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Western University of Health Sciences

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

COMP accepts applications from all qualified candidates. While grades and MCAT scores are important and suggest future academic success, COMP recognizes that these do not guarantee success as a physician. An on-campus interview is required. Our unique "multiple mini interview" (MMI) process assesses the qualitative "fit" of the applicant in addition to the quantitative factors.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Susan Hanson
Application fee  $65
AMCAS application accepted  No
AACOMAS application accepted  Yes
Applications accepted  May 1 (Begins)
February 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  N/A
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  12
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.53
Oldest MCAT considered  2010
Median MCAT Scores  29 MCAT total score
9 verbal reasoning
10 physical sciences
10 biological sciences
O writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology/zoology inorganic (general) chemistry
English physics
organic chemistry behavioral science

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  D.O./M.S.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  7
Combined college/M.D. program URL

* Medical School Admissions details based on 2013 data

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.1:1
Full-time faculty  72
Part-time faculty  24
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  32
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  8
Full-time faculty in clinical program  40
Part-time faculty in clinical program  16

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $0.3
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  1
Principal investigators (PIs)  1
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  1

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Alhambra Hospital Medical Center Patton State Hospital
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Providence Centralia
Chino Valley Medical Center Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
Citrus Valley Medical Center Riverside County Regional Medical Center
Corona Regional Medical Center Rogue Valley Medical Center
Doctors Hospital Medical Center/Montclair San Antonio Community Hospital
Downey Regional Medical Center San Bernardino County Mental Health
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center St. Charles Bend
Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center St. Clare Hospital
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center St. Joseph Medical Center
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center Tacoma General Hospital
Mercy Medical Center Three Rivers Community Hospital
North Orange County Pediatrics Western University Medical Center
Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum

The curriculum is divided into three phases: Introduction to the basic sciences; correlated system teaching, incorporating basic and clinical sciences in the study of the organ systems of the body; clinical experiences.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  N/A
Step 1: Percent passing  N/A
Step 1: Average score  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  N/A
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  N/A

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  212
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  512
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  212
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  510
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  210
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  534
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  1.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  1.9
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $0.3
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $3.48

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.3
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.5
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  53.8%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.53
MCAT total score  29
Acceptance rate  8.4%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.1:1
Total medical school enrollment  1,208

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Otto Reyer
Financial aid phone  (909) 469-5350



Full-time: $50,845

Required fees  $40
Room and board  $13,228
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $223,941

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  86%
Students receiving loans  80%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  15%
Students receiving work study  1%

* Medical School Cost details based on 2013 data


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