Founded in 1995, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) is the newest of the colleges of osteopathic medicine. With its sister college, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, it is part of Midwestern University. The school is located on a 143-acre site in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. Also included is a College of Pharmacy and a College of Allied Health Professions.
upon successful completion of the four year program, graduates receive a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. The four years of school for students typically include:
First and second years: Includes a strong basic science core coupled with an early introduction to clinical medicine. Courses in Clinical Correlates/Case
Presentation clarifies the connections between didactic teachings and clinical findings and foster the
development of critical thinking and problem-solving
Through the Preceptor Program beginning in
the first year, students spend an afternoon every other
week shadowing a physician at community and
ambulatory practice sites.
Third and fourth years:
Students rotate through a variety of clinical departments at ambulatory and hospital sites. Required
rotations include family medicine, internal medicine,
surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry,
expanded primary care, geriatrics, critical care, and
emergency medicine. Students also complete 16
weeks of elective rotations.
Completion of a minimum of 3 years of college
including the basic premedical science courses plus 2
courses in English. Students are encouraged to take
additional courses in the humanities, as well as the
social and behavioral sciences. Applicants must have
a minimum GPA and science cum of 2.75, but, more
realistically, they should be closer to 3.4, with MCAT
grades of 8 and 9s (total around 26).
A rolling admission process is used by the committee, which makes
periodic decisions. Approximately 145 students will
be accepted for the incoming class. To facilitate the
admissions process, applicants will be expected to
complete a supplemental application provided by the
osteopathic college after receipt of the AACOMAS
application. These are sent only to those meeting the
minimum admission requirements. In addition, it is
recommended that an evaluation from the preprofessional advisory committee and a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician be sent in the
Students interested in Financial Aid must be officially enrolled into the school before becoming eligible for aid.
The school will put together a package which takes into account any scholarships or gift monies, and will seek additional scholarships along with a Federal Perkins Loan. Furthermore, students will need to apply for a Federal Stafford Loan, Federal graduate PLUS, or a private loan, if the package the school provides does not cover all costs.
This school is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.
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