DO Application and Requirements
Getting into medical school is very competitive and can be a lengthy process. Review the admission requirements and application process thoroughly to help ensure your application is complete and processed expeditiously.
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View the specific educational standards and personal qualifications you'll need for consideration of your application.
Submit a completed and verified application through American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
Received at least a 500 composite score on the MCAT submitted through AACOMAS.
- Applicants for the class matriculating in 2021 must submit MCAT scores that are no older than June 2018.
- NEW- February 2021 is the last test month that scores can be used for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
All applicants are required to submit the online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
- Test should be completed as soon as possible for optimal consideration of being selected for an interview.
- No minimum score required.
- The score will be used in the evaluation for entry into the program.
- CASPer score will only be valid if it is within the current cycle of the application.
- You must select Touro University Nevada for distribution before the posted distribution deadline.
- TUN will retrieve the official score from CASPer directly.
Earned a cumulative and science GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Completed the following coursework with a grade of C or better:
- 8 semester credits of Biology/Zoology with Lab
- 8 semester credits of Inorganic Chemistry
- 8 semester credits of Organic Chemistry with Lab
- 4 semester units of Biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of Organic Chemistry
- 8 semester credits of Physics
- 6 semester credits of English
- 6 semester credits of Behavioral Sciences
- 3 semester credits of Math/Statistics
Obtained a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation.
Submit three letters of recommendation:
- Two letters must be from your college science instructors or one premedical/academic committee letter. Committee letter must include all letter contributors' names and titles and must include at least two science faculty.
- One letter must be from a physician (D.O. or M.D.).
- Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from recommenders on letterhead and must be signed.
- Recommendations are accepted via Virtual Evaluations, Interfolio, and AACOMAS.
Have documented physician shadowing experience.
Demonstrate academic competence, personal/professional achievements, leadership skills, creative abilities, experience in healthcare and the likelihood of practicing in underserved primary care areas.
Must meet the DO Technical Standards, which includes the physical abilities necessary to perform as an osteopathic physician.
Touro Nevada recognizes this may be a stressful time for prospective students. You may be facing challenges such as not being able to take courses in-person or taking standardized tests as scheduled, which makes it hard to meet admission requirements. We are closely monitoring these issues and have addressed your concerns by making temporary revisions to admission requirements for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Please review the COVID-19 FAQs below and contact your program manager, Nancy Luong, email@example.com if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your continued interest. Stay safe!
Yes, we will accept Pass/Fail grades. Grade equivalency is determined by the originating institution. Although not deemed competitive, pass/fail grades are acceptable.
We will accept online coursework for the duration that institutions remain closed and are unable to offer in-person classes due to the pandemic.
Yes, the MCAT is still required. February 2021 scores will be accepted. We will review applications without current MCAT scores, but keep in mind, not having scores may impact the competitiveness of your application. We may also place your application on hold until a qualifying score has been received. Please note, official MCAT scores must be received before the start of the program.
If you are invited to submit the secondary application without having a qualifying MCAT, and are later rejected as a result of not meeting the admission requirement, the application fee will not be refunded.
No, shadowing hours are still required. If your scheduled hours were cancelled and you’re unable to fulfill this requirement at this time, we will still review your application. Although the DO program does not require a specific amount of shadowing hours to be completed, applicants are expected to have several quality shadowing experiences prior to the start of the program.
If you’re unable to request a recommendation because you’re not able to shadow during the pandemic, we will accept one at a later time. Although the letter of recommendation can be received any time prior to the start of the program, your application may not be deemed competitive and/or may be placed on hold.
All final transcripts and conferred degree must be received to meet admission requirements. All incoming students who do not have final transcripts and conferred degree submitted prior to acceptance, will be closely monitored and will maintain their conditional acceptance status until the document(s) is received.
Important deadlines in your application process.
How to Apply
If you meet the minimum program requirements, you are welcome to apply by following these steps.
- Submit the primary application through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS).
- Direct applications are not accepted.
- When prompted, designate Touro University Nevada on your application to ensure your application is received.
- Direct applications are not accepted.
- Submit the secondary application through the link provided in your email invitation. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $100. NOTE- do not submit the secondary application unless invited.
