Osteopathic (DO) Medical School Application Process

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Osteopathic (DO) Medical School Application Process

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Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (free online):


Admissions Test: MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

MCAT Essentials: https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessentials.pdf

Registration Timeline: Tests are administered January through September and registration opens in mid-October. It is recommended to register at least 60 days prior to your desired test date.
Fee: One month or more prior to the exam: $275 per test [reschedule date/test center fee: $65; cancellation refund: $135]

3-4 weeks prior to the exam: $275 per test [reschedule date/test center fee: $125; NO cancellation refund]

1-2 weeks prior to the exam: $325 [NO reschedule date/test center option; NO cancellation refund]

* Payment by credit card only; registration cannot be reversed once it is started

Fee Assistance Program (FAP): Reduces the testing fee to $100 if eligible ($150 if registering 1-2 weeks prior to the exam). See https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/fap/ for details; apply early, as it takes time.
Scores will automatically be sent to AMCAS participating schools. Scores are viewable online 30-35 days after your test date
Limit: 3 tests per calendar year

MCAT Subtests

Physical Sciences

70 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

60 minutes

Biological Sciences

70 minutes

Void Question

5 minutes

Trial Section (optional)

45 minutes

Survey (optional)

10 minutes

Total content time

4 hours 5 minutes

Scoring: 1-15 per section for Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences; score is based on the number of correct responses so there is no penalty for guessing

Practice Tests: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/preparing/85158/orderingpracticetests_mcat.html
Application Service: AACOMAS *User your FULL legal name; know your MCAT ID. Print a copy of your completed application for your reference.

Fee: $175 for one school; $32 for each additional school. Fee is non-refundable. Fee waivers are available but must be submitted and approved prior to application submission by May.
Re-applicants: Information will be carried over from year to year.
Transcripts: Transcript Matching Form (MUST accompany official transcripts by application deadline). You need a separate form for EACH school you have attended; each form has a unique barcode that links to your application.
Repeat Grades: Enter ALL attempts at courses, regardless of repeats or grades of W; only the final attempt will be calculated.
Personal Statement: You will be asked to submit a 4500 character maximum statement expressing your motivation or desire to pursue osteopathic medicine education.
Letters of Evaluation (LOEs): DO schools vary in how they collect LOEs – check school websites. It is strongly preferred to have one letter from a DO, this can come after the initial application submission (look at individual school for specific requirements of number and type of letters as well as submission guidelines).
Verification: Process of verification of grades through AACOMAS takes 3-6 weeks once ALL required materials are received; letters and supplemental applications are NOT required for verification ( processing times in October are longer than in June).
Supplemental Applications: Supplemental secondary applications require additional fees and essays that vary by school; make sure you are meeting deadlines set by schools.
Acceptances: Make sure you are meeting school deadlines and withdraw applications from all schools following a final decision on attendance. Many osteopathic schools have rolling admissions cycles, check individual schools for their schedule. Schools also conduct a criminal background check and undergraduate disciplinary checks prior to final matriculation.
Application Process General Timeline

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