Admissions

 

Learn more about choosing a DO degree here.

Questions? Contact us! admissions@noordacom.org

See our full Admissions Policy here.

Academic Prerequisites:

500 Composite score (preferred) on Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

Baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university.

Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0

Completion grade of a C or higher in the following:

*Anatomy and physiology are integral parts of medical education training. Completion of courses in anatomy and physiology is highly preferred and will give applicants a competitive advantage. We will accept and consider applications from those who have not completed anatomy and/or physiology courses; however, accepted students who have not completed these courses at matriculation may need to complete additional content as part of enrollment.  Note: Matching courses to a prerequisite is not required and you can select “I Am Not Matching Any Courses to this Prerequisite” for any prerequisites for which you do not have classes to assign.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, applications will be accepted with or without MCAT scores. Any request for substitutions or waiver of any admission requirements must be submit in writing to the Director of Admissions stating the request, rationale for request, and supporting documentation. For more details on substitutions or waiver of admission requirements please see page 3 of our full policy here.

We encourage qualified students interested in osteopathic medicine to apply, regardless of their current/permanent state of residence.

Required Supplemental Materials

Completed Noorda-COM (proposed) Secondary Application ($100 non-refundable, fee waived if applicant has received fee waiver for AACOMAS fees).
Letters of Recommendation from two of the three following sources:

Note: Evaluations must be written within two years prior to making applications
Those using military scholarships or are not U.S. citizens please see page 6 of the Admissions policy for full application details.

Academic and Non-Academic Achievement

Evaluation of applicants includes academic excellence and non-academic achievements. Academic excellence is measured by MCAT results, grades, and GPAs. Non-academic achievements are also considered when evaluating applicants. This can include:

Official Transcripts

All incoming students must submit official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended directly to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts submitted to AACOMAS within the application process are not forwarded to our office. Acceptance is conditional until all official transcripts are received from schools attended. Transcripts must be on file prior to matriculation. Noorda-COM (proposed) expects that all required coursework by AACOMAS will be completed with a C or higher and degrees completed by August 1 of the matriculation year.

Criminal Background Check

Prior to matriculation, all students must have a background check performed at their own expense. The check must be performed by a certifying organization retained by Noorda-COM (proposed). This background check satisfies all federal and state requirements for clinical activities. Prior to graduation, students may be required to undergo a subsequent background check at the student’s expense and in accordance with federal and state laws. Please refer to page 8 of the Admissions Policy for all the details concerning the background check.

Immunization and Health Requirements

All matriculating students must be vaccinated in accordance with Noorda-COM’s (proposed) guidelines in order to pursue clinicals. We determine our immunization requirements based on the CDC guidelines for healthcare workers in combination with the current requirements for the Office of Clinical Education. These guidelines and requirements change periodically. Applicants and students are expected to be knowledgeable on the current guidelines.

All students are required to maintain personal health insurance and currently, updated immunizations. Students must submit proof of insurance and immunizations to the Office of Admissions before matriculating and to the Office of Clinical Education before beginning first year clinicals and again before beginning clerkships. Any break or change in coverage must be reported to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs during the first two years. COM students must report any break or change in coverage to the Office of Clinical Education during the third and fourth years.

Students who fail to meet these guidelines will not be allowed to matriculate, may jeopardize their eligibility for participation in clinical education and/or continued enrollment.

Minimum Technical Standards

Students are held to technical standards for admission and matriculation. These standards fall under the categories of: Communication, motor function/strength/mobility, observation and sensory skills, intellectual, conceptual, integrative ad quantitative abilities, behavioral and social attributes, participation in osteopathic clinical skills laboratory, and proper dress attire. Please see our policy on standards in full here.

Application Schedule:

Step 1 - AACOMAS Application:

This online application will have you create an account and complete their application over several sessions. Applicants will be able to edit personal information and submit application fees online. Applicants will be notified via e-mail when their materials have been received by AACOMAS. The application becomes available to the entering class 15 months in advance (May) of matriculation, through February of the matriculation year. All information, including detailed instructions, can be found on the AACOMAS website.

AACOMAS accepts transcripts electronically from a limited number of electronic transcript services. A list of these services can be found in the AACOMAS application instructions. If your school does not use these services, you must provide transcripts to AACOMAS via paper mailing. Transcripts should be sent (via U.S. Mail or expedited delivery service) to:

AACOMAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9137
Watertown, MA 02471

Step 2 - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (proposed) Secondary Application

Applicants meeting the minimum initial review criteria will be invited to complete Noorda COM's (proposed) secondary application. Please see Academic Requirements for details. Applicants are encouraged to include the scheduled MCAT test dates on the AACOMAS application to indicate the intent of taking or retaking the exam.

Application Process:

Student Interviews and Applicant Review

Following the above assessment, selected applicants are invited to participate in a formal personal interview (2020-2021 cycle will be conducted virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions). Applicants will be evaluated on:

After the interview, the Admissions Committee reviews the applicant file and makes a recommendation to the COM Dean. Applicants will be notified via e-mail as soon as a final decision has been made.

Recommending a Student for Admissions

Persons interested in recommending a premedical student for admissions should write a letter to the Office of Admissions on behalf of the applicant. Recommenders should briefly indicate in what capacity and for how long they have known the applicant. Areas of particular interest include:

 

Transfer Admissions Policy

Students enrolled at an AOA-COCA accredited osteopathic medical school or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) may be considered for transfer admission into the second or beginning third year of medical studies at Noorda-COM (proposed) upon completion of the equivalent level of medical education as currently structured at Noorda-COM (proposed), and provided that a vacancy exists. Transfer applicants enrollment/readmission, and present a valid and compelling reason for transfer. LCME enrolled transfer students must successfully complete all OMM/OPP competency prior to graduation from the COM. Transfer admissions with advanced standing is at the discretion of the Dean and provided that a vacancy exists. Please read our Transfer Admission Policy in full here.

Eligibility Guidelines:

Requirements

Procedures and Deadlines

Potential transfer students should request application information from our Office of Admissions.

Special Accommodations

Occasionally, a student may present a physical problem that contraindicates a manipulation. Such students are required to contact the administrative assistant for the OMM Department before the beginning of the section and present documentation of the problem. The student will be examined by a faculty member to confirm that special arrangements are in need of authorizing. Noorda-COM (proposed) provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please read our policy on accommodations in full here.