Dec 02, 2021  
2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Group Information

Medical Science Program Students

Applicants who are participating in the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will be considered for admission at the end of the Fall or Spring semester.

Notification of Non-Resident Applicants

Non-resident applicants may be admitted on a rolling basis on or after October 15.

Notification of DO/PhD Applicants

Applicants for the DO/ PhD Medical Scientist Training Program may be admitted on a rolling basis on or after October 15.

Early Decision Program

Applicants who have outstanding credentials and have a preference for TCOM may apply through the Early Decision Program (EDP), which can greatly reduce the financial costs and psychological burdens of applying to several schools. To apply for the EDP, simply check “yes” for the UNTHSC-TCOM Early Decision Program and “no” for all other schools on the TMDSAS application. The deadline for EDP applications is August 1. All EDP decisions are made by September 15. Any applicant that is accepted through the EDP process must attend TCOM. An applicant that is not accepted through the EDP is free to apply to other schools for regular admission consideration.


Any accepted applicant may request a deferment of entry for one academic year. The applicant must make the request prior to June 1, sign a deferment assurance statement, and submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00 to hold a seat in the next class.

Admission in Advanced Standing (Transfer)

Students currently enrolled in fully accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine may be considered for advanced standing admission to the third year of medical studies at TCOM. Students must demonstrate both the completion and equivalency of a medical school curriculum equivalent to the first two years of medical education at TCOM. The applicant must have valid reasons for transfer, have maintained good academic standing, be qualified in every respect, including academic performance, met all other requirements for admission, and be eligible for continuation. Admission is competitive and depends upon space availability.

Guidelines for Eligibility

  • An applicant who has been dismissed from or has withdrawn from another medical college for academic reasons will NOT be considered for advanced standing.
  • An applicant who previously applied to TCOM for admission as a first year student and was not accepted will be considered for advanced standing only if academic performance in medical school has been distinguished as determined by the Admissions Committee.
  • An applicant who has taken all premedical or medical studies at foreign institutions, including the medical schools located in the Caribbean region, will NOT be considered for admission in advanced standing.
  • Applicants from related professions, such as dentistry, or those who have completed the related basic sciences as a graduate or health professional student are considered for admission only to the first year medical class, regardless of the degree held.

Preliminary Requirements

Before any application for admission in advanced standing is processed, an applicant must first submit the following information:

  • A letter explaining their reason(s) for requesting admission into the third year;
  • Official transcripts of all medical school coursework;
  • The dates and outcome of any previous applications to TCOM. An applicant must demonstrate that he/she has or will have completed the same two-year curricular content required of third year medical students at TCOM, including clinical science and osteopathic clinical courses. If any of these requirements are not met, the application will be denied and further processing will be terminated.

Prospective transfer students should submit his/her preliminary requirements no later than October 1 of the year prior to matriculation.


Applicants who meet all preliminary requirements and the stated guidelines for eligibility will be invited to submit all of the following required materials and information for full consideration as an applicant for admission in advanced standing:

  • A completed application obtained from the Office of Admissions and Outreach and filing fee of $100. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15 of the year of proposed matriculation. All necessary supporting documents must also be received by January 15. Incomplete applications will be withdrawn from further consideration. No exceptions will be made.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, and medical colleges. Copies of transcripts or hand-carried transcripts are not acceptable.
  • A letter of evaluation from the dean of students at the medical school the applicant currently attends. This letter must indicate that the dean of the school has given full approval for the application for transfer.
  • Scores on all external medical examinations taken (COMLEX, USMLE). Official test results should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Outreach from the testing boards. Applicant should indicate when examinations are to be taken if no scores are available.
  • A personal statement of reasons for applying for admission in advanced standing. This statement should be addressed to the Admissions Committee.
  • A personal interview. Applicants who are under consideration are invited to the Health Science Center for personal interviews at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

The Admissions Committee will consider only applications that are complete in every aspect provided they are received on or before January 15.