Dual Degree Program with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

If you’re interested in entering the osteopathic profession, USciences offers an invitation-only arrangement with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) for guaranteed interviews to at least three students who meet specific requirements.

PCOM offers programs of study guided by osteopathic medical tradition, concept, and practice that are dedicated to advancing research, leadership, and service.

Program Options

Two program options feature either three or four years at USciences followed by four years at PCOM—allowing you to earn both bachelor’s and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees.

3+4 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

In the accelerated 3+4 program, you’ll first complete three years at USciences as a biology or biomedical sciences major. After finishing your first year at PCOM, you’ll receive your BS degree from USciences. After finishing four years at PCOM, you’ll receive your DO degree.

4+4 BS/DO Dual Degree Program

In the 4+4 program, you’ll complete four years at USciences in any major to earn your BS degree. Then, after four years at PCOM, you’ll receive your DO degree.

Eligibility Requirements

High School Applicants

Highly motivated students in their final year of high school who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Minimum test scores:
    • Old SAT: 1150 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • New SAT: 1220 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math)
    • ACT: 25 (composite)
  • Successful completion of four years of high school mathematics and science
  • Minimum high school grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Other evidence of scholarly and professional potential and demonstration of desire to become a primary care provider in the tradition of osteopathic medicine
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Current USciences Students

Current USciences students are eligible to apply if there are seats available. Notify your pre-med advisor and apply before the end of your first undergraduate year for the 3+4 program or no later than the end of the spring semester of your second undergraduate year for the 4+4 program.

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.5 upon completion of your first undergraduate year for the 3+4 program
  • Minimum overall and basic science GPA of 3.4 upon completion of your second undergraduate year for the 4+4 program
  • No course grade lower than a C
  • Other evidence of scholarly and professional potential and demonstration of desire to become a primary care provider in the tradition of osteopathic medicine
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Program Requirements for Guaranteed Interview

3+4 Dual Degree Program Requirements

You must satisfy the following criteria to qualify for an interview at PCOM:

  • Completion of a minimum of 102 credits of the 127 credits required for the BS in biology or biomedical sciences at USciences
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.5 upon completion of your third undergraduate year
  • No course grade lower than a C
  • Minimum MCAT scores in the 50th percentile of each section
  • Application to PCOM through AACOMAS with the endorsement of your pre-health professions advisor
  • Other evidence of scholarly and professional potential and demonstration of desire to become a primary care provider in the tradition of osteopathic medicine

4+4 Dual Degree Program Requirements

You must satisfy the following criteria to qualify for an interview at PCOM:

  • Fulfill all requirements of your major at USciences
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 upon completion of your third undergraduate year
  • No course grade lower than a C
  • Minimum MCAT scores in the 50th percentile of each section
  • Application to PCOM through AACOMAS with the endorsement of your pre-health professions advisor
  • Other evidence of scholarly and professional potential and demonstration of desire to become a primary care provider in the tradition of osteopathic medicine

Contact:

Admission or Application-related Questions:
Admission Office

Phone:

215-596-8810

Email:

admit@usciences.edu

Contact:

Program Information:
Laura A. Mangano, MEd
Associate Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising

Address:

Misher College of Arts and Sciences
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8753

Email:

l.mangano@usciences.edu