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COVID-19 Disclaimer

Academic Programs COVID-19 Disclaimer

We are conducting face-to-face, on-campus learning for the Fall Term 2021, including in-person classes, student laboratory experiences, experiential learning, and clinical assignments (all subject to change per State and County guidelines). Some classes will still be available in a hybrid and/or online offering. Safety protocols remain in place. In the meantime, our enrollment teams are working remotely. There are several ways to contact us and we look forward to working with you!

Many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response at WesternU. Any references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions must be read in light of social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WesternU has implemented remote teaching and learning across all campuses and only essential personnel are on campus at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

COVID-19 Message To Prospective Applicants From The Dean

The College recognizes that these unprecedented times are impacting your application timeline to medical school. Therefore, it is important that we provide you with clear direction when completing your application. This message from the Dean provides details for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).

Due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response, our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements.

Applications Exceptions by Program

Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Accept all pass/fail/satisfactory coursework, regardless of whether your school required this, including prerequisite coursework. This coursework will be evaluated in the context of your entire academic history.
  • Accept all online coursework, including laboratory courses.
  • Review your application without all required laboratory coursework, if you can demonstrate that your institution was unable to provide these courses due to COVID-19. A letter from the registrar will suffice.
  • Review your application in consideration for an interview prior to receiving your MCAT exam scores. Once we receive your MCAT exam scores we will take these into consideration for admission.
  • Take into consideration that your health care experience hours and other extracurricular experiences may have been impacted by the pandemic.
  • Continue to require a letter of recommendation from a physician, preferably a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Please see the rules for letters of recommendation in the Secondary Application Instructions. If you cannot provide a letter of recommendation from a physician, please provide us with a written statement explaining how COVID-19 has impacted your ability to obtain a letter of recommendation from a physician.

Doctor Of Dental Medicine

  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in spring 2020,through summer 2021.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020,through summer 2021.

Doctor Of Dental Medicine-International

  • In addition to the regular internet-based test, the TOEFL at home test will be accepted for the 2022 entering class.

Doctor Of Podiatric Medicine

  • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in spring 2020 through summer 2021.
  • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020 through summer 2021.
  • Online TOEFL is acceptable (when needed).
  • While we prefer shadowing verification, or a letter of recommendation, a waiver request will be considered when there are extenuating circumstances. Complete the waiver request form and send to admissions@westernu.edu. A representative from the admissions committee will be in touch.
  • Doctor Of Physical Therapy

    • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in 2020 and Spring 2021 if the on-campus lab they were enrolled in was converted to an online format.
    • Pass credit has always been and will be accepted for lab courses. Credit/Pass will be accepted for courses taken in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020. They will be counted as a “B” when calculating GPA.
    • Pass credit will be accepted for one prerequisite and not counted when calculating GPAs.
    • GRE is no longer required.
    • PT experience is no longer required.
    • One prerequisite may be taken on an advanced-placement, pass credit.

    Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine

    • The college is not requiring the GRE for the entering class of 2022.
    • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in 2020 and Spring 2021 if the on-campus lab they were enrolled in was converted to an online format.
    • Pass credit will be accepted for courses and does not affect GPA.
    • Online test scores are accepted for entering class of 2021.

    Master Of Science In Medical Sciences

    • Online test scores are accepted for entering class of 2021.

    Master Of Science Physician Assistant

    • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 if the on-campus lab they were enrolled in was converted to an online format.
    • Pass credit will be accepted for those courses taken in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020. They will be counted as a “B” when calculating GPA.
    • Pass credit will not be accepted for prerequisites and counted as a “C” for non-prerequisite coursework when calculating GPAs.

    Doctor Of Optometry

    • Online prerequisite labs will be accepted for all labs completed in spring 2020 through fall 2021.
    • Pass credit will be accepted for courses completed in spring 2020 through summer 2021.
    • The online TOEFL is acceptable (when needed).

    Master Of Science In Nursing – Entry

    • Applicants may have one science course in progress at time of application.

    Doctor Of Pharmacy

    • Applicants forced to move in progress prerequisites to Pass Credit grading system will be approved on a case by case basis.
    • Lab courses that were cancelled due to COVID 19 will be waived.