UNTHSC/TCOM - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)
University of North Texas
Health Science Center
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions and Outreach
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699
Phone: (817) 735-2204
Toll Free: (800) 535-TCOM (8266)
Fax: (817) 735-2225
E-mail: TCOMAdmissio[email protected]
Website: www.hsc.unt.edu
2013–2014 Enrollment
Total medical school enrollment: 907
Total male: 434
Total female: 473
First-year enrollment: 230
First-year male: 118
First-year female: 112
Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 38,000
Curricular Offerings
Instruction in the first two years is presented according to organ systems of the body. TCOM extensively
uses instruction based on clinical cases. Beginning
in the first semester, students are placed in a variety
of clinics and agencies to help them become familiar
with many facets of community health care and
health problems that will play a role in their lives as
physicians. During years three and four, students
are assigned to a series of core rotations in clinical
skills, family medicine, internal medicine, manipulative medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics,
psychiatry, surgery, emergency medicine, geriatrics,
primary care partnership and subspecialty internal
medicine. Students also have the opportunity to
participate in elective rotations during their third and
fourth years.
Combined Degree Programs
The University of North Texas Health Science
Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
(UNTHSC-TCOM) is a state-supported osteopathic
medical school committed to education, research,
patient care and service. UNTHSC-TCOM graduates one of the highest percentages of primary care
physicians in the nation, and has received recognition both locally and nationally for its efforts to meet
the needs of underserved populations.
Mission Statement
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
educates tomorrow’s patient-centered physicians
and scientists by imparting medical knowledge and
providing the highest quality primary and specialty
care to the citizens of Texas.
Setting: Fort Worth, Texas; Suburban
Date Founded: 1970; Public
The University of North Texas Health Science
Center–Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
(UNTHSC-TCOM) is accredited by the Commission
on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and
by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
Institutional Affiliation
University of North Texas Health Science Center is a
member institution of the University of North Texas
Baccalaureate/DO – TCOM offers a joint BS/DO
program with the University of North Texas and the
University of Texas at Dallas. The program allows
students to complete both their undergraduate degree
and medical degree in seven years. www.hsc.unt.edu/
DO/MS – A five-year DO/MS program is offered jointly
through the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
and the UNTHSC Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences. www.hsc.unt.edu/education/dual/
DO/MPH – Students have the opportunity to complete
a five-year DO/MPH program with the UNTHSC School
of Public Health. The program provides students
with specialized training to develop, integrate and
apply culturally competent social, psychological and
biomedical approaches to the promotion and preservation of health. Students may choose among a
number of different concentrations. www.hsc.unt.edu/
DO/PhD – A DO/PhD Program is offered jointly through
the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the
UNTHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Some funding is available during the research portion
of the program. www.hsc.unt.edu/education/dual/
Additional Program – TCOM offers a four-year Rural
Medicine Curriculum. The rural program requires
additional coursework that prepares students for the
challenges faced by rural physicians. The coursework
focuses on public health, telemedicine, environmental health and specific clinical skills that are beneficial for rural physicians. www.hsc.unt.edu/Sites/
Special Programs
• Students may choose to conduct research in a
wide range of basic science disciplines to complement their medical interests. In addition to dual
degree programs, there are three programs available for students. A summer research fellowship
is available between the first and second years
across a wide range of disciplines. A one-year
Fellowship in Manipulative Medicine is available
for students between the second and third years of
training for those who wish to conduct research,
teach and practice patient care in this specialty.
An honors research elective is offered to selected
second-year students.
• International Medicine Programs: Yes. A fourthyear hospital and community clinic elective is
offered in Malawi. Students have the opportunity
to use their clinical electives in other international
programs as well.
Preparatory Programs
Post baccalaureate program
Dates: May 2014 – May 2015
Tuition: $7,696 for residents; $25,395 for non-residents
Prerequisites/Academic Qualifications: Two semesters of English, one semester of statistics, four semesters of biology, two semesters of chemistry, two
semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of
physics. Applicants must submit MCAT scores as well.
Program Details: A one-year master’s program is
offered through the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences. Students complete a core science curriculum along with additional courses on ethics, biostatistics, health disparities and clinical research.
• The Health Science Center campus is located on
33 acres outside downtown Fort Worth in the city’s
Cultural District. The campus is surrounded by some
of the nation’s more prestigious art galleries and
museums, as well as a number of residential areas.
• TCOM has two 250-seat lecture halls, new OMM
and clincial training space and a state-of-the-art
simulation center.
• The gross anatomy lab features computers with
specialized software packages designed to maximize student learning. TCOM was the first medical
school in Texas to utilize simulators in clinical
instruction. Clinical training rooms are also available so that students can practice their skills with
standardized patients.
