In 1970 the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
was established. The first class of students graduated
in 1974. The next year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine became a state-funded medical
school, affiliated with the University of North Texas.
Students are encouraged to become family medicine
or primary care physicians and to practice in communities where medical practice is most needed. However, some graduates enter specialties outside of primary care.
4-year. TCOM utilizes an integrated systems curriculum for the first 2 years. Students learn the scientific
fundamentals of medicine through body systems.
During the first year, courses such as anatomy, pharmacology, and manipulative medicine are taught
simultaneously, so students have an integrated understanding of how the nervous system works or how the
cardiovascular system works. Second-year students
are introduced to clinical problems related to each
body system such as asthma in the respiratory system
or arterial disease in the cardiovascular system. Students are exposed to clinical care in the first year.
Third-year medical students are required to complete
the following core clinical rotations: clinical skills,
emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, interal medicine subspecialty, manipulative
medicine, mental health, obstetrics and gynecology,
pediatrics, primary care partnership, and surgery.
Fourth-year medical students have the option to pursue 24 weeks of elective clinical rotations in hospitals
and clinics throughout the United States.
Affiliated Teaching Hospitals
Agreements were made with 20 Texas clinics and hospitals in the state.
Apartments or rooms in private homes.
Each year, TCOM admits approximately 135 students
who have demonstrated both the academic ability and
personal characteristics to become skilled osteopathic
physicians. Applicants are required to submit their
application for admission to the Texas Medical and
Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) on or
before October 15 of the year prior to matriculation.
Selected applicants are invited to campus for an interview. TCOM admits applicants through the TMDSAS
match. The match is a coordinated admissions process
between the state’s 7 state-supported medical schools.
Application decisions are distributed beginning on
February 1 for the next incoming fall class.