Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - PCOM

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General Information

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and research, and to the well-being of the community through leadership and service. An osteopathic medical education at PCOM provides a strong foundation for pursuing any specialty or subspecialty of one’s choice. PCOM is committed to helping each of its students choose a career that matches their specific talents and interests.

Located in one of the country’s leading cities for medical education, PCOM’s Philadelphia campus is just minutes away from Center City Philadelphia—a walkable, compact downtown area with a renowned historic area, art museums, cultural attractions, sports venues and numerous shopping and dining options. PCOM South Georgia, located in Moultrie, GA, features affordable housing, an award-winning medical center, abundant recreation and entertainment options, temperate climate, convenient location and much more.

Additional Locations

Additional Locations

Additional Locations offer the same programs as the main campus. Use the main campus' application to apply to additional locations.

PCOM South Georgia

Affiliation Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Address 2050 Tallokas Road, Moultrie, Georgia 31768

Campus Setting Rural

Website https://www.pcom.edu/south-georgia/

Phone (229) 668-3162

Admissions

Phone (229) 668-3162

Email sogaadmissions@pcom.edu

Website https://www.pcom.edu/admissions/

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Mission Statement

Educating health professionals to care for the whole person and advance the health of diverse communities.
Facilities

Closest City PCOM, Philadelphia, PA; PCOM South Georgia, Moultrie, GA

Campus Setting

Urban

Facilities

The City Avenue site provides a true college campus atmosphere for students. PCOM in Philadelphia offers a total of 1,250 linear feet of bench top space dedicated to basic science research. All facilities are equipped for students with disabilities and all classrooms and study areas support connection. PCOM students receive hundreds of instructional hours in two amphitheaters which have the latest in teaching technology. The Saltzburg Clinical Learning & Assessment Center, a facility designed for instruction and hands-on experience, houses patient rooms, trauma bays, surgery suites and high-fidelity robotic simulators. The Student Activities Center provides students space for exercising with equipment or playing sports and studying spaces.

The 31-acre South Georgia campus is located in Colquitt County. The 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility includes classrooms, an anatomy lab, an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) lab, a simulation center, small group study rooms and an information commons. The educational spaces include four large classrooms featuring natural daylight and the flexibility to accommodate different uses and styles of teaching.  

Student Residence Options

Named for PCOM’s first African-American female graduate in 1921, the Meta Christy House, adjacent to PCOM’s campus, provides convenient access to our educational and recreational facilities. The building has a total of 224 available units including 195 studio apartments and 29 one-bedroom apartments. Additionally, there are a variety of housing options in the area close to PCOM’s campus.

Moultrie provides an active and enjoyable place to live. It offers all the charm of small-town living, but with amenities that encourage a more relaxed paced life without the inconveniences and costs that come with urban environments. In addition, the reasonable price of housing in Moultrie offers the opportunity to own a piece of “The City of Beautiful homes.” As PCOM South Georgia does not offer student housing, the College has no involvement with students’ rental arrangements nor do they rate apartments, managers or locations for quality of service or safety.

PCOM Offices of Student Affairs provide courtesy information to prospective students. Students can find more information at https://www.pcom.edu/student-life/student-affairs/.

Student Activities & Support Services
PCOM and PCOM South Georgia have many student-run organizations, all with the mission to enhance the student experience. Clubs range in experiences from research to athletics to community service. Students learn more about campus life as well as recreational, academic and service opportunities available. Counseling and support services are also available.
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status PCOM is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

University Affiliation(s) PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia

Student Demographics
  • 2023-2024

    Philadelphia (PCOM) and PCOM South Georgia (PCOM SGA) campus data is combined except where indicated.

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

PCOM: 1,101 - PCOM SGA: 227

Total Male

PCOM: 485 - PCOM SGA: 111

Total Female

PCOM: 615 - PCOM SGA: 116

Total Other

PCOM: 1 PCOM SGA: 0

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

1,862

First-Year Matriculants

328

First-Year Male Matriculants

155

First-Year Female Matriculants

173

Matriculants In-State

141

Matriculants Out-of-State

187

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.3%

Asian

27.1%

Black/African American

10.4%

Hispanic/Latino

7.0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

48.8%

Multiple Races

4.9%

Undisclosed

1.5%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

88.5%

Non-Science Majors

11.5%

Graduate Degrees

13.4%

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Overview

Private Institution

Non-Profit

PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia

Institutional Affiliation

PCOM 1899; PCOM South Georgia 2019

Year Founded

Urban

Campus Setting

Campus Contact

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - PCOM

4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131

Address

(215) 871-6100

Phone

Admissions Office

(215) 871-6700

Phone

Curricular Offerings

In students’ first and second years, they pursue an integrated curriculum that introduces both basic and clinical sciences. “Doctors from Day One” gives students clinical exposure from the beginning of medical school, with courses in Primary Care Patient Skills and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. The use of innovative patient simulators as well as standardized patient actors provides students with experiential learning and proficiency modalities reflective of actual clinical procedure and practice.

In students’ third and fourth years, they hone their skills by working in some of the finest teaching hospitals in the greater Philadelphia and South Georgia regions, and beyond. Students are exposed to a broad scope of medical problems, gradually assuming more responsibility under the direction of experienced physicians. Through participation in rounds, lectures, conferences, morning reports and case presentations, students develop skills in history taking, physical examination, differential diagnosis, and invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Through it all, students have the PCOM community behind them, supporting them, in every way to help them become the culturally competent, confident health professionals they aspire to be.

