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Applying to the DO Program

Admissions Requirements & Selection Process 

As part of a holistic review process, the UIWSOM admissions committee considers the following:  

  • Motivation, dedication, and passion for the osteopathic medical profession
  • Commitment to social accountability and alignment with UIW mission
  • Academic achievement and scholarship
  • Life experience

Read the complete list of criteria for review below.

The Office of Admission reviews all applications. Candidates meeting specific qualifications are then invited to complete a supplemental application. Completed files are further screened and qualified candidates are invited to interview.

  • Submission of Documents

    As part of the AACOMAS application, official transcripts must be sent to AACOMAS directly, MCAT scores must be electronically transmitted to AACOMAS, and letters of recommendation are accepted via AACOMAS, Interfolio, and VirtualEvals. 

  • Minimum Technical Standards

    The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) is committed to training future doctors of osteopathic medicine who are prepared to participate in the continuum of medical training. All candidates therefore must meet the technical standards required for providing diverse activities necessary for patient care, with consideration of the patient and interprofessional health care team member safety, welfare, and well-being. Click here to review the minimum technical standards.

  • Texas HB 1508 & the Texas Occupations Code

    Applying for admission to a program that may prepare an individual for an initial occupational license:

    As a point of information required by Texas HB 1508 and the Texas Occupations Code 58.001, if you are applying for admission to a program that may prepare an individual for an initial occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 and/or if you later decide to change to a program that prepares you for an initial occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001, in accordance with state law, please be advised of the following:

    • An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program;
    • Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
    • Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
    • A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code 53.102.

    Applicants are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license. Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.


How to Apply

UIWSOM participates in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). AACOMAS offers prospective students a convenient and centralized online application service for accredited osteopathic medical schools. Through AACOMAS, candidates file one electronic application, which is then verified and distributed by AACOMAS to all the osteopathic colleges designated by the candidate. As a private osteopathic medical school, UIWSOM does not participate in the Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS).

Steps

Details

Processing Times*

AACOMAS application Refer to AACOMAS processing times
Supplemental application

Once applications are verified in AACOMAS, qualified applicants are invited to complete and submit the supplemental application which includes essay questions specific to UIWSOM.

To receive supplemental application invite: up to four weeks
Interview

Once all application materials (including supplemental applications) are submitted and reviewed, competitive applicants are invited to campus to participate in Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI).

To receive interview invite: up to eight weeks
Admissions decision post interview

Admissions decisions are sent via e-mail to interviewed candidates. Candidates are also welcome to check the status of their application at any time by logging in to the application portal or contacting the UIWSOM Office of Admissions.

To receive admissions decision: up to three weeks after interview date

 *Processing times may vary.

 

CRITERIA FOR REVIEW

Undergraduate Course Work

Undergraduate course preparation will be vital to the success of the student applicant. Minimum coursework requirements include the courses below. All prerequisites must be taken from a regionally accredited college/university and earn a “C” or higher for each course (2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale).  A grade of "C-" does not meet the minimum grade requirement.

Required:

  • Completion of no less than 75% of the credits required for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Biology: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • Inorganic Chemistry: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • Organic Chemistry: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • Physics: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • English: minimum of 6 semester hours of composition and/or literature

Recommended:

To facilitate a smoother transition to the medical school, applicants are encouraged to take additional coursework such as:

  • Advanced sciences: human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, neuroscience, microbiology, behavioral science, and immunology
  • Six semester hours of philosophy or other humanities coursework
  • Six semester hours of math/statistics coursework
MCAT Scores

All applicants must submit their most recent MCAT scores as part of the AACOMAS application. Scores older than three years prior to matriculation will not be considered.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation: One from a physician (preferably DO), one from a premed advisor or health professions admissions committee (HPAC), and one from a science faculty member. Non-traditional students can substitute one faculty or HPAC letter with a more recent reference (employer, volunteer/community service supervisor, etc.).

Other Factors

Careful consideration will be given to the following during the application review process:

  • Significant employment opportunities
  • Exposure to the DO profession, either through health care employment or a shadow program
  • Substantial volunteer and community service
  • It is recommended that bilingual applicants should identify themselves on the AACOMAS application
Supplemental Application

 After initial review, qualified applicants are invited to complete and submit the supplemental application which includes essay questions specific to UIWSOM.

Interview

Competitive applicants are invited to campus to participate in multiple mini-interviews.  Read this article to learn more about the MMI format:  "What to Expect During a Medical School Multiple Mini Interview" 

UIWSOM Office of Admissions

Email: DOdoc@uiwtx.edu
Phone: 210-283-6998

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