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|Prerequisite Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Physics with lab||8||12|
Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are recommended courses that may contribute to success in medical school.
Students seeking admission to CCOM must submit the following documented evidence:
- Completion of the admissions course requirements
- Grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable)
- To be competitive, students should have minimum cumulative GPAs and science GPAs over 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
- To receive a supplemental application, students must have minimum science and cumulative GPAs of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
- Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation
- Competitive test scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
- Average MCAT score for students entering CCOM in 2019 was 508
- Only MCAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the planned enrollment year are acceptable
- Candidates can register for MCAT tests through the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0600 or visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat for information
- Two letters of recommendation
- One letter from either a premedical advisory committee, prehealth advisor or basic science professor who has taught the applicant;
- Second letter from either a U.S. licensed D.O. or M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended. Letters written by family members are not acceptable.
Technical Standards for Admission
The Technical Standards set forth the nonacademic abilities considered essential for students to achieve the level of competence required by the faculty to obtain the academic degree awarded by the College.
The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the College with reasonable accommodation. Candidates must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but candidates should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
- Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand, including those on a computer screen or electronic device. Observation necessitates the functional use of vision and sense of touch and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses. [The candidate must be able to accurately auscultate lung/breath, heart and bowel sounds to complete the curricular requirement to individually complete physical examination of a patient/client]
- Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate in English effectively and sensitively in both verbal and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.
- Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine motor movements, maintain equilibrium and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks. Candidates must be able to lift 20 lbs.
- Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
- Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the consistent, prompt, completion of all responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process. The candidate must agree to participate in touching/palpating on the skin and being touched/palpated on the skin by individuals regardless of gender in all academic settings, including osteopathic manipulative techniques.. These activities will take place in large or small group settings as defined in the College's curricular requirements.
Candidates are required to verify that they understand and are able to meet these Technical Standards at least 4 weeks prior to matriculation (or if admitted later, within 1 week of deposit). Candidates who may only meet Technical Standards with accommodation must contact the Disability Services Office to make a formal request for accommodation. The Disability Committee, in consultation with the College Dean/Program Director, will determine what reasonable accommodations can be provided. The College is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum.
Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment at the College. After matriculation, if a student fails to continue to meet the Technical Standards during subsequent enrollment, the student may apply for accommodation by contacting the Disability Services Office. If the accommodation needed to meet the Technical Standards alters the educational standards of the curriculum, the student’s ability to satisfactorily progress in the curriculum will be evaluated by the appropriate College’s Student Graduation and Promotion Committee.
If you need accommodations, you must contact the Disability Services Office to make a formal request within 2 weeks of signing this document or the acceptance will be withdrawn. For Downers Grove candidates, the contact person for Disability Services is Dr. Carrie Torgerson, Associate Dean of Students and Disability Services Coordinator, email@example.com or 630-515-7142.
An international student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post-secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, 6 hours in non-remedial English composition, and 3 hours in speech/public speaking.
Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the U.S. or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:
- Education Credential Evaluators (ECE): 414/289-3400 (www.ece.org, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- World Education Service (WES): 212/219-7330 (www.wes.org)
- Josef Silny & Associates International Education Consultants: 305/273-1616 or Fax 305/273-1338 (www.jsilny.com, e-mail: email@example.com)
International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.
For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.
The official AACOMAS application deadline is January 1st; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the cycle. Due to the large number of applications and the limited number of seats available, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis only until all seats are filled. Typically, 50% of all admissions offers are made by the end of December.
Students seeking admission to CCOM must provide:
- Demonstrate understanding and interest in osteopathic medicine
- Demonstrate service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
- Show motivation for, and commitment to, healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
- Possess verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
- Pass the Midwestern University fingerprint-based background check
- Commit to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
- Meet the Technical Standards of the College