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Transferring into WesternU's College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Health Education Center at SunsetYou may apply for transfer into the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona campus if you:

  • Have completed one or two years at a Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
    or Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical institution in the United States
  • Your medical school curriculum is compatible with that of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Are in good academic standing at the school where you are currently enrolled
  • Are eligible for continuation at the school where you are currently enrolled
  • Meet the admission requirements
  • Take COMLEX; Level I first iteration in June annually of your anticipated transfer into the OMSIII year. You must pass with a minimum score of 400 to be eligible to transfer.

If you are accepted as a transfer student you must:
  • Complete the last 50% of instruction at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Complete all osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) requirements prior to graduation

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)
Beyond their basic and clinical medical training, Osteopathic physicians (DO) receive training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). That is, in addition to their basic science and clinical training, DO’s are additionally able to use their hands to diagnose and treat injury and illness and encourage the body's natural tendency toward good health.

OMM enables physicians to treat their patients with the appropriate combination of medical procedures, medication, AND manipulation. This form of treatment can often result in immediate relief and/or increased speed of healing. Visit the American Osteopathic Association to read how DO’s have made a significant difference in the lives of patients who thought they had run out of options.

Transfers
Transfer applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Factors considered include accreditation standards for class size and availability of clinical training sites. Transfer applicants cannot be on leave of absence at the time of application.

Transfers Between COMP Campuses
Transfer applications between campuses will be considered on a case by-case-basis. Factors considered include accreditation standards for class size and availability of clinical training sites. Candidates must first contact their Director of Student Affairs prior to beginning the transfer process.

Application Process
Before you begin the application process, contact the transfer admissions counselor for details regarding your transfer eligibility and curriculum compatibility. After the transfer admissions counselor has confirmed you are eligible to apply, please select the year you are interested in transferring into from the options below for details on the applying.

Students wishing to transfer into the 2nd year (OMS II)

  • Complete a primary application with AACOMAS before January 1st
    • In the personal statement portion of the application indicate the reason for the transfer.
  • Once we receive your primary application from the application service (AACOMAS), we will confirm that you meet our minimum requirements and send you a link to the secondary application.
  • Upon receiving the link, complete and submit the secondary transfer application before March 1st
    • Request a letter from the Dean of your current medical school indicating support for the transfer and confirmation that you are in good standing and eligible to continue.
    • You will be contacted to schedule an on-campus interview when your application is complete and we are in receipt of all required documents.

Primary (AACOMAS) Application Deadline: January 1
Secondary (COMP) Application Deadline: March 1

Students wishing to transfer into the 3rd year (OMS III) must:

  • Complete a primary application with AACOMAS before September 1st 
    • In the personal statement portion of the application indicate the reason for the transfer.
  • Once we receive your primary application from the application service (AACOMAS), we will confirm that you meet our minimum requirements and send you a link to the secondary application.
  • Upon receiving the link, complete and submit the secondary application before January 1st
    • Request a letter from the Dean of your current medical school indicating support for the transfer and confirmation that you are in good standing and eligible to continue.
  • Take COMLEX Level I – first iteration in June annually, and achieve a minimum of 400 to be eligible to transfer

Primary (AACOMAS) Application Deadline: September 1
Secondary (COMP) Application Deadline: January 1

You will be contacted to schedule an on-campus interview when your application is complete and we are in receipt of all required documents.

We are happy to answer your questions as you navigate through the application process, so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help.