Admission in Advanced Standing (Transfer)
Students enrolled in fully accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States may be considered for admission in advanced standing to the third year of medical studies at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), upon completion of the equivalent of the first two years of medical education as now offered at TCOM. The applicant must have valid reasons for transfer, have maintained good academic standing, be qualified in every respect including academic performance, and have met all other requirements for admission. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the school where they are enrolled and be eligible for continuation there.
Admission is competitive and depends upon place availability in a given class.
Guidelines for Eligibility
- An applicant who has been dismissed from or has withdrawn from another medical college for academic reasons will NOT be considered for advanced standing.
- An applicant who had previously applied to TCOM for admission as a first year student and was not accepted will be considered for advanced standing only if academic performance in medical school has been distinguished as determined by the Admissions Committee.
- An applicant who has taken all premedical or medical studies in foreign institutions, including the medical schools of the Caribbean region, will NOT be considered for admission in advanced standing.
Applicants from related professions, such as dentistry, or those who have completed the related basic sciences as a graduate or health professional student are considered for admission only to the first year medical class, regardless of degree held.
Prospective transfer students should submit their preliminary requirements no later than October 1 of the year prior to matriculation. Before the processing of any application for admission in advanced standing, an applicant must first submit the following information:
- A completed Transfer Admissions Preliminary Request Form (available pdf document).
- A letter addressed to the Office of Admissions and Outreach indicating reason(s) for transfer.
- Official transcripts of all medical school coursework;
- official copies of the medical school curricula where attending (or attended, if more than one school); and,
- the dates and outcome of any previous applications for TCOM.
Prospective transfer applicants, who have not previously applied to TCOM, must also submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended and a score report from the Medical College Admission Test.
Prospective transfer applicants must demonstrate that they have or will have completed the same two-year curricular content as that are required of second year medical students at TCOM, including clinical science and osteopathic clinical courses.
Prospective transfer applicants who wish to be considered as Texas residents must also submit evidence of residency.
IF ANY OF THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT MET, THE APPLICATION WILL BE DENIED AND FURTHER PROCESSING WILL BE TERMINATED.
Applicants who meet all preliminary requirements and the stated guidelines for eligibility will be invited to submit all of the required materials and information as detailed below:
The following are required for full consideration as an applicant for admission in advanced standing:
- A completed application obtained from the Office of Medical Student Admission at Outreach and a filing fee of $100. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15 of the year of proposed matriculation. All necessary supporting documents must also be received by January 15. Incomplete applications will be withdrawn from further consideration. No exceptions will be made.
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, and medical colleges. Official transcripts of the most recent medical school studies completed are needed first. Copies of transcripts are not acceptable.
- A letter of evaluation from the dean of students at the medical school currently attending. This letter must indicate that the dean of the school has given full approval for the application for transfer.
- Official scores from all Medical College Admissions Tests taken.
- Scores on all external medical examinations taken (COMLEX, USMLE). Official test results should be sent directly to the Office of Medical Student Admissions from the testing boards. Applicant should indicate when examinations are to be taken if no scores are available.
- A personal statement of reasons for applying for admission in advanced standing. This statement should be addressed to the Admissions Committee.
- A personal interview. Applicants who are under consideration for transfer may be invited to the Health Science Center for personal interviews at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
The Admissions Committee will consider only applications that are complete in every aspect and that are received on or before January 15th.
For more information, contact:
Office of Medical Student Admissions and Outreach
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2699