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Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

The College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Graduate School of Education provide a means by which students may transfer from other programs and receive advanced standing.  Touro University California has no official articulation agreements with any other institution.

College of Osteopathic Medicine

The following policies and procedures apply to any student desirous of transferring from any other medical school to TUCOM, including those wishing to transfer to or from TUCOM – Nevada.

TUCOM accepts transfer students only from medical schools and colleges accredited either by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) or by the Liaison committee on Medical Education (LCME).  Transfer students must be in “good academic standing” and have acceptable reason(s) for seeking a transfer.  Candidates for transfer must be eligible for continuation in, or re-admission to, the previously attended medical school or college.  Students transferring to TUCOM must complete, at a minimum, the last two (2) years of instruction at TUCOM.

Coursework completed at the prior medical school or college will be reviewed for each transfer student and additional coursework may be assigned to ensure that the transferring student has received equivalent academic preparation for his/her level of entry into TUCOM.  In particular, students transferring from LCME-accredited schools will be assigned to training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) to ensure that TUCOM’s requirement for OMM will be completed prior to graduation.

Transfer applicants must provide the following information in time to allow appropriate committee review proceeding the semester of intended enrollment:

  • A letter to the Director of Admissions indicating why the student wishes to transfer.
  • A Supplemental Application (with the non-refundable $100 application fee) clearly marked and highlighted FOR TRANSFER ONLY.
  • Most recent format of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary school and colleges.
  • Official copy of the most current medical school transcript.
  • A letter from the medical college in which the students is currently enrolled, stating that the student is in good academic standing.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the medical college in which the student is currently enrolled.

 All required material (see above) must be directed to the attention of the Director of Admissions of TUCOM and be submitted in a timely manner.  Acceptance of transfer students will be dependent upon the student’s qualifications, curricular compatibility and available space.  Additional course work may be required to satisfy academic deficiencies.



January 15 – All application materials due, less Fall transcripts.
First Monday in February – Fall transcripts due

It is the candidates responsibility to ensure that all materials are received prior to the posted deadlines.  Candidates who submit required material after the deadlines will not be considered.

Admissions Committee review

Once the candidate’s file is complete, the Admissions committee will meet and determine availability based upon the student’s academic record and compatibility with mission of the institution.

Admissions may reject the applicant at this stage, or if found acceptable, may send the file on for consideration by the Student Promotion Committee

Student Promotion Committee review

The Student Promotion Committee will review the file to determine compatibility with the curriculum and, if appropriate, specify the deficiencies to be addressed.  If the candidate’s records are found at this stage, the transfer application file will be returned to the Director of Admissions in preparation for the personal interview.

Personal Interview

The Director of Admissions, on the recommendation of both the Admissions committee and the Student Promotion Committee will invite the transfer candidate to TUCOM to be interviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Final Decision

Following the personal interview, the Admissions committee will either charge the Director of Admissions with advising the candidate that the request for transfer has not been approved, or will recommend to the Dean of the College that the request for transfer be granted.  The Dean shall finally determine admission status and class standing.


Graduate School of Education

Transfer of Coursework

Coursework may be transferred into Touro University California Graduate School of Education programs using the following guidelines:

•     A minimum of 2/3 of the units for a degree or program must be completed at Touro University California in order to be recommended for a degree, certificate, and/or credential.
•     In certain circumstances, additional credits may be accepted for transfer toward a Master’s degree upon approval of the Dean of the Graduate School of Education
•     Waiver and substitutions of credits will only be approved upon entrance into a program of study.
•     Coursework is not automatically transferable from another institution of higher learning to Touro University California. Units to be transferred must have been completed within 7 years of admission to the Touro University California GSOE program. A grade of B or higher must have been earned.  The transferred course must be equivalent in content to the Touro course being waived.  The course work must be from an appropriately accredited institution of higher learning.
•     Official transcripts and course descriptions must be provided to evaluate transferred courses.

Waiver: Students may request a required course to be waived based on university work completed.

Substitution: Students may request to substitute coursework taken at another university. Course substitutions do not result in a reduction of the number of units required to complete a program.

The process for requesting a course substitution or waiver is outlined below:

1.   A substitution or waiver form must be completed for each requested course transfer. 
2.   For course substitutions or waivers and the student should provide course description from the catalog of the institution at which the course being used for the substitution was originally taken and a course syllabus if requested. 
3.   The program chair will review the submitted information to determine if the substitution or waiver is justified.  
4.   The Dean of the Graduate School of Education reviews all requests to determine if the course or work is a legitimate substitution/waiver and approves the transfer of credits.