Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)


PCOM

History about the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) was established by two doctors; Rev. Mason W. Pressly and Oscar John Snyder; on 24th January 1899. It was first known as Philadelphia College and Infirmary of Osteopathy (PCIO) and the college awarded its first degree in February 1990, to a class of one woman and one MD. PCIO was renamed to Philadelphia College of Osteopathy (PCO) in May 1921 and in 1967 the school became Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

With time the student enrollment grew and the college established its first campus at 33rd and Arch Streets, a suburban neighborhood in West Philadelphia. The campus was a mansion with beautiful lawns where the college started to grow more professionally and student life was developed by establishing the organization of athletics, professional societies, fraternities, and sororities.

The College moved to 1715 N. Broad Street (1908-1912), then to 832 Pine Street in the city’s Society Hill section, where a hospital, later on, came to fruition at 410 S. Ninth Street. Then in 1916, the College purchases its first building at 19th and Spring Garden streets, in 1921 it added a hospital and acquired two adjacent townhouses—one for additional classrooms and clinics, the other for a nurses’ home.

In 1951, the College bought the Women’s Homeopathic Hospital and changed its name to the North Center Hospital. This was the training ground for many of the students, interns, nurses, and residents of the College. In 1952, the College shifted to a Moss Estate located at City Avenue and Monument Road.


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Departments

  • Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Clinical Psychology
  • Department of Counseling
  • Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Forensic Medicine
  • Department of Geriatrics
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Library & Educational Information Systems
  • Department of Medical Humanities
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Organizational Development & Leadership
  • Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Department of Physical Therapy
  • Department of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Department of Professional Development and Online Learning
  • Department of Psychiatric Medicine
  • Department of Radiological Sciences
  • Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Department of School Psychology
  • Department of Surgery

Programs & Degrees

  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Post-Graduate Training
  • Pharmacy (Pharm-D)
  • Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Clinical Psychology (PSYD)
  • School Psychology (MS, EDS, PSYD)
  • Educational Psychology (PHD)
  • Biomedical Sciences (MS, CGS)
  • Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology (MS)
  • Mental Health Counseling (MS)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (MS in Health Sciences)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (Certificates – Online)
  • Non-Profit Leadership and Population Health Management (MS, CGS, GAGS)
  • Organizational Development and Leadership (MS, Certificates)
  • Public Health Management and Administration (MS, CGS, GAGS)
  • Forensic Medicine (MS, Pathway)
  • Medical Simulation (Certificate)
  • Psychology Certificates (CGS, GAGS)
  • Online Programs
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (CAGS, CGS)
  • Forensic Medicine (Pathway Program)
  • Medical Simulation (Certificate

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Admission Requirements

  • The applicant should have attained a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
  • The applicant should have 8 semester hours of Biology, including two semester hours of laboratory.
  • The applicant should have 8 semester hours of Physics, including two semester hours of laboratory.
  • The applicant should have 16 semester hours of Chemistry, including 4 semester hours of laboratory; at least 4 of the 16 required semester hours must be organic chemistry (with lab) and at least 3 semester hours must be biochemistry.
  • The applicant should have 6 semester hours of English composition and literature.
  • The applicant should have attained the following MCAT requirements:

  • Official MCAT exam scores from an exam taken within three years of the desired date of matriculation.
  • PCOM does not have minimum MCAT requirements for the DO program.
  • Generally, a competitive MCAT is at or above 500 with 125 for each subsection.
  • GPA requirements are:

  • PCOM does not have minimum GPA requirements for the DO program.
  • The averages for all PCOM Classes of 2023 were (as calculated by AACOMAS):
  • Cumulative GPA : 3.5
  • Overall Science GPA: 3.4
    • Application Procedure

      PCOM takes admission applications via the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). The applicant can visit AACOM official website to see the application procedure and requirements.

