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Are You Ready To D.O.?

Our simple guidelines will keep you on track.

  1. Verify pre-requisite qualifications (see below).
  2. Complete primary application through
  3. Submit MCAT results.
    1. Preferred MCAT score = 500+
    2. Preferred science GPA = 3.30+
  4. Obtain letter(s) of recommendation from a pre-medical committee or from at least two science faculty members who taught you in a science course.
  5. Complete RowanSOM supplemental application.
  6. Explore options for Financial Planning.

**The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically.**

Pre-requisite Information

admissions_howtoapply_prereqs.jpgA D.O. must demonstrate a significant range of knowledge and skills across a wide spectrum of patient care in a variety of clinical situations. Therefore, a candidate for the D.O. degree must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all information received and have the intellectual ability to learn, evaluate, and communicate data.

All candidates must validate these abilities with the completion of a set of pre-requisites that are necessary for successful entry to RowanSOM. These requirements include earning a C or better in the following:

  • Eight (8) semester hours of biology, with lab
  • Eight (8) semester hours of organic chemistry, with lab
  • Eight (8) semester hours of inorganic chemistry, with lab
  • Eight (8) semester hours of physics, with lab
  • Six (6) semester hours of college-level mathematics (computer science or statistics may be used to satisfy up to three (3) hours)
  • Six (6) semester hours of behavioral science (psychology, sociology, or cultural anthropology)
  • Three (3) semester hours of English composition and three (3) additional hours from the English department
  • It is strongly recommended that applicants take six (6) additional semester hours of science courses: biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology are suggested.

All pre-requisite coursework must be completed at a regionally-accredited college or university recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Students who have taken coursework and/or earned a degree from a foreign institution must submit an evaluation of their transcripts to AACOMAS from one of the following services: the World Education Service (WES), Josef Silny and Associates, AACRAO International Education Services, or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

Interview Day Preparation

Interviews at RowanSOM are reserved for candidates with exceptional applications. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and begins to invite prospective students to campus in early September. Interviews continue through the end of April.

During each interview, applicants will meet with members of the Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty, professional staff, and third and fourth year medical students. If you are invited for an interview, you should be prepared to discuss your RowanSOM application, your knowledge of and interest in osteopathic medicine, and how you believe your goals align with the mission, vision, and values of the RowanSOM family.