Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine - TUCOM

Vallejo, California

Primary Campus

Henderson, Nevada

Branch Campuses

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General Information

Established in 1997, TUCOM California is training the doctors this nation needs to achieve a healthy future. The curricular emphasis on primary care, inter-professionalism, healthcare disparities, disease prevention, and public health prepares our graduates exceptionally well for contemporary medical practice.

At a time when many universities are graduating doctors in specialized medicine, Touro continues to remain in the top echelon of those graduating new physicians choosing a career in primary care. The comprehensive, challenging curriculum ensures students will gain a solid foundation in basic science and clinical practice that will enable them a gratifying career whether they choose primary care or specialty medicine.

Our students learn osteopathic medical manipulation from faculty clinicians who are widely respected as leaders in their discipline. Faculty scholars mentor students in laboratory research, which impacts patient care and the health of families and communities. Our graduates attain highly-coveted, competitive residency positions from primary care to medical and surgical sub-specialties, while our alumni continue to distinguish themselves in their practices from coast to coast.

Institutional Affiliation
The Touro College and University System is comprised of Jewish-sponsored non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American community.

Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris, and Florida. Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro College Los Angeles and Touro University Worldwide, are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System.

  • Doctor examining a young girl's ear.
  • TUCOM-CA students working on a simulated patient with multiple wounds.

Mission Statement

The TUCOM-CA mission is to prepare students to become outstanding osteopathic physicians who uphold the values, philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and who are committed to primary care and the holistic approach to the patient. The program advances the profession and serves its students and society through innovative pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education, research, community service, and multidisciplinary and osteopathic clinical services.
Admissions Processes During the Pandemic

Interview Options: Virtual

Physician letter required? Not Required

Virtual Shadowing Options? Virtual or In-Person Accepted

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes


Closest City Located on Mare Island, in the city of Vallejo, the TUCOM California campus is in the Northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Campus Setting



The Vallejo campus of Touro University California is centrally located between San Francisco and Sacramento, within the San Francisco Bay Area. The TUC campus is surrounded by hiking, walking, and biking trails, and is in close proximity to many diverse and culturally rich activities. Campus facilities include a full-size gymnasium, racquetball/handball courts, weight rooms, out-door exercise areas, meditation garden, and other general fitness areas.

Student Residence Options

Touro University California employs a housing specialist to assist students in locating suitable housing options. Most of our students live in Vallejo or surrounding communities within a short drive to campus. University subsidized housing is not provided.
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status TUCOM California is fully accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Touro University California is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Institutional Affiliation Touro College and University System; Touro University Nevada

Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2022

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Additional Locations

Branch Campuses

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine - TUNCOM

Affiliation Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine

Address 874 American Pacific Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89014

Campus Setting Urban


Phone (702) 777-8687



Private Institution


Touro College and University System; Touro University Nevada

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Main Contact

Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine - TUCOM

1310 Club Drive, Vallejo, California 94592


(707) 638-5200


Admissions Office

(707) 638-5200


Curricular Offerings

Our didactic (pre-clinical) curriculum is system based, integrated, and competencies driven, which means you are prepared to “do” things and not just “know” things. Topics are presented in a modular, team-based learning format. Learning groups of approximately six students spend two-to-three weeks on each module followed by a comprehensive exam. Osteopathic practice and theory are woven throughout our didactic curriculum.

Our clinical curriculum is designed so that students are exposed to a mix of experiences at both teaching and regional/community hospitals. Third year rotation schedules are generally assigned with approximately 90 percent of our students securing their first or second core hospital choices. Fourth-year rotation schedules are designed by the student, which allows for greater flexibility for audition rotations, board preparation, and residency interviews.

For additional information regarding our curriculum, please refer to

Preparatory Programs

Preparatory/Postbaccalaurete Programs Offered

Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences
This program is designed to enrich a student’s academic knowledge base as well as to strengthen a prospective medical student’s credentials for admission to medical school. This one-year program consists of a rigorous graduate curriculum in the basic medical sciences and a semester-long research internship course.

Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health degree program can provide prospective medical school applicants the ability to add depth to their application portfolio. Public Health education complements osteopathic medicine philosophies and can lay the groundwork for future physicians to transition into the public policy and health administration sectors.

Special Programs

Global Health Program
The Touro University Program in Global Health grounds teaching of global health in the complex realities of local communities and health service institutions through an integrated curriculum of case-based courses, research apprenticeships, elective rotations, summer internships, and clinical and public health practicum.

WARM (Wellness, Academic Achievement, Resilience, Mindfulness) Program
Medical education must shift its paradigm from solely focusing on high academic performance to also creating a well-rounded medical student, honing in on personal and professional growth. The osteopathic philosophy emphasizes the unity of mind, body, spirit, as well as utilizing the concept of health promotion. While osteopathic education focuses on patient care, there has been a lack of attention placed onto student wellness and development. The WARM curriculum is responding to the shortcomings in the medical education with interrelated adjunctive learning opportunities to grow within the four aspects of WARM.

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs

Dual Degrees/Concurrent Programs Offered

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)/Master of Public Health (MPH) Dual Degree at Touro University California trains students concurrently enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM ) to assume leadership roles in population-based care and to incorporate prevention in their clinical practices. The discipline of osteopathic medicine—with its traditional emphasis on treating the whole person, education, and prevention—is particularly well-suited to complement public health in its mission to improve knowledge and change behavior and environments on a large scale. Our dual degree curriculum is designed so that both degrees can be completed during the four-year medical school education window.

Premedical Coursework

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

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Required With Lab

8 semester hours

Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences

4 semester hours

College English

4 semester hours


4 semester hours


Candidates are screened several times during the admissions process. The first screening, which occurs when the AACOMAS application has been submitted, is designed to verify that candidates have satisfied our published minimum academic requirements. Subsequent screenings, which focus on more holistic criteria, are used to determine interview eligibility and, ultimately eligibility for acceptance into the program

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023

Primary Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

TUCOM operates on a rolling admissions cycle. Applicants are advised to apply early to secure the best possible chance of admission.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

The Mission of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine is to prepare students to become outstanding osteopathic physicians who uphold the values, philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and who are committed to primary care and the holistic approach to the patient. In addition to academic readiness, students are selected based upon their understanding of and commitment to osteopathic medicine, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, reasoned judgment, and fit-to-mission.

International Students Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students

Application Interview Format: See Below

TUCOM California employs a panel style, group interview format. Five to six candidates will be interviewed together by one clinician, one basic science faculty member, and one second-year medical student. Interviews are open file and will last approximately one hour. Interviewers have access to all materials submitted by the candidate at least five days prior to the interview.

Early Decision Program (EDP)

EDP Offered? Yes

Admissions EDP Available For

Both In-state and Out-of-State

EDP Application Due Date

June 15, 2023

EDP Supplemental Materials Due

July 15, 2023

EDP Applicants Notified

September 12, 2023

EDP Applications Submitted To AACOMAS

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

Only applicants who meet our minimum posted requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application. For details, please visit

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: June 1, 2022

Supplemental Application Deadline: April 15, 2023

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Only applicants who meet our minimum posted requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application. For details, please visit

Supplemental Application Fee: $100

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

Fee waivers will be provided to any applicant who receives an AACOMAS application fee waiver. The process is not automatic. To request a fee waiver, applicants must forward a copy of their AACOMAS fee waiver email to
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

October 1, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

August 1, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

August 1, 2023

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

Acceptance response and deposit is required within two weeks of the date on the letter of acceptance.

MCAT/GPA Information

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Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score


Oldest MCAT Considered: January 1, 2020

Accept September 2023 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accept January 2024 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Main Admissions Contact

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.

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Tuition Fees Include

Health Service
Technology (not computer)

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Acceptance Deposit

$2,000. Due within two weeks of the date on the letter of acceptance.

Additional Deposit

$1,000. Due prior to May 15th, 2024.

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? Yes

The acceptance deposit is not refundable. The tuition deposit is refundable provided withdrawal notification is received prior to the first day of mandatory orientation.
Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 81%

Scholarships Offered? Yes

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: N/A