Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Henderson, NV
TUNCOM prepares students to become outstanding osteopathic physicians who uphold the values, philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine, and who are committed to primary care and a holistic approach to the patient. The college advances the profession and serves its students and society through innovative education, research and community service.
Choosing a medical school can be challenging and finding a good match for your personal philosophy can be even more challenging. That is the big secret; finding a competitive program that fits your values and prepares you to pursue your personal goals. At Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM), we are looking for students who are ready to challenge themselves, who share our passion for patient care and are willing to go the extra mile to reach their goals.
TUNCOM is Nevada’s largest medical school, a division of an international university system, offering a distinctive osteopathic approach to medicine concentrating on holistic, patient-centered care. Central to the osteopathic philosophy is the tenet that the body, given the chance, has an inherent ability to heal itself, proactively emphasizing wellness and the prevention of disease and disability; a growing philosophic approach in which one in four medical school students are choosing to train.
Touro University Nevada is a branch campus of Touro University California and was established in 2004 to help address the healthcare discrepancy in Nevada by providing graduates expanding graduate medical education (GME) programs and an increased physician workforce.
Henderson, NV; Urban (Las Vegas Valley)
Year founded: 2004
Type: Private, non-profit
WASC Senior College and University Commission and The AOA Commission on Osteophathic College Accreditation
- Touro University California
- Touro College and University System
Touro University Nevada is currently housed in a single, 200,000 (plus)-square-foot facility in Henderson, NV. The site includes ample space for future program growth and development.
The university has a multi-specialty physician’s office, Health Center at Touro University Nevada, staffed by practicing faculty members and open to the community. The Health Center provides on-site learning opportunities for students and residents.
Student residence options:
Currently, there is no campus housing available. However, there are various nearby options available such as apartments, condos, and single family housing.
- Total medical school enrollment: 585
- Total male: 362
- Total female: 223
- First-year enrollment: 187
- First-year male: 105
- First-year female: 82
- First-year in-state: 43
- First-year out-of-state: 144
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 19,000
Our central focus is on positioning students to succeed through intellectual challenge and clinical engagement. TUNCOM’s basic and clinical sciences faculty work collaboratively and are driven to support each individual in reaching their goals and aspirations. We accomplish this through a systems based curriculum and by providing students with the educational resources and environment to grow academically, professionally and personally.
As an active participant in their education, students experience practical, real world application of the foundational concepts embedded throughout the curriculum. Whether it is through interactive lectures, engagement with a trained, standardized patient, or working with patients in the community, our focus is on the student’s development. Medical students at TUN find themselves as part of a larger, interdisciplinary community of aspiring health care professionals, working under one roof to forge a healthier future for the families of the region.
At TUNCOM, we enjoy a relationship with our community and regional hospitals that provide an educational experience unique to Southern Nevada. These relationships allow for all students to remain in the Las Vegas valley during that crucial first year of clinical experiences while still enjoying the support of the University’s resources. This also allows us to offer advanced clinical tracks in the third year, giving students a competitive advantage, a program unique to TUNCOM.
Dual Degree Programs
DO students have the opportunity to concurrently enroll in a Master of Public Health program offered by TUN’s sister institution, Touro University California. MPH courses are offered synchronously in a cohort-based distance learning format during the summers prior to the first and second years of medical school. Students choose from three learning educational tracks, including Global Health, Community Health, and Health Equity & Criminal Justice. Graduates of the DO/MPH program are better prepared to address healthcare challenges facing their patient populations.
Medical Health Sciences
The Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences is a degree-granting, medically-oriented program designed to enrich the academic knowledge base and skills of prospective medical students while strengthening their credentials for admission to medical school. The program provides students with a rigorous education consisting of 30 credits of graduate level biomedical courses enriched with research experience. The year-long program is comprised of basic science medical courses, a graduate biomedical science core in advanced cell biology and genetics. Advanced study skill development and MCAT/GRE prep are also included.
Center for Professional Practice Simulation
TUNCOM has developed a simulation experience with individual spacious examination rooms and a large control room to monitor and record the on-campus clinical experiences of our students. Students work with faculty to develop their history and physical examination skills and learn how to address a variety of patient behaviors that may be encountered in clinical practice.
Admissions Process & Application Information
Supplemental applications are sent to applicants after their AACOMAS application has been pre-screened by the Office of Admissions. Throughout the application process, candidates are evaluated based upon a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Academic Competence,
- Personal/Professional Achievements,
- Demonstrated Leadership Skills,
- Creative Abilities,
- Experience in Health Care,
- Likelihood to Practice in Underserved Primary Care Areas.
To be considered for an on-campus interview, applicants must meet the admissions requirements. After the Office of Admissions receives all the applicant’s materials, the applicant’s file is reviewed to determine if the applicant merits an invitation to interview, based on established criteria of the admissions committee. Applicants who are invited to interview will be contacted by the Office of Admissions.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/2/2019)
- Primary application deadline: 3/15/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2020
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to this school’s latest filing date.
First-Year Class Matriculants' Selection Factors
All candidates are required to have obtained a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to the start of the class for which they are applying. Applicants are required to hold U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application. Candidates must earn Science and Cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or greater, and have obtained an MCAT of 500 or better
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: June 2017
- Accept September 2019 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Virtual Evals
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 8/5/2019
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2020
- Supplemental application requirements:
Must meet all admission requirements; however may have one course perquisite pending.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Screened applicants: All applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements
- Supplemental application fee: $100, non-refundable
Selected candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview. The on-campus interview process typically begins in September and ends in May. Candidates will participate in a semi-closed faculty interview.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
- Physics, 8 semester hours
- Biochemistry, 4 semester hours
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
- Math/Statistics, 3 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
- Deposits are typically due within two weeks of acceptance offer. Deposited candidates are required to submit necessary matriculation documents no later than May 15, 2020. An expedited deadline schedule applies for candidates given offers from April to July.
- Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: Two weeks
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/13/2019
- Latest acceptance date: 8/3/2020
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
On a case-by-case basis
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/27/2020
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: $55,200
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: $55,200
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: $400
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: $400
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: $5,304
- Fees include:
- Technology (not computer)
- Health Service
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $28,520
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: $298,451
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000, non-refundable
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 84%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $3,199