- Sign and submit the DO Technical Standards for the Osteopathic Medicine program.
Mail all supporting documents to:
Touro University Nevada
Office of Admissions
Attn: Osteopathic Medicine Program
874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
Applicants can email the Office of Admissions or call (702) 777-1750 to verify supporting documents have been received.
Upon receipt of required documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine whether you will be invited for an interview. Due to COVID-19, only virtual interviews will be conducted throughout the 2020-2021 application cycle.
If you’re selected for an interview, you will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. Interviews will begin in September and will continue until May or until the class is filled. You will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
If you are successfully admitted, you are required to:
- Submit the $2,000 deposit by the required date.
- Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended (includes undergraduate and graduate level coursework) - All foreign transcripts must be professionally evaluated by an agency such as World Education Services or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
- Submit immunization records prior to matriculation including health and physical examinations.
- Pass a Level I criminal background check.
- Applicants to the College of Osteopathic Medicine should be aware that any felony convictions may impact the graduate’s eligibility for licensing and credentialing.
- Provide proof of health insurance coverage.
Failure to comply with the above requirements by the date stated in your admissions invitation letter will result in revocation of the admission invitation.
DO Common Questions
You will find answers to some of the most common questions about the program. For answers to common questions on the general application process, please visit Admissions & Aid.
Yes, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). TUN is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Although each application pool is unique, the average science undergraduate and cumulative GPA of the 2020 entering class were 3.4 and 3.48, respectively. The average MCAT score was a 505.
Yes, the application process is on a rolling basis.
- Rolling admissions signifies that applications are reviewed as they arrive through the Centralized Application System and/or Touro University Nevada admissions application.
- The committee review selection begins after applications are verified and will continue until all the accepted seats are filled.
- Once the available positions are filled and the waitlist is maximized, the application review will end for the cycle. This may take place well before the stated deadline(s) due to the volume of applications.
AACOMAS applications may be submitted prior to the completion of all prerequisite coursework. However, Touro Nevada may choose to wait until these courses are completed before inviting an application to submit the supplemental application. Applicants may choose to apply while completing any remaining prerequisites but will have to request an additional evaluation once the coursework is completed and updated on the AACOMAS application.
If you are awaiting a qualifying score from the MCAT, your application will be put on hold until the score has been received and verified by AACOMAS. Once your new score has been verified and updated, you must contact the Office of Admissions to request a second review of your updated application.
All applicants are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Valid email address
- Working webcam
- Working microphone
- Reliable high-speed internet connection
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Medicine test (CSP-10111 - U.S. Medicine), under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your AACOMAS ID# and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.
You must select Touro University Nevada for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up-to-date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takecasper.com.
To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least three (3) days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional three (3) weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding CASPer accommodations can be found here.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.
The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
For a more detailed look at the CASPer test, please see this video.
You must submit three letters of recommendation. Two letters must be from your natural or life science instructor or one premedical/academic committee. The committee letter must include at least two science faculty and names and titles must be included in the letter. One letter must be from a physician (DO preferred, MD acceptable). Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from recommenders on letterhead and must be signed. Recommendations are accepted via AACOMAS, Virtual Evaluations, Interfolio.
The campus interviews are conducted from September through May. Interviews are based on rolling admissions and may be canceled as needed. Due to COVID-19, only virtual interviews will be conducted throughout the 2020-2021 application cycle.
The Admissions Committee begins reviewing AACOMAS applications in August. Once your application has been verified and released to Touro Nevada, it takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the admissions office to process your application. If you meet the minimum requirements, you will receive an email with instructions for submission of the secondary application and application fee. You will be notified of an interview invitation by email. If you were interviewed, you will be notified of when you can expect an admission decision on the day of your campus interview.
If you were placed on an interview hold, your application was evaluated by the Admission Committee but has neither been selected for an interview or rejection. Only AACOMAS academic updates will be accepted unless requested by the committee. Applications will continue to be reviewed until a final decision is made by the committee.
Applicants are recommended to read the admissions decision letter that includes detailed information on what course of action should be taken. Applicants will be contacted by the Office of Admissions in the event that a seat is offered to a waitlisted applicant. Applicants should only send in academic updates concerning coursework. No other updates will be accepted.
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Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.