The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
was established in 1977. It is the only osteopathic
medical school in the far West and is an independent,
nonprofit institution, accredited by the state of California. The Western University of Health Sciences
became its parent institution in 1996. In the vicinity of
the college are many hospitals, clinics, colleges, and
universities. Pomona is a multiethnic community in
southern California known for its pleasant climate.
4-year. In addition to the standard medical school
curriculum, there is a strong emphasis on nutrition,
prevention wellness, and osteopathic manipulative
medicine. The curriculum is organized in semesters
and stresses the interdependence of the biological,
clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. First and
second years: Taught in the Health Sciences Center
in Pomona, California, with clinical instruction and
field experiences on campus and in the surrounding
area. Third and fourth years: Utilized for the clerkship program in osteopathic and mixed staff hospitals
and other clinical facilities in California and other
states throughout the country. The school also operates a family practice outpatient clinic in Pomona,
which helps serve the health needs of the community
and also provides clinical training for its students.
Affiliated Teaching Hospitals
The school is affiliated with many hospitals, physicians’ offices, and ambulatory health care centers
throughout the United States.
There is no on-campus housing. A housing referral
system is available.
Candidates for admission must have a minimum science GPA of 3.30, a minimum overall GPA of 3.30,
and a minimum average MCAT score of 9. All prerequisite coursework must be completed at the time
of application. The AACOMAS application must be
filed prior to June 15. The Western University/COMP
supplementary application and all supporting documents must be filed prior to August 1. Interviews and
decisions are granted August through September. If
you apply as an Early Admission Decision candidate,
you must apply only to Western University/COMP.
Qualified applicants may take advantage of the Early
Admission Decision Program if they apply only to
Western University/COMP and submit their application to AACOMAS prior to June 15. Highly qualified
candidates who have a strong preference for Western
University/COMP are eligible for an Early Admission