Touro University California Secondary Application

Touro University California Secondary Essay Prompts

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Prompts have been updated May 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)


  • (Required for previous applicants to TUCOM) Are you a TUCOM re-applicant who has previously interviewed? If yes, what was the result of that interview and what changes, if any, have you made which should effect a different outcome?
  • Please describe your understanding of osteopathic medicine including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). Please include your personal exposure to osteopathic medicine (if any) and demonstrate your understanding of the osteopathic principles and history of the profession.
  • Please describe your hobbies (or non-academic pursuits) and how they will influence your success as an Osteopathic medical student and/or Osteopathic physician in the future.
  • Please discuss how your life experiences and personal characteristics will contribute to your future success as an outstanding osteopathic physician.
  • When considering medical schools, what criteria are important to you and how does TUCOM align with those criteria?
  • Have you graduated or do you plan to graduate from a High School or equivalent (e.g. GED, ATB, etc.) – OR – College whose primary method of instruction is English?
  • Have you ever had a criminal conviction (this includes a judge or jury verdict, guilty plea, a plea of no contest or nolo contendere, and/or juvenile offenses), or any criminal conviction that you are currently appealing?


  • Have you attended any TUCOM information sessions on campus, at another location, or virtually? If yes, please list the event(s) in which you participated.

Primary Deadline: Usually around Mar 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around April 15th
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Yes
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California Mission:

The Mission of Touro University Osteopathic Medicine Program is to prepare students to become outstanding osteopathic physicians who uphold the values, philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and who are committed to primary care and the holistic approach to the patient. The program advances the profession and serves its students and society through innovative pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education, research, community service, and multidisciplinary and osteopathic clinical services.

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California Vision:

Touro University California – inspirational teaching and scholarship, transformative leadership, exemplary service.

Touro University Osteopathic Medicine Program prepares outstanding osteopathic physicians for the future needs of their patients and communities.

Older Essays:

Former Prompts (before 23-24 cycle)

  • Please describe the personal characteristics you possess and the life experiences you have had that would contribute to your success at becoming an outstanding Osteopathic Physician. Please include information that will enable the Admissions Committee to understand your unique qualities. (500 words)
  • Please describe your exposure to and understanding of Osteopathic Medicine. Content may include your initial introduction to the profession, its history, use in medical practice today, or any other aspects that may highlight Osteopathic Medicine’s uniqueness and synergy with your envisioned future practice of medicine (500 words) | How to Answer Secondary Prompts Specific To Osteopathy
Touro University California Secondary Application