University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM)

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University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, SSC 180
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Main phone: (817) 735-2204

Admissions office
Phone: (817) 735-2204
Fax: (817) 735-2225
Admissions Website

COM Basics

Mission Statement

The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine educates tomorrow's patient-centered physicians and scientists by imparting medical knowledge and providing the highest quality primary and specialty care to the citizens of Texas.

COM Description

The University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) is a state-supported osteopathic medical school committed to education, research, patient care, and service. UNTHSC-TCOM graduates one of the highest percentages of primary care physicians in the nation, and has received recognition both locally and nationally for its efforts to meet the needs of underserved populations.

Campus setting: 
Fort Worth, Texas (population: 792,727); Suburban 

Year founded: 1970

Type: Public, non-profit

UNTHSC-TCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Institutional affiliation: 
University of North Texas

The University of North Texas Health Science Center campus is located on 33 acres outside downtown Fort Worth in the city's cultural district. The campus is surrounded by some of the nation's more prestigious art galleries and museums, as well as a number of residential areas. The Medical Education and Training (MET) Building is home for most class sessions during the pre-clinical portion of the curriculum; the building contains two 250-seat lecture halls, OMM training space, a state-of-the-art simulation training area, small classrooms, and meeting rooms. In addition to the MET Building, students have 24-hour access to the gross anatomy lab located on campus. The Gibson D. Lewis Library has a number of study spaces as well as 24-hour access to nearly 25,000 electronic journals and databases; two floors of the library are open 24 hours per day.

Student residence options: 
Most students live in nearby residential areas which include houses, apartments or town-homes. There are a number of housing options available within a short commute to the campus. A housing fair is offered each year on campus prior to matriculation.

2016-2017 Enrollment

  • Total medical school enrollment: 916
  • Total male: 497
  • Total female: 419
  • First-year enrollment: 232
  • First-year male: 116
  • First-year female: 116
  • First-year in-state: 218
  • First-year out-of-state: 14
  • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 40,000

Curricular Offerings

The TCOM curriculum is an innovative model designed to prepare future osteopathic physicians by developing the necessary cognitive and clinical skills to be effective in patient care settings. At the beginning of the first-year students study the fundamentals of health which covers body functions. Near the end of the first-year, students will complete a course called Fundamentals of Disease and Treatment which introduces students to common diseases (e.g. infection, inflammation, cancer, etc.). During the second year of the curriculum, students study approximately 1,000 diseases through various patient presentations. These presentations allow students to apply medical knowledge in patient care situations through specific tasks associated with applied learning theory. Course work in medical practice and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) run parallel to the didactic curriculum. They provide the integration of knowledge into clinical practice. Course material also covers additional topics such as professionalism and medical ethics.

The final two years of the curriculum are taught primarily through affiliated hospitals and clinics. Students complete a series of core clinical rotations in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics & gynecology, manipulative medicine, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and primary care partnership. Students may also complete elective rotations in any number of primary care and specialty settings.

Dual Degree / Concurrent Programs

DO/MPH A dual DO/MPH is offered in conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. Public Health courses may be completed online while students are enrolled in the osteopathic medical school.

A dual DO/MS is offered in conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Students have the ability to complete their research in a number of different areas of interest.

A dual DO/PhD is offered in conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. This combined program typically takes six or more years to complete. Students have the ability to complete their research in a number of different areas of interest.

Preparatory Programs

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Master of Medical Sciences Program
A one-year master of science degree program offered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The program features basic science courses in biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, histology, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. The program also has both a MCAT prep course and short clinical preceptorship experience.

Special Programs

Rural Medicine Curriculum
TCOM offers a specific rural medicine curriculum for those who have an interest in pursuing a medical career in a rural community. The rural program requires additional course work and clinical skills that will be beneficial for rural physicians.

Summer Research Fellowship
TCOM students have the opportunity to conduct research during the summer after year one of the curriculum. Students are work with a member of the faculty to develop their research project. A number of students who have an interest in pediatrics can complete their research at nearby Cook Children's Medical Center, which hosts a number of student research opportunities.

Honors Research Course
A select number of TCOM students are invited to enroll in a research honors course during their second year of study. The course provides enhanced training in research at an academic health science center.

Advisory College Program
TCOM students are assigned into one of six advisory colleges on campus. The advisory colleges provide a student and faculty mentoring network promoting wellness and professional development. The advisory colleges participate in a number of curricular and co-curricular activities throughout the year.

