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Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM)

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Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014

Main phone: (702) 777-8687
Website

Admissions office
Email: admissions@tun.touro.edu
Phone: (702) 777-1750
Fax: (702) 777-3070
Admissions Website

General Information

Mission Statement

TUNCOM prepares students to become outstanding osteopathic physicians who uphold the values, philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine, and who are committed to primary care and a holistic approach to the patient. The college advances the profession and serves its students and society through innovative education, research and community service.

COM Description

Choosing a medical school can be challenging and finding a good match for your personal philosophy can be even more challenging. That is the big secret; finding a competitive program that fits your values and prepares you to pursue your personal goals. At Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM), we are looking for students who are ready to challenge themselves, who share our passion for patient care and are willing to go the extra mile to reach their goals.

TUNCOM is Nevada’s largest medical school, a division of an international university system, offering a distinctive osteopathic approach to medicine concentrating on holistic, patient-centered care. Central to the osteopathic philosophy is the tenant that the body, given the chance, has an inherent ability to heal itself, proactively emphasizing wellness and the prevention of disease and disability; a growing philosophic approach in which one in four medical students are choosing to train.

Touro University Nevada is a branch campus of Touro University California and was established in 2004 to help address the healthcare disparity in Nevada by providing graduates expanding graduate medical education (GME) programs and an increased physician workforce. TUNCOM has the largest medical school student body in the state of Nevada, and is located in Henderson, a suburb of the Las Vegas Valley.

Campus setting: 
Henderson, NV; Urban (Las Vegas Valley)

Year founded: 2004

Type: Private, non-profit

Accreditation: 
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Institutional affiliation: 

  • Touro University California
  • Touro College

Facilities:
Touro University Nevada is currently housed in a single, 200,000 (plus)-square-foot facility in Henderson, NV. The site includes ample space for future program growth and development.

The university has a multi-specialty physician’s office, Health Center at Touro University Nevada, staffed by practicing faculty members and open to the community. The Health Center provides on-site learning opportunities for students and residents.

Student residence options: 
Currently, there is no campus housing available. However, there are various nearby options available such as apartments, condos, and single family housing.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 546
  • Total male: 343
  • Total female: 203
  • First-year enrollment: 140
  • First-year male: 61
  • First-year female: 79
  • First-year in-state: 38
  • First-year out-of-state: 102
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 19,000

Curricular Offerings

Our central focus is on positioning students to succeed through intellectual challenge and clinical engagement. TUNCOM’s basic and clinical sciences faculty work collaboratively and are driven to support each individual in reaching their goals and aspirations. We accomplish this through a systems based curriculum and by providing students with the educational resources and environment to grow academically, professionally and personally.

As an active participant in their education, students experience practical, real world application of the foundational concepts embedded throughout the curriculum. Whether it is through interactive lectures, engagement with a trained, standardized patient, or working with patients in the community, our focus is on the student’s development. Medical students at TUN find themselves as part of a larger, interdisciplinary community of aspiring health care professionals, working under one roof to forge a healthier future for the families of the region.

At TUNCOM, we enjoy a relationship with our community and regional hospitals that provide an educational experience unique to Southern Nevada. These relationships allow for all students to remain in the Las Vegas valley during that crucial first year of clinical experiences while still enjoying the support the University’s resources. This also allows us to offer advanced clinical tracks in the third year, giving students a competitive advantage, a program unique to TUNCOM.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

None offered

Preparatory Programs

Medical Health Sciences
The Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences is a degree-granting, medically-oriented program designed to enrich the academic knowledge base and skills of prospective medical students while strengthening their credentials for admission to medical school. The program provides students with a rigorous education consisting of 30 credits of graduate level biomedical courses enriched with research experience. The year-long program is comprised of basic science medical courses, a graduate biomedical science core in advanced cell biology and genetics. Advanced study skill development and MCAT/GRE prep are also included.

Special Programs

Regional Center for Clinical Simulation
TUNCOM has developed a center for clinical simulation that complements our systems based curriculum. Students work with faculty to develop their clinical skills and learn how to address a variety of patient scenarios that will be encountered in clinical practice. This hands-on approach maximizes our students’ ability to be successful when they transition into their clinical rotations.

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2017)
  • Primary application deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Submission timing for best consideration:
    For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least four weeks prior to this school's latest filing date.  

Admissions Process

Supplemental applications are sent to applicants after their AACOMAS application has been pre-screened by the Office of Admissions. Throughout the application process, candidates are evaluated based upon a variety of criteria,including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Academic Competence,
  2. Personal/Professional Achievements,
  3. Demonstrated Leadership Skills,
  4. Creative Abilities,
  5. Experience in Health Care,
  6. Likelihood to Practice in Underserved Primary Care Areas.

To be considered for an on-campus interview, applicants must meet the admissions requirements. After the Office of Admissions receives all the applicant's materials, the applicant's file is reviewed to determine if the applicant merits an invitation to interview, based on established criteria of the admissions committee. Applicants who are invited to interview will be contacted by the Office of Admissions.

First-year class matriculant's selection factors: 
All candidates are required to have obtained a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to the start of the class for which they are applying. Applicants are required to hold U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application. Candidates must earn Science and Cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or greater, and have obtained an MCAT of 500 or better.

Throughout the application process, candidates must meet the admission requirements and are evaluated based upon a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to, the following:
  1. Academic Competence
  2. Personal/Professional Achievements
  3. Demonstrated Leadership Skills
  4. Creative Abilities
  5. Experience in Health Care
  6. Likelihood to Practice in Underserved Primary Care Areas
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No

MCAT

  • Oldest MCAT considered: June 2015
  • Accept September 2017 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2018 MCAT scores: Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Paper

Interview Format

Selected candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview. The on-campus interview process typically begins in September and ends in May. Candidates will participate in a semi-closed faculty interview.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 8/1/2017
  • Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    Supplemental applications are sent to applicants after they have been pre-screened by the Office of Admissions.
    • Letter of recommendation from a premedical advisory committee or letters of recommendation from two science professors.
    • MD or DO (preferred) physician letter of recommendation.
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education, domestic and foreign.
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: 
    AACOMAS waiver
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    Screened applicants: All applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements
  • Supplemental application fee: $100, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses

Required:

  • Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
  • Physics, 8 semester hours

Recommended:

  • Biochemistry, 4 semester hours

Non-Science Courses

Required:

  • College English, 6 semester hours
  • Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
  • Math/Statistics, 3 semester hours

None recommended

Acceptances

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
  • Deposits are typically due within two weeks of acceptance offer. Deposited candidates are required to submit necessary matriculation documents no later than May 1, 2018. An expedited deadline schedule applies for candidates given offers from April to July.
  • Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: Two weeks
  • Earliest acceptance date: 9/1/2017
  • Latest acceptance date: 8/1/2018
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
    On a case-by-case basis
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 8/1/2018

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No     

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity 

Matriculants from the 2015-2016 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 47.37%
  • Black or African-American: 0.75%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 5.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 37.59%
  • Multiple Races: 3.76%
  • Undisclosed: 5.26%

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 90%
  • Non-Science majors: 10%
  • Graduate degree(s): 25%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2016-17 annual resident tuition: $51,450
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident tuition: $51,450
  • 2016-17 annual resident fees: $1,830
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $1,830
  • 2016-17 annual health insurance fee: $5,502*

*Actual cost based on insurance rate and selected coverage.

  • Fees include:
    • Computer
    • Student Activities
    • Technology (not computer)
    • Other
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $28,866
  • Average 2016 graduate indebtedness: $274,688

Deposit

  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000, non-refundable
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 85%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: Please see the TUNCOM Financial Aid web page