Admission Requirements

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program applicants are considered on their intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, commitment, and suitability to succeed in the study of osteopathic medicine.

  • Minimum age to matriculate at PNWU-COM is 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) official scores are required and must be sent to AACOMAS.
    • MCAT test scores are valid for three years from the original test date.
  • Satisfactory completion of the following college courses, which may include laboratory work, before matriculation.
    • English composition and literature: 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours
    • General chemistry: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
    • Organic chemistry: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours (4 semester hours can be biochemistry)
    • Physics: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
    • Biological sciences: 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours

These basic requirements must be passed (C or above recommended) and taken for credit at a regionally accredited college or university. Advanced placement credits can fulfill the course requirements if they were accepted for credit by your degree granting institution.

In addition to the required academic prerequisite courses listed above, the following courses are recommended.

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Humanities

Other requirements that must be met prior to matriculation.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding application and admission requirements.


After the interview, the Admissions Committee reviews the applicants’ file and makes recommendation to the dean, and applicants are notified via mail and the Self-Service portal as soon as a final admissions decision has been made.

A nonrefundable acceptance fee of $1,000 is required from accepted applicants. Acceptance is conditional until all required documentation is received and completed to PNWU’s satisfaction. Transcripts must be on file prior to matriculation.

PNWU-COM does not usually defer admission, requests submitted to the Admission Committee will be reviewed and a recommendation made to the dean.

Note: Intentional misrepresentation or omission of information relative to scholastic records, test records, background reports, etc. will subject the applicant or student to dismissal. The University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason it deems sufficient.

Each recipient of the DO degree must fulfill the requirements of the state licensing board of the state in which the physician chooses to practice. These requirements vary widely and are regulated by the laws of each state. Refer to the Federation of State Medical Boards or Physician Licensing Service websites for details.