Preparing for Admission
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona’s ideal candidate for admission understands and identifies with the tenets and philosophy of osteopathic medicine and is able to demonstrate a strong and compassionate commitment to medically underserved populations in the form of volunteerism and/or work experience. An ideal candidate is well-aligned with SOMA’s mission to create empathetic physicians aspiring to provide healthcare to medically underserved communities.
Candidates for admission to SOMA are strongly encouraged to spend time shadowing an osteopathic physician and obtain a letter of support from that physician. Candidates are also strongly encouraged to provide a letter of support from a supervisor of activities involving outreach to medically underserved populations.
The ideal candidate for admission to SOMA has the ability to manage a rigorous academic schedule and can demonstrate proficiency in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.
- General Biology – one year with laboratory (8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours)
- Physics – one year with laboratory (8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours)
- General or Inorganic Chemistry – one year with laboratory (8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours)
- Organic Chemistry – one year with laboratory (8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours)
- English – one year (6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours)
- Highly Recommended courses: Genetics, Biochemistry, Immunology, Anatomy, Physiology, Cellular Biology (Molecular, Physiology, etc) & Microbiology
Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT examines knowledge and skill in areas such as biology, math, reading, and problem-solving. A pre-medical advisor can assist applicants in scheduling and preparing for this examination.
Most applicants major in the sciences, such as biology or chemistry, in their undergraduate studies. However, applicants may major in any area as long as they meet the minimum course and grade requirements and demonstrate their potential for successfully completing an osteopathic medical curriculum.
Prospective SOMA students will be evaluated in three major areas: academic accomplishment, personal characteristics of a healer, and propensity to serve the underserved. Prospective students must exhibit a genuine concern for people. Osteopathic medicine is a people-oriented profession that demands dedicated and empathetic individuals. Osteopathic colleges require a personal interview during the application procedure. The applicant is strongly encouraged to have clinical exposure in a healthcare environment.
Students will be located at the Arizona campus during their first year. They then spend years 2 - 4 at one of 12 Community Campuses across the country. Community campus locations
ATSU-SOMA’s Admissions Committee seeks individuals who will be a good match to SOMA’s mission and are capable of meeting the school’s academic and professionalism standards. Applicants are screened for academic achievement, clinical involvement, interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, service, perseverance, maturity, motivation, and knowledge of the osteopathic profession. Applicants who pass this screening will be invited for an interview. Application and admissions process