We seek compassionate, knowledgeable persons whose professional goals align with our mission, show potential success as an osteopathic physician and have an interest in caring for underserved populations.
The CUSOM Office of Admissions considers each applicant’s academic background, achievements and personal statement. Admission to Campbell Medicine’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program is competitive. While grades and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores are crucial, we also look closely at letters of recommendation, health-related work or research experience, community involvement and promotion of diversity.
Applicants must have completed before matriculation the following courses with a C or higher from an accredited college or university to be considered. A grade letter of a C- in any completed coursework will not be accepted, and no exceptions. (This includes any coursework completed online from an accredited college or university).
- English: One Year (6 semester hours/ 8 quarter hours) Please note: Other reading or writing-intensive courses instead of English will be accepted
- Biological sciences: 1 year with lab (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
- Physics: 1 year (6 to 8 semester hours/ 9 to 12 quarter hours)
- General/Inorganic Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
- Organic Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) Please note: One semester of Biochemistry can replace one semester of Organic Chemistry.
- Six additional upper (300 level and above) hard science hours are favorable. Please note- courses in Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology Microbiology, and Anatomy & Physiology) are highly recommended.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
All applicants must submit valid MCAT scores (no substitutions in place of the MCAT). MCAT scores from tests administered up to three years before the date of matriculation are accepted. The Dean may grant exceptions to this timeline in certain instances.
- A minimum MCAT score of the 40th percentile and 40th percentile in each section is required.
- A competitive MCAT score usually begins at the 50th percentile of the particular test date.
- The MCAT score, along with grades, personal qualities, and the student interview, is considered in the offer of acceptance.
The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) recognizes these unprecedented times have created significant challenges for each of us, some of which may have impacted your planned path toward medical school. The sudden and dramatic changes resulting from COVID-19 have impacted not only the delivery of academic programs, MCAT exam schedules, and opportunities to gain healthcare and volunteer experiences, but also the entirety of our lives.
CUSOM fully supports the recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and our Board of Deans, and we have adapted our 2020-2021 application review process in an attempt to mitigate the obstacles you may face as you prepare to apply to medical school.
For the 2020-2021 Admissions cycle, CUSOM will:
•Accept all pass/fail grades from coursework, including pre-requisite course work, taken at a regionally accredited institution during semesters impacted by COVID-19.
• Accept all on-line coursework, including lab credits, taken at a regionally accredited institution during semesters impacted by COVID-19.
• Review verified applications from candidates who have not completed all required lab credits if their institutions were unable to provide these courses during affected semesters (completion at a later date may be required).
• Review verified applications with unofficial transcripts if the applicant’s institution cannot provide official transcripts due to the pandemic. Official transcripts will be required prior to an offer of acceptance.
• Review verified applications, invite qualified candidates to complete secondary applications, and invite qualified candidates for admission interviews prior to receiving MCAT scores.
- Completion of the MCAT by March 2021 and receipt of official MCAT scores will be required prior to an offer of acceptance.
• Consider applications from candidates with fewer health care experience hours and other extracurricular experiences if planned experiences were canceled or limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Review applications, invite qualified candidates to complete secondary applications, and extend invitations for admission interviews prior to receiving the required letter of recommendation from a DO or MD Physician. A letter of recommendation from a DO or MD Physician will be required prior to an offer of acceptance.
• Extend the CUSOM Early Decision Track deadline until September 15, 2020.
We encourage you to answer the COVID-19 essay on your AACOMAS application which will provide you the opportunity to highlight how you have adapted to adversity, and shown perseverance during, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever, our communities need physicians who are willing to face uncertainty, so we recommend you apply early and when ready. The CUSOM family wishes you all the best in your journey to enter the field of medicine, and we at CUSOM are here to help in any way we can.
Please visit AACOM’s COVID-19 Resource Center https://www.aacom.org/coronavirus for more details.
We participate in American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS), the centralized online application service for the U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine. AACOMAS simplifies the application process by offering you the convenience of completing a single online application for each osteopathic medical school you choose.
