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Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is located in Blacksburg, in the heart of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. Blacksburg is less than 30 miles from Roanoke, Virginia and the school’s facilities are in the Corporate Research Center of Virginia Tech.

VCOM boasts state-of-the-art classrooms and learning labs, electronic libraries, and telecommunication facilities. Students enjoy all the amenities of a large campus, including sports, recreation, theater, and music facilities.

The school is accredited through the Commission on Osteopathic Accreditation.


The school aims to prepare osteopathic primary care physicians to serve in rural and medically underserved areas of Appalachia. Aside from a strong teaching program in primary care, the school affords students clinical exposure as early as the first year. VCOM has a strong research orientation, which is focused on areas of health and wellness, cardiopulmonary medicine, bones and joints, cancer, neurological problems, and the biology of aging.

Clinical training is available at numerous hospitals throughout Virginia, including those in the cities of Blacksburg, Salem, and many others.

Housing not available, but assistance in securing it is provided.

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Unique Programs

VCOM has a unique Simulation and Educational Technology Center in which students get real life experience working with patients through the center’s lab. Students will work with simulator manikins and real-life standardized patients. These standardized patients are hired actors or non-actors that simulate medical conditions for the students to diagnose and treat.


Completion of a baccalaureate degree is very desirable and the MCAT examination is required. The basic premedical science courses plus courses in English are essential. In addition, letters of recommendation are required from both your college Premedical Advisory Committee as well as an osteopathic physician. An applicant’s academic achievement (GPA) and potential, as well as his or her sense of compassion and commitment to primary patient care in a rural setting are critical factors in the admission process. Applicants receiving supplementary forms should return them as soon as possible, no later than Mid-March.

Applicants deemed qualified will be invited for an interview, after which a decision will be made on their application for admission. Residents of Virginia, North Carolina, and the Appalachian region are encouraged to apply.


VCOM has many student organizations to choose from, most of which are centered around a medical outreach focus. Some of the available organizations students may participate in are Christian Medical Association (CMDA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA), Medical Outreach and Volunteer Effort (MOVE) and many more oragnizations.

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Additional School Information

VCOM’s main focus is to educate their students in an area of medicine that is globally minded and community focused. To achieve this they partner with many organizations to provide sustainable medical practices and relief from disasters. Their students have provided medical assistance to survivors of the tsunami in India, Hurricane Karina, flood victim relief in the United States and internationally as well, the Virginia Tech tragedy and tornado relief in many towns around the country.

In addition VCOM partners with other medical schools to further the advancement of the students in each school as well as the communities served by both Edward Via and the other partnering school.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 10 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 9 0.02
Robbery 5 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 84 0.19
Larceny 490 1.14
Vehicle theft 17 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Blacksburg, VA 24060
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population48,532 (40,913 urban / 7,619 rural)
Households16,905 (2.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,390
Families7,214 (2.83 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Medical schools and medical centers
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work required4
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5109

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $15,750 $15,750 $15,750
FT Graduate Required Fees $250 $250 $250
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Tuition $40,600 $40,600
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,471
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $2,672,476

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