Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
and PCOM South Georgia
Main Campus: Philadelphia, PA
Branch Campus: PCOM Georgia – Suwanee, GA
Additional Locations: PCOM South Georgia – Moultrie, GA
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview Options for 2021-2022 Cycle: Virtual Interviews Only
Physician Letter Required? No
Shadowing Options: Accepts Either Virtual or In-Person Shadowing
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements? Yes, if passed and taken for credit at regionally accredited college or
Accepts Prerequisite Coursework Pass/Fail Grades? Yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework? Yes
Educating health professionals to care for the whole person and advance the health of diverse communities.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and research, and to the well-being of the community through leadership and service. An osteopathic medical education at PCOM provides a strong foundation for pursuing any specialty or subspecialty of one’s choice. PCOM is committed to helping each of its students choose a career that matches their specific talents and interests. Philadelphia, PA; Located in one of the country’s leading cities for medical education, PCOM’s Philadelphia campus is just minutes away from Center City Philadelphia—a walkable, compact downtown area with a renowned historic area, art museums, cultural attractions, sports venues and numerous shopping and dining options. PCOM South Georgia; Located in Moultrie, GA, the area features affordable housing, an award-winning medical center, abundant recreation and entertainment options, a progressive school system, temperate climate, convenient location and much more.
Philadelphia, PA (urban); Located in one of the country’s leading cities for medical education, PCOM’s Philadelphia campus is just minutes away from Center City Philadelphia—a walkable, compact downtown area with a renowned historic area, art museums, cultural attractions, sports venues and numerous shopping and dining options.
PCOM South Georgia (Moultrie, GA) (rural) is located in Colquitt County. The area features affordable housing, an award-winning medical center, abundant recreation and entertainment options, a progressive school system, temperate climate, convenient location and much more.
Year founded: 1899
Type: Private, non-profit
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- PCOM Georgia
- PCOM South Georgia
The City Avenue site provides a true college campus atmosphere for students. PCOM in Philadelphia offers a total of 1,250 linear feet of bench top space dedicated to basic science research. All facilities are equipped for students with disabilities and all classrooms and study areas support connection. PCOM students receive hundreds of instructional hours in two amphitheaters which have the latest in teaching technology. The Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center, a facility designed for instruction and hands-on experience, houses patient rooms, trauma bays, surgery suites and high-fidelity robotic simulators. The Student Activities Center provides students space for exercising with equipment or playing sports and studying spaces.
The 31-acre South Georgia campus is located in Colquitt County. The 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility includes classrooms, an anatomy lab, an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) lab, a simulation center, small group study rooms and an information commons. The educational spaces include four large classrooms featuring natural daylight and the flexibility to accommodate different uses and styles of teaching.
Student residence options:
PCOM is proud to announce the opening of the Meta Christy House opening in 2021. Named for PCOM’s first African-American female graduate in 1921, PCOM’s on-campus housing provides convenient access to our educational and recreational facilities. Scheduled to open in 2021, the building has a total of 224 available units including 195 studio apartments and 29 one-bedroom apartments. Additionally, there are a variety of housing options in the area close to PCOM’s campus.
Moultrie provides an active and enjoyable place to live. It offers all the charm of small-town living, but with amenities that encourage a more relaxed paced life without the inconveniences and costs that come with urban environments. In addition, the reasonable price of housing in Moultrie offers the opportunity to own a piece of “The City of Beautiful homes.” As PCOM South Georgia does not offer student housing, the College has no involvement with students’ rental arrangements nor do they rate apartments, managers or locations for quality of service or safety.
PCOM Offices of Student Affairs provide courtesy information to prospective students. Students can find more information at https://www.pcom.edu/studentlife/student-affairs/.
2020-2021 Enrollment -Philadelphia
- Total medical school enrollment: 1,108
- Total male: 518
- Total female: 589
- First-year matriculants: 270
- First-year male matriculants: 125
- First-year female matriculants: 156
- Matriculants in-state: 135
- Matriculants out-of-state: 135
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 1,766
2020-2021 Enrollment -South Georgia
- Total medical school enrollment: 131
- Total male: 54
- Total female: 62
- First-year matriculants: 59
- First-year male matriculants: 32
- First-year female matriculants: 27
- Matriculants in-state: 19
- Matriculants out-of-state: 40
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 1,766
In students’ first and second years, they pursue an integrated curriculum that introduces both basic and clinical sciences. “Doctors from Day One” gives students clinical exposure from the beginning of medical school, with courses in Primary Care Patient Skills and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. The use of innovative patient simulators as well as standardized patient actors provides students with experiential learning and proficiency modalities reflective of actual clinical procedure and practice.