Applicants interested in applying to Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine must complete an online application through AACOMAS once the application cycle opens in May. Primary applications are accepted from May 5 through March 1, as CUSOM offers a rolling admissions cycle.
Please contact AACOMAS for more information on how to submit a primary application to Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting:
P.O. Box 9137
Watertown, MA 02474
- All application materials must be received by AACOMAS on or before September 15th
- Applicants must have a cumulative science GPA of ≥ 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- MCAT of the 50th percentile or above overall, as well as in each section
- Early Decision applicants must also refrain from applying to other schools until a decision on their acceptance has been made by the admissions committee
Campbell Law and Campbell Medicine partner to offer a unique dual degree opportunity. This program allows students to pursue and obtain a Juris Doctor and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine simultaneously. Prospective students will be able to enroll in the JD/DO option and must be admitted to both programs.
Secondary applications are requested by invitation only. The secondary application process consists of the application, a non-refundable processing fee, and two required letters of recommendation. The last date to submit a secondary application is March 15, unless otherwise noted by the Office of Admissions.
A $50.00 application fee is required when submitting your secondary application. We accept AACOMAS fee waivers as well. If you have been granted an AACOMAS fee waiver, please email the waiver to the Office of Admissions.
Interview slots fill up quickly, so it is strongly recommended to complete the secondary application as soon as possible.
Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation may not be written by a relative, including blood relatives and relatives through marriage.
All letters of recommendation must be typed on official letterhead and signed.
One letter must be from an osteopathic physician (DO) or an allopathic physician (MD). Although a letter from an osteopathic physician is not required, it is strongly recommended.
The second letter must be from either a pre-health committee, pre-health advisor, or PhD hard science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) faculty member. Letters of recommendation included as part of a pre-health committee packet are accepted.
Letters from an official evaluation collection service (AACOMAS, Interfolio, or VirtualEvals) that are part of an official packet will be accepted without signature or letterhead as long as the letters are sent directly from the authors to pre-med advisors.
Letters are accepted through AACOMAS, VirtualEvals, Interfolio, and mail at any time in the application process.
Although not required, applicants with shadowing experience with a DO demonstrate a commitment to the profession of osteopathic medicine.
- Additional letters of support or recommendation from those who are acquainted with the applicant’s academic or professional ability may be accepted.
Once the Office of Admissions has received the secondary application, application fee or waiver, required letters of recommendation*, official MCAT scores*, and all other supporting documents, the complete applicant files are sent for review (*items that will be required prior to an offer of acceptance).
Campbell Medicine is committed to selecting applicants who will be an asset to the profession of osteopathic medicine. The goals of the admissions process are to:
- Review each applicant as a whole person: Mind, Body, and Spirit.
- Evaluate the potential for success in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) curriculum.
- Assess commitment and aptitude as a future practicing osteopathic physician.
- Consider an applicant‘s interest in serving rural and underserved populations.
- Help confirm commitment to our Mission
Applicants will receive either an invitation for an interview or a notice of regret.
If selected for an interview, applicants will be notified via phone or email. Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, and are generally conducted Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from September to April during the application cycle (subject to change).
There will be two one-on-one interviews conducted. Each interview will be approximately 25-30 minutes each. The interviewer will have the candidates complete application to review prior to the interview and will submit a written evaluation based on the interview portion of the day. Interviews are open file.
Be prepared to spend the day with us and dress your best!
The Admissions Committee may make any of the following recommendations: accept, deny, or waitlist. Because we operate on a rolling admissions cycle, interview candidates will be notified of their acceptance or rejection generally within a few weeks.
All accepted candidates are required to remit a $1500 non-refundable deposit by the specified date:
- 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.
Accepted candidates must review, acknowledge, and submit an electronic signature for the Offer of Admission, Technical Standards, and Academic Bulletin. The candidate must also meet all clinical and academic requirements for matriculation, which will be provided in your acceptance letter.
We make every effort to recruit students from a diverse background to foster the cultural richness to meet its mission, goals and objectives. Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, ethnicity or national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status and any other characteristic protected by law.
Office of Admissions