      Letters of Recommendation

      The Letter of Recommendation requirement for DO admission is as follows:

    • A letter of recommendation from your pre-health or academic advisor/committee (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate programs). NOTE: This is the preferred letter of recommendation by the DO Faculty Committee on Admissions.
    • OR

    • Three faculty letters of recommendation: Two of those three letters must be from SCIENCE professors (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate programs). The remaining required letter can come from any other faculty member.
    • After the applications are completed and submitted the selected applicants are called in for interviews. Interviews being in mid-September and are conducted till March of the next year. The selected applicant is sent an email which includes a date of the interview.

      Admission Decisions and Enrollment Confirmations

      Interviewed candidates are usually notified via U.S. Postal Service within 4-6 weeks of their interview date.

      PCOM follows the AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines, therefore accepted applicants are asked to send a $250 non-refundable tuition prepayment according to the following schedule:

    • Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
    • Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
    • Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
    • Those accepted on or after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
    • All accepted applicants are also required to remit a $1,500 non-refundable deposit by April 15 of that year. The candidate is also asked to review and acknowledge PCOM’s Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation (PDF) by sending the completed/signed forms to [email protected].


Cost of Attendance

    Clinical Psychology (PSYD)

    Educational Psychology (PhD)

    $909 per credit           500-level courses

    $983 per credit           600-level courses

    $1,174 per credit        700-level courses

    Year

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    Terms enrolled

    3

    4

    4

    4

    4

    Months enrolled

    9

    12

    12

    12

    12

    Estimated credit hours

    31.0

    25.5

    13.5

    15.0

    4.0

    Estimated tuition

    $38,874

    $31,977

    $16,929

    $18,810

    $5,016

    School fee

    $562

    $750

    $750

    $750

    $750

    Tuition and fees

    $39,436

    $32,727

    $17,679

    $19,560

    $5,766

    Room, board, and utilities

    $17,325

    $23,100

    $23,100

    $23,100

    $23,100

    Books and supplies

    $525

    $552

    $532

    $648

    $252

    Instruments and equipment

    $162

    $552

    $432

    $208

    Personal

    $1,800

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    Transportation

    $1,350

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    Health insurance

    $1,800

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    Federal Stafford loan fee

    $356

    $396

    $396

    $396

    $396

    TOTAL

    $62,754

    $63,927

    $48,739

    $50,512

    $36,114

    Year

    1

    Terms enrolled

    3

    Months enrolled

    9

    Estimated credited hours

    19.0

    Estimated tuition

    $22,306

    School fee

    $562

    Tuition and fees

    $22,868

    Room, board, and utilities

    $17,325

    Books and supplies

    $356

    Personal

    $1,800

    Transportation

    $1,350

    Health insurance

    $1,800

    Federal Stafford loan fees

    $216

    TOTAL

    $46,579

    Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

    Year

    1

    2

    3

    4

    Terms enrolled

    3

    3

    4

    4

    Months enrolled

    9

    9

    12

    12

    Estimated tuition

    $51,972

    $51,972

    $51,972

    $51,972

    School fee

    $750

    $750

    $750

    $750

    Tuition and fees

    $52,722

    $52,722

    $52,722

    $52,722

    Room, board, and utilities

    $17,325

    $23,100

    $23,100

    $23,100

    Books and supplies

    $501

    $600

    $1,000

    $500

    Instruments and equipment

    $201

    $201

    $300

    Personal

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $2,400

    $2,400

    Transportation

    $1,350

    $1,350

    $3,000

    $3,000

    Health insurance

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $2,400

    $2,400

    Federal Stafford loan fee

    $432

    $432

    $500

    $500

    Board exam

    $660

    $660

    TOTAL

    $76,131

    $76,890

    $86,082

    $84,622

    Pharmacy (Pharm D)