• The Gibson D. Lewis Library holds over 40,000 print
books and journals and offers 24x7 worldwide
access to nearly 25,000 electronic journals and databases. Two floors of the library are open on a 24x7
basis, offering students around-the-clock access to
study and lounge space as well as computers and
• An abundance of study areas on campus are used
for small group sessions or large tutorials.
Application Information
Send Letters of Recommendation by:
Primary application service: TMDSAS
Earliest filing date: 5/1/2014
Latest filing date: 10/1/2014
Academic year/orientation for first-year students
start date: July 2015
Virtual Evals: Yes
Interfolio: Yes
Paper: Yes
Evaluations should be sent to the Texas Medical
and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS).
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary
residents) considered: Yes
Regular Acceptance Notice
Applicants are classified as either residents or
non-residents in accordance with the rules and
regulations set forth by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board. Applicants are classified
regardless of immigration status.
Supplemental Application
Follows TMDSAS system.
Earliest acceptance date: 10/15/2014
Latest acceptance date: 7/1/2015
Maximum time for applicant to accept offer:
Two weeks
Requests for deferred entrance considered: Yes
Early Decision Program (EDP)
Supplemental application required: Yes
Sent to: All Applicants
URL: www.hsc.unt.edu/education/tcom/
Supplemental Application Fee: $0
Fee waiver available: N/A
Waiver conditions, if offered: N/A
Supplemental app. earliest filing date: 5/1/2014
Supplemental app. latest filing date: 10/15/2014
EDP available for: Both Residents and
EDP applications due: 8/1/2014
EDP supplemental materials due: 8/1/2014
Applicants notified: 9/15/2014
COM Interview Format
Supplemental Application Requirements
Applicants are required to complete their primary
application through the Texas Medical and Dental
Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) on or
before October 1 of the year prior to matriculation. The primary application is available online at
www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas. A supplemental application is also available through the Texas College of
Osteopathic Medicine.
Applicants are also required to have at least two
letters of evaluation submitted on their behalf to the
TMDSAS. A health professions committee packet
may be used in lieu of this requirement.
Oldest MCAT considered: September 2010
Accept September 2014 MCAT scores: Yes
Accept January 2015 MCAT scores: No
Additional Comments: TCOM prefers scores from
MCAT tests taken over the past three years.
Interviews are partially closed file. Interviews are
conducted individually by faculty members in two
30-minute sessions.
First-Year Class Matriculants’
Selection Factors
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours (or an equivalent number of quarter hours) toward a bachelor’s
degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college
or university (or Canadian equivalent) is required.
Strong preference will be given to those who have
completed all of their requirements for the bachelor’s
degree before entering medical school. Applicants
are also encouraged to complete their prerequisite coursework with letter grades rather than using
a pass/fail option. Science courses must include
laboratory experiences and must be at the level
taken by majors in those disciplines. The writing
requirement may be met with creative writing,
English or other expository writing courses.
Although an applicant’s academic record is important, TCOM examines a number of other factors
Financial Information
Tuition and Fees
Source: 2013–2014 tuition. Data subject to change.
Resident tuition:
Non-Resident tuition: Supplemental Application fee:
Resident fees: Non-Resident fees: Health Insurance: $13,078
Fees Include:
Student Services
(not computer)
Microscope Rental
Health Service
Student Activities
Est. Room, Board, Books & Living Costs: $16,346/yr
Average 2013 graduate indebtedness: $126,618
Comments: TCOM is a member of the Texas Medical
and Dental Schools Application Service.
Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $0
Deposit due: Follow TMDSAS
Additional Deposit: $0
Applied to tuition: N/A
Deposit refundable: N/A
Refundable by: N/A
Financial Aid
when selecting the next incoming class. We look for
students who demonstrate the greatest promise of
becoming skilled osteopathic physicians. Applicants
will be evaluated on their personal integrity, maturity,
creativity and motivation for a career in medicine;
ability to work cooperatively; ability to contribute to
the diversity of the class; and dedication to service of
others. Personal experiences, job history (if applicable) and motivation to become an osteopathic physician also will be considered. As a state-supported
medical school, TCOM is required to fill 90 percent
of each entering class with Texas residents. Up to
10 percent of each entering class may be filled with
non-residents with outstanding credentials.
First-Year Class Matriculants’
Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity:
Percentages are based on self-reported data and
therefore may not equal 100%.
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 31%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Pacific Islander: N/A
White: 50%
Other/No Answer: 3%
First-Year Class Matriculants with:
Science Majors: 70%
Non-Science Majors: 30%
Graduate degree(s): 28%
Premedical Coursework
Req. Rec.
Lab Sem. Hrs
X X 8
X X 8
X X 8
Req. Rec.
Lab Sem. Hrs
X 6
Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 84%
Scholarships: Yes
Average scholarship/grant: $2,834