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DO Program Selection Factors

As part of a holistic review process, the UIWSOM admissions committee considers the following:  

  • Motivation, dedication, and passion for the osteopathic medical profession
  • Commitment to social accountability and alignment with UIW mission
  • Academic achievement and scholarship
  • Life experience

The Office of Admission reviews all AACOMAS applications. Candidates meeting specific qualificiations are then invited to complete a supplemental application. Completed files are further screened and qualified candidates are invited to interview.

Criteria for Review

Undergraduate Course Work

Undergraduate course preparation will be vital to the success of the student applicant. Minimum coursework requirements include the courses below. All prerequisites must be taken from a regionally accredited college/university and earn a “C” or higher for each course (2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale).  A grade of "C-" does not meet the minimum grade requirement.


  • Completion of no less than 75% of the credits required for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Biology: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • Inorganic Chemistry: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • Organic Chemistry: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • Physics: minimum of 8 semester hours, including 2 semester hours of laboratory work
  • English: minimum of 6 semester hours of composition and/or literature


To facilitate a smoother transition to the medical school, applicants are encouraged to take additional coursework such as:

  • Advanced sciences: human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, neuroscience, microbiology, behavioral science, and immunology
  • Six semester hours of philosophy or other humanities coursework
  • Six semester hours of math/statistics coursework 


All applicants must submit their most recent MCAT scores as part of the AACOMAS application. Scores older than three years prior to matriculation will not be considered.     

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation: One from a physician (preferably DO), one from a premed advisor or health professions admissions committee (HPAC), and one from a science faculty member. Non-traditional students can substitute one faculty or HPAC letter with a more recent reference (employer, volunteer/community service supervisor, etc.)

Other Factors

Careful consideration will be given to the following during the application review process:

  • Significant employment opportunities
  • Exposure to the DO profession, either through health care employment or a shadow program
  • Substantial volunteer and community service
  • It is recommended that bilingual applicants should identify themselves on the AACOMAS application

Supplemental Application

After initial review, qualified applicants are invited to complete and submit the supplemental application which includes essay questions specific to UIWSOM.


Competitive applicants are invited to campus to participate in multiple mini-interviews.  Read "What to Expect During a Medical School Multiple Mini Interview" to learn more about the MMI format.