    Year

    1

    2

    3

    4

    Terms enrolled

    3

    3

    3

    4

    Months enrolled

    9

    9

    9

    12

    Estimated tuition

    $39,552

    $39,552

    $39,552

    $39,552

    School fee

    $750

    $750

    $750

    $750

    Tuition and fees

    $40,302

    $40,302

    $40,302

    $40,302

    Room, board, and utilities

    $17,325

    $17,325

    $17,325

    $17,325

    Books and supplies

    $930

    $552

    $501

    $500

    Instruments and equipment

    $1,002

    $252

    $501

    $500

    Personal

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $2,400

    Transportation

    $1,350

    $1,350

    $1,350

    $3,000

    Health insurance

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $2,400

    Federal Stafford loan fee

    $348

    $348

    $346

    $396

    TOTAL

    $64,857

    $63,729

    $63,927

    $72,598

    Physical Therapy (DPT)

    Year

    1

    2

    3

    Terms enrolled

    4

    4

    4

    Months enrolled

    12

    12

    12

    Estimated tuition

    $29,036

    $29,036

    $29,036

    School fee

    $750

    $750

    $750

    Tuition and fees

    $29,786

    $29,786

    $29,786

    Room, board, and utilities

    $23,100

    $23,100

    $23,100

    Books and supplies

    $1,000

    $500

    $500

    Instruments and equipment

    $1,000

    $500

    $500

    Personal

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    Transportation

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    Health insurance

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    Federal Stafford loan fee

    $216

    $216

    $216

    TOTAL

    $61,702

    $60,702

    $60,702

    School Psychology (PSYD)

    $909 per credit           500-level courses

    $983 per credit           600-level courses

    $1,174 per credit        700-level courses

    Year

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    Terms enrolled

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    Months enrolled

    12

    12

    12

    12

    12

    Estimated credit hours

    32.0

    31.0

    25.0

    20.0

    4.0

    Estimated tuition

    $31,049

    $31,307

    $28,204

    $23,480

    $4,696

    School fee

    $750

    $750

    $750

    $750

    $750

    Tuition and fees

    $31,799

    $32,057

    $28,954

    $24,230

    $5,446

    Room, board, and utilities

    $23,100

    $23,100

    $23,100

    $23,100

    $23,100

    Books and supplies

    $500

    $500

    $500

    $500

    $500

    Personal

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    $2,400

    Transportation

    $1,350

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    Health insurance

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    $1,800

    Federal Stafford loan fee

    $216

    $216

    $216

    $216

    $216

    TOTAL

    $62,215

    $62,473

    $59,370

    $54,646

    $35,862


Clubs & Organizations

    National Organizations

  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
  • American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
  • Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS)
  • Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
  • Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA)
  • LGBT Alliance of Students Organized for Health
  • Medical Students for Choice
  • Muslim Student Medical Association
  • National Community Pharmacists Association
  • National Latino Health Organization (NLHO)
  • Phi Sigma Gamma Fraternity
  • Physicians for Human Rights Club
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity
  • Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)
  • Student American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (SAOASM)
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
  • Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)
  • Student Society of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Professional Organizations

  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Interest Group
  • Anesthesiology Club
  • Biomedical Sciences Club
  • Business in Medicine
  • Clinical Neuroscience Society
  • Dermatology Club
  • Emergency Medicine Club
  • Genetics in Medicine Club
  • Geriatrics Club
  • Internal Medicine Club
  • Jewish Medical Association
  • Nutrition in Medicine Club
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology Club
  • Oncology Club
  • Ophthalmology Club
  • Orthopedic Club
  • Otolaryngology Club
  • Pathology Club
  • Pathology Club
  • PLAY Club (Pediatrics)
  • Psychiatry Club
  • Psychology Society
  • Public Health Club
  • Radiology Club
  • Robert Berger, DO Pediatrics Society
  • Sports, Recreation and General Interest Clubs

  • Art of Healing
  • Basketball
  • Coalition for Healthcare, Humanities and the Arts
  • Deck Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Graduates Representing Academic Achievement Diversity and Service
  • Ice Hockey Team
  • Kappa Sigma Phi Women’s Osteopathic Society
  • PCOM East
  • PCOM Fit
  • PCOM Pulmonics
  • Physicians for Humanity
  • Runner’s Club
  • Soccer Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Wilderness in Medicine Club

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