Application Information

  • Primary application service: Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service 
  • Earliest application submission date: 5/1/2017
  • Primary application deadline: 9/29/2017
  • Supplemental application deadline: 10/16/2017
  • Submission timing for best consideration:

    Applicants should plan to complete their application no later than July 1.  

Admissions Process

TCOM only accepts applications from the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) in Austin, Texas. Both a completed primary and secondary are required prior to any review of an application. Applicants are also required to have either a health professions advisory committee packet or three letters of recommendation submitted to TMDSAS on their behalf. A MCAT score is also required.

Each year, TCOM invites between 600-700 applicants to interview for a class size of approximately 230 seats. Notification of acceptance is done through a timeline established by the medical schools in the TMDSAS system.

First-year class matriculant's selection factors: 
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours (or an equivalent number of quarter hours) toward a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or Canadian equivalent) is required. Strong preference will be given to those who have completed all of their requirements for the bachelor's degree before entering medical school. Applicants are also encouraged to complete their prerequisite coursework with letter grades rather than using a pass/fail option. Science courses must include laboratory experiences and must be at the level taken by majors in those disciplines. The writing requirement may be met with creative writing, English or other expository writing courses.

Although an applicant's academic record is important, TCOM examines a number of other factors when selecting the next incoming class. We look for students who demonstrate the greatest promise of becoming skilled osteopathic physicians. Applicants will be evaluated on their personal integrity, maturity, creativity and motivation for a career in medicine; ability to work cooperatively; ability to contribute to the diversity of the class; and dedication to service of others. Personal experiences, job history (if applicable) and motivation to become an osteopathic physician also will be considered. As a state-supported medical school, TCOM is required to fill 90 percent of each entering class with Texas residents. Up to 10 percent of each entering class may be filled with non-residents with outstanding credentials. 

International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes
Applicants are classified as either residents or non-residents in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Applicants are classified regardless of immigration status.


  • Oldest MCAT considered: 2014
  • Accept September 2017 MCAT scores: Yes
  • Accept January 2018 MCAT scores: No

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • Virtual Evals
  • Interfolio
  • Paper
  • Email

Interview Format

Interviews are conducted on the UNT Health Science Center campus. Typically, interviews are scheduled between August and January. Interviewees are invited for the day to meet with faculty, tour the campus, and visit one of TCOM's affiliated hospitals.

Supplemental Application

  • Supplemental application required? Yes
  • Earliest supplemental application submission date: 5/1/2017
  • Supplemental application deadline: 10/16/2017
  • Supplemental application requirements:
    The secondary application is available online on the UNT Health Science Center web site. There is no fee to complete the secondary application.
  • Fee waiver available: No
  • Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
    All applicants
  • Supplemental application fee: $0

Premedical Coursework

Science Courses


  • Biology/Zoology, 14 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
  • Genetics, 3 semester hours
  • Anatomy, 4 semester hours
  • Physiology, 4 semester hours
  • Microbiology

Non-Science Courses


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


  • Behavioral Sciences, 3 semester hours


Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
  • Applicants who are accepted are required to submit a signed admissions agreement form to TCOM Office of Admissions and Outreach. Additional documentation such as official transcripts, immunization records and other documents are due prior to orientation.

  • Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: Two weeks
  • Earliest acceptance date: 10/16/2017
  • Latest acceptance date: 7/1/2018
  • Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
    TCOM will consider one-year deferment requests if made on or before June 1. A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a seat in the next class.
  • Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/16/2018

Early Decision Program

  • Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: Yes     
  • EDP available for: Residents, Non-residents
  • EDP application due date: 8/1/2017
  • EDP applications submitted to:  Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service
  • EDP supplemental materials due: 8/1/2017
  • Date EDP applicants notified: 9/15/2017

First-Year Class Matriculants

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
  • Asian: 31%
  • Black or African-American: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 7%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 51%
  • Multiple Races: 0%
  • Undisclosed: 0% 

Majors of First-Year Class Matriculants

  • Science majors: 79%
  • Non-Science majors: 21%
  • Graduate degree(s): 22%

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

  • 2016-17 annual resident tuition: $13,078
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident tuition: $28,766
  • 2016-17 annual resident fees: $5,990
  • 2016-17 annual non-resident fees: $5,990
  • 2016-17 annual health insurance fee: $2,196
  • Fees include:
    • Student Services
    • Lab
    • Computer
    • Student Activities
    • Technology (not computer)
    • Health Service
  • Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $28,052
  • Average 2016 graduate indebtedness: $118,586


  • Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $0
  • Additional deposit amount: $0
  • Deposit applied to tuition: N/A

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Website
  • Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 74%
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Average scholarship/grant: $2,250