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.

Important Application Dates

Application process

  • All verified applications received on or before the February 1, 2021 application deadline will receive full admission consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • All verified applications undergo an initial preliminary review for minimum requirements
  • Qualified applicants are invited to submit the supplemental application fee.
  • All qualified applicant files will be reviewed upon receipt of the supplemental application fee and required letters of recommendation.
  • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.
  • Admission is rolling and decisions are made following each interview session.

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

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
 

APPLICATION

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine participates in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS) centralized application service. All applicants are required to apply online through this service.

DEGREE REQUIREMENT

Completion of 90 semester hours or 75% credit progress towards a bachelor’s degree, to be earned at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or international equivalent, at time of application. Undergraduate degree must be conferred with official transcripts submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission prior to matriculation.

  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to AACOMAS. Please see AACOMAS application for additional information and instructions.

GPA REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application, as calculated by AACOMAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes)*.
  • Minimum science prerequisite GPA of 2.8 at the time of application, as calculated by UNE using the AACOMAS universal computation scale for quality points*.
  • All applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements to be considered for admission.

*Please note that the average GPAs for those offered admission to UNE COM are well above published minimums.

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS

Science Courses

  • 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 (where acceptable)

Other Courses

  • Behavioral Science (6 semester or 9 quarter credits)
  • UNE COM will accept coursework classified as behavioral science by AACOMAS (AACOMAS Official List)

English/Humanities Courses (6 semester or 9 quarter credits)

Additional recommended coursework

  • Anatomy, Cell/Molecular Biology, Genetics, Math/Statistics, Microbiology, Physiology, Behavioral Science, and Humanities

Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Notes:

*Pass/Fail courses are acceptable for prerequisite courses taken in spring 2020 only.

  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades are not acceptable).
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test credit can be accepted towards prerequisite requirements. To apply AP or IB test credits towards prerequisite requirements, the credits must be broken down by subject on the undergraduate transcript. An official letter from the registrar with subject breakdown is also acceptable.
  • Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application. All courses must be completed with an official transcript submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.

All planned or in-progress coursework must be listed on the AACOMAS application at the time of application submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting all admissions requirements and therefore will not be eligible for admission review.

Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities are acceptable with program approval.

STANDARDIZED TESTS

  • Completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) with a minimum score of 490 is required*.
  • Official MCAT score reports must be submitted directly to AACOMAS from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) - UNE code is 600
  • The MCAT must have been taken between January 2017 and January 2021.

*Please note that average MCAT scores for those offered admission to UNE COM are well above published minimums.

LETTERS OF EVALUATION

Three (3) letters of evaluation are required* – submitted via AACOMAS

The UNE COM Committee on Admissions seeks evaluation letters that outline a holistic description of the applicant, including information on student engagement (especially teamwork within academic settings), interpersonal skills, character, and professionalism.

  • UNE COM prefers that all letters of evaluation be submitted directly through AACOMAS.
  • Evaluation letters from Interfolio are acceptable, as long as the letter is sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission by the letter writer.
  • Preferred sources of evaluations include: Pre-Health Committee Advisor, Pre-Health Advisor, a faculty member with substantial knowledge of the applicant, a direct supervisor with substantial knowledge of the applicant, or a health care professional with substantial knowledge of the applicant (preferably physicians). Letters from an Osteopathic Physician (D.O.) are recommended but not required.
    *Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • Please refer to the AACOMAS application for specific writing prompts and additional instructions.

INTERVIEWS

  • Interview sessions will be held September through March and are conducted by invitation only. Interviews are a required part of the application process.
  • Due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, UNE COM reserves the right to adjust interview dates, modalities, and processes as needed. Applicants will be notified immediately if changes to the format or timing of interviews occur at any point during the cycle.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be sent directly to AACOMAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Due to limitations around the AACOMAS application system, all applicants from English-speaking Canadian institutions are still required to obtain a WES evaluation and must submit the evaluation directly to the UNE Office of Graduate Admission, not AACOMAS. Please feel free to email gradadmissions2@une.edu with questions regarding this requirement.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information and minimum score requirements.
  • Please refer to the AACOMAS application for test score submission instructions.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Prior to matriculation, accepted and deposited students will be required to complete the following compliance requirements:

  • Completion of physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to matriculation, as well as periodically throughout the program (as required by UNE COM and clinical training sites).
  • All students must have the ability to meet Academic and Technical Standards of UNE COM.
  • UNE follows AACOMAS traffic rules, with notification dates and deadlines structured as such.

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.

Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.

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.

Contact Graduate Admissions

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (207) 602-2212 or email gradadmissions2@une.edu.

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