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Join the Rowan-Virtua SOM Family

Just as D.O.'s treat the whole patient - mind, body, and spirit - the admissions process at Rowan-Virtua SOM considers the whole applicant. Our students thrive in a supportive, small community, learning a hands-on approach to medical care that is changing the national narrative on the health care crisis. Find out how to become part of the Rowan-Virtua SOM family.

Our Application Process

Our Holistic Approach

Our Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach when considering applicants for admission. Students accepted to Rowan-Virtua SOM must have the intellectual ability to successfully complete medical school and they must demonstrate that they have mastered the skills necessary for the practice of medicine. In considering an applicant for admission, we assess undergraduate and graduate coursework along with MCAT scores.

However, we also value the many diverse quality experiences of our applicants as much as we value our applicants’ academic achievements. We believe that students should possess quality interpersonal skills and a demonstrated compassion for others. We expect applicants to possess a high level of selfless motivation of intense lifelong service to their patients.

We consider a student’s success in overcoming economic and educational barriers that have taken place while completing undergraduate and graduate school coursework. We value students who have demonstrated resiliency, continual improvement in undergraduate and graduate coursework, athletics, medically related experiences, leadership skills, community service, cultural sensitivity, volunteering to assist those in need and veteran status.

Choose From Two Curriculum Tracks

Two Campus Options for Problem-Based Learning

We recognize that everyone learns in different ways. To ensure that our D.O.s are successful, we offer two curriculum tracks for Pre-Clerkship: Synergistic Guided Learning (SGL) and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) While both tracks provide comprehensive study, they each approach them from a different perspective and learning style.

in-body_admissions_sewell-web.pngOur SGL curriculum model is offered only on the Stratford Campus, whereas the PBL curriculum model is offered at both our Rowan-Virtua SOM Stratford Campus and our Rowan-Virtua SOM Sewell Campus. More information and guidance on how to select a location to continue your education is available in our FAQ.

You are encouraged to explore the links above that detail the tracks and locations, as you will have an opportunity to select your first-choice of curriculum (SGL or PBL) on our supplemental application. If you select PBL, you will be asked to identify an "alternate choice campus" and complete two short essays:

  • Please prepare an essay that explains why you want to participate in the Problem-Based Learning Curriculum.
  • Please prepare an essay that explains why you think you would be a good fit for Problem-Based Learning.

*Acceptance to Rowan-Virtua SOM is not determined by the student's curriculum track selection and placement into a selected curriculum track is not guranteed.

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Rowan-Virtua SOM By The Numbers

Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine is consistently ranked one of the top osteopathic schools in the United States. Below are some of our 2022 statistics to help you determine if Rowan-Virtua SOM is right for you.



Scores That Matter

Our students thrive with a strong support system and camaraderie that helps them become the best doctors they can be. The average COMLEX scores and Match results of our students set them up for success beyond medical school.

COMLEX Pass Rates

Rowan-Virtua SOM students consistently score at or above the national average. Our most recent COMLEX pass rates:
  • 95% - COMLEX 1
  • 97% - COMLEX 2
  • 99% - COMLEX 3

99% Match!

We boast a 99% GME placement rate for 2022 among our graduates. Our top three specialties:
  • Internal Medicine - 26%
  • Family Medicine - 16%
  • Emergency Medicine- 12%