Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

The Sam Houston State University (SHSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) seeks to prepare students for the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) with an emphasis toward primary care and rural practice, to develop culturally aware, diverse and compassionate physicians, who follow osteopathic principles, that are prepared for graduate medical education (GME or more commonly known as residency), and will serve the people of Texas with professionalism and patient-centered care.

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct pathway to medical practice in the United States. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are physicians who see patients as more than symptoms or disease. They get involved in the community and spend time learning about patients as people. They also have solid communication skills and enjoy getting to know a diverse range of people from many different backgrounds and socioeconomic groups.  Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine practice in all medical and surgical specialties.

Application Deadlines:

Primary Application (TMDSAS): October 30 at 5:00 p.m. (CST) – TMDSAS Timeline

Supplemental Application (SHSU-COM): December 20 at 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Note: Application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact the SHSU-COM Admissions ( for confirmation on deadlines.


COM Admissions

Phone: 936.202.5202

Facility Address: 925 City Central Ave, Conroe, TX 77304

Current Average MCAT and GPA:











Admissions Requirements/Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. College or University accredited by a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized accrediting body. (plural courses may be in progress, but completed before enrollment)
  • Completion of the following courses with no grade below "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale):
    • English, 6 credit hours
    • Biology, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
    • Physics, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
    • General Chemistry, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
    • Organic Chemistry, including laboratory; 8 credit hours
      • Biochemistry can be substituted for Organic Chemistry II
    • Mathematics, 6 credit hours - 3 hours must be Statistics

Requirements Prior to Enrollment

  • A passing criminal background check prior to enrollment.
  • Immunizations
    • Influenza- Within one year from administered date

    • MMR Combined (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

    • Tetanus- Completed DPT (4+ vaccines) series

    • Hepatitis B- 3 vaccines, Positive antibody tier

  • Drug Screening