Admissions Requirements

The Admissions Committee requires that every applicant submit:

    1. A primary application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Applications are available May 4th and may be completed and submitted between May 4th of that year and February 1 of the year of desired admission.

    2. Results from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT score)

    3. A premedical committee letter or two science faculty letters

    4. A Supplemental Application and fee. All applicants are required to complete the secondary application.

    Please note that a file is considered "complete" once the minimum application requirements have been received. It is incumbent upon the applicant to ensure that any additional materials submitted are received by the admissions office.

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Because the D.O. degree signifies that the holder of such a degree is prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, it follows that graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. In order to carry out these activities, candidates for the D.O. degree must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all information received, and have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, and synthesize data. A candidate for the D.O. degree must have multiple abilities and skills including: observation, communication, motor, conceptualization, integrative and quantitative, and behavioral and social. For more information on these "Essential Functions" please refer to the Educational Handbook.

Pre-Requisite course requirements include:

  • eight hours of biology,
  • eight hours of organic chemistry,
  • eight hours of inorganic chemistry, and
  • eight hours of physics (all with laboratories).

(RowanSOM strongly recommends that applicants take six additional semester hours of science courses. Biochemistry, genetics, physiology and anatomy are strongly suggested.)

Additionally applicants are required to have:

  • three hours of English composition and three additional hours from the English department
  • six hours of college level mathematics (computer science or statistics may be used to satisfy up to three hours)
  • six hours of behavioral science (psychology, sociology or cultural anthropology)

All prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the United States Department of Education. All accepted students must have earned a baccalaureate degree, upon matriculation at SOM.

The Admissions Committee at RowanSOM recognizes that applicants may have completed their undergraduate or graduate coursework outside of the United States.  Students who have taken coursework and/or earned a degree from a foreign institution must submit an evaluation of their transcripts to AACOMAS from the World Education Service, (WES), or Silny Associates.

*Applicants who have earned 75% of their undergraduate credits from institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education with which we have established articulation agreements may be matriculated prior to earning their baccalaureate degree.

Interviews and decisions:

Those applicants whose credentials are judged to be most competitive will be invited for an interview; interviews are not granted at an applicant’s request. Applicants who are not considered for the first round of interviews will be held for further review. Interviews generally begin around the end of August and conclude at the end of April. When the interview process concludes, those applicants who were not invited for an interview will be informed of a final admissions decision.

Admissions policies and procedures of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) do not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, handicap, or national origin.

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