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaureate Programs Offered

Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences
First or second year biomedical sciences students who apply to the PCOM DO programs, meeting certain criteria at any of PCOM’s three locations, can be assured an interview. Students who choose to continue onto the second year of the biomedical sciences program will earn an MS in one of several concentrations such as general studies (capstone), biomedical research, forensic biology or translational life sciences. Students meeting certain qualifications can now complete the Biomedical Sciences (MS) pre-clinical track and complete the MS program in one year.

Special Programs

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinical Scholars Program
Selected students will enter the program after their second year of study and extend their clinical clerkship curriculum to three years. At least 12 months of clinical training is provided in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and scholars gain experience and skill in teaching OMS I, II and III students.

International Medicine Program
Medical students may include an approved elective international rotation during their fourth year of study through the Dean’s Office and Clinical Medical Education.

 

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

DO/MBA
Five-year dual degree program with Saint Joseph’s University

DO/MPH
Five-year dual degree program with Temple University or Thomas Jefferson University

DO/MS
Five-year dual degree programs at PCOM with concentration in forensic medicine

The Graduate Business Certificate in Health and Medical Services certificate program allows the first year medical student to obtain business expertise without committing to a fifth (extra) year of study.

PCOM South Georgia does not offer dual degree programs at this time.

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses
Anatomy
Recommended
Biochemistry
Required

3 semester hours

Biology/Zoology
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required With Lab

See * below.

Chemistry (Organic)
Required With Lab

See * below.

Genetics
Recommended
Physics
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Physiology
Recommended
Additional Science Courses
* Sixteen semester hours of Chemistry, including four semester hours of laboratory; at least four of the sixteen required semester hours must be organic chemistry (with lab) and at least three semester hours must be biochemistry.
Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences
Recommended
College English
Required

6 semester hours

Math/Statistics
Recommended

Admissions

Admission to PCOM is comprehensive as well as competitive and selective. PCOM seeks well-rounded, achievement-oriented persons whose character, maturity and sense of dedication point to a successful and productive life as an osteopathic physician.
   
  PCOM is an institution that seeks diversity. PCOM actively recruits under-represented and non-traditional students. Grades and MCAT scores are important as they are some of the best predictors of success in medical school; however, PCOM also looks carefully at research experience, clinical exposure, extracurricular activities, community involvement, motivation to study medicine, and letters of recommendation.  

Access to the PCOM South Georgia application can be found through the PCOM application page. Candidates are asked to select the PCOM location(s) for which they wish to be considered: PCOM, PCOM South Georgia or both PCOM and PCOM South Georgia. 

Admissions Processes

Interview Options: Option to interview virtually or in-person

Physician letter required? N/A; no physician letter required

Virtual Shadowing Options? Will accept EITHER virtual or in-person shadowing

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Final grades must appear on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution.

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

PCOM will not accept prerequisite coursework completed as an audit or graded pass/fail with the exception of coursework completed during the spring, summer and fall 2020 terms which may be listed as pass in a pass/fail grading scale. Coursework completed in spring 2021 and onward may not be pass/fail.

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Final grades must appear on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution.
Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 6, 2024

 

Primary Application Deadline: February 1, 2025

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

Be advised that your full AACOMAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified by Feb. 1, 2025, to be considered for admission to PCOM/PCOM South Georgia. Additionally, all required supporting materials (required letters of recommendation and the $75 non-refundable institutional application fee) must be received no later than March 1, 2025. However, early submission is strongly recommended as interviewees are selected and decisions are rendered on a rolling basis.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

Acceptance by the Faculty Committee on Admissions is based on the applicant’s fulfillment of undergraduate course requirements, GPA’s, MCAT scores and a personal interview with members of the committee. PCOM seeks applicants who bring passion, leadership, compassion and service to the field of osteopathic medicine, and have demonstrated these qualities in their academic history and resume. PCOM prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected class status in all its programs, activities, and employment practices. This policy applies in recruitment and admission of students and scholarship and loan programs.

International Students Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students

Are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students considered for admissions? No

Application Interview Format: Traditional

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? No

EDP Applications Submitted To AACOMAS

Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

October 1, 2024

Latest Acceptance Date

June 15, 2025

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

June 15, 2025

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Requests for a one-year deferral must be received in writing with rationale to admissions@pcom.edu for the Philadelphia campus or sogaaadmissions@pcom.edu for the South Georgia campus for consideration by the Faculty Committee on Admissions.

Acceptance/deposit deadlines conform to the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines Schedule? Yes

Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines schedule:

  • 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 April 30 will have 14 days.   
  • Those accepted after May 1 may be asked for an immediate deposit.  
  • After May 1 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges.
MCAT/GPA Information

Mean MCAT Score

504.0

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.57

Oldest MCAT Considered: January 1, 2022

Latest MCAT Score Accepted: January 1, 2025

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Interfolio
  • Email

Main Admissions Contact

(215) 871-6700

Phone

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

The tuition and fees below are from the prior 2022-23 academic year and may have changed for this current application cycle. Please confirm the latest rates with the institution.
Tuition

In-State Tuition

$59,484

Out-of-State Tuition

$59,484

Fees

Annual Fees

In-State Resident Fees

$800

Out-of-State Resident Fees

$800

Health Insurance Fee

$4,394 (12 months) / $3,766 (9 months)

Tuition Fees Include

Lab
Student Activities
Student Services
Technology (not computer)

Estimates, Deposits, and More

Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs

$27,072

Average Graduate Indebtedness

$229,774 (Philadelphia) / $221,063 (South Georgia)

Acceptance Deposit

$250

Additional Deposit

$500

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? No

Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 85%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: $7,135