In students’ third and fourth years, they hone their skills by working in some of the finest teaching hospitals in the greater Philadelphia and South Georgia regions, and beyond. Students are exposed to a broad scope of medical problems, gradually assuming more responsibility under the direction of experienced physicians. Through participation in rounds, lectures, conferences, morning reports and case presentations, students develop skills in history taking, physical examination, differential diagnosis, and invasive and non-invasive procedures.
Through it all, students have the PCOM community behind them, supporting them, in every way to help them become the culturally competent, confident health professionals they aspire to be.
Dual Degree Programs
Five-year dual degree program with Saint Joseph’s University
Five-year dual degree program with Temple University or Thomas Jefferson University
Five-year dual degree programs at PCOM with concentrations in forensic medicine and organizational leadership
Six/seven-year dual degree program in Cell and Molecular Biology or Health Policy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
PCOM South Georgia does not offer dual degree programs at this time
Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences
First or second year biomedical sciences students who apply to the PCOM DO programs, meeting certain criteria at any of PCOM’s three locations, can be assured an interview. Students who choose to continue onto the second year of the biomedical sciences program will earn an MS in one of many concentrations: general studies (capstone), research, forensic biology, organizational leadership in the biosciences, public and population health leadership, medical simulation, and neurobehavioral science.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinical Scholars Program
Selected students will enter the program after their second year of study and extend their clinical clerkship curriculum to three years. At least 12 months of clinical training is provided in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and scholars gain experience and skill in teaching OMS I, II and III students.
International Medicine Program
Medical students may include an approved elective international rotation during their fourth year of study through the Dean’s Office and Clinical Medical Education.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Admission to PCOM is comprehensive as well as competitive and selective. PCOM seeks well-rounded, achievement-oriented persons whose character, maturity and sense of dedication point to a successful and productive life as an osteopathic physician.
PCOM is an institution that seeks diversity. PCOM actively recruits under-represented and non-traditional students. Grades and MCAT scores are important as they are some of the best predictors of success in medical school; however, PCOM also looks carefully at research experience, clinical exposure, extracurricular activities, community involvement, motivation to study medicine, and letters of recommendation.
Access to the PCOM South Georgia application can be found through the PCOM application page. Candidates are asked to select the PCOM location(s) for which they wish to be considered: PCOM, PCOM South Georgia or both PCOM and PCOM South Georgia.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS – 5/4/2021
- Primary application deadline: 2/1/2022
- Supporting materials deadline: 3/1/2022
- Submission timing for best consideration:
Be advised that your full AACOMAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified by February 1, 2022, to be considered for admission to PCOM. Additionally, all required supporting materials (required letters of recommendation and the $75 non-refundable institutional application fee) must be received no later than March 1, 2022. However, early submission is strongly recommended as interviewees are selected and decisions are rendered on a rolling basis.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
Acceptance by the Faculty Committee on Admissions is based on the applicant’s fulfillment of undergraduate course requirements, GPA’s, MCAT scores and a personal interview with members of the committee. PCOM seeks applicants who bring passion, leadership, compassion and service to the field of osteopathic medicine, and have demonstrated these qualities in their academic history and resume. PCOM prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected class status in all its programs, activities, and employment practices. This policy applies in recruitment and admission of students and scholarship and loan programs.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: 8/31/2018
- Accept September 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Email – email@example.com
- Supplemental application required? No
Traditional. Interviews begin in September and continue through the end of March. PCOM conducts a panel interview that includes at least two members of the Faculty Committee on Admissions, which may include an osteopathic physician, a basic scientist, a student and/or an Admissions officer.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, with lab*
- Inorganic Chemistry, with lab*
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
- Biochemistry, 3 semester hours
*Sixteen semester hours of Chemistry, including four semester hours of laboratory; at least four of the sixteen required semester hours must be organic chemistry (with lab) and at least three semester hours must be biochemistry.
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
- Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2021
- Latest acceptance date: 8/1/2022
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
Requests for a one-year deferral must be received in writing with rationale to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by the Faculty Committee on Admissions.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/1/2022
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
|American Indian/Alaska Native||.04%|
|Black or African American||7.0%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0%|
|Black or African American||13.6%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2020-21 annual resident tuition: $52,752
- 2020-21 annual non-resident tuition: $52,752
- 2020-21 annual resident fees: $750
- 2020-21 annual non-resident fees: $750
- 2020-21 annual health insurance fee: $0
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $23,409
- Average 2020 graduate indebtedness: $227,430
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $250, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $500, non-refundable
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 85.1%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $4,901
Contacts & Additional Resources
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Main phone: (215) 871-6100
Phone: (215) 871-6700
Fax: (215) 871-6719
PCOM Georgia (Branch Campus)
625 Old Peachtree Rd, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: (678) 225-7500
Fax: (678) 255-7526