Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Conroe, TX
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview Options for 2021-2022 Cycle: Virtual Interviews Only
Physician Letter Required? No. However a physician letter from an MD or DO is recommended.
Shadowing Options: Accepts Either Virtual or In-Person Shadowing
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements? Yes
Accepts Prerequisite Coursework Pass/Fail Grades? Yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework? Yes
The mission of the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) is to prepare students for the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with an emphasis toward primary care and rural practice, to develop culturally aware, diverse and compassionate physicians, who follow osteopathic principles, that are prepared for graduate medical education, and will serve the people of Texas with professionalism and patient-centered care.
A significant part of the mission of the COM is to increase the physician workforce in the eastern region of Texas and to increase access to primary care. The COM will accomplish this by recruiting qualified applicants from areas to which they would likely want to return and establish their practice.
The SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is the eighth college of the university and only the third college of osteopathic medicine in the state. The state-of-the-art facility is housed in a four-story, 107,000-square-foot building located in the Grand Central Park Development of Conroe, Texas. This is the first phase of development for the Center for Health Professions which will eventually include a second building as well as a parking garage. The college employs 11 full-time clinical faculty, 15 full-time biomedical science faculty, 48 staff members, and 9 shared services staff members.
SHSU’s history of contributing to the well-being of the state, started over 140 years ago when the university was established to respond to the need for trained teachers. At the time, state leaders recognized that education was key to improving the quality of life and the subsequent prosperity of Texas. Today, the university is responding to another critical workforce demand, where producing highly-trained physicians is the key to elevating the quality of life for millions of Texans.
The school is located Conroe, TX, a suburban area. The closest city is Houston, TX.
Year founded: 2019
Type: Public, non-profit
SHSU-COM has been awarded Pre-Accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
The state-of-the-art facility is housed in a four-story, 107,000- square-foot building located in the Grand Central Park Development of Conroe, Texas. This is the first phase of development for the Center for Health Professions which will eventually include a second building. The COM Building includes a Simulation Center, Standardized Patient Suite, a large Teaching Theater, an active learning classroom, small group rooms, an anatomy lab, research labs, an Osteopathic Clinical Skills Training Room, and dedicated student space where learning communities are housed.
Student residence options:
There are a variety of local apartments, houses, and condos for sale/rent in the Conroe, TX area.
- Total medical school enrollment: 75
- Total male: 40
- Total female: 35
- First-year matriculants: 75
- First-year male matriculants: 40
- First-year female matriculants: 35
- Matriculants in-state: 73
- Matriculants out-of-state: 2
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 21,558
SHSU-COM offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. The curriculum is a horizontally and vertically integrated, systems-based curriculum with an emphasis in epidemiology and rural medicine. Clinical rotations will take place in one of the five major affiliated regions for SHSU-COM which include over 20 hospitals and/or health care facilities: Southeast Texas, North Region, Nacogdoches/Lufkin, Montgomery County, and Fort Bend County.
Dual Degree Programs
No dual degree programs offered
No preparatory programs offered
Admissions Process & Application Information
Complete the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) online application (primary application) by 5:00 PM CST, Oct. 30, 2021.
Complete the Sam Houston State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) online Supplemental Application and fee paid by 5:00 PM CST, Dec. 15, 2021.
- Primary application service: TMDSAS
- Earliest application submission date: 5/3/2021
- Primary application deadline: 10/30/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 12/15/2021
- Timing for best consideration: It is recommended to submit your completed applications as early as possible.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
Holistic Review of student entire academic history and record.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes
- Oldest MCAT considered: 1/1/2016
- Accept September 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 5/18/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 12/15/2021
- Supplemental application requirements:
Complete the Sam Houston State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) online Supplemental Application and fee paid by 5:00 PM CST, Dec. 15, 2021. You will receive an email invitation from SHSU-COM to complete the supplemental application after your completed primary application has been received from TMDSAS. The SHSU-COM accepts only credit cards for payment of the non-refundable application fee of $75. The supplemental application and fee are required for consideration.
- Fee waiver available: No
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
- Supplemental application fee: $75, non-refundable
One 30-minute interview in a two-on-one setting. Interviews are closed and traditional style.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours with lab
- General Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Math/Statistics, 6 semester hours (3 hours must be Statistics)
Applicants are offered admission in accordance to the schedule outlined among the participating medical schools in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS).
- Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: Two weeks
- Earliest acceptance date: 10/15/2021
- Latest acceptance date: 7/1/2022
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/2/2022
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
As the first class has yet to be enrolled, there is no data regarding self-reported race/ethnicity or majors of first-year class matriculants
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0%|
|Black or African American||5%|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2020-21 annual resident tuition: $55,000
- 2020-21 annual non-resident tuition: $55,000
- 2020-21 annual resident fees: $0
- 2020-21 annual non-resident fees: $0
- 2020-21 annual health insurance fee: $0
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Services
- Microscope Rental
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $23,200
- Average 2020 graduate indebtedness: N/A
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $0
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: No Deposit
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 80%
- Scholarships: No
- Average scholarship/grant: N/A
Contacts & Additional Resources
925 City Central Avenue
Conroe, Texas 77304
Main phone: (936) 202-5202
Phone: (936) 202-5202