Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCOM is dedicated to the education of students in medicine, health and behavioral sciences. The College fosters the growth of the osteopathic profession by training physicians through programs of study guided by osteopathic medical tradition, concept, and practice.
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 (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.
Year founded: 1899
Type: Private, non-profit
The doctor of osteopathic medicine programs at PCOM are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (215) 662-5606.
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- PCOM South Georgia
The City Avenue site provides a true college campus atmosphere for students. On PCOM’s Philadelphia campus, there is 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 wireless Internet access. PCOM students receive hundreds of instructional hours in two amphitheaters which have the latest in teaching technology including linkage to Internet resources. The Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center, an 11,000-square-foot facility, houses 15 patient rooms, four simulator training rooms, an OR, ER/trauma bay, an ICU/CCU/medical surgery suite, and a cadre of high- fidelity robotic simulators, virtual simulators, and task trainers. Small classrooms are available for group study and conferences; a 55,000 square foot Student Activities Center includes exercise equipment, exercise studio, student lounges, recreation areas, regulation basketball and racquetball courts and a rooftop deck suitable for hockey, basketball and shuffleboard.
Student residence options:
As PCOM does not currently provide student housing, PCOM has no involvement with students’ rental arrangements nor do they rate apartments or managers or locations for quality of service or safety. PCOM Offices of Student Affairs provide courtesy information to prospective students. In Philadelphia, there are a variety of housing options in the area close to PCOM’s campus; with desirable amenities and easy access to all Philadelphia has to offer—shopping, professional sports, the arts, and more.
- Total medical school enrollment: 1,091
- Total male: 525
- Total female: 566
- First-year enrollment: 277
- First-year male: 126
- First-year female: 151
- First-year in-state: 147
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 1,631
- First-year out-of-state: 130
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 area 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 professional 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 biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling and organizational leadership
Six/seven year dual degree program in Cell and Molecular Biology or Health Policy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
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.
Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences
The two-year biomedical sciences program leads to an MS in one of many concentrations: non-thesis, research, forensic biology, organizational leadership, public health, geriatrics, medical simulation, and neuro-behavioral 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 students.
International Medicine Program
Medical students may include an elective international rotation during their fourth year of study.
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 minority students and non-traditional students. Grades, MCAT, and CASPer 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.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS – 5/2/2019
- Primary application deadline: 2/1/2020
- Supporting materials deadline: 3/2/2020
- Submission timing for best consideration:
Be advised that your full AACOMAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified by February 1, 2020, 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 2, 2020. 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, CASPer scores and a personal interview with members of the 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 policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, creed, disability or marital status. The policy applies in recruitment and admission of students, employment of faculty and staff, as well as scholarship and loan programs. This policy is also followed in the operation of all other programs, activities and services of the college.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: August 2017
- Accept September 2019 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Supplemental application required? No
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. It is an open file interview with laptops, and generally lasts about one half-hour.
- 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: 10/1/2019
- Latest acceptance date: 8/1/2020
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
Requests for a one-year deferral must be received in writing with rationale to email@example.com for consideration by the Faculty Committee on Admissions.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/1/2020
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Entering Class 2018
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: $50,700
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: $50,700
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: $750
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: $750
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: $0
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $24,687
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: $194,219
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $250, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $1,500, non-refundable
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 85.9%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $4,839