character, and professionalism.
  • Recommended sources include: 
    • Pre-health committee letter 
    • Pre-health advisor letter 
    • Faculty members with a substantial knowledge of the applicant 
    • Direct supervisor with substantial knowledge of the applicant
    • Health Care Professionals with a substantial knowledge of the applicant, preferably physicians
    • A letter from an Osteopathic Physician (D.O.) is recommended but not required
  • Letters of recommendation from friends or family members will not be accepted toward the UNE COM letter requirements

 

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
    • Applications must be electronically submitted to AACOMAS by the February 1st deadline
    • For more information and detailed instructions for completion of the application visit AACOMAS
  • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only
    • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after interview sessions
  • Accepted applicants are required to place a $500, non-refundable first deposit, in accordance with the AACOMAS Traffic Rules
    • A second deposit of $1,500 will also be required, refundable through May 1
    • Deposit(s) will be forfeited if applicant does not matriculate
  • 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
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted/deposited students will be expected to:
    • Meet all health immunization requirements
    • Pass criminal background checks and drug screenings prior to matriculation , and periodically throughout the program as required by the College of Osteopathic Medicine and clinical training sites
    • Meet Academic Policies and Technical Standards of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

POLICY EXCEPTIONS

  • Policies are established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates

 

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 UNE
  • For more information on the transfer process please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions

ADVANCED STANDING

  • No advanced standing placement available

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning