Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine - TUCOM
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.
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.
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.
Student Residence Options
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
Entering Class 2022
Academic Year Enrollment
Total Medical School Enrollment
Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions
First-Year Male Matriculants
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American Indian/Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine - TUNCOM
Touro College and University System; Touro University Nevada
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 http://com.tu.edu/academics/do.html
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.
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 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.
Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Biology/ZoologyRequired With Lab
8 semester hours
Chemistry (Inorganic)Required With Lab
8 semester hours
Chemistry (Organic)Required With Lab
8 semester hours
PhysicsRequired With Lab
8 semester hours
4 semester hours
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
Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023
Primary Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
Submission Timing for Best Consideration
First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors
International Students Accepted? Does Not Accept International Students
Application Interview Format: See BelowTUCOM 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 Required? YesOnly applicants who meet our minimum posted requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application. For details, please visit https://tu.edu/programs/osteopathic-medicine/admissions/.
Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: June 1, 2022
Supplemental Application Deadline: April 15, 2023
Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened ApplicantsOnly applicants who meet our minimum posted requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application. For details, please visit https://tu.edu/programs/osteopathic-medicine/admissions/.
Supplemental Application Fee: $100
Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No
Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? YesFee 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Mean MCAT Score
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
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.
In-State Resident Fees
Out-of-State Resident Fees
Health Insurance Fee
Tuition Fees Include
Estimates, Deposits, and More
Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs
Average Graduate Indebtedness
$2,000. Due within two weeks of the date on the letter of acceptance.
$1,000. Due prior to May 15th, 2024.
Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes
Deposit Refundable? YesThe 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 Website https://tu.edu/admissions--aid/financial-aid/
Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 81%
Scholarships Offered? Yes
Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: N/A