Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM CA)

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Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592

Main phone: (707) 638-5200

Admissions office
Phone: (707) 638-5200
Admissions Website

General Information

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. 

COM Description

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, health care 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.

Campus setting:
Located on Mare Island, in the city of Vallejo, the TUCOM California campus is in the Northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area and is within a short drive to San Francisco, Berkeley, Napa, and Sacramento and all of the various culrtural events and activities you would expect in the very diverse Bay Area.

Year founded: 1997

Type: Private, non-profit

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 University California
  • Touro College and University System

Campus facilities include a full size gymnasium, racquetball/handball courts, weight room, and other general fitness areas. A city-owned, 18-hole golf course and several walking/hiking/biking trails are located within minutes of our campus. A wide variety of social, recreational, cultural, and community service activities are available throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Student residence options: 
Touro University California employs a housing specialist to assist students in locating suitable housing options. University subsidized housing is not provided.

2017-2018 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 569
  • Total male: 303
  • Total female: 266
  • First-year enrollment: 135
  • First-year male: 64
  • First-year female: 71
  • First-year in-state: 107
  • First-year out-of-state: 28
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 1,691

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

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

DO/MPH 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. More information is available at

Preparatory Programs

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. For more information, please refer to

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. For more information, please refer to

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. For more information, please visit

Application Information

  • Primary application service: AACOMAS
  • Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/3/2018)
  • Primary application deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Submission timing for best consideration: 

    TUCOM California operates on a rolling admissions cycle. For the best possible chances of acceptance, candidates are advised to apply early.

Admissions Process

All applicants are pre-screened based on minimum requirements published on our website each year. Qualified candidates are invited to submit secondary application and then, if selected, interview. Not all candidates who submit an AACOMAS application will be invited to submit a secondary application and not all candidates who submit a secondary application will interview.

First-year class matriculant's selection factors: 
Throughout the application process, candidates are evaluated based on several criteria, including, but not limited to, the following: 1) Academic Competence, 2) Personal/Professional Achievements, 3) Demonstrated Leadership Skills, 4) Experience in Health Care, 5) Experience with/Exposure to Osteopathic Medicine.

International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: 


  • Oldest MCAT considered: January 2015
  • Accept September 2018 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2019 MCAT scores: Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Interfolio
  • Email

Interview Format

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.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/1/2018
  • Supplemental application deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    Minimum requirements are set and published by the Admissions Committee each year. Please refer to
  • Fee waiver available: Yes
  • Waiver conditions: 
    Upon request, the supplemental application fee will be waived for any candidate who is approved for, and provides documentation of, the AACOMAS fee waiver.
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    Screened applicants: Please refer to
  • Supplemental application fee: $100, non-refundable

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses


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


  • Biochemistry, 4 semester hours

Non-Science Courses


  • College English, 6 semester hours
  • Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
  • Math/Statistics, 4 semester hours

None recommended


Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
  • Applicants are required to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, within two weeks of the date on the letter of acceptance.

  • Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: Two weeks
  • Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2018
  • Latest acceptance date: Until class is full
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
    The Admissions Committee will consider petitions to defer on a case by case basis after a candidate has secured their seat in the class by submitted the necessary response and deposit. Petitions to defer are not automatically approved. Candidates who become certain during the application process that they will not be able to begin classes on the expected date are advised to withdraw and reapply when they are able to begin.
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/30/2019

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No     

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity 

Matriculants from the 2016-2017 application cycle.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 2%
  • Asian: 47%
  • Black or African-American: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 1%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 39%
  • Multiple Races: 2%
  • Undisclosed: 7%   

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 79%
  • Non-Science majors: 21%
  • Graduate degree(s): 30%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2017-18 annual resident tuition: $53,500
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident tuition: $53,500
  • 2017-18 annual resident fees: $375
  • 2017-18 annual non-resident fees: $375
  • 2017-18 annual health insurance fee: $5,388
  • Fees include:
    • Technology (not computer)
    • Health Service
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $30,068
  • Average 2017 graduate indebtedness: N/A


  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000,
    Partially refundable: The $2,000 acceptance deposit is not refundable. The $1,000 Tuition Deposit is refundable provided notice of withdrawal is received prior to the first day of mandatory orientation.
  • Additional deposit amount: $1,000
  • Deposit applied to tuition: Yes

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 88%
  • Scholarships: No
  • Average scholarship/grant: N/A